Donor Stories

Giving in memory of her son

Teri Phelps’s son Coleby Curnow Phelps had really wanted to fly with Hope Air as a volunteer. He was driven to help patients in financial need reach medical care far from home, but he never got the chance to become a volunteer pilot. In July 2016, Coleby Phelps was killed in a car accident at the age of 26.

In memory of her son, Teri Phelps donated to help even more patients reach care. Her donation allowed the first Give Hope Wings fundraising expedition to exceed its $500,000 fundraising goal and provide more than 2,000 medical flights.

“Coleby loved life. He was a giving, caring person who always stuck up for the underdog – and he was funny as hell. He always made you laugh,” says Teri.

“He was a great person and I miss him terribly. He was always willing to help people, always volunteering. Through supporting Hope Air, Coleby continues to help.”

Giving monthly to make Canadian healthcare even more universal

“Hope Air flew my mom out to cancer treatment many years ago when I was in university. My dad has MS, and she was the primary source of income for them, so when she got cancer, it was pretty devastating. Hope Air gave them hope and a bit more time together. She was too far along, and sadly we lost her, but I will always be grateful for what they did for my family. I became a monthly donor because of how much that meant to us at the time.”

Charly, Vancouver, B.C.