137 - BANKSTOWN / PORT MACQUARIE / BANKSTOWN
Friday 9th July 11-year-old Leeahs spirits were lifted when
she flew into Port Macquarie to spend a weekend with her family,
thanks to some very special angels.
Having undergone surgery for a brain tumour, Leeah received radiotherapy
at Sydneys Prince of Wales Hospital, following which she is
expected to have further surgery to remove a tumour on her spine.
However, despite all the difficulties, Leeahs Mum, Raeleen,
is determined to keep the family together as much as possible.
I think Ive been really good staying positive and taking
just one day at a time, but this last week Ive been a bit
down and having weekends at home was just what we needed to lift
our spirits, Leeah's mum said.
Its really important for us to be together as a family
and we dont let all of this run our lives, but it has been
like being in a dark tunnel and so we really appreciate the help
from Angel Flight.
Leeah is doing really well but the seven-hour journey by train from
Sydney to Port Macquarie and then back to continue her treatment
caused significant discomfort for her.
Leeah can only sit down for short periods of time because
of the tumour on her spine, Raeleen said.
Its been really hard seeing my little girl going through
all this, she is the loveliest little girl, and its wonderful
that we were able to fly home instead of taking the long train journey.
story appearing Port
Macquarie News (PDF).
Rodgers - Pilot
Padwick - Earth Angel
About Robert Rodgers
was the fourth Angel Flight for Robert thanks to the generosity
of his construction team which has helped to cover the fuel
expenses of each flight, with Robert donating both his time
and his skills and the use of his plane.
I love flying and its good being able to do what
I enjoy whilst at the same time helping others, Mr.
My previous missions have also involved sick children
and when I see them and spend time with them, I realize how
lucky I am to have healthy kids and this motivates me to keep
helping. I really appreciate the help of my work
mate angels in enabling me to do my bit.
Angel Flight 1 comment by Robert Rodgers
Leeah's luck - the weather turned bad but I still decided
told Leeah's mum Raeleen, that I would sit Leeah in the front
so I could let Leeah have a go at the controls, I had to get
a smile out of this little girl.
finally departed at 15.30 after waiting for a clearance from
Sydney departures. Once we were at 2000ft we were in cloud
and kept climbing and then levelled out at 8000ft but still
in cloud, after a while we broke cloud and there were rainbows
all around us. I pointed this out to Leeah and she turned
to her mum, smiled and said "Look mum rainbows".
Her mum captured this magical moment on my camera."
"Look Mum - rainbows!"
Robert, Leeah and Raeleen.
Moore & Sarah Kilvert - Pilots
Padwick - Earth Angel
Angel Flight 2 by Shane Moore & Sarah
About Shane Moore
Moore, a pharmacist at Flynns Beach Pharmacy, said he enjoys
making a small difference in people's lives.
really does make you realize how lucky you are," he said.
gave Leeah a chance to catch up with her father and brother
for the weekend."
pilot Sarah Kilvert said she felt good about helping a patient
who was so young.
up, my brother had leukemia so I understand the pressure of
constant treatment," Sarah said.