It’s a picturesque July day. The sun shines warmly, and the view goes on for miles. The Skyway Bridge. Clearwater Beach. Downtown Tampa. The vantage from high atop the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital helipad, makes anything seem possible.
Christopher, a hematology-oncology patient, squints against the sun as he makes his way outside. On this summer day, he celebrates the end of his treatment. He had requested a quick detour before heading home. Can he see that helicopter he keeps hearing coming and going?
The flight crew of LifeLine 1 welcomes him to their domain. Only a handful of patients see the critical care transport helicopter up close by choice.
They open doors to a mindboggling array of monitors, switches and equipment. It’s a lot to take in. He explores and asks questions and a team member explains how it all plays into their life-saving missions.
His family snaps pictures as the pilot fastens a pin on the teen. A commemorative token for the end of his treatment.
As Christopher heads back inside, the feeling remains: Anything is possible.
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For Gavin, the hospital isn’t all about challenges and adversity. It’s about giving joy to others.
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