**Written by AFE passenger, Deidre**
I became associated with AFE in August of this year. Their compassion aviation services have gone well beyond my expectations. The office staff and pilots are truly angels, all of them.
I have been battling bladder cancer since 2015. In 2017 the cancer spread into my liver. Immunotherapy and then chemotherapy were used as standard of care treatments, and both did provide positive results for some time. Unfortunately, this past June I learned that the current chemotherapy treatment had failed and the tumors had tripled in size. My only recourse was to seek a clinical trial in order to save my life.
There were several attempts to qualify for trials closer to my home, all fell through. I was nearing the end of options
when in August I was finally accepted into a clinical trial in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins. An answered prayer; however, I was required to be in Baltimore every 3 weeks. This was difficult to plan as I live on an island off the coast of Massachusetts.
The travel planning and expenses, along with the time spent taking a ferry, a bus, and a commercial flight, as well as the possible exposure to illness were all more than I could afford. That’s when several friends suggested Angel Flight East. I have had 4 flights so far and will continue to work with this organization for as long as it takes.
There is good in this world; good people trying to help where and when they can, Angel Flight East is just one example of this. I would never wish such a disease on anyone, but if you are in need call these angels. They’ve put a smile on my face, even in these darkest of days.