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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Medical Services & Transport, Health

Mission: "Giving Wings to Those in Need"

Results: 3600 Missions of Mercy Flown

Target demographics: No age limits

Direct beneficiaries per year: 273 +

Programs: A total of 4,387 missions have been flown to date with 179 flown from 7/1/14 thru 6/30/15. All pilot time is donated.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 April V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is something that I should have done a long time ago, but I couldn't find the right page! I'm not very good with computers but had my daughter show me enough to be able to write a review about this organization.I have had to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minesotta for life saving treatment and without this organization I would have died months ago. The entire problem of transportation was taken care of from start to finish.The person on the phone( I believe her name was Sharron)had a kind,patient voice. She re-assured me that they could help and sure enough they did. If I were to drive,it would take me 12-14 hours and absolute torture to get there. I live on the Upper peninsula of Michigan.Sharron told me that they had a varity of pilots that volunteered their time to fly people in financial hardship to medical appointments.One of the diseases that I have is only treated in two hospitals in this country. Boston and Rochester.She told me to pick which one!! I was there in 3 hours!The pilots were amazing. They made sure that my husband and I were very comfortable and had everything we needed. They even showed us the equipment that they used and showed us points of interest. The quilt to keep my legs warm was the icing on the cake. One even shared his cookies!!!They were so kind that it made me cry.I have had to go back 6 times in the past year and will have to go back in June.This organization can litterally say that they saved my life because they did. I've told everyone I know about them and when I'm a little stronger my husband, daughter and myself will be holding a benefit concert for them to help raise money so that they can continue to do this incredible service.They deserve it and don't even ask for it.This is something that I and my family will never,ever be able to thank them enough for. God bless them and keep them safe.Just when you think that there is no hope,something like this pops up. Thankyou once again, all of you. My love and greatfullness always, Lee Ann Vigliotti.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Ray Bine from Frankenmuth, Mi. He was so very helpful in getting my husband a flight home from Madison, Wi. after his kidney transplant. Between him and the social worker at the hospital everything was worked out. We were not aware of this organization and are very thankful that it does exsist. It was a nine hour drive from Kimball, Mi. to Madison, Wi. Very stressful and it was nighttime trying to drive in a unfamiliar area. My daughter and I had to leave for home due to work schedules. And we sure are glad not to have that drive again, especially on this fourth of July weekend. Thanks again to all involved. God Bless. Marsha Schambre

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an awesome trip and I was Blessed to have it! The pilots are wonderful, and the staff so kind and considerate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A little over 4 years ago I was told I needed to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for further evaluation of a rare congenital heart defect. I really didn't know what to do as there was no way I could afford to travel that far. Thankfully, I found Wings of Mercy and they helped me get there not only then, but also for my subsequent surgeries and follow-ups, even going so far as flying my friend out to be with me so I didn't have to go through my second surgery alone. I will forever be grateful

1 Glenn J.


Rating: 5

In the past I have been quite active with this organization and can state unequivocally that they do a great service for people who otherwise would be wiped out by the cost of transportation for medical treatment or simply would have to forgo the treatment and suffer the consequences, which often would be death.
All involved with Wings of Mercy will go to great lengths to fill the needs of suffering people. It is a caring organization and it exists for all of the right reasons.
Many passengers have sent me heartfelt Thank You cards and letters that I will keep for the rest of my life as a reminder of the lives that WOM has touched. One time while walking down a sidewalk an approaching woman suddenly cried out "My pilot!" and ran to me. I had flown her husband for repeated cancer treatments that allowed him a chance to spend a few more years with his young family that included children under 5 yrs old. She won't forget it- neither will I.
None of the 100+ pilots get paid for their time or dedication to Wings of Mercy and the scheduling office runs as lean as it gets. Good people all around.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wings of Mercy always treated us with grace and professionalism no matter what pilots flew us. They made our journey a better one for all they did.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wings of Mercy flies persons from MI,IL,OH,IN and WI to and from medical destinations using volunteer pilots and their aircraft anywhere East of the Rockies. 3617 missions have been flown since 1991. Pilots have donated more than 90000 hours to help patients. This the 20th Anniversary of our organization.