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Mission: The mission of Angel Flight is to remove the obstacle of transportation for individuals with medical and financial needs. We will accomplish this mission by arranging free air transportation to those who need it most. Angel Flight serves the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times. This community service is made available to any individual, medical agency or health care organization for medically stable and ambulatory patients traveling from, to or through the States of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Carolinas.

Results: In our 34 years of community service, we have coordinated more than 39,000 missions for families in need of distant medical care. Last year alone, Angel Flight arranged 3,208 missions, that's 9 missions a day, 7 days a week. We helped patients from newborn to 97 years in age with 223 different medical afflictions from 34 states. This year, we want to do even more.

Target demographics: Angel Flight Soars knows that illness isn't stopped by boundaries and believe that cures shouldn't be either, whether those boundaries are geographic or financial. We help by coordinating free flights to lifesaving medical treatments!

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016 Angel Flight Soars coordinated 3,208 missions serving more than 9,400 patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Programs: The mission of Angel Flight is to help families get to the hope of lifesaving medical treatments, surgeries and clinical programs as often and as long as necessary to ensure that no one has to go without medical treatment simply due to travel challenges.

Community Stories

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Valentine's Day 2003, our 2-month old daughter's life changed forever. Jordan Marie went from being a healthy vibrant baby to a child on full life support within 24 hours. She was diagnosed with a rare respiratory genetic defect that is usually fatal. BUT...the Lord had other plans!! Jordan received a life-saving double lung transplant 3 months later...just one of only a handful of babies to survive such a complicated surgery at such a young age. With all of Jordan's specialized doctors 700 miles away in St. Louis, the innumerable doctor's visits and follow-up medical tests seemed impossible to get to...until Angel Flight Soars arrived on the scene!! God, once again, guided our little overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed family into the hands of the most incredible group of "flying servants" we've ever met. Now, after nearly TEN YEARS, THOUSANDS of AIR MILES, and DOZENS of hospital trips, Angel Flight Soars is still by our side every step of the way. Angel Flight Soars will FOREVER be part of our family! What a blessing and a God-send they continue to be! We are DEEPLY grateful to Angel Flight Soars for their never-ending dedication, compassion, efficiency, and kindness...you've kept our family going through the "ups" and "downs". GOD BLESS YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A check-up visit to my doctor in mid October changed my life in a huge way! Hi, my name is Maurice and on that day I was completely surprised to learn that I had Stomach Cancer. I knew that I had not been feeling as usual but had no idea of the challenge I was about to face. Deciding on a treatment Facility was my first challenge and after long consideration and a visit I choose The Cancer Treatment Center in Atlanta. This brought on another challenge in that I live in South Carolina about 400 miles from the treatment facility. This is about a 7hr drive and left me completely exhausted after treatment and the ride. I had to find another way given the long trip and the financial hardship of the trips. I searched the web for travel support and luckily I found Angel Flights and read about their support for people like me. From day one they have been a blessing in my life and have agreed to help me with my travels to and from Atlanta. Little did I know that there was such great people standing by too help me and others who needed their assistance. I will never forget their willingness to help me and look forward to thanking each and everyone of their staff for a Job well done! Thanks you all for helping me to save my life!

Vickie17

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the spring of 2015, our 16 year old, very healthy, son began coughing uncontrollably much of his days. The cough turned into uncontrollable asthma that had us us back and forth between the PCP and the E.R. all spring and summer. We were referred to UNC Children's Hospitals where extensive bloodwork revealed alarmingly high counts for his white blood, in particular, his Eosinophils were at the dangerous level of 3500 (normal range is below 100.) All white blood cells are designed to fight off "intruders" in the body except these guys were attacking his major organs: his heart, lungs, GI tract, and sinuses. Our son was failing fast. A bone marrow biopsy revealed a rare adult blood disorder called Hyper Eosinophilic Syndrome that 10 in one million adults have. There is no cure. Since his diagnosis, we have practically lived at UNC; he has a specialist for every organ that has been infiltrated, 8 to be exact! Unfortunately however, his body has rejected the customary treatments which brought us to the Cincinnati Clinic for Eosinophilic Disorders. They are very anxious to help us with our son's care. However, Medicaid will not pay for this treatment since it is out of state. We started a Gofundme account one month ago and watched God provide all $20,000 needed for the treatment at this clinic. We also needed to fly there since our son is too weak to endure a ten hour car ride. The medical debt we have accrued over the past couple of years prevented us from being able to afford two plane tickets AND his weakened immune system prevents us from being in crowded places like a commercial airline. I can't thank Angel Wings enough for helping us with providing the care our son desperately needs!! As his mom, I have had to fight doctors, pharmacists, Medicaid, and Disability for a 2 years now. THIS was effortless!!! I filled out the paperwork. You called me 2 days later and 2 days after that, we were approved!! Do you know what that meant to me?!! I am a weary mom and I feel like you have lifted me up on His wings. God has not only cared for every minute detail for my son through you guys, but He has also cared for his exhausted mom through the amazing Angel Wings staff!! Thank you hardly seems enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Dialysis patient who continually faces challenges associated with FSGS kidney disease there is nothing more important than meeting medical appointments. However this in itself presents various complications such as time-restraints, medical needs for travel and others that must be considered especially on long travel requirements. That’s when the great service of Angel Flight has come in to play accommodating these necessities with qualified pilots and staff personnel to ensure I made my appointment. Specifically Angel Flight it provided an invaluable service to accommodate every necessity in traveling to and from designated long-distant appointment. More impressive was the congeniality of my pilot and the staff members who set-up the arrangements. In considering the many challenges of battling this disease there is no doubt that the service of Angel Flight is key and offers a very accommodating service.

Sincerely,
Rodney Williams

Catheryn O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter sustained a brachial plexus injury at birth. After months of therapy, surgery was inevitable. In a last ditch effort, we were able to make an appointment with a specialist in Philadelphia. Our physical therapist suggested we contact Angel Flight Soars, as a means of transportation. From our initial conversation, Ciara, our mission assistant, was extremely compassionate and helpful. She gathered all necessary information and had our flight secured by the end of the day. We are beyond thankful for Angel Flight Soars. They have truly been a blessing to our family during this journey. Our hearts are filled with gratefulness and hope; because of Angel Flight Soars, we now have an opportunity to find the answers we seek.

Angela158

Client Served

Rating: 5

August 17, I got my call for my transplant. Angel flight intercepted me and flew me straight to D.C.. great timing. Great people. Great pilots. My surgery went well. Am from Augusta Georgia, and staying in dc until released by surgeons. Hopefully will be a few more weeks. Thanks to angel flights kindness and generosity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were the best. So friendly. Selfless pilots who care about others. They even taught my husband a few minutes of co piloting. What would we do without them. Getting me to my appointment in another state, making sure we were comfortable. God bless all of them.

2 Carissa B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight Soars has been such an amazing help to us. My son is awaiting a liver transplant and trying to arrange transportation from NC to Pittsburgh when we "get the call" was really stressful for us. Angel Flights has made this process so much easier. We did get a call a few weeks ago that an organ was available and our pilot was so professional and caring. We felt safe and secure the entire trip. Unfortunately that surgery was cancelled and we are still on the waiting list, but knowing that this group of people are here to support us gives us peace of mind.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not express the graditute I have for Angel Flight. I was diagnosed with 2 primary
Cancers Lung & breast, in April 2015' I had surgery in Aug 2015 for the lung. In Virginia, where I live. I decided in Oct. 2015 to go to Cancer Treatment Center in Georgia for the breast and follow up since My daughter lives in GeorgiA. If it was not for the dedicated staff and pilots I could not have ac hieved this. I would have a 10 hour drive vs 4 hour flight.
Everyone is real nice and helpful. Some of the pilots are also cancer survivors or have family members that are survivors. They want to give back by helping others like me. Thank you






I

Client Served

Rating: 5

Often times the best medical care for life threatening situations will not be close to those in need. As such driving is not feasible and air transport is essential. That is where Angel Flight Soars helps with our son who had experienced 75+%, 3rd degree burns in a car fire and needed extensive follo-up treatment at what is possibly the nation's best burn center in Augusta.

1 Michelle372

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Adam was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis prior to his first birthday. Today, he is 16 years old. Neurofibromatosis has caused disabling and debilitating tumors to grow on Adam’s, retina, spine and all over his long arm and leg bones. Adam has endured multiple surgeries, broken bones, vision loss, hearing loss, developmental delays, decreased respiratory function, severe scoliosis, and is unable to eat without difficulty.

In January of 2015, a large cervicothoracic plexiform neurofibroma tumor was discovered on Adam’s cervical spine. The tumor made it difficult for Adam to breathe easily, jeopardized his coronary vessels, and caused a severe spinal deformity. Doctors in home city Charlotte, NC referred Adam to a surgeon in Baltimore, MD experienced in spinal deformities. Without surgery Adam would have continued to deteriorate. It would have been very difficult for our family to provide transportation to Baltimore. It would have also been very difficult for Adam to travel 9 hours via car. Angel Flight made it possible for Adam to receive the miracle surgery he needed to save his life.

The Angel Flight staff and volunteer pilots were a true blessing to our family. We will forever be grateful to them for giving Adam the gift of Angel Flight transportation, and the ability to improve his quality of life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've used Angel Flight several times now, and are always very grateful for the help they provide to our family. We have two children with medical issues in our home, and both are treated out of state. This can create a lot of stress for our family. Angel Flight is always willing to help relieve that strain and keep us focused on our children's care. Thank you Angel Flight for all you do!

1 Molly48

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight Soars has never said no to providing needed transportation to scheduled appointments. I have had last minute changes and they have always accommodated me. Out of every organization that helps wounded warriors, this one is at the top, and I have dealt with many. Thank you!!!'

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight is the most amazing organization I have ever seen. I have IPF and I’m on the lung transplant list and Angel Flight has made all the difference to me and my family. This disease can get you down at times and you can feel all alone even with family members are pulling for you. And then along comes an organization like Angel Flight and they help you with the burden of transportation by flying you to and from your doctor appointments. Not only do they help find flights to help with transportation but there are others who offer to drive you from the hospital to the airport. All these people volunteer their services free of charge. And I don’t want to forget the ladies who work for Angel Flight. They are truly professionals in their field. They not only find you transportation but they meet you at the airport and make you feel like a rock star. I will never able to thank them enough for what they do for me. I thank everyone associated with this group. You have changed my life. I love you guys.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel flights soars is amazing! they worked to get me up in the air as soon as I contacted them. They were very personable and eager to help. They were a bright light in a dark time. Currently still working with them and the volunteer pilots are awesome!! Thank you for what you do Angel Flights!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The stress of a long-term illness in a family is overwhelming. Combine that with the need to travel four hours away for the specialist makes it even more difficult on both the sick and the caregiver. And then weight this even more with the caregiver now being the sole provider with a self-owned business makes it devastatingly hard. For all these reasons Angel Flight has truly been an angel to us. I cried when we were approved, just that moment of knowing someone is there with you and for you. Having people who understand and care so much to help complete strangers with their time and resources is unbelievably touching. I can't say enough wonderful things for this organization and all that work with them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

2 Jodie4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Samantha has mild cerebral palsy, oral motor apraxia, seizures, static encephalopathy, asthma, autonomic disorders, anxiety & depression, a feeding tube due to several stomach & intestinal disorders, mitochondria, and some other health issues physical & emotional. We needed to take her to Atlanta Georgia to see a Mitochondria specialist. We live in NC. Angel flights was a blessing for us, and not just because of the cost of traveling. But as a mom I also have SLE Lupus and many other health issues. So traveling by car myself with my daughter would have took me days and been really hard on both of us. Samantha is a kind empathic young lady, she is always wanting to help others ,even with things she has to deal with. She loves to dance, write and listen to music. And making things. Her favorite colors are black, blue, and pink for the most part, but if it's clothing she loves all colors when it comes to fashion and makeup. ..lol. her favorite place to go out to eat is the steak houses, it's her favorite food. We don't get to do this often, so she loves it when we get to.
She had a lot of fear getting on a small plane, but our pilots were great. The first one even said a prayer before we flew. Both of them explained things to her and let her take pictures after. They both wanted her to be as comfortable as possible, gave her water, blankets for the flight. They were very nice pilots. This trip couldn't have been made with out them, we are truly grateful to them and the people at angel flights Atlantic for all the work they did to make this happen for us.

1 Donna226

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization, not just for children but supplies transportation to anyone who needs to get to their treatment outside their local area. If they don't service that area they will hook you up with those that can. Love Angel Flight Soars.

1 Ryan64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We used Angel Flight in May of 2015 to fly my son to NY for surgery. The process was seamless and I would highly recommend using them. The pilots were very experienced. There is not enough thanks that we can give to them! Ryan

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no appropriate accolades to describe the incredible follow-through, professionalism and the precision of the exceptional pilots associated with Angel Flight, that volunteer their time to care for the less fortunate. The synergy between mission dispatch, the patient and the pilot creates a unique harmony, one of comfort and trust. As compared to a traditional commercial flight there is no comparison when describing the stressless departure and smooth flights, time after time. I cannot emphasize the level of comfort and trust Angel Flight extends to their patients during the most difficult of times. I am enamored with the Angel Flight collective team. Morris

Client Served

Rating: 5

At the present time, I am a 64 year old widow since 1991 when my husband was hit by a log truck running a stop light and he was killed. At the time, my daughter was twelve and my son was five. At their request, I did not marry and both my children graduated from the University of NC in Chapel Hill. In August of 2008, I was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a rare disease where my blood was producing a protein that could not be broken down by my liver. Amyloidosis attacks the main organs of the body and there is no cure. My liver was enlarged and I had trouble with my breathing and mobility. I was given one to two years to live. My daughter at this time was a registered nurse working on her Nurse Anesthetist Degree and she worked diligently to get me into the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. From September 2008 through January 2011, she and I traveled by car from my home in Ash, NC to the Mayo Clinic every month at a distance of 960 miles round trip.
My cousin told me about Angel Flight and I called and got an application, got my doctor at the Mayo Clinic to fill out his part and I was accepted into the program at Angel Flight. For my appointment in February 2011 to the Mayo Clinic, I flew with a volunteer pilot the day before my appointment and my cousin who lives close by the Mayo Clinci picked me up. She then took me for my appointment the next day and the day after that, an Angel Flight volunteer pilot flew me back home. It was a truly wonderful experience to fly one way in a two hour time period compared to a seven or eight hour drive in a car one way.
Angel Flight has been and is still the most extraordinary experience of caring and giving that I know. I simply have to make a phone call to give the date of my medical appointment and Angel Flight takes care of me from there. Every volunteer pilot who I have flown with is very kind, nice, caring and friendly, and he has genuine concern for my well being. I praise Angel Flight highly for the service they provide for patients like me who desperately need financial help with the expenses of still fighting this disease I have.

1 Steve151

Client Served

Rating: 5

May of this year 2015,Our lives changed forever as we brought home our son we adopted from China. He is our eighth child and we knew he had a blood disorder and would need blood transfusions( we thought monthly). What we didn't know is it would be every 6 days and he was so critically ill that we would only be able to get the care he needed in Atlanta 4 hours from where we live. Upon our arrival back to the States he was admitted to Children s Hospital in Atlanta for several weeks.Once discharged reality hit us hard that we would have to drive weekly to Atlanta. We did this over the next month. It was becoming extremely difficult for our family. We were becoming overwhelmed and exhausted. Time away from family (leaving @6am not getting home until 10 pm)and financially knowing how this could continue. This is when the Lord truly sent us Angels! Angel flight is a answer to Prayers! We truly had no idea how we could continue the care our son would require over the next year without them. Everyone at Angel flight from the staff in the office making all the arrangements to the pilots that are so gracious to take their time and finances to help complete strangers. Our first trip to Atlanta with Angel Flight we actually had to spend the night due to the weather. Our pilot offered for my son and I to stay the night with him and his wife at their house and fly us home the next morning. I cant say enough wonderful things about Angel Flight . They have made our life during this difficult time so much easier. We are able to focus on our sons medical care and not stressing about how we will get him to his appointments. God Bless You All!!