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.
L to R: NM Command Pilot George Buddington, mom Ana S. and nineteen-year-old passenger Jessica Q. being flown from Santa Teresa, NM to Albuquerque, NM. Jessica is being treated for cleft lip and palate at the University of New Mexico.