mission 379, 2/15/16 when we initially transported 66 year old Mark from Virginia to his daughter’s home in Illinois.
Now here we are 101 missions, 13 months and 2 days later we are transporting him back home to Virginia.
As I observe a magnificent sunrise over the top of the hangar this morning I am sure it will be a great day for this mission.
For those who may not know it was over 20 years ago when a tree fell onto Mark
and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Since then he has had his left leg amputated and up to a few years ago was doing quite well getting around and self sufficient.
Over the last several years he has encountered many health issues and become more dependent on his family.
He has spent the last year with his daughter Amanda and son-in-law who have put their lives on hold to care for him in their home.
Now his wife has been able to retire and is prepared to bring him back home. He also has another daughter Carrie who lives in Virginia and she is very excited to have her father back home and plans to help out.
We arrive to pick him up and Mark has not changed much, his daughter Carrie is flying with him. As we load him into the ambulance Amanda is very emotional, crying and promising that she will come to visit soon.
Mark did well during his flight and we had great conversation with Carrie. Carrie tells us that all of the family are getting together to celebrate father’s day with Mark.
His grandchildren, siblings and many other family will be in attendance. She is looking forward to this time with her father and family.
In no time we have arrived in Virginia and it is time to tell Mark and Carrie goodbye.
She promised to keep us updated on how her father is doing.
THE FATHER OF A RIGHTEOUS CHILD HAS GREAT JOY;
A MAN WHO FATHERS A WISE SON REJOICES IN HIM.
Thank you to Hal and Mark for sharing this mission with me.