17-year-old flies cross country for charity

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – A Goochland County teenager is flying high for a good cause. 17-year-old Linsey Kornblau is getting ready for a cross-country flight that will raise money for cancer research. Her long journey begins tomorrow.

In many ways, Linsey Kornblau is a typical teenage girl. The rising collegiate school senior clearly loves hot pink, plays volleyball and spends time with friends and family.

Setting her apart from the norm, this 17-year-old has a pilot's license and is taking off on a cross-country journey this week in an effort to raise money for VCU's Massey Cancer Center.

"That's just a huge feat for any pilot, any time, then it all kind of came together because I figured that people would want to give money to some type of cause if I found the right charity," said Linsey Kornblau.

Linsey says she has friends and loved ones who've been impacted by cancer, so Massey was the right choice. Her upcoming trip has already raised more than $70,000 for cancer research. Linsey's love of flying comes from her father, a sport pilot, so this trip is combining a good cause with her hopes and dreams.

"Just seeing the whole country from that high and just kind of getting a whole different like sight picture, that experience is just enough in itself," said Kornblau.

Linsey and her flying instructor will fly her Cessna 182 skyline to Los Angeles and back, making lots of stops along the way. Linsey hopes this journey will help launch her future.

"I want to hopefully be a corporate jet pilot. I am applying to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall, and hopefully if I get in there, that will get me a step closer," she said.

The community is invited to celebrate and watch Linsey depart Wednesday. The launch party is being held at 11 a.m. at the Hanover Airport on Air Park Drive in Ashland.

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