2013 Holiday Homecoming:
Lori & Michael's Story

"My thank-you to AngelMedFlight.com:

Good Morning from Bettendorf, Iowa! And I am sure Michael Henkel wants to send greetings from Marl, ...Germany!

On 6 November 1995 my son Matthew was born, truly the best day of my life. On 22 June 2006 my bone marrow transplant donor cells arrived from Germany, truly the second best day of my life. On 28 December 2013 (2,747 days later), my bone marrow donor Michael arrived from Germany, truly the third best day of my life.. It's been 17 days since he arrived; my health, my thinking, my life, my dreams have all been changed for the better thanks to him! And THANKS to you for the unforgettable gift of meeting him!

I owe Angel MedFlight, the staff and crew for making my biggest dream come true. Since transplant I have had the wish of meeting the man who saved my life. Due to distance, it was proving to be difficult to arrange a meeting the past 7.5 years. Not only did you bring me Michael, but you participated in a wonderful party, truly becoming part of our family. We are so honored by all the time, hard-work, and expense you put into this Holiday Homecoming, truly making our story one we will never forget!

I never could have imagined or even planned a day like December 28th! So much to be thankful for, so many reasons to feel blessed! The video you prepared was amazing; I have watched it and shared it, and continue to do so every day, several times. Michael says the same thing! We continue to communicate, and we both continue to have interviews with local media (TV, newspapers, radio, our employer, etc..). This keeps our story alive, and keeps us in contact no matter how many miles separate us!

We are both shocked by the instant connection we felt; it can be seen in the pictures, the video, and the emails we now exchange! We are getting to know each other better, thanks to current technology! I had only dreamed of meeting the man who provided life-saving, perfectly matched donor cells. Today, I recognize how much more I have been given! At the time of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and even transplant I continued to ask God "why me." At the time I was severely rejecting Michael's donor cells, and needed Angel Medflight to make a life-saving rescue, I again asked God "why me." Today, I am fully aware and thankful for my cancer, my transplant, and even my rejection that scary day! Without cancer and transplant, I wouldn't have needed Michael's cells June 2006! Without severe rejection, I wouldn't have needed Angel MedFlight's services September 2011. Thanks to God's bigger plan I know a man I otherwise would never have met!

Thanks to Michael's good health, unselfishness, willingness, and compassion I am alive today and able to live a healthy life. Thanks to Angel MedFlight, I was able to meet and thank Michael in person for the gift of life!"

Love and gratitude,
Lori McFate

"Everything for my husband's flight was wonderful. The Angel MedFlight medical crew was so nice and easy to work with. They kept my husband comfortable. They held his hand; it was great. The flight coordinator explained everything to me ahead of time. She told me what was going to happen and what to expect. I am afraid of flying but they made me feel comfortable. When we landed, the ambulance was right there and ready to go. Everything went well. I want to thank everyone at Angel MedFlight, they were fantastic."

Janet Hollis

Birmingham, Alabama

"...We are thrilled that everything has gone so well! We tremendously appreciate the care and support that everyone at Angel MedFlight has provided Betty leading up to this point . They helped keep her informed about her condition, which was so important to us, and as comfortable and healthy as possible while she waited for transplant. We thank them for their expertise and kind compassion."

Nancy F. (Patient's Mother)

Dallas, Texas

"My mother and I just wanted to thank Angel MedFlight for all of their help and consideration moving my father and mother to Texas. It could not have went any smoother just as they told me it would. My parents got here safely and dad is in the nursing home and I'm sure his progression will improve. Again, thanks Angel MedFlight for the tremendous effort. The crew was great with my parents."

Bob N. (Patient's Son)

San Antonio, Texas

"I read the testimonials on your website and was very impressed. I wish I would have found Angel MedFlight sooner, so we could have gotten my mother home right away. I was very impressed with Angel MedFlight. There were no time constraints. I could call in the middle of the night and they would answer. Also, the help we received from the Angel MedFlight staff really took the load off me and my dad so we could concentrate on my mother. Knowing that they were taking care of the insurance claim really made me rest easier at night."

Natalie J. (Patient's Daughter)

Wichita, Kansas

"Angel MedFlight is absolutely fantastic. Beyond fabulous. The pilot, paramedic, nurse -- all of them. It was the best flight I ever had in my life."

Kayla D.

Flown to US from vacation in Mexico