After 36 years of marriage, Ileen Paden’s husband Charles wound up in a nursing home in Texas when she could not care for him at home in Indiana. It was as his health was deteriorating that a hospice nurse told her about Give A Mile, which uses donated frequent flyer miles to help arrange flights for people separated from their loved ones. Give A Mile was founded in 2013 by Canadian tech executive Kevin Crowe as a tribute to his friend Ryan, who died from brain cancer at 37. It has since provided over 1,000 flights with over 36 million miles donated, and Crowe wants to reach a billion miles donated. People can pledge miles for long or short haul flights through major airlines and rewards programs, and the organization also accepts cash, which helps with flights to remote areas or when flights can't be booked with miles. After Paden's husband passed away, her family asked for donations to Give A Mile.

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