On March 17, three year old Reid LeBeau received a lifesaving flight from Pilots To The Rescue

On March 17th, Pilots To The Rescue founding pilot Michael Schneider had the honor of flying Reid LeBeau and his mom from their home to Boston Children’s Hospital. Reid is a happy kid who loves school, super heroes, and dogs – the family has two, Kendall (a Lab) and Wyatt (a Sheltie). Reid and his family recently enjoyed a Make A Wish trip to Disney World and Universal.

But life isn’t as simple as it should be for this adorable 3 year old. Reid was only 2 days old when they discovered he had Hirschsprungs Disease, a congenital condition missing nerve cells in the muscles of the baby’s colon. His is a very rare case, with only 1 in 500,000 having this severe a form of the disease. As a result of the disease, Reid suffers from Short Bowel Syndrome. His colon is only 1′ long, much shorter than normal. That means Reid can eat, but because his colon is so short, there is no time for his body to absorb the nutrients he needs to survive and grow.

Eventually, doctors hope to do surgery to help Reid, but for now, he sleeps hooked up to machine every night. The sophisticated device does what his colon normally would – it helps him absorb the nutrients he needs. Every 8 weeks, Reid goes to Boston Children’s Hospital so doctor’s can manage and adjust the lifesaving machine. This time it was our turn to help out, flying Reid and his mom the 400+ miles from Delaware to Massachussets and another 400+ miles back home the following day.

We were thrilled to Team up with Angel Flight East and so fortunate to have met this amazing young man. Take care and be safe, Reid!

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MAJOR AIRLINES Alaska Airlines – Pet in cabin – $100.00 USD each way Pet in baggage – $100.00 USD each way. Animal doesn’t have to be owned the traveler and can be a rescue pet. • The pet carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment. You may bring either a pet carrier and a personal item, or a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag. You may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a standard size carry-on, and a personal item. • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. • Pets allowed in the passenger cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned. • Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Brachycephalic or “short-nosed” dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, or PenAir). Dogs: boston terrier, boxer (all breeds), bull dog (all breeds), bull terrier, brussels griffon, chow chow, english toy spaniel, japanese spaniel/japanese chin, mastiff (all breeds), pekingese, pit bull (all breeds), pug (all breeds), shih tzu, staffordshire terrier. Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian. All pets traveling in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir) must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of initial travel and 30 days of return travel, when the return flight is booked in the same record. Pets traveling on a return flight booked in a separate record are required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of that flight. A health certificate is not required for pets traveling in the cabin with their passenger; however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements.
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