Most of our Give A Mile flight of compassion recipients do make it to see their loved one in critical care. But every once in a while, the person passes away before the flier can reach them.
This is one such story, in honour of Fatherâ€™s Day. That might sound like a strange â€œhonourâ€ but please read Lyseâ€™s story and her own words of gratitude.
Lyse applied for a flight from Calgary to Ottawa to see her father at end of life. Like many in Calgary, she was affected by the economic downturn so very thankful that she was granted the flight. A Give A Mile corporate partnership with ever-supportive travel industry company Flight Centre allowed Lyse to travel. However, by the time she got to Ottawa, her father had just passed away. Yet Lyse was thankful:
â€œI came backÂ last SaturdayÂ (April 14th). Firstly, I want to thank [Give A Mile] for giving meÂ the opportunity to be with my siblings and my mother during this veryÂ difficult time. Although, my father past away before I had theÂ opportunity to see him the last time, the funeral was just beautifulÂ and all of us we received a beautiful photo album of wonderfulÂ memories with him.â€
That is not where this Fatherâ€™s Day flight story ends however. While Lyse was in Ottawa she took the opportunity to apply for work and interview feeling compelled to be closer to family after her fatherâ€™s end of life service.
Founded in late 2013 by crowd-funding flights of compassion with unused travel miles, Give A Mile is a 100% volunteer organization that has awarded over 460 flights in 4-and-a-half years. and is currently in a Fatherâ€™s Day campaign. They have expanded the donation options and continue to build corporate partnerships and a volunteer base. Please donate or get involved withÂ Give A Mile and allow important moments with fathers, grandfathers, and other family members when itâ€™s needed most.