Wednesday, September 12, 2012

JobTrain Graduate Fulfills Dream of a Lifetime Thanks to United Airlines

Today is a day that David Ibarra will never forget.  His dream finally came true as he took his adorable 3½ year old son, “Baby David,” to Disney World.  David was announced as the winner of JobTrain’s “Where I Want to Fly and Why” contest at JobTrain’s 28th annual Breakfast of Champions, presented by Facebook on May 4, 2012.  It was an inspirational celebration of the amazing achievements of JobTrain students.  More than 800 enthusiastic guests filled Santa Clara Convention Center’s Mission Ballroom.

When JobTrain Executive Director Sharon Williams read an excerpt from David’s essay, tears began to flow.  David is a single father raising his son, and both have endured incredible hardship.  David’s dream has been to take his son to Disney World.

Writing about his efforts to help his son in infancy, David said,“ I had to spend hours massaging and molding his head with my hands each day, trying to reshape his little head.”

David’s son was 14 months old before he attempted to crawl, and when he finally spoke his first word at age 2 it was “raton” (Spanish for “mouse”) because he so loved Mickey Mouse.  United Airlines sponsors the annual essay contest.  This year Customer Care Supervisor Kathy Shelley and Customer Service Representative Laurie Scribner served on the essay selection committee at JobTrain.  “David’s story moved us,” said Kathy.  “His life wasn’t easy, but he’s pulled through and wants to make a better life for his son.  His attitude is inspiring.”

On September 11, 2012, David and his son flew to Orlando, Florida, compliments of United Airlines.  They’re currently enjoying lodging accommodations and Disney World park passes through a United Airlines partner, Air Serv Corporation.  Stay tuned for pictures from their exciting adventure! 

From left to right: United Airlines representative Kathy Shelley, JobTrain Graduate David Ibarra along with son & Laurie Scribner.

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