PF Columnist Chartering Air Ambulance to Attend Son’s Wedding


Meet Pulmonary Fibrosis News columnist, Kim Fredickson. She was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis three years ago following chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer.

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Over the past year, Kim’s health has declined so much that she’s now unable to fly on commercial airlines. This wouldn’t be a huge problem, except that her son lives in Houston, Texas and she lives in Sacramento, California.

Kim’s son is getting married in Houston and obviously, Kim wants to be a part of the special occasion. Since flying commercially is out of the question and driving more than 2,000 miles isn’t really an option, Kim set up a fundraising page, which she wrote about in her column, to raise enough money to charter an air ambulance. The ambulance would be set up with all the medical equipment she’d require for the journey.

At a cost of almost $39,000, Kim thought it would be a long shot, but she was determined to try. Amazingly, in just six weeks she received enough in donations to charter the plane and will now be able to attend her son’s wedding on May 6. In the video above, Kim takes the time to explain her story and to thank the people who helped make this dream come true.

MORE: Making tough decisions as pulmonary fibrosis progresses.

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  1. Valeria says:

    Thats fabulous. Glad those donations came in to make her dream come true. The way the airlines are shrinking seats we’ll all nedd the air ambulance to travel is we need 02.

  2. Janet Havery says:

    God bless you and your family. I get goose bumps when I think about your miracle.

    I’ve joined the support group on Facebook. It’s wonderful seeing your smile of happiness and love. The photos of your trip to Houston just make my heart sing! You are truely blessed.

    You deserve it too. You help all of us with your insightful columns. I have no clue how you get the energy to keep the rest of us informed. I’m proud of you.

  3. Dot Davis says:

    This is a BEAUTIFUL story! Have a FABULOUS time, dear Kim! Don’t forget to post a few pics!! I’m so happy for you and your family that this is possible!
    God bless you and all those who responded. And may He keep you comfortable every step of the way!
    Love from Nebraska

  4. Mary Graham says:

    Hope you have a wonderful trip. I lost my husband 13 years ago to this lung disease. I did not know much about during the short time he had it. Of course he could have had it longer than he let me know. Since that time I have lost a wonderful friend, her twin sister and now her husband has it. None of these had any cancer befor getting it. The friend did in the last weeks develope lung cancer. Her husband before he got made many trips to Washington to talk to senators about the disease. I will be praying for you.

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