Your child is sick, but you don’t have the funds or the means to take them to get proper medical care. You feel trapped.
In rural Michigan, this scenario is all too common. The remote nature of the community makes it difficult for parents to get to the nearest medical center, and some people have such advanced medical conditions that car transportation is impossible.
This is how Kid’s Wings came to life. Dick Hamburg, a 72 year-old retiree, was struck with the realization that his small plane could be used to help those in need. The mission of Kid’s Wings is simple: It “provides free flights to those in financial and medical need of transportation to, from, or through this area for treatment.” But the impact is massive.
Since founding Kid’s Wings in 2002, Hamburg has led 200 flights all over the Midwest. He has engaged a small network of other private craft owners, and together, they have transported newborn infants, transplant patients, and hundreds of other children and adults in need of medical attention.
Most of the funding for Kid’s Wings comes from donations. But if Hamburg ends up a little bit out of of pocket. he doesn’t mind. He loves what he does…. And as long as someone needs a flight from him, he’s going to keep doing it.
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