The flight recipient, Zach (age 23), moved to Calgary 6 years ago with five of his siblings to work with the family’s home building/construction company.
Several weeks ago Zach began to have trouble breathing. He was treated for asthma before starting to cough blood. At a local emergency room, doctors ran some tests and sent him home. The next morning, Zach was called and told to come immediately back to Emergency where he was told that they believed that he had lung cancer and further testing was required. Subsequent tests revealed Good Pastures, an autoimmune disease that effects the lungs and liver. Good Pastures is extremely uncommon and only 37 people in Canada have ever been diagnosed. Zach was told that his condition could be manageable with treatment however, can turn fatal within hours.
For the next two weeks Zach was held in the overflow at the hospital while physicians tried to determine the best course of treatment for him. After several conversations with the doctors, concerns were raised over Zach’s care for the next 9 months given that his potentially terminal condition would make him very sick and unable to care for himself while he received intensive treatment. His siblings pooled their money together to bring Zach’s mother out from Ontario to Calgary to support Zach.
On Monday, May 22, 2017, Zach was transferred to another hospital, where he began plasma treatment to prepare his body for the three months of chemotherapy treatment followed by six months of treatment of his Good Pastures diagnosis.
On Friday May 25 2017, Zach’s condition turned critical – he could no longer breathe, had a fever and his liver was failing. He was admitted to the ICU where he was placed on life support.
Zach’s family is a low income family and cannot afford airfare for his father and brother to join the rest of the family here in Calgary to be with Zach. The family wishes to reunite Zach with his father and oldest brother so they can say goodbye to Zach and provide the support and love of their family at this time.
The flight recipient, Angela, found out last November that her Dad has terminal esophageal cancer, which has spread. It has truly been one of the hardest things shes has ever experienced. Knowing that her Dad is slowly dying on the other side of Canada, being stuck at a distance from him, and unable to help, hug or even see him face to face has truly been torture. Angela's Dad means so much, they haven't always seen eye to eye but they have come so far in their relationship. Knowing that she may never see him again is beyond heartbreaking. She is a single parent struggling to make ends meet, so for her to get to New Brunswick on her own is close to impossible. Angela's hope is that if she gets to go see her Dad one last time she can soothe his pain at least a little.
The flight recipient, Mark, is 60 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer in October of 2016. Mark was given 6-24 months to live and was laid off from his job at the end of 2016 after several decades of employment. His wife passed away 3 years ago, now the only family he has living in Calgary is his son. Telling his son about his illness was one of the hardest things he has had to do.
Mark is currently on AISH and funds are tight. He would love the option to be able to go home and see his 86 year old father, brother, aunt, cousins, and friends while he still feels the will to do so. It's getting harder as time goes on and Mark relies on his son more each day to help. Mark would love to have his son come with so see where Mark grew up and to tell his son all of the stories only he can tell. Neither Mark nor his son have never been to England together, it would mean so much to have everyone together one last time.
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No time, is how I describe this, urgency. 10 days ago I spoke with her. 7 days ago she was hospitalized. Today she does not recognize anyone, speak, or eat and has trouble breathing. The doctor told me there is nothing else to do. Cancer at stage 4 has spread all over including her brain. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1983. She went through chemotherapy and lived well for all these years, getting checked every six months. In October of 2016 they discovered a few spots on one of her routine checks.
I spoke with my mom regularly but have not seen her for 14 years. I have not left Canada since I came back from Argentina in March 2003. I need to get there as soon as possible and I will have to juggle my time. Whatever can be done to help me will be very much appreciated. I’m a single dad rising two kids since the age of 4 and 5, now 17, and 18. Trying to provide a roof, food, and education on my own.
Edwin, my dad, also known as Ted, has terminal cancer. I remember how he taught me to play cards. We would sit for hours playing until I got good then dad would say I cheated... We were inseparable when I was growing up. He has requested to see his daughters, Linda and I, but unfortunately my sister Linda cannot make it due to ill health at this moment in time.
Due to being a single person I have not got the funds to see my dad and I really want to see him while he still recognizes me. I would like to say my goodbyes, to let him know how much I love and miss him, to say sorry for the upsets I caused him when I was growing up, and to thank him for being my dad. This will help he and I and give me emotional relief when my dad passes away, knowing I have said my goodbyes.