TL;DR - Found a cheaper option for flight that will include a flight nurse! Love and thanks to all of your for your support and your help getting the word out.
Edward C. Musselman is a lifelong pilot. As a teenager he often lived at the Palm Springs Airport helping pilots with their planes in exchange for the occasional flight or lesson. He earned his pilot's license in 1936 at age 17. Soon he was flying whenever he got the chance; ferrying oil well drill bits by biplane and chauffeuring Hollywood celebrity's planes. In April 1941 he was chosen to represent California when Piper donated 48 Cubs painted in RAF colors (Flitflyers), one to each state, for both a fundraising drive by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and to interest young Americans in learning to fly. He soloed one of the Flitflyers from La Guardia Field to Santa Monica. He next went to work for Ryan Aircraft teaching Army Air Corp recruits basic flying skills in PT-22's. In March of 1943 he hired on with Western Airlines crewing wartime air transport work and stayed as a pilot for Western until his retirement in 1979. Throughout his retirement he flew continually teaching gliding and engaging in numerous aviation volunteer efforts. In 2006 he was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. At age 94 he sold his airplane saying that in 77 years he had never hurt a passenger or crashed an airplane and that he didn't want to risk that record.
Now 99 years old, Ed has been hospitalized in his home state of Montana. His daughter, Cyndi, and her family are trying to transport him from Montana to Colorado where his family can care for him. Because Ed is still in need of medical care, he requires an air ambulance to get him to Colorado. Sadly, insurance will not pay for his $15,000 air transport.
Ed's daughter, Cyndi, has been staying in Montana for the past couple of months managing his hospital care. Now she needs to take her father home to Colorado where she can care for him at home.
We are asking for your help with the cost of Ed's medical transportation. It is much more than we can pay out of pocket ourselves. We thank you so very much for any help you can offer.
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