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.