Last updated: 05:17 PM ET, Tue July 05 2016

'Little Levi' Highlights Remarkable Feat For Southwest and Miracle Flights

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | July 05, 2016

'Little Levi' Highlights Remarkable Feat For Southwest and Miracle Flights

Photo courtesy of Southwest

There are so many patients with rare diseases that have to endure the hardships of travel for treatment. Levi Krystosek is just the latest passenger to highlight a long relationship between Southwest Airlines and Miracle Flights that has garnered 100,000 flights to those who need it most.

The airline reports the 10-year-old traveler suffering from a rare form of dwarfism known as Little Levi was given the kind of treatment normally reserved for Hollywood A-listers on a recent trip from New Orleans to Philadelphia.

Krystosek is one of many patients who are mandated by circumstance to travel thousands of miles through the years to receive treatment from specialists that unfortunately practice far from their respective homes.

Miracle Flights has been around since 1985 and has now offered 100,000 free airline tickets to these very patients.

Little Levi walked through the airport as the 100,000th Miracle flight offered, which meant that a great celebration was in order.

The above blog link features delightful images. However, if you want to meet Levi, the following video has a few words from the young boy who explains the momentous occasion:

Miracle Flights also offers ways you can continue the organization’s mission, which comes in the form of donations and various social media promotions.

The Southwest Airlines’ Medical Transportation Grant Program started in 2007 and has aided the Miracle Flights call.

Debra Benton, Southwest Airlines Director for Community Programs and Engagement, explained a bit more on the partnership and the remarkable feat, via press release: “At Southwest, our purpose is to connect people to what's important in their lives and what is more important than connecting people to specialized care. We are honored to partner with organizations like Miracle Flights, through the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, and share our LUV during such a critical time.”

As for Little Levi — whose dwarfism means diminished bone strength, kidney disease, hearing difficulty and vision loss  he was treated to a live band, staff festooned with themed t-shirts, treats for all the passengers and a literal red carpet.

This one flight was significant for the number it signified for Miracle Flights. However, its mission illustrates that every single one of those 100,000 flights and those that follow it are just as momentous.


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