For children who require medical care far from home and beyond what their local physician can offer, distance and cost are significant barriers to accessing the care they need.
The gift of flights from WestJet Cares for Kids connects these families to specialized medical expertise and technologies, removing barriers to accessing treatments for cancer, heart disease, arthritis and many other health issues. By supporting Hope Air, WestJetters allow patients and their families to focus on their health by providing efficient, comfortable and stress-free travel.
In Canada, more than 10 million people live outside large cities with specialized hospital care such as Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, and more than 30 per cent of the population requires a visit to a medical specialist. If a child has cancer and needs to travel once a month for treatments several hours from home, it’s a huge
burden on the family. The child must take time off school, the parent must take time off work and they both spend a lot of time away from the family. If they drive or take a bus, it can take four to 12 hours or more each way – and the discomfort and stress is intense. A cost of a flight is out of reach for those on a lower income – let alone several flights.