‘Angel Flight’ Helps Akron Man In Need Of Cancer Treatment
Scott Woodward of Akron, has been struggling with cancer for 15 years.
“I can figure out anything, but I cannot figure out this cancer thing. Multiple Myeloma is a weird beast,” Woodward said. “The doctors said ‘well we are going to be able to keep you alive for awhile, but it is going to suck. Please try to find one of these new novel therapies.’”
Woodward two years ago signed up for a trial that put genetically modified T cells back into his body to hopefully help fight off the disease.
So far the process has proven successful Woodward still needs to get to his doctor's appointments at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. Because there was no way of knowing the effect of COVID on his cancer airports and hotels became a risky option during the pandemic.
“My immune system doesn’t work like a regular immune system. It’s really bizarre,” Woodward said. “They don’t know what my T cells would do with this virus or the vaccination, so here I am.”
That’s when Woodward's angel appeared. Woodward met John Greco last year when Greco volunteered to fly him to his doctor’s appointments on his personal plane. Greco volunteers through Angel Flight East, a nonprofit that helps patients get to their medical treatments far from home according to a story aired on WKBW-TV.
“I have a long way to go to be an angel, I guess,” Greco said. “But, I like to try and help as much as I can. It’s an honor and a privilege to him.”
Greco will bring Woodward home to Akron on Friday. Just in time for his grandson’s birthday.
“I’m alive because of him. I get to go to my grandson’s birthday. He’ll be five in a couple weeks. It’s just incredible.”
I guess angels come in all shapes and sizes, and apparently they DO have wings.
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