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Angel Flight Soars Inc

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Mission: The mission of Angel Flight is to remove the obstacle of transportation for individuals with medical and financial needs. We will accomplish this mission by arranging free air transportation to those who need it most. Angel Flight serves the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times. This community service is made available to any individual, medical agency or health care organization for medically stable and ambulatory patients traveling from, to or through the States of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Carolinas.

Results: In our 34 years of community service, we have coordinated more than 39,000 missions for families in need of distant medical care. Last year alone, Angel Flight arranged 3,208 missions, that's 9 missions a day, 7 days a week. We helped patients from newborn to 97 years in age with 223 different medical afflictions from 34 states. This year, we want to do even more.

Target demographics: Angel Flight Soars knows that illness isn't stopped by boundaries and believe that cures shouldn't be either, whether those boundaries are geographic or financial. We help by coordinating free flights to lifesaving medical treatments!

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016 Angel Flight Soars coordinated 3,208 missions serving more than 9,400 patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Programs: The mission of Angel Flight is to help families get to the hope of lifesaving medical treatments, surgeries and clinical programs as often and as long as necessary to ensure that no one has to go without medical treatment simply due to travel challenges.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Valentine's Day 2003, our 2-month old daughter's life changed forever. Jordan Marie went from being a healthy vibrant baby to a child on full life support within 24 hours. She was diagnosed with a rare respiratory genetic defect that is usually fatal. BUT...the Lord had other plans!! Jordan received a life-saving double lung transplant 3 months later...just one of only a handful of babies to survive such a complicated surgery at such a young age. With all of Jordan's specialized doctors 700 miles away in St. Louis, the innumerable doctor's visits and follow-up medical tests seemed impossible to get to...until Angel Flight Soars arrived on the scene!! God, once again, guided our little overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed family into the hands of the most incredible group of "flying servants" we've ever met. Now, after nearly TEN YEARS, THOUSANDS of AIR MILES, and DOZENS of hospital trips, Angel Flight Soars is still by our side every step of the way. Angel Flight Soars will FOREVER be part of our family! What a blessing and a God-send they continue to be! We are DEEPLY grateful to Angel Flight Soars for their never-ending dedication, compassion, efficiency, and kindness...you've kept our family going through the "ups" and "downs". GOD BLESS YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a complicated eye condition, and the best help for me is in Ann Arbor. Michigan, at the Kellogg Eye Center. Without Angel Flight Soars, I would have absolutely not been able to get the expert interventions I needed. The pilots have been kind, friendly, professional, competent and generous with their time and equipment. The pilots make me feel SAFE, and that is really important! Angel Flight staff is equally helpful, and they have never let me down. They provide a wonderful service to so many!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Don't know what my family would do without Angel Flight! I have been going to Augusta for laser surgery monthly for 2 years. My family took so much time off when I was burned on November 10th, 2016. I was hospitalized for 3 months and in a coma for 2 of those months. My family was called in 3 times to tell me goodbye. It would be such a hardship on my family to take off monthly for these laser surgeries on my skin grafts. Thanks to Angel Flight they can work their jobs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This fantastic charity changed my life by giving me the opportunity to travel to NY from GA to have surgery to remove my GIST tumor. Without these great pilots and their organization, my second opinion surgery would not have been possible. Thanks to these folks for all they do.

Christopher M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first child, Oliver, was born with a rare genetic mutation that resulted in severe medical complications, and developmental delays. Just after his first birthday he needed attention from specialists that were only available in 2 cities nationally. We chose to travel to Cincinnati for the procedure, but commercial air was not an option for us. Angel Flight Soars was there for us, making the trip as stress free as possible. This is one of the greatest services and causes around, and every time I meet someone with a pilot's license I make sure they know about Angel Flight Soars and how they helped us give our son a fulfilling and happy life.

Patricia W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank God for your services. My son and I was in the best care during our flight from Augusta, GA to Greenwood, MS when my son was released the J B Stills Burn Center. That was in May 2011 and I am still grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upon learning I had to travel over 600 miles from my home to receive cancer treatment weekly, the thought of driving was exhausting on top of me not feeling well. A nurse told me about Angel Flight. It has made the commute to and from treatment much easier on me and my family. Fighting cancer is hard enough, add travel to the mix and it is exhausting. So thankful for Angel Flight and all the pilots giving of their time. Because of you, I can get to and from treatment and return home to my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From my husband and me, we would like to say thank you so much for the wonderful experience we had this past week with AngelFlight and the outstanding and kind pilots.

This was a truly once in a lifetime and amazing experience; a blessing to us both.

The team at AngelFliht was so kind and helpful with answering questions and getting everything organized. The pilots were courteous, professional, and truly caring and delightful. We had such pleasant conversations with each of them.

They made this trip possible for us, and understand that sharing some joy and providing trips like this really does make a difference in the lives of patient-clients. It was so nice to, for a time, to enjoy a trip not thinking about doctors appointments and medications and medical bills. They brought us a blessing and we thank God for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Due to the effects of End Stage Renal Disease, I am unable to drive the necessary distance from my home to the transplant center. Angel Flight Soars has been (and will continue to be) a lifesaver for me. They already have 2 local pilots available for me when I get THE CALL and time becomes critical.
Everyone, from the office to the pilots I've already used are just wonderful ANGELS.

JeffNeedsAKidney

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had the need to travel from East TN to Northern VA for continuing evaluation to qualify for a kidney transplant. The 6+ hour drive is no longer an option due to my condition. Angel flight has been wonderful - from the office staff to the volunteer pilots.

Unfortunately, I'll likely need them again and will be grateful for the assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With my daughter having a rare medical condition, and having to travel at least a few hours each way to get to Duke for medical specialists, it became very grueling. Once it took me 6 hours to get there because her body was in so much pain and I had to stop so many times to adjust her body and help her muscles not freeze up on her. It was then that I realized I was going to have to start coming in the night before so I would make sure we would not miss the appointment time because of the unpredictability of transporting her there.

I was at a Christmas party and someone overheard my friend asking about my daughter, and her treatments being so far away that I now have to have her miss two days of school, drive in the night before and get a hotel, pay for meals and gas etc, just for her to see one specialist. The woman asked if I had ever heard of Angel Flight Soars, and gave me all the information to contact them.

It was such a blessing to have come across Angel Flight Soars! To be able to now get in and out on the same day is life changing! It cuts down on the travel time which in turn provides my daughter with more comfort. She goes through so much medically, that having the ability to get to and from doctors without physical distress, (which turns into mental anxiety for her) is a huge relief and one less thing to worry about when seeking medical treatment. Thank you Angel Flight Soars for making the medical world a little easier to cope with!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight has been a life saver. I have a rare brain tumorand needed to see a doctor more than 8 hours away from me. I contacted them and they made me feel so comfortable. They answered every question within an hour. When the trip finally came I was so nervous but every pilot I had was amazing and I trusted everyone of them. Not being able to drive or afford to fly to get the medical treatment you need is stressful but with Angel Flights they try to take some of that away. Every pilot made me feel like I was a VIP and the are just so friendly. I will never be able to repay the them for what they have done for me.

1 Dianne Guerin B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group made us feel like royalty. So thankful for this organization. This year has been tough and they just made our lives a little easier with a trip to Gainesville. I am in the midst of chemo battling breast cancer, a single mom needing to get my special needs son to Gainesville, FL to see his endocrinologist. The trip from Chattanooga driving is 10 hours! I'm not sure how we would have made it this year for his annual appointment if it wasn't for Angel Flight Soars! Everything about this trip was great: the scheduling, the pilots and the jets!

Client Served

Rating: 5

i would like to take a moment to thank Angel Flight for all they do. They helped me get to my dad in Atlanta JUST in time for his last minute major surgery. Its people like this that truly inspires others. It meant so much to me and my family as i had been out of work alot with going back and forth and his surgery was last minute so my funds was stretched.. I thank god for organizations such as Angel Flight. My dad passed away that same year but with yalls help i was able to get to be there for him in his time of need. Thank you again,
April A. Frazier

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard put into words how much Angel Flight means to my family, friends, and me. For many years, I have struggled to arrange transportation between Tifton and Emory for medical care. I have been legally blind for about ten years and after exhausting family and friends to assist with my needs, I heard about Angel Flight. For the last four years, I have been fortunate to have the support of Angel Flight as my condition declines. Everyone I have encountered with Angel Flight from the schedulers to the pilots have been loving and kind. The relationships developed through this experience have left footprints in my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since July of 2018. I truly believe that unlike other "non-profits" this is truly a hard working organization with a very small portion of donations going to overhead. This is really important to me.

Every day I see profiles of people from 2 months old to 90+ that Angel Flight helps. You would not believe the number of people with afflicting diseases that need help, from needing an organ transplant, burns, cancer and so many others that possibly would not get help without Angel Flight. The pilots that volunteer their aircraft, time, and fuel are the real Angels. The supporting staff facilitates these flights to get the medical treatments people desperately need. And all for a simple "Thank you!"

Every day that you wake up and feel good, you should be so happy because there are so many others in need. Angel flight has a direct positive impact on so many people. I am proud to be a volunteer and help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight Soars was recommended to us by a friend from our church after we learned of my wife's need to travel on an ongoing basis from our home in southeast Tennessee to The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. Living on a fixed income and having traveled for almost twenty years for her treatments has taken it's toll. Angel Flight Soars has stepped in to fill a place not only in our budget but more importantly in our heart ❤. We are currently only in the middle portion of our first mission flight. Giving been flown five hundred miles one way for my wife to have a new cutting edge surgery that could make a significant difference in her life if her outcome goes as planned. We then still have the return two legs to complete the mission. The team of support personnel at Angel Flight have been wonderful and organized. Our first two volunteer pilots, Peter and Richard were well " angels ". These people volunteer their time, planes, expenses and anything else you think of to get sick people help where they may not be able to otherwise. One of angels also rescues pets. What else can you say about a group of people that just want to help other people. God Bless them all at Angel Flight Soars.
Mike and Mary


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Aunt has cancer and was really struggling trying to get from North Carolina to her treatments in Georgia. As time went on, it was harder and harder for her because of the chemo. Once angel flight started taking her to her treatments it's been so much better for her. I don't think she'd still he with us without angel flights help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We needed to fly up north for my daughter’s surgery and Angel Flight Soars came through! The 2 pilots that volunteered were super nice and made us feel very welcome and safe. It was our daughter’s first time flying and she loved it! Angel Flight Soars is an amazing organization and we’re so grateful that we found them!

Marlania W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel flight soars is a wonderful organization that I believe is truly saving my life. Every week I have to go to Nashville TN for my clinical trial. This trial is the only hope that I have to live and spend time with 14 year old daughter and 3 year old son. I was diagnosed with Metastasized Breast cancer in June 2018 after being in remission for a year of triple negative breast cancer. This is better than being sick in the car for 9 hours. I appreciate it so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flights has helped us travel to many medical appointments and surgeries. I don’t know how we would do it without them!