PALS is an amazing organization. Both flights went smoothly and we were blessed to have wonderful pilots, Greg and Don!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!!!!
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!!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
Theresa and Shannon
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!!!
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!!!!
words cannot describe the appreciation and love i wish to convey to Barbra of PAL ,and all those ,the staff/Crew at Presque Isle airport,the PenAIr pilots crew and Airline and the ground crew with PenAir at our deplaning in Boston ,and again with our return flight late that same day ,the setting up of handicap ramps at both ends of our flight and our return flight ..and the assistance of the Uber service in Boston ... all efforts were overwhelming and totally personal to Miki's needs in HER ,what turned out to be her/our last ditch effort with the Brain Cancer , she had been battling for a year and a half.... to say Thank You, pales to convey my/our eternal gratitude ! Ray J Gillilan for and with Miki Kazmarek
We absolutely love PALS! A year ago my then 6 yr old daughter was on a one year trial at Sloan in NYC to help prevent relapse of her stage 4 Neuroblastoma. PALS flew us on many trips during that year from Mass to NY for her treatment. The office staff at PALS is wonderful! They work hard to schedule flights to accommodate the patients. And the pilots are AMAZING! We met some truly wonderful people. Thank you PALS! We are forever grateful!
Marie & Serenity
I am a cancer patient who needed to fly from Cleveland to San Diego for treatment. PALS was an excellent resource that worked with Southwest to ensure my daughter and I would safely arrive in San Diego. The staff at PALS are very responsive and willing to work with you. The entire crew at Southwest was friendly, accommodating, and provided an enjoyable flight. I am so appreciative they were all able to help.
I was burned badly in a bonfire accident when I was 12 years old. It was PALS that got me back and forth to my ongoing Care with the Shriners. The pilots were always so nice. And did their best to accommodate. I am so thankful.... Don't know what I would of done without them, Shriners and the temples that coordinated everything... I made an amazing recovery. Thanks for everything PALS!
I don't think I can adequately find the words to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for all that PALS did for me.
Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare disorder. Unfortunately, the only available treatment was located 8 hours away. By some miracle, I happened to speak to someone who mentioned a service called PALS. I remember making the call and speaking with Barbara while shaking and crying. Could this really be true? Would it be possible to decrease my travel time and reduce the unbearable pain my body felt after each trip?
In short, the answer was yes.....in the form of two angels, John Bruno and Joseph Braddock. These two men, on their OWN time, were patient, kind and understanding of my situation.
The appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness I feel for what PALS and their two pilots did cannot possibly be put into words. I just hope all of them know what a difference they have made for me and my family.
In short, it does not seem enough to say "thank you. I only hope that " PALS and these two pilots" know how genuine and sincere it is.
PALS flights have helped many families get to and from Camp Sunshine in Maine! The staff are a pleasure to work with and go above and beyond to advocate for and share resources for the families we serve. The volunteer pilots truly love what they do and many families who come to Camp via PALS say the flight itself was truly a memorable experience. Thanks for all that you do!
I’ve been a donor to this organization for many years. The expertise, dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers and staff are exceptional. I'm proud to say I support PALS and commend them for all their efforts on behalf of the less fortunate. PALS is a true blessing to all! Keep up the outstanding work.
A wonderful experience and organization! As a pilot, I enjoy flying. But the best part of a PALS Mission is meeting a patient and their caregiver. There is no better experience than being able to help another family in need!
All I can say is that PALS is an absolute true blessing to our family. Honestly I can't imagine doing our journey with our daughter without them. We have had the most amazing expirence flying back and forth from Rochester NY to Boston Children's Hospital for treatments for our 1 year old daughter. Not only have they done this multiple times they all are the kindest people with the biggest hearts. Thank you thank you PALs for making this hard journey a little easier! We are so grateful
Pals flew my my daughter Ashley and myself to camp sunshine in Maine . Camp sunshine is ashley's favorite place,it is a family cancer retreat. Being a single mom makes it a rough trip for us to go by car. It usually takes us a whole day driving there and a whole day back. The flights gave us two more days to enjoy camp. The flights were about an hour and a half each way. Flying in a personal plane was the best experience we have ever had. It was personal, fun ,exciting, great pilots/people and beautiful scenery. Pals is awesome! Thank you so much for all you do!!!!
The PALS team is a top notch volunteer organization that makes an immeasurable difference on the life of patients by providing the transportation they need to receive the best treatment available to them.
I've been volunteering for Patient AirLift Services for over two years now. The amount of compassion the staff, volunteer pilots, and other volunteers put into helping others is incredible. They have provided services to multiple families I've referred to them. PALS has helped alleviate travel time for these families durning one of the most difficult times in their lives. Highly recommend.
We first met Jaime and PALS when they partnered with Candlelighters NYC (another non-profit group helping kids with cancer) and they threw a party for the kids. Some of my best memories from that night are my daughter, Delaney and her best friend RJ spending precious moments together. RJ lost his battle later that year and photos and memories are what we have to cherish. PALS will always hold a special place in our hearts. And we LOVE Jaime!!!
I have been a volunteer pilot with Patient Airlift Services for over 2 1/2 years and flown over 40 missions.
Patient Airlift Services provides an invaluable solution for people who need access to medical treatments that is often a great distance from where they live. It's fair to say that without Patient Airlift Services, many of the patients would simply not have access to the best medical treatment that gives them their best chance to be healthy again! What could be a 5 or 8 hour drive to their treatments can be flown in 1 to 2 hours, easing their burden of travel, and at no cost to the patient.
It's a privilege to fly for Patient Airlift Services, and an even greater privilege to fly the courageous patients we serve.
The work that Patient Airlift does truly changes lives, 1 flight at a time!
I have been a volunteer pilot for PALS since it started in 2010. It has been a great organization...from the staff, the board of directors, the pilots, and all the other volunteers, we are dedicated to helping those in need of transportation for medical care, compassion flights, and our Patriots. I am honored to fly for...and support PALS!