What could be more compelling or more about holiday spirit than a story involving a young man? Harold from Calgary wrote to Give A Mile with a story of his 14-year old grandson Elijah in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
Elijah was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma in summer 2019, and he immediately began chemotherapy treatments, with radiation looming and a 20% success rate it was an anxious time for a teenager.
Harold made one trip to visit his daughter Shana, son-in-law, and Elijah since the diagnosis, but as a senior citizen on fixed income getting to see them again was out of his budget. Harold admits that technology is a challenge and is driven to spend more personal time with his grandson, Eli.
Harold reached out to Give A Mile, a charitable organization of 100% dedicated volunteers who take unused loyalty points and monetary donations to turn them into flights of compassion. Haroldâ€™s flight will be one that falls into the Give A Mile annual holiday giving campaign with the following goals to achieve by Christmas 2019:
- Commit 50 flight heroes
- Collect 3 Million loyalty points
- Raise $41,000 corporate and other donations
- Connect 60 flights of compassion
With only five years of giving, the success of Give A Mileâ€™s special events and campaigns are fully dependent on the generosity of our donors and sponsors. This year the holiday campaign is supported by Points loyalty solutions, by Canadaâ€™s premier loyalty program aeroplan, and by Scotiabank banking and wealth management. Â Remember Give A Mile today on Giving Tuesday, and throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter for links to more compelling flight stories.