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CanHope Takes Flight: Joining Forces with Rick Mantei to Soar Above Cancer

Rick Mantei Standing Alongside CanHope Team

Rick & Jim Mallak

Jim Mallak and Erin Vincent flew with Rick Mantei in his 1943 Stearman Biplane, symbolizing CanHope's mission to fight cancer through awareness and prevention.

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, May 29, 2024 / -- On May 16th, 2024, Jim Mallak and Erin Vincent, representatives from CanHope, took to the skies with seasoned pilot Rick Mantei in his iconic 1943 Stearman Biplane.

Jim Mallak, serving as the charity’s treasurer, and Erin Vincent, the charity’s secretary, embraced this unique opportunity to fly with Rick, a passionate aviator with a heart for community involvement. The flight not only offered a thrilling adventure but also served as a symbol of CanHope's mission to rise above cancer through early detection and prevention initiatives.

Rick Mantei's dedication to utilizing his aircraft for community engagement aligns seamlessly with CanHope's vision of raising awareness and fostering a supportive environment for those affected by cancer. By leveraging his passion for flying, Mantei continues to inspire others and amplify the message of hope within the Aiken community and beyond.

During the flight event, Jim Mallak was pictured alongside Rick Mantei. This photo reflects the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie between both parties in the fight against cancer.

About CanHope:

CanHope is a non-profit organization based in Aiken, SC, dedicated to promoting the early detection and prevention of cancer. Through advocacy, education, and support programs, CanHope strives to empower individuals and communities in the fight against cancer.

To learn more about CanHope and their impactful initiatives, please visit

About Rick Mantei:

Rick Mantei is a respected pilot and community advocate known for his commitment to using aviation as a platform for positive change. With a vintage 1943 Stearman Biplane as his vessel, Mantei embodies the spirit of adventure and altruism, inspiring others to reach new heights in pursuit of their goals.

Learn more about Rick Mantei and his community involvement at

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