First off, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to check out my story. I have created this GoFundMe in pursuit of furthering my education in learning to fly. Just this Fall of 2016, I have launched myself into a new and exciting journey by pursuing flight school at Eastern New Mexico University in Rosewell, NM.
(My sister and I with my artwork, June 2015)
For those of you who are not familiar with me, my name is Thayne Yazzie and I was raised on the Navajo Reservation in St. Michaels, AZ. During this time I attended a small Mission School where I grew up without running water or electricity.
In the summer of 2001, my family moved to Bellingham, WA. where I had the opportunity to pursue a higher education and begin to reach my goals. In 2015, I graduated with a bachelors degree from Western Washington University and moved back to my hometown to teach and serve at my childhood school.
During this time, I re-kindled a childhood dream - to fly.
My foray to flight started at an early age when I was flown by air ambulance to the ER in Albuquerque, NM. If it had not been for the emergency flight at the time, I would not have received the proper medical treatment necassary.
Growing up on the Navajo Reservation, I understand the importance of immediate health treatment and safety transportation services. I admire medical professionals and pilots who dedicate their lives to the well-being of others. Therefore, I believe it is my duty to give back to my community and provide the services the Navajo Nation deserves.
To obtain a job in the helicopter industry, I need to obtain a minimum of 1000 hours of pilot in command and 5 required certifications. To apply for medevac typically 2500 hours pilot in command is needed.
Although the path will be long and tedious to become a medevac pilot, I do believe that the reward is worth the effort. The amount of experience and education gathered along the way will be immense.
While I continue applying for scholarships and other means of financial support, I am asking you for any help that you might be able to offer.
Flight school is estimated between $75,000 - $90,000 for the entire duration of the flight program due to certifications, exams, fuel, and instructor costs.
With your help, I can achieve this goal to serve my community and those in need.
So far, with your help, I have logged over 27 hours of instruction! This is the R22 Beta II 483NM that I have used for training:
What an awesome little aircraft!
Gifts / Donations
In this section of my education campaign, I have provided examples of artwork I will send you for each donation recieved.
$30 - Large Print (<12")
$360 - Commission Your Own Painting
(Price of flight lesson)
Tell me what you want and I'll paint it! :) Your painting can be of any person, historical figure, fantastical character, abstract object, idea/concept or random thing! Just provide a brief description and/or reference image in the donation comments. It'll be full color and on canvas. Please expect about a month or two before I complete the piece and get it back out to you!
ps. always ready for a challenge ;)
$10 - Single Print
$21 - Commission Your Own Random Hummingbird Drawing
Yes, you head that right! Want your own unique hummingbird drawing? Well it's yours:)
$25 - Print Set: The 642 Collection
$35 - Print Set: The Abstract Mind Collection
4"x6" and 4"x4"
$45 - Print Set: The Hummingbird Collection
4"x6" and 4"x4" Additonal Prints Included
$55 - Print Set: The Hattenfalls Collection
4"x6" and 4"x4"
$75 - Print Set: The Human Body Master Collection
4"x6" and 4"x4" Additional Prints Included
Limited Edition Prints ($50 - $200)
8"x10" < Sizes Vary
$50 - Sun God (Limited Edition Print)
$60 - The Sheriff of the Universe (Limited Edition Print)
$120 - The Hero Twins (Limited Edition Print)
Canvas Reproductions ($1,000 )
All work below.
$2,210 - Philip the Philosopher* (Original Painting)
18" x 24"
$5,210 – Sheriff of the Universe* (Original Painting)
$12,010 – Sun God* (Original Painting)
$51,010 – The Hero Twins* (Original Painting)
All gifts will be mailed within 30 days.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
- Jeanne Cole
- Liberty Miller
- Amy Markel
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