Plane Pull held in memory of late Carmel boy to return April 20


By Renuka Bajpai

Every April, strength and compassion converge at Indianapolis International Airport to make a difference in the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Republic Airways’ annual Plane Pull fundraiser, set for April 20, will feature teams with individuals from all walks of life uniting their strength to move a 24-ton aircraft, symbolizing the collective effort needed to overcome adversity. Through the years, the event has benefited A Kid Again, Indiana Wish, Riley Children’s Foundation and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

The event is held in memory of Tyler Frenzel, a Carmel boy who died in 2004 after battling leukemia. Pam Frenzel, Tyler’s mother, said he displayed strength and wisdom throughout his illness, beginning when he was diagnosed at age 7.

“Tyler was never sick, and then suddenly an onset of illness arises,” Pam Frenzel said. “His leukemia progressed, and he passed at the age of 9 years old.”

Tyler’s maturity and compassion were evident even in his young age, his mother said. Despite his own struggles, he found solace in helping others, donating to charities close to his heart. Pam Frenzel said her son’s efforts and giving spirit continue to inspire her.

“His faith was really beautiful to witness,” Pam Frenzel said.

Since launching in 2011, the Plane Pull has raised more than $4.3 million that have provided support to children facing battles similar to Tyler’s.

  Participation in the Plane Pull is open to all. Each 10-person team is required to have at least three women. Fifty to 60 teams compete at the event.

The fundraiser will also feature a Kids Zone with entertainment for youth, food and drink vendors and guided tours.

Learn more and register for the Plane Pull at