HOUSTON -

A Kansas man had a much shorter journey home thanks to two Houston-area pilots.

Pilots Dianna Stanger and Joyce Wilson are gearing up for the 2013 Air Race Classic, which starts in Pasco, Wash. next week, but on their way up north, they are working with Angel Flight South Central. It's an organization that helps people receive life-saving medical care and transportation at no cost to the patients.

Gaylen Shoemaker was their first passenger. He had been receiving treatment at Houston's MD Anderson for metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. 

On Wednesday, Stanger and Wilson flew Shoemaker from the Sugarland Regional Airport to home in Olathe, Kansas.

From Kansas, the pilots are headed to Washington state for to the Air Race Classic, which starts on June 18. The race ends in Fayetteville, Ark. on June 21.