Under Our Wing – Passenger Alison

Alison knew something was wrong when, for more than a year, she experienced stomach pain and could not even keep food down. But still, the Stage 4 diagnosis of Incurable Ovarian Cancer was not the outcome she was hoping for.

Her diagnosis sped her treatment into action with a complete hysterectomy a week later. She then endured six rounds of chemotherapy before being sent home with the prognosis no cancer patient wants to hear.

Alison was given the news by her doctor that her cancer levels were doubling and tripling by the month and there was little they could do to save her. But, in September 2018, Alison was given hope in the form of Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois and the volunteers at LifeLine Pilots.

What impact has the staff at LifeLine Pilots had on your cancer journey?

“Annette [LLP Mission Coordinator] is awesome, and goes above and beyond — I can’t praise her enough. Annette has been the ultimate navigator. She has been supportive, loving, kind, and has become a good friend of mine. I cannot thank her enough for all she has done for me.”

Describe your experiences with our volunteer pilots.

“I want to extend my gratitude and my appreciation and gratefulness to each pilot for taking time out of busy schedules to care about a cancer patient like me. Deep in their hearts I want them to know they are so valuable to me and no flight has gone unrecognized in my heart.

Pilot Peyton and his wife Mary are so kind and understanding. I have memories of each individual pilot, each one of them was essential and important to my flights.

I thank all of the volunteer pilots for assisting in saving my life. I am thinking about them and their compassion surpasses all understanding.”

Thank you Alison, for sharing your story and being our friend and supporter of our services!