Passenger Stories

Passenger’s Shari & Alan H

NV Wing Command Pilot Thomas Young, passenger’s wife Shari, passenger Alan H. and Mission Assistant John Young flying from Bend, OR to Reno, NV to participate at a Paralympic Sport Club. Alan returned from serving our country with traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress syndrome, and back injury. These clubs all over the country offer service members and veterans with Paralympic-eligible impairments like Alan’s a chance to get back in the game of living healthy, active lives through sports training.

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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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