A Christmas Wish Granted to a Brave Young Lady

Patient Airlift Services PALS
Zoey Kohler, Talon Air President & CEO Adam Katz, and PALS Executive Director Eileen Healy-Minogue

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”

Zoey Kohler, age 18 of Ohio, has a rare incurable cancer. Her Christmas wish; to see New York City and boy did Patient AirLift Services deliver!

Santa’s sleigh was an incredible King Air arranged by Talon Air, Inc. owner Adam Katz. 18-year-old Zoey touched down in Farmingdale, Long Island with her best friend, mother, and grandmother with the goal of making memories to last a lifetime.

Zoey may have a personal agenda but she’ll have to make room to see Cats the Musical, which was generously donated by PALS Pilot Tom Callahan. She is most excited about seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, catching a Broadway show, and shopping in Times Square.

The generous trip was made possible by Patient Airlift Services and Talon Air, a private charter flight provider based out of Republic Airport in Long Island. “I hope that it lightens her day, brightens her time,” said Talon Air founder Adam Katz.

Executive Director Eileen Healy-Minogue was there to greet her when she landed.

During the subsequent three days, Zoey will fulfill her lifelong dream to visit New York City for the holidays. The teen, who has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of terminal pediatric cancer called desmoplastic small round cell tumor. She will explore the Big Apple’s finest holiday highlights, including browsing bright window displays on Fifth Avenue, skating at Rockefeller Center and indulging in hot chocolate at Max Brenner.

Thanks also should go to US Limo for their ground transportation to NYC and to News 12 Long Island, Newsday, NBC, CBS News, for covering the story of our special new PAL.

Jessica Toth, Zoey’s best friend who’s accompanying her on her trip to the Big Apple, says Zoey is the strongest person she knows.


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