Missing our friend, Mark Ayoub

Today is a sad day for our Miles4Migrants community as we announce the passing of one of our most prolific flight bookers and all-around patrons, Mark Ayoub. Mark was one of our original miles donors, flying a Syrian family to safety in 2017. Afterward, he sent the family a note, saying that his family had emigrated from Damascus to the US 100 years ago, and that he was merely helping them as his family had surely received assistance from strangers a century ago. He received a letter in return from the family he helped, thanking him "from our hearts." 

Mark then referred a number of our other volunteers and early miles donors to us. His tireless advocacy for our efforts is the reason why many of our recipient families are together today.

When we asked last year if he could make a time commitment to help other donors book their flights, he jumped in with aplomb. You may have interacted with him as he used his incredible points and miles acumen to find and book flights for families in need. He was dedicated to driving forward our mission with passion, grit and determination.

Mark came to our first ever in-person meeting earlier this year, where his presence, both literal (he was 6'7") and figurative, towered over the proceedings. Miles4Migrants is better because of Mark; his ideas and work are all over our charity and will continue to shape and influence the work he cared about so much.

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