Patient Referral

Soaring high on 'one perfect day'

Independence, Mo.

Fred Marschel, a former pilot, was able to take a final airplane flight Friday as part of the Crossroads Hospice Gift of a Day program. Marschel, 91, is a patient of Crossroads.

For more than 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, he hadn't been off the ground in years.

Marschel, along with his daughter Beth, and some longtime friends including the airport manager for Lee’s Summit Municipal and staff from Crossroads Hospice, gathered at the airport and he was flown over his hometown of Lee’s Summit in a small plane for about 45 minutes.

The Crossroads Hospice Gift of a Day program brings patient’s ideas of the perfect day to life.