In June 2016, My dad and I went to MI for a funeral we drove. He lives in TN. My dad was 86 at the time and a Korean War Veteran. The trip went well until we got to MI. He got septic and we almost lost him. He was in the hospital and they found that his knee was causing the infection. ( An old knee replacement that went bad-got infected). They did emergency surgery and took his knee out and replaced it with a new knee. Then he went into rehab. He had a immobilizer on his leg to prevent him from bending it. I was worried on how I was going to get him back to TN. He could not fly on a commercial flight because he could not bend his leg and had to keep it elevated. Driving back would have been very difficult for him. I contacted Angel Flights for Veterans, filled out an application and since dad could not fly on a commercial flight they forward us to Mercy Medical Angels who have private pilots volunteer their time and their planes to help people. They found a pilot from VA that said he would fly us from Saginaw, MI to Columbia, TN. In August my dad was discharged from the hospital. Mercy Medical arranged the pilot to pick us up in MI and take us back to TN. My dad could elevate his leg on the plane, the pilot put a box in between the seats so he could put his leg up. I brought the pillows to make it comfy. We were back in TN in 1hour and 50 minutes. Mercy Medical and Walt the pilot are our angels. My Dad now is doing better even though the infection took a toll on him he is now 87 but the immobilizer is off his leg. I couldn't have done it alone. Mercy Medical Angels, Walt the pilot and Angel flights for Veterans are our angels no doubt in my mind!! God Bless you all. The Kragenbrink and Storm Family.
As a former board member, I have greater insight than most into this amazing organization and the benefit it provides to people who lack the resources to travel for medical treatment. Robb Alpaugh, the President and CEO, his staff and the volunteer pilots work sacrificially to see that as many clients as possible are served by whatever mode of transportation is needed: ground or air. As a military retiree myself, it is also gratifying to see how many veterans and fellow retirees have been provided with commercial airline or Angel Flight transportation for treatment of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other illnesses or injuries. Knowing that so many people are helped by MMA I still donate monthly with confidence that all but a tiny percentage of donations go to help those they serve.
A patient writes: “I wanted to express my gratitude for all of your organization’s efforts in providing a seamless experience from beginning to end. Last month my seven-year-old son, Sam, and I traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital for his fifth surgery…Thank you so
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Mercy Medical Angels came to our rescue in our time of need. They are truly angels. They were kind, compassionate, and professional. They secured our flights so I could get the medical attention I needed for my cancer. I am so grateful for Mercy Medical Angels.
We have been consistent donors of Mercy Medical Angels as they fill a great need for people at the low end as well as ties to support of our Nation's veterans. I have started interacting with the staff to offer my support as I feel this is so worthwhile an effort.
THey have helped me so much! And were always prompt and great about doing it! Mercy Flights and Angel flights are literally saving lives!
We have a very special little girl that Mercy Medical helped us for 7 years as often as they could fly to Stanford.CA from IL . We had one guy we used to talk to every time and had such a easy . Lizzy has SMA Type 1 and we were told she would pass way by one year and age two at the most. She is now 12 years old because, she was in a clinical trial at Stanford and of her home care. Mercy Medical helped save her life.
We will forever be in their debt for helping Lizzy and flying us to California for so many years.
Mercy Medical Angels were the only reason I was able to fly and go get my service dog. Without them I would to not been able to get my new buddy so soon. They set everything up and it was smooth and without frustration. They truly are Angels in my eyes.
I am impressed by the dedication and heart of the people who work for Mercy Medical Angels. They take great joy and satisfaction in being able to do this work.
I wrote my experience a few years ago and it still stands! The only thing I will add is my continued gratitude for something that was so important to me... MMA preserved my dignity at the single most difficult time in my life.
On the afternoon of November 29, 2012, I heard the unforgettable and long awaited words, "You've just been accepted at the Mayo Clinic Neurological Department. We look forward to seeing you in Rochester, MN, on January 15, 2013, at 12:45 pm." Having been ill for nearly three years with multiple complex neurological conditions, MS, and a spinal cord injury, without any successful treatment, I was determined to find help. I viewed this as my last opportunity. To get an appointment that quickly at the prestigious Mayo Clinic was amazing. Shortly after the call ended, reality set in. How am I going to get to Rochester, Minnesota? In moderate panic, I contacted a number of people who could advise me on this matter. The MS Society recommended that I contact Aircharitynetwork.com and that was my ticket! Literally, it was my ticket! Through Air Charity Network, I reached Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA). MMA answered my request for assistance in a matter of hours. From the beginning, I felt their sense of urgency and drive to make this trip possible for me. I worked closely with Cathy Kelly, who was kind and caring. She walked me through every step and gave me the wonderful news that I would be flying on a commercial flight to my destination. At a time when life is looking a little too short, and the problems are seemingly insurmountable, it isn't easy to remain positive and hopeful. MMA doesn't let you worry. They assured me the impossible was possible, and because of the people at Mercy Medical Airlift, I did arrive on time for my scheduled appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. I don't know anyone who does it better! I was given every consideration. I felt the their genuine concern about getting me to Rochester. They were very gracious to my patient advocate and care giver, who was accompanying me on this journey. Because of the short time in which MMA had to make this all possible, I realized that MMA staff had much to do in a matter of days. I will be eternally grateful for their incredible efforts, support, and encouragement during one of the most difficult times of my life. Kudos, Mercy Medical Airlift! Your compassion lifts the wings of every plane flying patients to much needed diagnostics and treatment on MMA flights! Thank you so very much!
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My sister lives in Virginia, and had surgery scheduled in California. This surgeon was one of a handful of surgeons in the country who knows the procedure she was scheduled for.
Money was very tight for my sister, as she is unable to work and her son was in college, so they were living on my brother-in-law's salary alone while paying college tuition. The cost of the flights to LA was going to make them unable to pay bills. The surgery was necessary, so it seemed there were no good choices.
MMA made an incredible offer to my sister to fly her and a caretaker to LA for the surgery. Not only did this generous offer allow my sister to receive her necessary surgery, but it allowed her to not worry about the negative financial impact paying for a flight would have created. That relief allowed her to focus on her medical recovery.
Our family is so very thankful that MMA is in operation. They make a real difference for those who use their services.
Mercy Medical Angels helped us when my daughter had cancer. She had a terrible form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma and we needed to travel to mayo clinic in Wisconsin often. We drove all of those trips but when we found out that she needed to go to Houston, TX to see some doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center Mercy Medical Angels stepped up and gave us a flight to and from Texas. We live in Aurora, IL. We really didn't have money to be traveling because of all of our mounting medical bills. I'm not sure we would have ever been able to go there for treatment at all if it weren't for Mercy Medical Angels. We couldn't believe there actually was an organization like that. What a beacon of light in a dark time of our lives. We were very grateful.
Karen and Joe
I was called for a lung transplant . The pilot arrived at a nearby airport which was scheduled last moment because I was on call to receive a lung . The Mercy Medical Angel made it possible for me to receive two chances to receive a new chance at life through lung transplant. I live over 4 1/2 hours from transplant center and without this service -it would have been impossible to arrive in time for transplant. The lungs were not suitable for me. Within 24 hours another call arrived for the trip to have new lungs again. The pilot was on his way to pick me up when the transplant was cancelled- but again I had immediately response from Mercy Medical Angels. I thankful to both pilots and Mercy Medical for allowing me the opportunity and the support for quick medical transport. I did receive a lung transport on the 3rd call but had enough time to drive because the lungs were on life support. I am doing well but feel blessed to know that there is help for those that have a short amount of time for medical transplants . I wouldn't have been listed for transplant if I had not had the transportation provided by these wonder people! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
My husband has pancreatic cancer and with the help of Mercy Medical Angels, he has been able to extend his life by MMA offering us the ability to fly from Florida to Johns Hopkins Medical center in Baltimore on several occasions. We would never have been able to do this on our resources. I will be forever grateful to Mercy Medical Angels. My husband is now a six year survivor. We have so much to be grateful for, among them the wonderful staff at Mercy Medical Angels.
Mercy Medical Angels are truly angels. Without this help, I do not know what my husband would have done to be able to afford his pancreatic cancer treatment in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Cancer center. Mercy Medical Angels got us onto a commercial flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore and back with no problems and much relief that Peter was able to be able to get all is treatments.
Thank you once again for all your help.
My wife had been treated for lung cancer with chemo therapy at a local oncology clinic and her tumor had shrunk to a point that the doctor thought she may be a candidate for surgery! We searched out a few places that might be able to help and found a place in Chicago that would accept our insurance. Our problem was getting there from Pennsylvania and we found out about Mercy Medical Angels, my wife was a 16 year veteran of the military and these great people from Mercy Medical Angels were just that, ANGELS! They flew us there and back for a very small fee and made the trip possible for her treatments! Thank you so much!
I turned to Mercy Medical Angels during my mother's last months of her long battle with cancer. They helped me to fly across country to care for her in her final days. I had promised my mother 15 yrs ago, when she needed me, I would be there for her & Mercy Medical Angels made good my promise. I am eternally grateful to this wonderful organization, who, with out their help, I would not have been able to do it. It meant everything to me.
My mother moved to Oregon from Va to be near the best hospital to help her in her fight with stage 4 breast cancer & be near my older sister., who could look out for her better. Years went by and she endured many treatments. But sadly the treatments took their toll on her health & I was called in to help. I was living in Va at the time & unemployed & had no way of obtaining the money needed to fly there. I heard of this nonprofit (as we are from the Va Beach area) Mercy Medical Angels. I applied for & was granted a round trip ticket to Oregon to help my mom in her final months. I promised my mother when her cancer was first diagnosed, that I would be there to help her at the end & Mercy Medical Angles came to my aid. Words can NOT express how much this act of kindness shown to me & my mother helped her & me through this painful time & I could be of assistance to her when she was there for me all through my life. This is indeed a group of Mercy Angels. Thank you again as my life has closure from this act of kindness and generosity.
Mercy Medical Angels was very instrumental in providing resource/assistance for a non-service connected Veteran who had very little income and family support to get to a facility so he could obtain the needed service/treatment he needed. They came through as Champs and I would never forget the help that they provided; their assistance helped to give this Veteran the opportunity to have a better quality of life.
I worked with a Veteran who was injuried outside the line of duty and his income was less than $200.00 per month and he had very limited family support. A colleague told me about Mercy Medical Airlift; they came through without any hesitation. They walked me through the application process and the Veteran was able to get the assistant that he so deservely needed.
I was diagnosed with terminal cancer nine years ago. At that time there were no treatments available for me in my tri state area. I was advised by two large well known hospitals to go to M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. After years of me flying there to be treated, my husband retired, our income dropped. I was getting were I was no longer able to work, so our income dropped more!
I learned of Mercy Medical Angels,I called and told my story. Several times now, when I didn't have the money for tickets, they have helped with my flights to M D Anderson. Such a blessing for us, they even gave a ticket for daughter, so she could fly with me, to push me in my wheel chair, and assist me while in Houston. We are so thankful for their help with our flight!!
I am a Cancer patient living in Ohio, i was told if I wanted any chance of living I must go to M.D.Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, TX. Mercy Medical Airlift helped with several of my flights, they were wonderful! Thanks to God, MDA, and Mercy Medical Airlift, I now can claim remission for 22mo. this time around!!
Did a great job getting my wife to and from Bartlesville/San Antonio. Required coordinating two legs both ways. I am writing this for her since she has passed.
I was diagnosed with a rare blood disease in 2009, and the hospital of choice to treat this rare disease was The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I needed to be there for 8 weeks, and I needed a full-time care giver to be with me throughout the transplant process. I was amazed and delighted to hear about Mercy Medical Angels that could provide me with air accommodations. I had to arrive in September for the actual diagnostic testing and to see what form of treatment would be best, and then I returned home (Seattle) to get ready, and then back to The Mayo the first week of November. All this flying for the 2 of us was expensive, and being sick as well, made it difficult to be on a regular airplane. As it turned out, I was able to 'get' back and forth with our own funds, and a very dear friend offered me his air miles to get me "home" at Christmas. I applaud Mercy Medical Angels for their generosity and accommodating provisions for those people who do desperately need their service. Thank you to everyone who assists in making this possible.
In 2004 my sister was near death from cancer and Angel Flight kindly arranged for her to have a round trip flight. She was not in good enough health to fly on a commercial airline. She was so thankful! In appreciation our family has contributed to this nonprofit since her death two months after her trip.