Miracle Flights for Kids

Rating: 4.91 stars   328 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 2764 N Green Valley Pkwy Suite #115 Green Valley NV 89014 USA

Mission: Our mission is: To improve access to health care by providing free air transportation to hospitals across America for low income families; to promote awareness of our services throught targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action; to promote the spirit of volunteerism.
Results: Miracle Flights provides free commercial air travel to children in need of out-of-state medical care and their parents, AS OFTEN AS NEEDED. More than 88,000 free flights covering 48 million miles ... and counting!
Target demographics: families with children in desperate need of out-of-state medical care
Geographic areas served: the U.S.
Programs: free medical travel via commercial airlines for children to get expert care, second opinions, participate in their service dog training, and attend medical camps and conferences ... as many times as needed.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Miracle Flights has been the biggest blessing! Our daughter has a lot of medical issues. My husband was offered a job in another city, and we were forced to relocate. The relocation forced us to have to travel back and forth for treatments. Given the complexity of her issues, there is only one childrens' hospital we are able to receive her treatments. Without miracle flights, these treatments would not be possible. It is hard enough having a sick child, add the need for travel to and from her treatments, and it just got that much harder. The staff at miracle flights has made this process very easy for us. Thank you!

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My oldest son of 3 has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is 8 years old. There is currently no cure for what he has. The first time we contacted Miracle Flights for Kids was last year. We had an opportunity to try a new therapy, but it was very expensive and no insurance would cover it. We had to pay out of pocket for the therapy machine itself and it left us stuck with how we were going to get from NYC all the way down to Corpus Christi, TX. The wonderful people at Miracle Flights for Kids made it possible for my son and both of his parents to get him his new therapy. We were blessed to be approved for out-of-state care at one of the nations greatest hospitals at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Again, transportation concerns were raised and yet again Miracle Flights for Kids were there ready to help. There are no words that can express how grateful my family is to Miracle Flights for Kids. They have helped so many in their greatest moments of need. Thank you!

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Miracle Flights has been such a blessing. They helped take away a big part of the financial burden we were faced with in flying our son , my husband and I to Ohio to Cincinnati Children's Hospital to receive care for Eosinophilic Esophagits (Eosinophilic Disorders) The staff are all so compassionate and so wonderful in planning our trip. We will be forever grateful, I don't know we could of done it without their generous gift! I Thank You all for all your help and all you do for Families who are faced with serious illness.Miracle Flights is truly a blessing to our family.Without Miracle Flights we would not be able to provide this very necessary treatment for our son.
What Is an Eosinophilic Disorder?
Eosinophilic enteropathy is a complicated digestive system disorder in which eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, are found in above-normal amounts in one or more specific places in the digestive system and/or the blood.
When the body wants to attack a substance, such as an allergy-triggering food or airborne allergen, eosinophils respond by moving into the area and releasing a variety of toxins. However, when the body produces too many eosinophils, they can cause chronic inflammation, resulting in tissue damage.
These rare diseases are diagnosed according to where the elevated levels of eosinophils are found:
Eosinophilic esophagitis (esophagus)
Eosinophilic gastritis (stomach)
Eosinophilic enteritis (small intestine)
Eosinophilic colitis (large intestine)
Hypereosinophilic syndrome (blood and any organ)
This condition can be divided into two types, Primary and Secondary. The Primary type is further subdivided into allergic and non-allergic forms. The allergic type occurs in association with food allergies, while the non-allergic form occurs when no obvious cause can be found to explain the high number of eosinophils in the digestive system. Because of this, the non-allergic form is thought to be evidence that the body is attacking itself and considered to be an autoimmune disorder.
Common symptoms may include pain, swelling, skin rash, hives, reflux, choking, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomitting, loss of appetite, stools containing blood and/or mucus, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever, esophageal rings, motility problems, bowel obstruction, bowel or stomach wall thickening (from scar tissue buildup), pseudopolyps, protein loss, anemia, malabsorption, developmental delay, bleeding, and several other symptoms that occur in individual cases. Many people also experience nutritional deficiencies and/or side effects from medications, such as neuropathy (nerve damage) or osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass).
Special amino acid-based formula may be needed as a supplement for those whose diets are so limited that they are unable to obtain enough nutrition from food alone. Some primary forms may require the avoidance of all regular foods and complete reliance on an amino acid-based formula, which may be consumed normally or pumped through a special feeding tube (naso-gastric, gastrostomy or jejunostomy tubes). For the most severe flare-ups or for those who experience problems from all foods and formulas, feeding through a blood vessel (TPN) may be the only remaining option. Some cases also require additional symptom-specific help, such as pain medication. This disease may cause such severe bleeding or nutritional deficiency that they condition may be life threatening if not treated with appropriate medications. Since there is no known cure for Eosinophilic Enteropathy, management of the condition is very important in order to prevent severe damage to the digestive system (and to the organs in the case of Hypereosinophilic syndrome) caused by the high numbers of eosinophils. Because symptoms vary so widely and may minic other conditions, it is important that accurate information and awareness of Eosinophilic Enteropathy is achieved.
To Learn More About Eosinophilic Diseases go to http://curedfoundation.org/site/

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When you have a child there is a lot of "normal expenses" that comes with being a parent. When you have a child with medical needs those expenses are more than some can even imagine. When our daughter was born, even with problems, we were thrilled. However, someone needed to stay home with her at all times, which financially drastically changed our lifes. She needed medical care that we not only didnt have in our area, but couldn't afford on our own. Miracle of flights has made it possible for us to take our daughter to the top facilities for her treatment to give her the best life possible. There is absolutely no way it would have happened without this foundation. They are extremely friendly, efficient, and hands down the best foundation we have ever come across. All children deserve the best medical care that is out there and Miracle of Flights helps achieve that. My family is forever indebted to this foundation for helping our family!

Angus Family

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Miracle Flights for Kids has gave our family peace and comfort. We didn't agree with the Dr.'s we were working with and thought our daughter needed better help. We found a facility that was named one of the best in the nation and Miracle Flights helped us get our daughter there! She has come a long way and is in better health because of everyone involved. We could never afford to take her across the U.S. to get to these appt. and surgeries and Miracle Flights makes that happen.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Our 7 year old daughter has a 70 degree curve in her spine and obviously needs a lot of medical care. Where we live there is no pediatric spine specialist that can help her. We have to travel from Idaho to Texas for her care. We have tried for years to get our daughter the best care possible, but could never really afford it. Miracle of Flights has allowed our family to travel for her medical care and for the first time we see light at the end of the tunnel! Love this foundation!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We live in Oregon and have a son with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. We need to travel to Cincinnati Children's hospital for treatment every 3-4 months. We are so thankful for Miracle Flights for Kids and how they have provided our flights over and over. We could not afford to go for treatment if it wasn't for Miracle Flights. They are very prompt and professional with service which helps make planning our trips so much easier. Providing the flights for the treatment our son needs has made a huge impact in the life and health of our son.

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Our son has a medical condition requiring travel to Cincinnati, Ohio every three to 4 months for treatment. Miracle flights has provided flights for our trip each time. They have been very professional and prompt. We had to make a last minute change because of our son's condition and Miracle flights was able to change our flights. We would not be able to get the treatment our son needs if we did not have help from Miracle flights.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My daughter was born with a birth defect that is very rare. We had to seek out a specialist to help give her the best quality of life. We found the best doctor, but he was across the country from us. We had to come and see him for multiple surgeries and care and found it so hard to pay for travel. Until we came across Miracle Flights. They have been a lifesaver! The costs of medical care are outrageous enough, so having help with flights was such a blessing. I will forever be grateful for Miravle Flights, their staff and accommodating services. They have taken great care of us.
Thank you,
Laura Ek (California)

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Our son, Dominic, was born without nerves in his intestines. He is dependent on TPN (IV nutrition) with lipids (fats), but the lipids destroy the liver with long term use. Drs. Puder and Gura began using fish oil, called omegaven, in 2004 with wonderful success! This has provided a better option for Dominic's long term survival. However. we are required to return to Boston every other month for labs and clinic, to continue with the protocol. We cannot afford to travel to Boston every other month for this life-saving treatment. Dominic has a twin brother, 3 year old sister and 5 year old brother.

We just took our third Miracle Flight from Michigan to Boston. Dominic is doing awesome! He is healthier now than he has ever been in his 15 months on this earth. We are so grateful for Miracle Flights. Their staff is warm and helpful. We have had the best experience using Miracle Flights to provide our little one with the medical care he needs to thrive..

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Dominic was born on August 28, 2013, shortly after his fraternal twin brother, Vincent. After 6 excruciatingly long weeks, we discovered Dominic was born with a 1 in a million life threatening intestinal disease. His intestines lack nerves and the ability to absorb enough nutrients to sustain life. He needs TPN and lipids (IV nutrition and fats). The lipids, a soybean oil emulsion, were destroying his liver. We were quickly finding ourselves on the path towards small bowel and liver transplant; a procedure with only a 50% survival rate, made even more risky because Dominic is only 14 pounds at 11 months old.

Dr. Mark Puder, at Boston Children's Hospital, has helped pioneer a new lipid, Omegaven, which is made from fish oil. This new lipid is being used to correct TPN- related cholestasis with great success! It is providing an opportunity, for children and babies like Dominic, to grow and become healthier! Possibly avoiding transplant altogether! Omegaven is not FDA approved, and not widely available. We had to find a way to get Dominic to Boston from Michigan, but financially it was far out of reach.

Then we found Miracle Flights! It was our ticket to the life-saving treatment Dominic so desperately needed! Friends and family rallied to our side to help fund our lengthy stay in Boston.

Dominic's liver has drastically improved in the last 4 weeks since starting treatment. We will be returning home in another week, with a healthy baby! Dominic will continue receiving treatment through BCH, returning every 6-8 weeks or more frequently, as needed. Because of Miracle Flights, Dominic can continue receiving care through one of the best Intestinal Rehabilitation Programs in the country and stay on Omegaven.

We are truly grateful! Dominic has the chance to grow and thrive. We have been so scared that we could lose him. Miracle Flights has given us the ability to focus on living, the chance to see Dominic grow up and reach milestones. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Miracle Flights has been such a blessing. They have taken away a big part of the financial burden we were faced with in flying my son and I to Chicago from Florida to receive his hematopoietic stem cell transplant . The staff are all so compassionate and so wonderful in planning our trip. We will be forever grateful, I don't know we could of done it without their generous gift! I Thank You all for all your help and all you do for Families who are faced with serious illness.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Miracle Flight's for kids made it possible for me to go and see a specialist in another state. the doctor was able to diagnose me with the rare disease that i have and now i am getting the correct treatment for my illness! if not for their program, i would not have been able to go and see the Specialist!

Thank God for Miracle Flight's For Kids!
I am so Thankful God Bless you all..

Yours Truly, Brian G.

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Miracle Flights was a lifesaver for us. Our daughter had to travel 1000 miles twice in less than a month. We could have never accomplished this without Miracle Flights. They are very kind and easy to work with. We are very thankful for what they have done for us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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