AFNE Volunteer Pilots Complete Tandem Missions for Maine Patients
Welcome to this Week’s Edition of Thankful Thursday!
We’ve shared the stories of both Kalen H. from Caribou, ME & John F. from Presque Isle, ME in the past but just a few weeks ago – our pilot George flew them both!
We had the opportunity to greet John & his wife, Elaine, as they travelled through our office to fly home with George and co-pilot Greg, based at Lawrence Municipal Airport (LWM) on October 4th. Each time the couple sees us, they are so appreciative explaining how they could not have done his course of experimental gene therapy at Mass General without the support of our amazing volunteer pilots and ground crew members.
We received the wonderful news that John is cancer free & officially in remission, they must only travel every three months for checkups! After dropping off John & Elaine – George and his co-pilot had only just begun! Their flight back to LWM was for Kalen – a wonderful woman who was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in 2019.
With the help of Maine Cancer Foundation, our amazing earth angels / ground crew members and the Ford Fund, we’ve coordinated over 30 trips with corresponding ground since 2019 for Kalen. Not only that, our amazing pilot Charlie T. flew Kalen on a last-minute flight to receive a new liver!
We are always so grateful to our volunteer pilots for generously donating their time, fuel, planes and compassion and the Ford Fund who has been partnering with Angel Flight NE to ensure that ground mobility is available for our patients especially during this time of crisis.
All of our patients are forever a part of the Angel Flight NE family. Mission/Flight requests – like John & Kalen’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 them for as long and as often as they need 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 are able to ensure that distance is never an obstacle for patients, like Kalen and John.
Fr. Larry & the AFNE Staff