Mike Sisemore has been an adventurous pilot for nearly 50 years, filming skydiving world records and flying to remote destinations for camping with his wife. Several bouts with cancer led the Sisemores and their trusty basset hound into a new adventure: flying cancer patients to the lifesaving treatment they need.
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On July 14-28, AFSC treasurer Wayne Maynard took an exciting adventure: he flew from Dallas to the North Pole and back to raise awareness and funding for Angel Flight South Central. Wayne first became involved with Angel Flight because he lost a brother to cancer, and he has become an avid supporter ever since. The trip involved...
This husband and wife team give back to their community – together – by volunteering with Angel Flight South Central.
Angel Flight passengers often do a double-take when they first meet volunteer pilot Zach Kilgore. Zach, 23, is one of the youngest pilots flying for AFSC, but don’t let that youthful face fool you. He has more than 1,000 hours of flight time under his belt and is a certified flying instructor. And he has an ageless care for his passengers, keeping water and blankets on board and nearly always bringing his friend Will Kyle along as a flight assistant to make sure passengers are comfortable during their journey.
CBS-4 News travels with Veronica Bishop as Angel Flight South Central volunteer pilot Ernesto Lugo flies her to her treatment for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Every day, AFSC provides free flights for people with medical and humanitarian needs.
Donald Lawton has been flying for Angel Flight South Central for more than 15 years and this month will undertake his 200th mission. Here we take a look back with Don on his experiences with passengers and on how Angel Flight has changed over the years. What got you flying with Angel Flight? It was probably a pretty typical reason,...
When Doyle Turner retired from the Air Force after 27 years as a fighter pilot, he knew the general aviation world would be a different animal. So he was delighted to find that Angel Flight South Central had the kind of organization and emphasis on safety that he had come to expect during his military career.
Melvin Jenschke has flown more than 1,200 hours and spent nearly $1 million of his own money to fly relief missions for Angel Flight South Central. He is now a finalist for a 2018 Endeavor Award. If he wins, AFSC will receive a $15,000 grant.
When Eileen Isola flew her first mission for Angel Flight South Central in November, the experience came packed with meaning. Her primary passenger, 7-year-old Susana, has been living with leukemia for five years, but her intelligence and spark still shine through her, just as they do in her mother, also named Susana. But the importance of this trip to Eileen went beyond the reward of helping people in need of care. This mission was Eileen's first solo flight in decades, and represented an important personal challenge she made to herself during her ongoing recovery from her breast cancer treatment.
It was late afternoon, and Carolyn Brown looked over at her 82-year-old husband, Philip. It worried her terribly to see him lying precariously on the bleachers of the elementary school gym, his head propped on a waterlogged duffel bag. This was no place to sleep for a man with a heart condition who had just visited MD Anderson for cancer treatment. But Hurricane Harvey had flooded them out of their home in Orange, Texas, and this was their only option for the night. They hadn’t eaten for two days, but Carolyn’s gravest concern was her husband’s sleeping situation. “I’m not sure he would have made it through the night in that shelter,” she says. That’s when she learned that help was on the way. Angel Flight South Central was flying water and food into Orange – about 80 miles east of Houston on the Louisiana border – because all the roads were closed due to flooding.