But a ten hour round trip by car is not feasible every week, or even two. With the need to maintain some semblance of a normal schedule for a family, and the wear and tear of the treatment, getting to and from Boston as quickly as possible is very important. And that's what the pilots of Angelflights do for us.
Angelflights is a non-profit organization that coordinates free flights for medical patients with pilots who fly their own planes on their own time, at their own expense. The biggest drawback for many patients would be the size of the planes, which tends to be small. Very small. This is not a problem for me. I love flying in general, and particularly in tiny planes. I actually consider it one of the (very few) benefits of having cancer that I have had the opportunity to fly along the coast of Maine a number of times now, just a few thousand feet above land. It is exhilarating, and beautiful, and so much quicker than by car.
This is one of the first planes that we traveled in. I took the photo of it from the back seat of one of the next planes we flew in. This was when they flew us to NYC.
This photo is of our last pilot, Dan Herrick, just about to land the plane at the Bar Harbor airport. See the runway through the windshield? Isn't that cool? That's my partner, Greg, beside him in the front seat. Another benefit to flying this way is that we get to wear headphones and listen to all the air traffic control radio. I know, I'm a geek.