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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: To remove the barrier to medical care with transportation on the ground and in the air...

Target demographics: removing the barrier to medical care with transportation on the ground and in the air...

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17,185 patients trips for medical care

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic- Volunteer Pilot Program Angel Wheels- Ground transportation via gas cards and bus/train tickets Angel Wings for Veterans- Helping veterans of any age or era, active duty service members and their families access the medical care they need

Community Stories

377 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical Angels helped my husband and me with a flight to get angioplasty. He has to get them monthly to open up blood vessels that have clotted in his lungs. We have been paying out of pocket for these procedures and it was becoming a very heavy burden financially. In all honesty we probably would not have been able to afford the last trip. We really appreciated being able to get help so quickly with very minimum cost out of pocket.

Tina W.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of MMA, I was able to fly to Madison, Wisconsin for a life altering surgery. The amount of pain I was in made it too difficult to drive the 13 hours needed to have the surgery. I was blessed to have my right kidney auto transplant in January of 2019 and my left kidney auto transplant in November of 2019. A lot of people have ended their life because they couldn’t get the life changing surgery. MMA made it possible for me to have a pain free life.

Stephanie S.12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We're trying to earn the top rated badge on GreatNonprofits, so write us a positive review! It only takes a few minutes and it helps the community. In the meantime, turn your sound on and watch this video to meet one of the many lives you saved...

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome airfare charity. Life saving
They literally saved my life. I’m so grateful. I love MMA

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome miraculous incredibly fabulous life saving!
Teeth saving ! Vision saving heart saving ! I can't praise MMA highly enough for their miraculous aid to me

Stephanie S

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello, it's Stephanie 1.0... your friendly neighborhood communications specialist. I have a special message

Mercy Medical Angels has made a huge impact in 47 years. Since 1972, we've provided approximately 250,000 trips to medical care, covering millions of miles.

But instead of just telling you... I'm going to show you. Attached is is the "Faces of Our Mission" series, found on our YouTube channel and our Facebook pages. (Watch with sound on, my co-workers didn't pick epic soundtracks for people to mute the volume.)

If you've been touched by Mercy Medical Angels, please write a review on GreatNonprofits.org!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2016, I completed an internship at Mercy Medical Angels for college credit. I prayed that I'd be back for more because I loved the work and the people so much. The next spring, I got my first real job - in communications, which just so happens to be my degree!

There's never a dull moment. One minute I could be working on graphics and desktop publishing. The next I could be looking up pictures for the social media pages I manage. After that could be donor relations, writing a feature article on a patient, packing up suitcases with promotional material for conventions (yes, I designed those pins and made the signs for the booth). And it's all for a great cause! I come in to work excited and leave feeling fulfilled. I'm doing what I love and helping people while I'm at it.

You can check us out on social media; we have pages for our partner charities too. Spread the word. Help out as a volunteer. Or you can donate - mail a check, give online, or go through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Well, this communications professional has written enough for now... thanks!

~Stephanie Singer, Communications at Mercy Medical Angels

Marsha11

Client Served

Rating: 5

You are my teeth saver and life saver
My dwarfism alopecia dental ravage disease was slowly disfiguring my face and harming my overall health.
Mercy medical angels once again sent me to NY for treatment. It's a miracle. See recent picture

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This miracle airfare saves my teeth vision heart etc in other words saves my life

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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
much for providing us with a memorable experience that brought a huge smile to my son’s
face.”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Victoria69

Client Served

Rating: 5

THey have helped me so much! And were always prompt and great about doing it! Mercy Flights and Angel flights are literally saving lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Harlene B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Pelletierc1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Joe_84

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Liz_66

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Rachel56

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I serve a guide dog program that trains blind people with their guide dog where they live, so there is no need for transport of a blind solider to where we train the guide dogs. A Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and the trained guide dog travel to the bind persons community and unite the team in their hometown. Mercy flight on several occasions has flown the Instructor and the guide dog to the blinded veteran's community to train them there. Being a non profit ourselves this uniting efforts to help a deserving blind veteran is a win win!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind is a unique guide dog program that delivers guide dogs to the blind veterans home and trains them where they live and work. Traditionally a blind person has to go away to receive a guide dog and train in an unfamiliar area and then come home with the guide dog alone and introduce the guide dog to their routes. Now veterans have been away from home way to much with additional time for rehab for their blindness, receiving a guide dog should not be another time away. Plus the fact we are training the guide dog team (blind veteran and guide dog) to navigate their personal mobility routes. Freedom Guide Dogs "Hometown Training" program brings the trained guide dog to the blind veterans home and trains them where they live free of charge to the veteran. Mercy Flights has delivered these guide dogs and their instructors to the blind veterans home to begin the next stage in their independence, helping not only the veteran but Freedom who is also a non profit giving these four footed heroes to their new blind masters free of charge. Thank you Mercy Medical Angels

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical Angels has been a beacon of light for me and my family. With challenging life circumstances and the turbulent waves rise, we need support from our family and friends and community. When our family and friends can't afford to help us, we have to look elsewhere. Mercy Medical Angels has graciously provided flights for a family member to see her dying grandmother, and another family member who needed medical care.

1 Arthur W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

March 15,2011, I was told i was going to die! I, had bloodclots in my arteries, and behind my heart, I had congestive heart failure, and deep vein thrombosis. a And above aii, i got God, gGod lead me to Dr Adams, my primary doc, to Dr Matloff my heart dr, and to heart failure clinic, all at Sutter General Hospital, Praise God. I had not enough money to fly to San Diego, Ca, from Sacramento, Ca. Heart failure hooked me up toiend to Sandiego, for the life saving surgery. Mercy Medical, and they flew me and my girlfriend to San Diego, for lifesaving surgery , at the UCSD Thorndick center,. And flew us back. Both ways for free. I know I am and hope to speak for alot of very sick people, that say praise God,foe Mercy Medical, without them and god and awole lot of prayers, I know I would not be alive today.

1 Terri J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical's team are some of the most caring people there are!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I've worked with Mercy Medical Airlift and their various outreach programs for many years. This is one of the finest, best run, charitable organizations that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. From the founder to the front desk people, they are all compassionate and dedicated folks who take their mission very seriously. My highest recommendation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have has personal experience with MMA for over ten years. During that period they have consistently provided outstanding, essential and reliable transportation to those injured military heroes who not only needed, but required this support to met basic medical needs. MMA's services have grown out of an understanding of the large number of medically disabled or resource limited injured Americans, including many military veteran families, who do not have the means to get to required doctors care and related medical treatments. MMA has consistently distinguished itself from other charities because of its relentless and effective efforts to help all those who have these needs. It has been my privilege to have donated funds to support their work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor and I needed help to go to Duke Medical center for medical treatment, I am very appreciative of the support I received from Mercy medical angels to be able to travel to North Carolina. They were very efficient, helpful and supportive of my situation and I cannot thank them enough for it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chondrosarcoma....then recurrent Chondrosarcoma was the diagnosis that my Husband Charles and I received. I add myself in this equation because as with many couple's battle with cancer the FIGHT is not a solo journey. The caregivers have been thru the initial heartbreak of diagnosis, the tears, the testing, more testing, the longest hours imaginable in surgery waiting rooms, the hospital pull-out chair to sleep in (uggh) and the subsequent long recovery at home. As with a recurrence you do this several times. Through it all I am honored to be by my Husband's side.
It is with a humble heart that we thank you Mercy Medical Angels for the flight from Charleston, SC to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. We believe this surgery at this facility has made the difference between life and death for him. Mercy Medical Angels played a vial role in my Husband being able to stand up and say he is now a SURVIVOR...We are SURVIVORS!

Charles and Angela Sanders

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical airlift helped me travel out of state for the cancer treatment I needed. The stress and yes, trauma of needing to travel for care is hard enough, but the money required for flights and other expenses makes everything more difficult. Mercy Medical was there for me and my husband in my time of need, and I will be forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. The best treatment for my case was not available in New Mexico, where I live, and I needed to go to New Orleans 3 times for surgery. My financial situation was not the best at the time, and Mercy Medical was able to help me and my husband with 2 flights. We were able to avoid undue hardship due to the help of Mercy Medical Airlift. Now I work as an oncology social worker, and I am glad I know about the services offered by Mercy Medical Airlift, a wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A number of years ago a young boy in my son's Cub Scout unit was diagnosed with rare, aggressive brain cancer. He was the son of two military veterans who had limited access to care outside of the military health system. Mercy Medical Angels came through with many resources for the family that were beyond the knowledge resources available to them. Although we lost the youth to the cancer, the family was extremely grateful to the help offered and the caring show by this wonderful charity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mom has been battling cancer for 5 years
We live in Roswell Nm where the dr informed us my mom would pass away within a month that's was in January 2011 I got online and did research and was able to contact Cancer treatment center of America where they immediately began helping my mom
We are not couldn't afford flying her and a caregiver for her treatment without the assistance of Mercy medical my mom wouldn't not of been able to receive her treatments
We are so grateful and thankful for the help
My mom wouldn't be alive if we couldn't get the assistant to make sure she received her treatments
Thank you for your kindness
Janie Garcia is the patient
Tina Garcia I am her daughter along with my sister Lisa Garcia
We greatly appreciate and are very great full and thankful

Sherri39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive email updates from Mercy Medical Angels. I have just submitted a request for my mother for assistance.
I had breast cancer almost 5 yrs ago and it gives me such joy to know someone is willing to help other people when they are going through that nightmare.

Flora2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical Angels helped in my time of need, my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Mercy Medical Angels helped get us a flight to treatment!

Hlindsey19648

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hoping to become the very first African-American Female Quadruple Amputee to receive a Private Pilot License to volunteer for a very well needed charity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical Angels have been a god send for my family. They have allowed my wife to fly to get the surgery she needs. Without there help I just don't know what we would have done. It is this kind of nonprofit that gives me hope for the future.

Wendy124

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MMA is making it possible for my sister to fly from Virginia to LA, where her surgeon is. Without them, it may not have been possible for this to happen. Then she wouldn't have a chance at improvement, as this surgeon is THE guy for this surgery. We are hopeful that this will allow her to have a more normal life, so THANK YOU, MMA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was injured by an IED blast in Iraq in 2008. He was shot twice in the chest, his face was severely lacerated (which required plastic surgery to repair) and his left thigh was crushed. The doctors at BAMC in San Antonio, TX tried for 2 years to save his leg. In 2010 they amputated below the knee. He still suffered from chronic infections. In 2012 they had to amputate above knee. Along with his physical injuries, he suffers from PTSD, and severe depression. In March of he was accepted to The Pathway Home, a PTSD in patient rehab program in Napa, CA. As part of his treatment I had to fly to California to meet with the physician, mental health team and his social worker. There was just no way we could afford this flight. I contacted several other agencies for help. I was denied by all of them. I contacted Mercy Medical Angels and my request was accepted within 48 hours! During such a stressful time, Mercy Medical came through for my family. We will be forever grateful! Thank you so much for your help and compassion!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago, my mother needed transport from Florida to Montgomery NY. Ed Boyer (one of your executive officers) was the pilot and Chuck was the co-pilot. They were wonderful. Mom, who was very frightened and anxious was made to feel most comfortable and relaxed. Their compassion was extraordinary. To this day I am most grateful to Mercy Medical Angels.

Bill Arnold

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of Mercy Medical Angels, I could travel from Ohio to the Myeloma Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas for testing, treatments, and a consult. They were so helpful and I felt very cared for as we made the travel plans, i am very grateful for their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a blood cancer and need to fly frequently to Arkansas from Ohio. Mercy Medical Airlift was very helpful in finding flights when I needed to go for treatment and testing. I am grateful for their thorough planning, and kind communication. I feel blessed by their skill in getting me to my destination and back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is forever grateful to Mercy Medical Angels. It was a difficult decision to make the choice to have my second brain tumor removal surgery so far from home. Because of Mercy Medical Angels my husband was able to be there with me after surgery at a crucial point when I needed the extra help. I am forever indebted to the kindness of this organization to go out of their way to make this happen!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank God every day that Mercy Medical Angels exists. God bless all of you involved with this wonderful charity. You all are extremely gracious, kind, and helpful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group for over 10 years, and have stuck with it because it is such a worthy charity. Formerly known as Mercy Medical Airlift, they changed their name because they expanded their mission of compassion to ground transportation as well. They are also heavily involved in helping my fellow veterans. They manage many Angel Flight operations connecting private pilots who want to fly, with patients who need to get to a distant facility; they broker donated airline seats and frequent flier miles for patients who need more distant care; and they provide gas cards to help with ground transportation. All around a very effective charity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MMA has grown from simply organizing local pilots to help transport needy patients, to a nationwide system of air and ground transportation for veterans, families of wounded heroes, and disaster response, as well as the core mission of helping the needy. This growth and the financial support that propels it, indicates the need for the service and the excellence with which it is provided!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be grateful to MMA for their selfless help when needed the most. Five years ago my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer in his early 30's while I was still in college. This was a new, shocking and heart wrenching diagnosis. My husband had to travel to California for follow up care & surgery. We could not afford this expense and was referred to this organization through the cancer institute and followed up.
I must say each person I spoke with was very warm and helpful and they provided air travel for both my husband and I for his medical care. I must say I never knew there was great organization out there that really helps without giving you "the run around and putting you on waiting list."
THANKS MMA AND YOUR AMAZING STAFF, YOUR WORK/HELP IS NEVER UNNOTICED. THANKS FOR CONTINUING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIFE.
It has been 5 yrs and my husband health is great, thanks for being apart of this miracle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an intern here at MMA and love it! Its great to see all the wonderful work Mercy Medical does first hand throughout all their different charities. I've been able to interview patients and learn about their experiences first hand. I appreciate all the great things they do for those in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer pilot for this great organization. The people I have flown have been very deserving and grateful. I appreciate the work this organization does that allows me to share my passion that I have been blessed to participate in to those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for the help that I received from Mercy Medical Angels. I had to bring my son from Louisiana to Seattle, Washington to get testing and then pituitory surgery because no local doctors could help him.
They provided us with airline tickets to travel and I am so thankful for this.

Thanks again,

Donor

Rating: 5

I work in a VA Medical Center as a nurse and each year we have the opportunity to pick a charity to support if we so desire. I have always chosen Mercy Medical Angels because of all the good and charitable work they provide. It is an expensive endeavor to fly an airplane and these pilots are so giving of time, money, and airplanes; plus their is maintenance. I have heard about the many good things they do and know about some of their flights. I wish I was able to donate a lot of money or live in an area I could volunteer. Everyone involved are truly angles. From Cheryl Briles, RN, MSN

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Adriana a mother of two and happily married. I was diagnose with a rare tumor in the base of my spine. Only 1 in a million is diagnose with this rare disease and only 50 are diagnose per year in the United states. I need to travel to Boston a few times per year to consult one of the few experts in the field. I currently live in Florida. Mercy Medical Angels had offer me the chance to travel without having an extra thing weighting on my mind. The cost of seeking medical help in a different state is quite considerable. The
help is an amazing relive.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a volunteer nurse in the past for this organization. They have helped many patients who need care and transportation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a senior , with three "rare " serious medical problems , including neurosurgical needs from a specialist neurosurgeon. When injury exacerbated the skull /soft tissue problems , there was confusion how best to help me heal -and find improvement.

It was deemed prudent I see that specialist neurosurgeon traveling from California to NY . There was not time to save enough living on Social Security disablity .

I turned to the national patient travel network for assistance , and was refered to Mercy Medical Angels . I also needed assistance with an aide to make the trip safely thus two tickets on an airline .

They arranged two tickets , and I was able to make that much needed trip . I was fortunate that the doctors guidance also brought stability and improvement .

As an active patients advocate for many years I'd seen others helped by this effort . Such generosity of many people made this possible , it is focused and facilitated by this org. = I'm thankful they exist and have helped so many folks .



Client Served

Rating: 5

Flew my Mom from DC to Cape Cod. circa 1985.

Only way we could have traveled.

Bless you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mercy Medical Airlift has always sought ways to serve individuals and their families facing a medical crisis. The pilots are true ambassadors of hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly made up of angels who fly people in need to hospitals and medical appts that they otherwise would not be able to get to. They are a godsend for these people including wounded warriors and other folks in great need. These pilots generously give of their time and their airplanes to do this work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is God sent from Heaven. It has helped me beyond the call of duty. Mercy Medical Angels are truly a blessing from above. May God continue to bless this program forever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart my Angels.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are general aviation pilots and know a number of pilot friends who volunteer for Angel Flight. Our friends are always gratified by the very positive responses that they receive from the patients who they transport, often to distant medical facilities. It is a pleasure for us to support such a worthwhile and highly professional nonprofit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of MMA's ministries, I am walking today. This group has flown me to places where I was able to get treatment that is not available where I live. Because of their work, I was able to have the spinal surgeries that I needed and my daughter watched me go from totally bedfast to walking unaided most of the time. MMA is a tool that God uses to perform miracles. I can never thank them, or Him, enough.

MarciEllen G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lung disease. I was stranded at the Mayo Clinic just after Christmas 2014 and before New Years 2015. I was due to fly Air Angels, but the weather prevented the flights for days. Mercy Medical Angels, stepped in and flew me home. I was so lucky! I was exhausted and had been packed for days and gotten my hopes up each day that I would finally fly home after two weeks at the Mayo Clinic and having to Spend Christmas in Rochester, MN (which although hard; staying at the Nazarene Well House- made it a very special time in spite of it!). I am most greatful that Mercy Medical Angels helps US Navy Veterans such as I; and did so on two occations from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN to Nashville, TN and from Nashville, TN to Rochester, MN and back the second time. I felt like I was traveling as a VIP! Medical Bills are mounting and you eased the financial burden for me and I am most greatful to all of you ANGELS.
Sincerely,
MarciEllen Gerber RN/BSN/US Navy Disabeled Veteran

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer Angel Flight Pilot in Roanoke, Virginia I received a call about 2:30 AM one night for a requested flight to Cincinatti (Lunken Airport). A three month old baby needed a transplant. I arrived at the airport and 4 family members plus the baby were waiting. There were scattered thunderstorms etc but the flight was not a problem. A few weeks later I called Angel Flight to find out that the baby survived and was on the road to full recovery! What a blessing! Were it not for Angel Flight, and the dedicated people who coordinated this, how would this have ended?