AFNE Assists Patients 10+ Years with Free Air Transportation

We’d love for you to take a moment to meet Leanne & Cristina – an inspiring mother/daughter pair from Michigan who’s utilized Angel Flight NE’s free air transportation services since 2011! Leanne has a rare variation of Cerebral Palsy that requires frequent travel to Brigham & Women’s Hospital for appointments.

Leanne, a single mother, adopted Cristina from Peru and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when Cristina was only 15 months old. Any diagnosis can be scary, but as a single mother of a newly adopted child, Leanne was not sure how she would get the specialized care she needed in Boston, MA to ensure she could slow down the progression of her diagnosis. Leanne learned about Angel Flight NE’s mission and our ability to assist patients with free air transportation – fondly referring to our assistance as  “angel from above”.

Angel Flight NE has had the honor to work with Leanne and Cristina since 2011 by coordinating nearly 100 flights of healing and hope. Given the distance, the fights are broken up into three separate Angel Flights. Their most recent flight was accomplished by AFNE Volunteer Pilot, Bryan W., pictured above, who flew the entire trip! Our volunteer pilots are just so amazing – we are very blessed to have them there to support our patients and their families!

In addition to Leanne’s Cerebral Palsy, Cristina also has a rare health condition, but turns to her amazing artistic capabilities and passion for life to inspire others daily . If you’d like to learn more about her journey & her beautiful artwork – please visit her page:

Mission/Flight requests – like Leanne’s – happen daily and we are privileged to have the opportunity to not only fly but deeply care for all who turn to us for help at difficult times in their lives. As with all of our patients, we are here for Leanne & Cristina for as long and as often as she needs our help and to ensure the best possible outcome.

Thank You and God Bless You for your support and belief in our healing mission. With your help and belief in our mission, we can ensure that distance is never an obstacle for patients, like Leanne.

Warmest regards,
Fr. Larry & the AFNE Staff

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