Nation Says Goodbye to Moonwalker Neil Armstrong - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Nation Says Goodbye to Moonwalker Neil Armstrong

14-year-old Cincinnati Children’s patient Shane DiGiovanna was among the hundreds who gathered at Washington National Cathedral on Thursday to remember astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Mercury astronaut John Glenn, 18 other astronauts, three NASA chiefs and about two dozen members of Congress were among the estimated 1,500 people at the service.

Shane, who is battling an incurable skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa, idolized Armstrong and wants to become an aeronautical engineer.

“I hope to contribute to the next big step — landing on Mars,” Shane said after the service.

Shane met astronauts Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan when they announced the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative memorial fund at Cincinnati Children’s. After hearing about Shane, the Armstrong family invited him to join them at the memorial service, something Shane called a “really big honor.”

USA Today, The Daily Record via AP, Knoxville News Sentinel, KNOE-TV

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