Angel Flight West

Jade is a two-year-old from Montana who is being treated for neuroblastoma at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Mom Nicole is out of work so she can stay and care for Jade during treatment. They didn't have the means to fly or drive over the Cascades. Angel Flight West provided the transportation so Jade could access the treatment her little eyes needed. Jade provided the smiles and charm for the eight volunteer pilots who flew her last year.
Larry must make repeated and timely visits to UCLA for his treatment. Due to his lung cancer, he cannot endure nor afford the lengthy car trips, especially with Southern California traffic. As pilot Tom Close noted about this particular flight, “The events around Larry and this flight are indeed emblematic of Angel Flight West. AFW puts in touch those in need, and those of us with the luxury of giving back, using the opportunities, and capabilities in our lives where they can have the biggest impact.”
Three year-old Keshaun and his mother Brianna fly from Fresno to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to be treated for biliary artesia. Keshaun needs a new liver. His family has limited income and can’t afford transportation. Lucile Packard Children’s hospital is the closest medical facility that can treat his condition and help him until they can find a new liver. Angel Flight West makes reaching his medical appointments possible and gives Keshaun and Brianna reason to smile.
Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Our network of 1,400+ pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.
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Flights Needing Pilots

The need for pilots
We fly over 10 missions every day of the year. This map shows some of our missions that you could fly. Each of these flights represents a chance for someone to get the medical care they need. Each flight is a chance for hope that you can help them achieve. We are grateful for your participation at whatever level works best for you. When you fly, how often you fly and whom you fly are all up to you. We don’t expect a certain number of flights. Our passengers understand that we don’t guarantee service. Cancelling for any reason is always your choice.

What our passengers say

“We could not have made it these past two years without you all. Any time you need a testimonial, hands-down, you have it from us. Regards, the Williams Family in Durango.” — Joe, Jen, Pike and Mackenzie

“Thanks you so much for flying me from Arcata to Oakland. I think that flight was the first one I really relaxed on and enjoyed. The difference between 6 hours each way in the car makes all the difference to my body. You are great to give your time and plane so I can get my chemotherapy. Thanks for all you do.” — Linda

What our pilots say

“Flying for Angel Flight West has not been just something that I do, it's become part of who I am. You folks run a remarkable organization and it has been very enjoyable and very meaningful for me to serve it!”— Kevin Moore

I’ve found that flying for training, the occasional pleasure trip or the proverbial $100 hamburger just doesn't provide the satisfaction they once did. Angel Flight affords an opportunity to upgrade my passion for flying to compassion for others. The sense of accomplishment after each mission is what keeps me coming back.”— Rayvon Williams

“Flying Angel Flight missions allows me to help people in their time of need, while allowing me the pleasure of flying across this great country.”— Derrick Teal – Oregon Wing

“I joined Angel Flight West in July of 2005. I thought it would be a great way to combine my passion of flying with the joy of helping others. The last 6 years of flying for AFW has wildly surpassed my expectations. I have flown 28 flights as an Angel Flight West Command pilot. Every flight has been different and memorable from flying Santa Flights filled with toys to deliver to Native American tribes to flying kids with cancer. I can’t wait for my next flight.”— Dwight Baldwin

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