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Flight #120

Flight Hero: Joanne Major

Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Flights of Compassion Required: 1

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 25,000

Points Raised: 25,000

Points to go: 0

My name is Heather and I am a registered Social Worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. I am currently working with the Ara family from Prince George, BC, as two members of the family are admitted here due to their medical acuity and level of care needs.

Currently, the mother of the Ara family and her new infant child are both receiving critical care at RCH. The father of the Ara family, Nayeem, and two young daughters, ages 7 and 4, have traveled here to be near their fragile loved ones at this difficult time.

The Ara family are under incredible duress at present. Mom is very sick, baby is fragile, and dad and sisters are away from their home community, daily routine, and support system. Mr. Ara’s ability to work is disrupted and therefore income severely compromised. Mom and baby will continue to require hospitalization for some time.

Mr. Ara has recently sponsored his mother, Lily Bilkis Banu, from Bangladesh and she remains in Prince Goerge. If his mother was here, she would be capable of providing him support and respite. For instance, she could offer his two daughters with child care while he is at hospital with his spouse and infant son. Unfortunately, the cost of her airfare is prohibitive at this time. As she speaks limited English, the family do not feel she could tolerate or navigate a long bus ride.

It would be both practical and therapeutic to all of the illness affected family members to have Ms. Banu in New Westminster.

Flight Hero Recipient:

Joanne Major of Calgary, Alberta has committed to helping Give A Mile raise at least 25,000 miles for one of the 25 flights of compassion that we hope to make possible this 2015 holiday season.

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.