What Makayla Hickman wanted for her 10th birthday more than anything else was to see her dad again. Her father, Travis Hickman is stationed in Alaska with the Coast Guard and hasn’t seen his family since Christmas 2016. So he flew 17 hours to surprise his daughter and showed up at school on her birthday.
That morning, Hickman called his daughter but didn’t let on that he was in town. So when her class returned to their classroom and he was there, Makayla was delighted to see her daddy sitting in her desk with balloons, presents, and a cake to celebrate her special day.
"This is a birthday I think I would never forget," Makayla says. “This is more than I wanted.”