Passenger Stories

Passenger Donna T. with Command Pilot Rich Pickett

Passenger Donna T. with pilot So. CA Wing Command Pilot Rich Pickett. Donna is a 37-year-old single mother of five children. She has stage IV cervical cancer and needs to travel to Cancer Centers of America in Goodyear, AZ from Las Vegas, NV for specialized treatment. Donna left her job because she’s too ill to work, and her family’s only source of income is her monthly social security. Donna started flying with us last December and this year our volunteer pilots have provided 10 round-trip flights so that Donna’s transportation to her treatments is one less expense for her to worry about.

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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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