Passenger Stories

Candi B & two-year-old Kenasyn B

Mom Candi B., passenger two-year-old Kenasyn B., ID Wing Command Pilot Rick Holloway, Mission Assistant and Rick’s wife, Jackie Holloway. Command Pilot Rick Holloway wears many hats. On October 28, he donned his Shriners fez and safely flew little Kenasyn and her mom from Boise, ID to Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, UT. Kenasyn is receiving specialized treatment for scoliosis, and is the youngest of five children. Her mom is a stay-at-home mom and her dad is an instructor at the University of Idaho. This year her dad took a $10,000 per year pay cut due to changes in funding at the university, putting strain on the family’s finances. What the picture doesn’t show is that Kenasyn has a below-the-knee amputation of her left leg. Throughout the mission, she was laughing and thoroughly enjoying the flight despite her physical condition. Another reminder of the joy to be found in an AFW mission.

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Melanie C. from Utah 

Passenger Melanie C.and Command Pilot Rod McDermott

L to R: Melanie’s father, passenger Melanie C., Mission Assistant LeAnne Harper, and So. CA Command Pilot Rod McDermott. Melanie lives in Washington, UT and is battling kidney cancer. She is in a clinical trial in Los Angeles, traveling every two weeks to the USC Norris Cancer Center. Melanie wrote, “If there is a bright side to cancer, it’s that it can really reveal the

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Passenger Phoenix S. in red, mom Patty N. and WY Wing Command Pilot John Larsen 

Passenger Phoenix S., mom Patty N, bother Andrew & Command Pilot John Larsen

L to R: Andrew, brother of passenger Phoenix S. in red, mom Patty N. and WY Wing Command Pilot John Larsen traveling from Sheridan, WY to Shriners Salt Lake City, UT. Phoenix is traveling for surgery and additional treatment for Larsen syndrome (no connection to pilot’s last name), which is a disorder that affects the development of bones throughout the body. Repeated trips have depleted

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