Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Patient Airlift Services

3,667 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Health, Health (General & Financing)

Mission: Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable aviation organization that arranges free PALS Flights through our volunteer aviation community for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, for compassionate assistance, for military personnel/ family requests through the PALS for Patriots Program, or for humanitarian purposes through our PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program. PALS is located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY and has arranged over 19,000 passenger flights to date.

Results: Thanks to the support of our charitable aviation community, volunteers, and donors, we have been able to arrange over 19,000 flights since our inception in 2010. On average we are arranging 250 flights per month.

Target demographics: connect the charitable aviation community to people in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1200 passengers.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: free medical, compassionate, military personnel, and humanitarian flights.

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

PALS is an amazing organization. Both flights went smoothly and we were blessed to have wonderful pilots, Greg and Don!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patient Airlift Services (PALS) is a wonderful blessing to many patients and families who need to travel for health care treatment.

Thanks to the generosity of the PALS
volunteer pilots we were able to travel from Chicago to Houston for our very first Living Rare Forum to learn about living with a rare autoimmune disorder. The people we met were amazing warriors and caregivers from across the country. Can't wait til next year! 
Special thanks to our phenomenal pilot Paul who went above and beyond to ensure we had a pleasant experience.

Maria De L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to PALS by my husband who's a private pilot. He joined the organization because of its stellar reputation and love for aviation. He flew a few missions as an assistant pilot and I attended one of the fundraising galas with him. That night while I listened to the heartfelt stories of the patients that had been helped by this organization, I knew that I wanted to become more involved. My background in marketing and event planning seemed like the perfect match and I wanted to lend my skills to their hard-working staff. I became an administrative volunteer at the PALS office over a year ago. I have seen first-hand all the time and effort that goes into coordinating the flights that help hundreds of patients get to their treatment facilities. The mission coordinators spend countless hours arranging transportation and the marketing team plans numerous events to help raise the funds needed to help those in need reach their critical care. I am truly amazed by the entire staff's dedication and the genuine love they feel towards the patients and their families. I must also applaud the many volunteer pilots that provide their planes and expertise to this worthwhile and important cause. I am grateful that PALS gave me the opportunity to witness all the good work they do throughout the year.

Melanie Major N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PALS provided my family with transportation to attend NORD’s Living Rare, Living Strong patient forum. This was the first time we’ve been able to attend an event like this and because of PALS generosity my son and I were able to meet a couple other families that share our rare disease, Hypophosphatasia. Our amazing pilot, Joe, was so friendly and ensured we had a smooth ride. My son and I enjoyed getting to ride in the cockpit and getting to learn about the airplane! We are so grateful to everyone at PALS for providing this great service to families that require travel to see specialists.

1 Joel16

Volunteer

Rating: 5


My name is Joel N. Jandreau from St Francis Me. My wife and I are Outreach Ambassadors for Patient Airlift Services. We provide free air transportation for people in need of medical diagnosis and treatment. We can fly you an unlimited amount of flights for the patients and a caregiver/spouse. If it is more then a two hour drive for the patient to receive their treatment. If you go to Boston, we even take care of the taxi so when you leave home you don't have to worry till you get to the hospital. We also fly nationally for patients that have to go further and this is all with no cost to the patient. There is absolutely no cost for any of the services that we provide. For more information please call 1-888-818-1231 you can also reach us on line at www.palsflight.org Changing lives one flight at a time.

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had to go to Boston for surgery a few months ago so I applied with PALS for transportation. Jim the pilot and Annie the copilot were super helpful to me. It was a real good flight and Jim is a fabulous pilot. when we landed Jim and Annie waited there with me till the Taxi got there and didn't leave till I was gone. Jim even called the Taxi for me. for someone that wasn't used to traveling this meant a lot to me. I want to thank Patient Airlift Services, the staff and all the volunteers for all they do for everyone every day. and mostly Jim and Annie for making my flight enjoyable and safe.

Karen S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PALS offers the most amazing service. The team genuinely care about cancer patients and going above and beyond to get their needs met. They have provided numerous trips to and from for our caner patients to receive the best treatment for their types of cancer.

The American cancer Society- Hope Lodge Baltimore honors and salutes this outstanding group.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I manage a cancer facility in Baltimore that houses cancer patients while going through treatment. PALS has assisted numerous families flying to treatment and back home. They genuinely care about patients and supporting the caregivers. I am proud to use this service for my cancer patients and honored to be a volunteer.

1 Tom P. B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to receive a PALS mission for a vascular issue. These are among the best of the best when it comes to helping others providing a ray of sunshine during their darkest times. I can’t be thankful enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic nonprofit that is doing amazing and heartwarming efforts for people! They made it possible to fly our 2 year old son to see a specialist in New York for his condition, something that would not have been possible without them. So blessed to have an organization like this that is doing the right thing and truly cares for people!

Crystal99

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and his best friend both suffer from the rare disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome. There is a break through medicine in the last stage of a trial and we were able to get in to this trial because of PALS. We both live in Colorado and to travel to New York would have been financially impossible for us. PALS stepped in and helped us coordinate flights with South West Airlines and it has been seamless. We could not be more grateful for both of these amazing companies!!!! Here are our two amazing lil ones enjoying the plane ride to NY!!!!!!!

Amber P.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Ivy Lee was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma 18mo ago. we have flown with PALS and will rely on their support throughout the next year. If it wasn't for PALS we wouldn't be able to make ends meet at home and Ivy wouldn't be able to receive life saving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. a HUGE shout out to PALS staff and pilots for your amazing work!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks are a blessing from God. When I was first diagnose with Ocular Melanomia it was devastating to say the least. In order to get them treatment I needed I was referred to Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. I was told I needed to be there in approx. a week and a half and was not sure how we were going to do it with airline tickets being far out of our financial ability’s. Then I was referred to PALS and it all fell in place. They handled my flights through Southwest and it was so easy. They tool a lot of stress off of me and my family at a time that it could not be more appreciated. I still have to fly back for follow up appts. And they have expressed their willingness to get us there and back! Thank you so much PALS and Southwest Airlines, you all are hero’s in our book!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because if PALS I am able to get the cancer treatment that I need. Traveling from New York to Houston every 3 weeks! The staff are fabulous and are always quick to help!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If not for the generosity of everyone associated with PALS we would not have able to adopt and care for 2 very high Medical needs children❣️They are simply amazing and our kiddos are thriving because of them❣️They are part of the village it take to give these kiddos a fighting chance

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at PALS, I have seen the great work and collaborative efforts the entire staff does to help people get transportation to the medical attention that they need.

1 Monica J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the great experience to take this service once we adopted our daughter and she had medical needs to see the doctors in boston Mass. I cannot express the love that these people have for others. I know we def. Appreciate the gift they have given us to be able to go all together to see our daughter doctors. I def. have to say we highly recommend these services to anyone with a medical need. THe love and care and support even if it is an hour flight is tremendous. Thank you again. I def will use this service again.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic prostate Cancer was a life change for my wife and i, After so many journeys to so many Health care providers i was beginning to to feel helpless with one of the turning points for my treatment and scheduling. i was unable to have my wife attend this meeting, i began to look for help and came across PAL, made the call and (AMANDA) answered the phone and took control. Amanda had taken all my worries off my shoulders and had made it all possible for my wife and i to attend the 7 hours of staging and scheduling at MSKCC/NYC and fly us back to Albany N.Y
One thing i became aware of is the Angels our Lord Christ sends to us to watch over and help us in our time of need PAL (Amanda) was one of those Angels and my Wife and i are so Thankful for there generosity and compassion it restores ones faith in Humanity and we both Thank them with all our hearts
God Bless Pal/Amanda and there entire staff . Very special souls they are !!
Fred and Robin

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

A huge THANK YOU being sent to PALS and Southwest Airlines! You made it possible for me to take my son from Iowa to Boston Children’s Hospital for second opinion. Although, we are still awaiting some results, we are so appreciative for the opportunity you gave us!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to PALS and Southwest Airlines for making it possible for my husband and I to travel from Pennsylvania to San Diego for treatment of my Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Everyone who coordinated my trip at PALS (especially Amanda) were so caring and helpful! What a wonderful team of compassionate people! Southwest personnel were all AWESOME with boarding, wheelchair and seating arrangements on all flights. I am now starting to reap the benefits of my treatment made possible by PALS and Southwest. God Bless you all!
Sincerely,
Theresa and Shannon

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Needing assistance with a flight, I called Patient Airlift Services. The office personnel especially Amanda were wonderful having to make several calls over days to coordinate my trip. All were knowledgeable and so helpful. Absolutely above and beyond!!!

1 Candis V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Cannon has a rare genetic disease called Gaucher Disease. His treatment and follow up care required that we travel from South Louisiana to Fairfax, Virginia to see his specialist. His care is quite costly and PALS helped us in a time of need get to Virginia by providing us with Southwest Airlines vouchers. We are so appreciative! The entire PALS staff was so helpful and awesome to work with. They even got us set up with vouchers while they were working from home during a blizzard! Thanks PALS!!!!