Monday, June 4, 2012

Heavenly Help for Rural Patients

Living way out in the country has so many advantages.  But having easy access to cutting edge medical treatment isn't one of them. I sincerely hope that you and yours will never need the kind of angel I'm about to describe to you.  But you may know of someone in your community who is in need of specialized medical care. Getting to a far away hospital can be a real challenge.   If you could just find a real life angel with wings to fly  you where you needed to be, it would be a miracle...or would it?

I just happen to know where you can find one of these winged angels and I'm hoping my blog friends, especially in rural areas, can help me spread the word.  Did you know there is a network of volunteer pilots that are willing to provide no cost transportation for patients in need?  It is provided through a non-profit organization called Angel Flights and it covers most of the United States.  

Transportation costs are often not covered by insurance and it just adds a burden to an already stressful situation.  These pilots volunteer their planes, pilot skills and fuel costs to help make a very difficult time just a little easier.  There is no cost to either the patient or family member that may be traveling with them.

My husband was recently accepted as an angel flight pilot and we were so excited when he finally received his first mission.  He was to be one of three pilots that would transport a darling seven-year old girl from California where she has been receiving treatments to her rural home in Idaho.

So we jumped in the plane on Saturday morning and headed to Southern Utah where we would meet her and her mother and the pilot that was bringing them from California.  Upon first meeting our little passenger it was obvious that she had been through a lot.  I'm sure she didn't feel well, but she hardly stopped to rest.  She was raring to go, determined to get home and ready for the second leg of her journey.  

We passed through some beautiful country but it was very windy and a super bumpy ride all the way.  I was amazed at how well both mom and daughter handled the turbulence. I should have realized they have already been through some pretty tough bumps and this was probably small by comparison.  

It was a sweet moment when our little rider was able to catch a few winks between all the bouncing around.

Far too quickly it was time to transfer her care to the Idaho pilot that would be taking her and her mom the rest of the way home.  But not before she gave me a close up look of her special watch.  A gentle reminder to me of how precious life is and how we should make the most of every minute we are given.  

 As she climbed into the Piper that would take her the final leg home, I couldn't help but be thankful there are angels right here on earth to help us through a rough spot or two....

...and I hope that being able to jump into her own bed tonight will feel like a puffy, heavenly cloud.  

God bless our little passenger, her family and all families who struggle with life's most difficult challenges. 

There are far more pilots willing to help than people who know about them so please pass this along if you know of someone who could benefit.   Although medical transport is the most common need there are many other compelling human needs where these pilots are willing to help.  Check out the Angel Flights website or Facebook page for all the important details. 

Enjoy today and every day!



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  1. Dear Lynn,
    What an outstanding accomplishment for your husband, (and you, since you are right there beside him). How extremely generous you both are! It warms my heart to know there are caring individuals like yourselves in this world of ours. Thank you winged Angels!!

  2. This is such an awesome use of what God has given your family- to bless others. Thank you for sharing this organization and may God bless you and all the other pilots and their families and help Angel Flight to grow!

    Working Kansas Homemaker (.com)

  3. What an amazing post... it gave me goosebumps reading. How generous these pilots are. As I thought of this little girl, my heart went out to her and her family. Another reminder of how much I have to be thankful for today. Thank you for sharing!

    P.S. As much as I love living in the south, I also got a tiny bit homesick looking at these pictures of Southern Utah!

  4. How awesome that your husband wanted to do this wonderful and helpful deed to families. This was such a wonderful post and how uplifting to know there are still fabulous folks like you and your hubby out there. Thanks for sharing this info and thank you "Winged Angels."

  5. Wow, what an amazing story, and a reminder for me to be thankful for the simplest of blessings. I am sharing with a friend of mine who lives in a rural area. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Hi Lynn, I didn't know about this program. How wonderful that your hubby was accepted into it. Love the story about the little girl he was able to help. I'll be sharing this.

  7. lynn, what a blessing you & your husband are/will be for so many!!!! so nice that you're able to share His love in this way!! praying for your safety & many more opportunities for you to share His blessings & love.

  8. Wow! This is wonderful. Thank you to you and your husband for your kind hearts. We also live in a rural area, and I know how scary it can be if you need immediate medical attention. How nice that you were able to go along! I'm sure you made the little girl and her mom feel more comfortable.

  9. What a lovely make me cry story! You and your husband are two very amazing people ... so thank you so very much for volunteering your services to help those in need.

    I'm so incredibly touched by this post ...


  10. I have heard about things like this hats off to all the pilots

  11. What a wonderful post. I live in a very rural area and I know how important it is to have to travel to get medical care. I am so thankful for this organization and all they have done to help those in need.


  12. Wow! Congrats to the pilot and you ~ Awesome post so glad to hear about this ~thanks for sharing ~ ^_^ ~ A Creative Harbor

  13. I didn't know this, so thank you =)

  14. Angel Flights are such an awesome thing. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Bless your hubby for being a part of this awesome organization. Thank you for sharing your story. xoxo

  16. Wow! What a truly incredible organization and what a blessing for you and your husband to get to be part of it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday. We will be featuring it at this week's party so be sure to stop by! :-)

  17. thank you.

    that was a very touching post, I cried heart tears while reading it.

    I am going to get on FB right now and share there info. My 9 year old cousin is currently undergoing treatment for cancer as well. He has often had to take the "Health Net" flight to hospitals. Maybe we have some angel pilots in our area.

    Thank you and your husband for being Angels.

    Misty in WV

  18. What a beautiful touching story. I', so glad you were able to be a part of this girl's life, even for jsut a little while. It must have been an incredibly special moment.