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Former Pilot, Hospice Patient To Take Last Flight

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Former pilot and Crossroads Hospice patient Fred Marschel never felt more alive than when he was soaring through the air in his plane. For over 25 years, he worked with the Lee’s Summit Airport, eventually serving as Air National Commissioner, and was a regular at the world’s largest international Fly In Convention. Unfortunately, the 91-year-old hasn’t been off the ground in years.

On Friday, January 16, Marschel will take to the sky once again as he enjoys one last flight from Lee’s Summit Airport. Along with his hospice care team, daughter and long-time friends, he will be flown over his hometown of Lee’s Summit in a small plane for about 45 minutes.

This experience is possible through the Crossroads Hospice Gift of a Day program, which brings patient’s ideas of the perfect day to life.