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Talk of Our Town: Airplane Pull to honor Carmel boy

Posted: Apr 12, 2012

FROM THE INDYSTAR.COM - Talk of the Town
Written by Cathy Kightlinger

The Indiana Children's Wish Fund's second annual Airplane Pull -- when teams of 10 try to pull a twin-engine jet 15 feet as fast as possible -- is dedicated to the memory of a 9-year-old Carmel boy with leukemia who died in 2004.

Teams consisting of Tyler Frenzel's family and friends, as well as a few local celebrities, are participating in the April 28 event.

The airplane tug-of-war will be held at Republic Airways' hangar at Indianapolis International Airport from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free to spectators, though teams of 10 pay $500 each to participate.

Proceeds benefit the Wish Fund, which grants the requests of children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. The fund sent Tyler to Disney World.

Prizes will be awarded for the team with the fastest pull time, the team that raises the most money and the team with the most unique outfits.

Frenzel's father, Carmel firefighter Eric Frenzel, will participate with a group of firefighters.

A few local celebrities will be on hand, too, including Chuck Lofton of WTHR-13, "Big" Joe Staysniak of WFNI-AM (1070) and Brian Wilkens of WXIN-59.

To register a team, call the Indiana Children's Wish Fund at (317) 913-9474.

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