PF Columnist Chartering Air Ambulance to Attend Son’s Wedding

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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.

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