Miracle Flights for Kids

Rating: 4.91 stars   341 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 90,000 free flights covering 50 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 88-0209952
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Miracle Flights for Kids is great. Our daughter was diagnosed Cancer on Nov, 2011, Miracle Flights helped us to fly her toNEW York over 6 times. We are grateful for the caring staff that have kindly arranged flights for us and made it possible for us to fly her for her surgeries and treatment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Emily have received flights help form Miracle Flights 3 times. It is life-changed help. Mrs Rebecca Boyce is great .Thanks a lot.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My Daughter is a 6 years old girl. She was diagnosed Neuroblastoma, High risk.

She had finished 6 cycles chemotherapy, 2 times of surgery, 5 round antibody treatments.

She is currently treated at University Mississippi Medical Center, Children Hospital. She needs a special antibody treatment once a month at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at New York city (Only one medical center provides the clinical trial of the antibody (3f8) infusion treatment).
Emily Jia will benefit from this special treatment to kill rest tumor cell.

We received twice flights assistant at 2012 from Miracle flight for Kids, NV. , the director Ms. Rebecca Boyce is great. Thanks for your help.

Best Regards,
From Emily's family.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Miracle Flights for Kids is amazing! I have been fighting thyroid cancer for over 2 years and Miracle Flights has helped my husband and I go to MD Anderson in Houston for my surgery and treatment, not once, but twice! They not only help kids, but big kids too, like me! The process is fast and easy and Miracle Flights genuinely cares!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a blessing!! They handled my request very quickly and I could tell they really cared about helping me, discussing all possible options available and really working hard to make the process as easy add possible. Very amazing and I could not have gotten the help I needed without miracle flights!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Miracle flights was able to help our son see one of only 2 specialists in the US who year his extremely rare condition- Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome. Traveling from Michigan to Boston with help from MFFK greatly reduced our travel expenses. They made it an easy process to complete the necessary documentation and were very personable and sensitive to our last minute travel needs. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son has a rare congenital heart defect treatable only at Boston Children's Hospital. We live in Charleston, South Carolina. Getting the proper care for our son has required frequent trips back and forth to Boston, often unplanned and last-minute, by which time airfare for our family was outrageously expensive. On a number of occasions, Miracle Flights for Kids has helped ease the financial burden incurred traveling to and living in a city 970 miles away from home, often for extended periods of time. Miracle Flights for Kids makes an incredible difference in the lives of patients and their families by reducing the financial and logistical burden during what is already an incredibly stressful time. The staff is courteous, dedicated, sympathetic, and willing to go the extra mile when necessary.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My two children and myself have rare disorders. Miracle Flights for Kids has been generous to help us several times to get to the medical care we need out of state. I am so incredibly thankful for their kindness and generosity to our family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 49 year old female who was diagnosed on 02/04/14 with Stage 4 of a very rare type of cancer. I was blind-sighted, never saw it coming. The oncologist I saw at the University of TN Cancer Center (who I'd heard wonderful things about) gave me ONE option of chemo, which had horrible side effects & a very bleak chance of being helpful at all. He wouldn't even suggest whether I should take the chemo or not. He looked me straight in they eyes and just said "This cancer is going to take your life; it's just a matter of when."

My mom (who I tried to talk out of it, but had insisted on going to the appointment with me, after the PET scans, CT scans, biopsies had all been done) and I were first shocked and sat for a moment in silence, grasping each others' hands. Then we hugged each other and cried for a few minutes. Then I gathered myself for a moment and asked the only question that came to my mind: "How in the world am I going to tell my teenage daughter?" (a daughter who tells all of her friends that I am her very best friend, a daughter who shares everything with me (how blessed I am!), a daughter with a strong relationship with our Savior and a spiritual outlook and maturity that at times just amazes me, a daughter who's an honor student and already has taken several college credit classes while in high school, a daughter I could not have even known how to pray for, but with whom I am crazy in love with and for whom I would do anything in the world). The very thought of telling her what the oncologist told me literally broke my heart. I felt an ache I've never known. The oncologist had not much of a response that I can recall.

My mom then asked: "Aren't there any options?! This just can't be it!" The oncologist mentioned we might try MD Anderson in Houston, TX, that perhaps there were clinical trials that I might be eligible for. After the appointment, driving home - I cried, then screamed, then sat in silence; and then about halfway home, I pulled over into an empty church parking lot, googled MD Anderson on my iPhone, called them and made my first appointment.

After about 7 weeks at MD Anderson (and many tests, scans, bloodwork), I was indeed accepted into a clinical trial that had proven very effective in breast cancer and melanoma patients. This clinical trial chemotherapy had to be administered at MD Anderson every 2 weeks for 2 years. There was no question, I had to somehow find a way to take part in that clinical trial. (Though I'm perfectly ready to meet my Savior and bow at His feet and praise Him, I am NOT ready to leave my daughter, as I'm the only parent mentally, emotionally, spiritually & physically in-sync and available to her, as her dad has always been a 'checked out' kind of man).

But how??? How in the world would I get to Houston, TX from Knoxville, TN EVERY TWO WEEKS for TWO YEARS. I am not rich & there was nothing at my disposal that would generate the kind of cash it would require for that many flights. I contacted the American Cancer Society and they gave me information on Miracle Flights.

From my very first conversation with Ginny at Miracle Flights (who is very pleasant, compassionate, personable, yet still professional), I knew I was on the right track. She walked me through everything I needed to do to apply for flight assistance; and she very patiently answered every single question I had, even when I called her back many times.

Then, speaking to Mary, who scheduled my flights - I was just amazed that she didn't just stick me on a flight, call me, and say 'that's that'. She actually calls me before scheduling my flights and gives me the options she can find, and works with me to pick the flights that are best for me. She too, is very compassionate and personable, yet professional - a rare breed, both Ginny and Mary.

Without Miracle Flights, I would never have been able to take part in the clinical trial chemotherapy in Houston, TX, as I could never have afforded the flights. And the chances of continuing to live my life would've been, as my local oncologist originally said 'just a matter of time'. I thank God for Miracle Flights, as I see them as a true miracle that God is using (even as I write this) to work toward my healing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...not change a single thing. To be in the position of having to ask for help is humbling (almost embarrassing); not one time ever has anyone at Miracle Flights ever treated me with anything but respect and the utmost dignity.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter was born with a droopy eye lid that we later found out was much more involved. She has a rare eye condition in her left eye. At an appointment in March of 2014 we found out her retina in her left eye had detached. She had one procedure that was unsuccessful in reattaching her retina and it was recommended we fly her to Michigan for a second procedure. Miracle Flights helped us to fly her to Michigan 2 times. We hope things work out so that she can still have vision in her left eye. We are grateful for the caring staff that have kindly arranged flights for us and made it possible for us to fly her for her surgeries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They required us to give the financial information of family who helped us while my husband was a student in order to get help from Miracle Flights. I felt like our financial information should have been enough (even though it wasn't much). I was grateful that they were able to arrange a flight closer to us the second time they flew us. Thanks again!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son Liam was born December 20th, 2011 and was diagnosed with a very rare disorder called Moebius Syndrome shorty there after. We have met very few families that have been affected by this syndrome so when we heard there was a Moebius Conference we HAD to go! The conference was held in Washington DC where we met hundreds of people with Moebius and also had the opportunity to meet with some of the best doctors, surgeons, therapists, and specialists across the world! Without Miracle Flights we wouldn't have been able to afford this trip. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your amazing organization and the invaluable opportunity you allowed us to have!

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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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