5 Month Old Travels Home to Boston After Surgery in PA to Treat Rare Disease

We’re thankful you share our belief that people matter and that you’re with us on our journey to enhance the lives of those we serve. Because of your incredible support and partnership in giving, we continue to expand our ability to support families living with illness – especially those afflicted with rare & ultra-rare diseases.

Within this week’s edition of Thankful Thursday, we’d like to share with you another amazing mission that occurred in October 2022! Here at Angel Flight NE, we are carrying the holiday spirit into the New Year by sharing adorable Gavin & his amazing pilot.

Gavin was born with a rare disease that caused an inappropriate secretion of insulin; this diagnosis required treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at only 3 months old. After surgery, both his family and the doctor felt Gavin was too fragile to travel home on a commercial flight. Luckily, they were referred to Angel Flight NE and our amazing volunteer pilot, Shakeel, based in Maine and always willing to fly families in need, flew Gavin and his parents home safely especially given Gavin’s immune system is compromised.


Gavin’s aunt shared the following after their trip:
Dear Georgie,
Words alone cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for all you – and your colleagues at Angel Flight NE – do to assist and make possible these extraordinary gifts of life – saving and game changing medical flights.

You all are angels in street clothing! Gavin and our entire family thanks you for his flight on October 10 from Philly to Logan!

With utmost gratitude,
Sue & Neil Russell


The family has follow-up appointments scheduled, and we have assured them that Angel Flight NE will be here to assist them for as long and as often as they need our help. This is just one example of how our mission with the support of our amazing volunteer pilots, along with you, is making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. We are truly blessed!

As with all of our patients and their families, they will be forever a part of the Angel Flight NE family. Mission/Flight requests – like theirs – are requested daily and we feel blessed to be here for our patients.

Thank You and God Bless You for your support & belief in our healing mission.

With your help and belief in our mission, we are able to ensure that distance is never an obstacle for patients, like Gavin, to access the specialized medical care they need.

Warmest regards,
Fr. Larry & the AFNE Staff

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