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Flight #331

Emergency Flight To See Dad In Hospice

Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flights of Compassion Required: 1

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 15,000

Points Raised: 15,000

Points to go: 0

I would like to see my stepdad Steve in hospice. 7 years ago he had a defibrillator put in as a result of Atrial Fibrillation (which almost killed him). In September 2017 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Not long after he started chemotherapy but about a week after each round of chemo he would have a heart attack and end up in the hospital. Consequently they decided that he could no longer endure IV chemo as it was causing the heart attacks. They then attempted oral chemo medication and some radiation only for him to have 6 heart attacks as a result. The cancer has since spread to his spine and other parts of his body and is putting increased stress on his heart. As a result he made the conscious, but difficult, decision to go into hospice as the heart attacks were happening weekly.

Steve came into my life 10 years ago. My parents divorced when I was 12 and growing up my Mom always put my sister and I first and never made time for her. When she said that she had reconnected with an old friend we were excited for her. He opened his home to us when we had to move my Nana as he lived closer to her than us (this was before he and my mom lived together). He makes time to encourage and support my sister and me through all of our life choices. Though he has not always been able to be there in person he finds a way through Facetime or over the phone. He is my Mom’s best friend and encourages her to do things that make her happy. He has been positive every day through everything (even on the bad days he manages to find a positive) and is a bit stubborn too. I don’t see him often as I live a province away but I’m pretty sure I talk to him more than my Mom.

When Steve was diagnosed in September they made the decision not to tell me right away as they felt I would take it pretty hard as I had just been diagnosed and had surgery for Melanoma in my leg. My sister eventually called to tell me as my Mom couldn’t bring herself to do it. My sister also called me to tell me that Steve was in hospice. When I asked if I needed to come home that day she said “If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have told you yes as I didn’t think he was going to make it through the night. As for today he looks really good.” I know what it means to live life every day and do it with no regrets. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to spend time with Steve but my budget is tight with daily expenses and student loans. I looked at driving but gas is not cheap and it’s a day travel each way. With a direct flight from Penticton to Calgary I can be there in an hour and fifteen minutes and not wasting precious time spent with Steve and my Family; time I can’t get back. Thank you for your consideration in this matter and thank you for everything you do to help families.