They met at Regis University in 1988 where they both were completing their degrees. From their first coffee date to their 21st wedding anniversary, Alan and Jan shared an indescribable connection that would last a lifetime.
“Our love was an exception,” said Jan. “We were always able to work out any issues and go to bed happy – I truly feel blessed to have known this kind of love.”
After their first year of marriage, the couple started their own computer company, which allowed them to start saving for their future. The company continued to thrive into the early 2000’s. The success of their company brought numerous business trips around the country, allowing the couple to attain thousands of frequent flyer miles, which they agreed to save and use for personal travel upon their 25th wedding anniversary.
But in 2008, Alan passed away from a sudden lung aneurism at the age of 51, just three years short of their 25th anniversary and plans to travel the world together. The couple’s frequent flyer miles sat untouched for several years until one morning in December when fate intervened and showed Jan what to do with them.
“It was an odd morning to begin with,” said Jan. “My dog, Thunder, woke me up earlier than usual to go to the bathroom, so I decided to turn on the local news, something that I NEVER do in the mornings, for some background noise.”
When Jan turned on the television, the 7NEWS morning broadcaster appeared and eagerly asked viewers to call in and donated their unused frequent flyer miles to help Make-A-Wish Colorado wish kids.
“It was perfect timing,” said Jan. “So I dialed the number, spoke to a Make-A-Wish volunteer and instantly broke down into tears. These airline miles were so important to Alan and me that it was very emotional for me to be donating them all to charity because it truly meant that we would never be using them together as planned.”
After collecting herself, Jan announced to the volunteer that she wanted to donate 323,083 airline miles.
“Alan and I were saving these frequent flyer miles for our future,” said Jan. “But, donating them was the best decision I’ve ever made because now kids and their families will be able to fly to their wish destinations and create lasting memories together.”
Jan is reminded of Alan’s kindhearted spirit every day and knows that he supports her decision to donate the airline miles to Make-A-Wish Colorado.
To donate your airline miles to help wish kids take flight please visit colorado.wish.org/miles.