“ I just couldn’t believe that something like that happened by circumstance. It was just another reminder of the importance of what we do. ”
Brian also has been a Hope Air volunteer pilot since 2017, a program where pilots assist patients in travelling to and from their medical appointments in their own small planes.
While growing up, Brian knew many people who would have benefitted from a program like Hope Air. This necessity stuck with him, and once he had the means to fly, he decided to volunteer his time with Hope Air. One of the experiences that sticks with him the most is when he picked up a young boy and his mother from London. They needed to travel home to Sault Ste. Marie. Brian brought a headset, once used by his children, for the boy to talk during the flight.
Upon his arrival, he saw the young patient lit up at the chance to have a headset and fly in the plane’s front seat and learn about how to fly the plane.
“For a few hours I was able to make this kid forget his treatments and make that day an adventure. ”