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Flight #307

Flight Hero: Divestco

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Complete

Flights of Compassion Required: 1

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 25,000

Points Raised: 25,000

Points to go: 0

Flight Hero Recipient:

In June 2016, the flight recipient was diagnosed with multiple Myloma, and was in a stable condition, but he was  supposed to undertake monthly blood tests. He went to Pakistan with the permission of Dr. Tay, who was his oncology doctor. In the month of May 2017, his bones started to cause him pain, which indicated that the cancer had started taking off. From Pakistan, he consulted Dr. Tay (through his daughter Rabia) who advised him to come back to Calgary as soon as possible. He reached Calgary on the 12th of June 2017, got admitted to Tom Baker cancer center on the 17th of June 2017, and his chemotherapy started on the 21st of June 2017. In the first week of  July 2017 he was put on palliative care and a number of medicines. A very intense session of chemotherapy was carried out for 12 weeks and radiography was also conducted on my 5th and 6th vertebra for one week. After 12 weeks, chemotherapy the treatment was stopped and boosters for his immune system were started on a monthly basses. Bone strengthening injections were also started on a monthly bases to improve his quality of life. When he went to Pakistan in January 2017 his weight was 78kgs, when his chemotherapy started, it dropped to 61 kg.

Recently he has been stuck in his room for the last six months, making his life miserable. He is a senior citizen with no income so he is financially dependent on his daughter and son in law. The expenditure of his medicines is also a complete burden on him. However it may be reimbursed by the blue cross. During this period all his personal work was being done by his daughter. She would coordinate his appointments and medications in addition to looking after his wife who is also suffering from acute arthritis. His daughter would also look after her family of three kids and a husband. Unfortunately due to excessive workload and the winter season setting in, she is suffering from severe depression. The family doctor along with the social worker started giving her medication but she went into such a state that she was evacuated to a shelter home, leaving the flight recipient, his wife, and his daughter’s family (three children) left without any support. The family doctor and the social worker advised him and his wife are to be shifted to Miami where his son can take them temporarily for some time. Under the circumstances they have no choice but to tell their son to take us in Miami, so that his treatment for cancer can continue. Once the situation here stabilises, they will see how things shape up and think about moving to Calgary.

Flight Hero Sponsor:

Divestco has committed to helping Give A Mile raise at least 25,000 miles to support further flights of compassion.

We are so thankful for all the miles donated and the help this provides us to award flights to people seeking hope, hugs, and togetherness with loved ones in their time of greatest need.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you or someone you know is in need of a flight of compassion.