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Flight #167

Daughter to fly father home to spend remaining days

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Flights of Compassion Required: 2

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 30,000

Points Raised: 30,000

Points to go: 0

     When I was 14yrs old my mother passed away unexpectedly. She lived in another city, one which I rarely visited, and not visiting her enough or seeing her before she passed is something I have always carried with me and regretted. I don’t want to carry that same feeling and guilt with my father now that he is sick. Growing up I have always been a daddy’s girl. My father taught me to cook, check my oil, fix things etc. He has been a very important person in my life. My father moved to British Columbia when I was 20 yrs old as he was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma and he felt the warmth helped with his stiffness and the chemo. That was a really hard time for me as I was so afraid to lose such an important man in my life and be so far away. I visit at least once a year, but it has always been hard being far away from him. He went into remission after his treatments and I have still carried the fear of losing him with me. Over a week ago I got a phone call that my father was in the hopsital and has a cancerous brain tumor. I packed my bags the next day and drove 12.5 hours to be with him for the testing and diagnosis. Through days of testing and waiting we have came to the diagnosis that he has Primary CNS Lymphoma with 2 masses on his braing (one being 9cm, the other 1.5cm) and they have given him weeks-months to live. So far my boyfriend and I have spent over $2000 on just hotel rooms and have accrued costs for gas, food, etc. I am in the process of getting my father transferred back to Alberta with me so that he can be with his family (myself, my 2 sister and soon to be 2 nephews) and all his close friends he has known for years. My father doesnt have any family in BC and not very many friends in Penticton, so I think it is very important to get him back to Alberta for these last months. Especially as my 8yr old nephew hasn’t seen him in over 2 years and my sister is 6 months pregnant and unable to travel in a vehicle long distances
(due to health risks) and soon cannot fly. It would be amazing if we could financially get help with taking him home so he can be comfortable, surrounded by the people he loves, as the expenses have already been great and will continue to be.