Miracle Flights help children to fly to access medical treatment. They work to support people like Shelby, who was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma at the age of seventeen. You can read more about this story by following the link on this tweet by Miracle Flights.
What Miracle Flights Do
Miracle Flights have been working since 1985 to help children travel to access medical care. It is a non-profit that financially supports children with serious illnesses from low-income families so that they can afford to fly to access much-needed treatments. They also work to raise awareness for conditions. You can find out more about Miracle Flights and the work they do by visiting their website here.
Shelby was diagnosed in 2009 at age 17 with a soft part sarcoma and underwent several surgeries to remove tumours that had developed near her brain. When her cancer continued to spread, she received support from Miracle Flights who helped her to access treatment from medical specialists in Houston, and take part in a clinical trial in MD Anderson. In total, Shelby has taken over 20 miracle flights. She has been fighting the cancer for nine years now, and there has been an 81% reduction of her tumours.
Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS), also known as alveolar soft tissue sarcoma, is a rare and slow-growing form of cancer. According to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders, ASPS represents 0.2 to 1% of large studies of soft tissue sarcomas.
Sarcomas are malignant tumours that affect the connective tissue in the body, and soft part refers to various body components including fat, muscles, and nerves.
Shelby now works to raise awareness for her rare disease by taking part in walks with her friends and family.