this occasion Angel Flight assisted a Lightning Ridge man
on a mission to help save the life of his sister.
For Ken Hunt life living in
the bush has been quite a challenge, and since November 2003
he has been faced with new challenges, making regular visits
to Dubbo and Sydney for blood tests in the hope that he can
help save the life of his sister Gwen.
Gwen has a rare type of Leukaemia;
so rare that only 20 people in the world have been identified
with her condition. She has been receiving treatment for approximately
2 years and now her only chance of life is to receive a stem
cell transplant from a compatible donor.
"My five sisters and
I have been checked to see if we can help Gwen," Mr.
Hunt said. Mr. Hunt and his wife, Mary,
have been taking all this in their stride, but the lengthy
trips have certainly impacted on their personal and business
lives as well as putting additional pressure on their finances.
"I am the only one compatible
with Gwen, and Id do anything to help her no matter
what inconvenience I have to suffer or how far I have to travel.
However we are very isolated and I think Angel Flight is a
brilliant idea as it will make life easier for me and many
others who probably need the service much more than I do,"
In fact, this flight to Sydney
was the final step for Ken Hunt, as he attended St. Vincents
Hospital where he received drug therapy before donating stem
cells, which may well save the life of his sister Gwen.
"Its been a challenging
time for all of us and I just hope now that my stem cell donation
has done what it was supposed to do, but well just have
to wait and see," Mr. Hunt said.On the flight to Sydney
Ken had one short stopover in Tamworth, where the Angel Flight
touched down to help make life a little easier for five year
old, Jasmine Wallace, and her mother Ms Linda Porter (M85).Watch
the TV news coverage for this mission.
This story appeared in The
Ridge News (8 April), The
Ridge News (14 April) and The