Western United States who otherwise wouldn't be able to get to their treatment centers. It's not limited to that though. You can volunteer in office, at events, with photography and more. My first mission was to pick up Asima at Santa Monica Municipal and drive her to UCLA. I received a phone call immediately after signing up for a mission, informing me that she would be flying into Burbank instead because KSMO was unable to book a pilot. Luckily, JetSuiteX has partnered with AFW to donate flights and so it worked out.
She sounded surprised, but relieved, as I'm sure Asima did, once she found out she had a driver. I can't imagine the stress of having to go to another city for treatment. I've seen the struggles with health care, and I'm glad that I was able to help, even just a little bit. Distance is such a terrible reason to not do something. Though, it is easier said than done, I know.
I walked into JetSuiteX, who has a hangar to itself. It was warm, the attendants were pleasant. I was kind of surprised that I'd be able to greet Asima and others who had no idea why I was there, as they deboarded the plane. It was pretty nice...and super luxurious.
Once the waivers were signed and the pictures were taken, off we were. Aside from the 103 degree environment, the trip was fun. Asima is Bosnian born, she told me about how she got to the US in '97 via a refugee camp, her native language, the flavors of Bosnia (lots of beef), and her son, who is in college studying Business. She was truly a pleasure to assist, making it a pretty successful first mission.
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