Passenger Stories

Eliza J.’s arthritis

Eliza J.’s arthritis fused her left knee and when she walked, her foot would splay and she’d walk on her ankle bone. The family’s insurance would not cover travel costs to treatment. Her father Bryan said, “I can’t tell you the difference AFW and Alaska Airlines have made in our Eliza’s life. You were a lifesaver! My now five-year-old daughter was living with near-crippling pain for over a year. The treatment she received at Children’s Hospital Seattle has her on the way to recovery.” On the Saturday after the procedure, Eliza woke up and for the first time in more than a year, ran to her father’s arms. He asked if it hurt, and she replied, “Nope!”  Eliza celebrated her fifth birthday pain-free.

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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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