SWANTON — The cockpit of an F-16 fighter jet, like the one Ashleigh Hunt peered into Thursday at Ohio’s 180th Fighter Wing, is only big enough for one person.
But Miss Hunt — a 22-year-old Whitehouse native battling bone cancer — wasn’t alone. Fifteen family members stood around her, all wearing identical white T-shirts that read, "Fight Like A Girl — Pray for Ashleigh."
Miss Hunt’s visit to the Ohio Air National Guard base checked another item off her bucket list. She started working on the list after her disease spread to her lungs earlier this year, she said.
She was diagnosed with a rare cancer called osteosarcoma in August, 2013, and the malignant lung tumor was discovered in April.
While doctors focus on prolonging Miss Hunt’s life, she and her family have been traveling around the country to complete her bucket list. Coming to the base marks the third item after visiting Harry Potter World in Orlando and going behind the scenes at the Columbus Zoo. The Facebook page dedicated to supporting Miss Hunt, which has more than 10,000 likes, has been charting her progress.
"Everyone has totally rallied around her," said her mother, Jodi Rupp. "We’re focusing on spending all the time we can together."
Miss Hunt said she wanted to come to the 180th Fighter Wing because she has always been interested in fighter jets and often went to air shows with her family.
"It was kind…