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Flight #253

Flight Hero: Long View Systems Alberta

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Manila, Philippines

Flights of Compassion Required: 4

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 125,000

Points Raised: 33,050

Points to go: 91,950

The flight recipient, Rey, and his wife Ellen have two children. Darrell, age 11 and Aaron, age 7. Two years ago their lives were very different. They both had good jobs and we were finally able to buy their first house, something they had dreamed about for so long.

Things changed soon after February of 2016 when Ellen was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery and the cancer thankfully is stable. She goes back for follow-up every six months. Shortly after Ellen was diagnosed with cancer, her father was diagnosed with an aneurysm. It has been so hard for her to not be able to go back and see him and of course he cannot travel due to his poor health.

Then in June 2016, the back pain Rey had been experiencing turned out to be lung cancer which had already spread to his back. His prognosis was very poor, he was given less than 6 months. Rey had radiation and chemotherapy but unfortunately these treatments were only able to slow the spread of the cancer and terrible side effects. Because of this the Oncologist recommended Rey stop treatment. He has just finished his second round of radiation and without the side effects of the chemotherapy he is feeling the best he has in some time although the doctors have told him the cancer will continue to spread. 

These circumstances have demonstrated that time is very precious and have brought to light that what is really important to both Rey and Ellen is to be able to return to the Philippines with their 2 boys to see Rey’s mother, brother, and sister and also Ellen’s brothers and parents. Especially her father with his poor health.

However with both of them now on disability their income barely covers the cost of their mortgage and housing expenses. To pay for four tickets to the Philippines is overwhelming.

Rey and Ellen are so thankful for your consideration to help with some of the costs for the tickets and to help us to fulfill this wish to spend this very bittersweet Christmas with family in the Philippines.

Flight Hero Sponsor:

Long View Systems Alberta has committed to helping Give A Mile raise at least 125,000 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.