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 true kindness and generosity of not only the people close to you, but of strangers. I try to drive, but I don’t have the best car and along with hotel stays and food in CA, the costs can add up (not to mention taking that drive every other weekend is just plain tiring!). I’m a recent college grad, so funds for all of these costs aren’t exactly available to say the least. For my last treatment, I was lucky enough to have the wonderful AFW pilot Rod McDermott, who voluntarily picked up my request. We had a delightful, easy flight with this incredibly kind man and were able to get to L.A. in time for my appointment. Unfortunately, complications often arise with these appointments and we needed a place to stay for under $100 for the night (my treatment study will only reimburse up to $100/night for a hotel). Rod called the Westin Bonaventure and explained the situation. The gracious people at that hotel were able to accommodate my father and me. I could not believe my luck and the immense generosity of all of these people I had never met. I am so thankful and only wish there was a way I could repay these amazing people.”
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.