Flight To Fight Cancer Takes Off To Nevada

By KBJR News 1

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM CDT

HIBBING, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--It's an extended weekend vacation across the country but the proceeds will help Iron Range women battle cancer.

The color pink filled the terminal and the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing Thursday morning.

More than 70 passengers boarded a flight to Nevada for the first flight to fight cancer trip.

"It's just going to help so many women in the area,"Julie Smith, a passenger said. "It's just a fabulous thing to do. I'm so happy they came up with this because its going to be so much fun."

It's all to help raise money for the Angel Fund.

Founded by the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce Women's Innovative Network, the fund helps provide financial assistance to Iron Range women battling cancer.

"It helps with anything from small financial needs to arranging daycare for young ones for appointments, so it's a very worthy cause," Shaun Germolus, Executive Director of the Range Regional Airport said.

Twenty dollars is donated to the Angel Fund for each plane ticket sold.

Organizers expect to raise more than $5,000 with help from outside donations.

"This to me is huge because it has brought so much more awareness that you don't realize everyday how many are touched by some form of cancer," Jamie Pavich, an organizer of the Flight to Fight trip said.

The group will participate in a bowling and slot machine tournament to raise more money for the fund while in Nevada.

Many said they're expecting a trip full of laughter.

"We're from Michigan so we are expecting snow pretty soon," Georgia Osterman, a passenger said. "So we are going for the sun and enjoyment and friendship."

"Anything I can do for breast cancer I will do," Sandy Cisewski, a passenger said. "Yes. But, when we go to Laughlin, whatever happens in Laughlin stays in Laughlin. But we are here to make friends and help out as much as we can."

The group is expected to return to the Iron Range Sunday night.

A curling event is scheduled for January to help raise more money for the Angel Fund.

Anyone interested in donating to the Angel Fund may do so by mail:

Angel Fund
RRHS-Angel Fund
c/o Radiation Therapy Center
750 East 34th Street, Suite 3117
Hibbing, MN 55746

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch