Dear Wings of Hope Family,
Autumn is my favorite season. The cool crisp air, crunching leaves, long shadows at twilight — it is a magical time.
I often think of autumn as a period of reflection on what we discovered and achieved in spring and summer. That’s just what we are doing at Wings of Hope. In this edition of LIFT, you will read stories celebrating our past. This issue’s History of Hope entry features Clancy Hess, an unsung hero of Wings of Hope who devoted some 40 years of his life to our growth and success. You also will read about our recognition this past September in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Autumn is a time of transition, moving from one season to the next and making changes for what lies ahead. You will read in these pages about an exciting new partnership with Oris, a Swiss watchmaking company committed to helping us build awareness of our work. Our medical air transport, or MAT, program is growing — looking at a future full of flights — and you will meet one of our young patients. We recently celebrated a successful Taste of Hope event which will help support lifesaving work in a number of our field bases, and you can read about it here.
More than anything, autumn ushers in the season of giving and gratitude. I am very grateful for you and the many ways you connect with our mission to save and change lives around the world.
President & CEO