In February, volunteer Joyce Olkiewicz had the pleasure of escorting a patient’s family from Buchanan Air Field to Ygnacio Valley Care Center where they could visit with their loved one. This wonderful family was granted a trip on Angel Flight West with the help from the patient’s social worker Suzanne Amendt. Angel Flight West has a mission of charity—the pilots donate their time, aircraft and fuel to assist those with health care and other compelling needs.

Betty and June, our patient’s mother and sister, were flown out to see their loved one, whose health was declining. They reflected on the visit and how their loved one was doing. Betty explained that her daughter hadn’t been up all day until she heard her voice. Opening her eyes she said, “Hello Mom.” Betty’s eyes glistened with tears as she smiled.

Betty and June are grateful to Hospice of the East Bay and Angel Flight West for all their help. Driving home Joyce reflected, “I am so fortunate to be a volunteer for such an admirable organization. Hospice of the East Bay has given me the opportunity to make a difference. My experiences of helping patients and families during this stage of life is invaluable. I will always remember them.”