Angels With Sheet Metal Wings
“This is an incredible opportunity to make a huge impact on the lives of people who did not choose to be in their situation. I truly believe that, although I didn’t realize it at the time I got my pilot’s license, this is the real reason I am a pilot.”
Those are the words of Rick Holloway, one of 1,200 men and women who are volunteer pilots for Angel Flight West. Every year, they donate more than 3,000 flights, flying children and adults to medical appointments across Hawai’i and 12 other Western states.
And each time they go wheels up, a life is changed, or saved.
“What an amazing service!! You and your volunteer pilots have truly made a life saving difference in this patient and family’s life! Mahalo from the bottom of our hearts! -Hannah G. LCSW
Hawai’i is celebrated for being an island paradise. But the very things that make living here a dream, can quickly turn into a nightmare when you need to travel for medical care. Onki T. knows this all too well. Her daughter Arendje has a severe form of femoral anteversion — the thigh bone is twisted inward. She needed to see a specialist at Shriners Hospital, but had no way to get to Honolulu from their home in Lihue. Thanks to Angel Flight West’s volunteer pilots, Arendje was able to keep her important appointment.
Chad Holcomb was one of Arendje’s pilots. “Our wing is very grass roots and without great people like you we would not be able to help so many people here in Hawaii…Thank you everyone for all you do and lets make these missions happen!!!
Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions may be tax-deductible. However, most of our active members will probably tell you that the best benefit of being an Angel Flight West member is having the chance to help a patient by providing transportation to a life-saving treatment or flying a child battling cancer to summer camp.
“It’s a great honor to be able to assist the children from outer islands so they can take part in this special experience. For those of you that have flown in the past, you know exactly what I am talking about. So much Aloha and such an amazing group of people that put these camps on!
Angel Flight West invites Hawai’i-based pilots to join (membership is free) and use your skills, your time, and your passion for flying to help people in need. For more information, visit the AFW website www.angelflightwest.org.