Monthly Archives: October 2014

“Safe passage: Angel Flight connects rural patients with volunteer pilots”

The Casper Star Tribune recently shared a great Angel Flight West story on 18-year-old Angel Flight West frequent flyer Arianne Robledo. Arianne and her mother flew to Denver Children’s hospital for treatment that was not available to her in her hometown of Lander, WY.

Check out the story here!

Flying ‘angels’ rally around Reno cancer patient


8-year-old Emily Zimmerman is a frequent flyer with Angel Flight West, and recently heard some great news from her pediatrician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on the grounds of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. After battling a brain tumor since last October, her scans had come back clean.

“It’s like being on Team Emily — you share strength and support while working through the challenges, and then the elation and genuine happiness when those challenges are overcome. It’s been a privilege and an honor to be a part of Emily’s journey.”
– AFW Member/Co-Pilot Jackie Gaertner

To read more about Emily’s inspiring story, please check out this great article by guest author Kathleen Masser for the Reno Gazette Journal.

You can follow Emily and her story on her Facebook Page.

Mesothelioma Patient Traveling on Wings of an Angel

Angel Flight West was recently able to assist passenger Mike Rogers of Alaska with travel for a potentially life-saving trip to Pacific Meso Center. Via our partnership with Alaska Airlines, AFW flew Mike to California for a consultation, where Mike found out about a surgery that may extend his life beyond the six-month prognosis he originally received in Anchorage. Check out the full story by author Tim Povtak from the Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute below!

Rose Hills Foundation Grant

The Rose Hills Foundation has generously supported AFW’s programs in Los Angeles County for more than a decade. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that promote the welfare of humankind in the fields of arts and culture, civic and community services, education, health, and youth services.

THANK YOU to the Rose Hills Foundation for recently awarding a generous grant to Angel Flight West. Your support enables AFW to soar to new heights and help more people in LA County!

Angel Flight West Honored by Santa Monica History Museum

Angel Flight West was honored at the Santa Monica History Museum dinner last month. Josh Olson, Executive Director of AFW, accepted the award for AFW “in recognition of [our] decades of selfless service providing free air travel to those with serious medical conditions.”

Big THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteer pilots who make this work possible!

To learn more about this event and those that were honored: