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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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

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!

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!!

1 seabelles

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found out that my three-month-old son had to have surgery, I was terrified. I had an overwhelming amount of questions and worries. All of my biggest fears were literally playing out before me. One of my greatest concerns involved logistics... how would I manage traveling with a newborn from Brunswick, Georgia to Atlanta in order for him to see his pediatric specialist? That is when Angel Flight swooped in and made it possible! Because of their free medical flights, my baby can get to all of his appointments so his health issue can be resolved. I just have to say that the staff and pilots are true earth angels, and I cannot imagine what I would be going through if it weren't for them. They truly are making a difference in so many people's lives... and saving them too! Not having to worry about transportation issues allows me to focus on getting my Baby Thomas the best care possible. I couldn't handle this without the support of Angel Flight by my side.
Angel Flight Soars Inc. is an amazing organization to whom I will forever be grateful! I hope to be able to give back to them one day as much as they are giving to my family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly a wonderful organization. They helped me out with little notice in getting me from NYC to Atlanta - with THREE volunteer pilots! That's a lot of coordination and a lot of caring individuals. A lovely woman, Nancy, actually greeted me at the airport when I arrived. I felt very well taken care of the entire time and was impressed with the enthusiasm and concern that everyone involved showed me. I not have a surgeon who is willing to take on a "challenging" case and I am hopeful I will be able to walk more normally. I am extremely grateful to Angel Flight Soars for helping me get to this amazing doctor. TRULY a wonderful, wonderful organization.... Thank you so much!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After returning from Iraq, I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease from chemical exposure. Because of the medications I was on, I could not fly commercially. Even though some appointments were made at the last minute, Angel Flight's volunteers came through. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have to this organization. Life savers, literally.

1 Kara20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel flight soars has been helping our family since October of 2012. Without them I'm not sure how we would be able to get Dylan to all of his surgeries. Angel flight soars has always been there at a moments notice. The pilots are very professional and truly care about the services they are providing.... Thank you Angel flight soars for becoming a member of our family!

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

On May 24th my life was forever changed in ways I couldn't imagine! My son Dylan was born with a very rare skin condition requiring multiple treatments to prevent cancer. To date Dylan has had 15 surgeries and countless other procedures up in Cincinnati OH. With out the help we have received from angel flight we wouldn't be able to treat his condition properly. I can't thank everyone enough for helping us get him to all of his appointments!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The greatest joy anyone can experience is working with this organization. I believe it's one of the unique non-profit organization whereby as a volunteer, you may receive more than you can possibly give. The thrill and satisfaction of being a small part in a potential life changing or life saving event is an incredible feeling.

My partner and I focus on transporting transplant patients because of the critical time factor and we are in a better position to meet those time constraints. Knowing that you contributed to the successful heart transplant of a 3-year old heart is an incredible feeling. Moreover, watching the emotions and stress of the parents and all that they are going through at the time, makes your heart bleed for them.

Ron S

The dedicated and untiring staff of Angel Flight Soars Inc., is the reason that 2531 patients, including 13 transplant patients, benefited from this organization last year. Their 24/7 commitment to the patients and parents is simply remarkable and they certainly do it because of their compassion for all. If there was ever a nonprofit organization worth volunteering for or donating to, it's definitely Angel Flight Soars Inc.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a pilot who has flown missions for Angel Flight Soars for over a dozen years. My story is about one of these missions several years ago, memorable -- at least to me -- because it was both touching and, in retrospect, funny.

My mission was to fly a young mother and her 4-year old son from Atlanta back to Savannah that afternoon, after he had been treated for neuroblastoma. The engines of several airplanes were running as we walked out onto the flight line that day, so his mother reached for his nearest hand. He yanked it away! So, I offered my forefinger, which he took with the other hand. He was a BIG BOY, too big to hold his mother's hand, but he would hold the pilot's hand!

We got everyone strapped into the airplane, received out clearance, taxied out, and took off. Just moments after we reached our cruising altitude, he pitched a fit! He was screaming, and his little arms and legs were thrashing about wildly in his car seat. Considering what was wrong with him, I thought that I had a genuine medical emergency on my hands. I was just about to call Atlanta Departure Control, declare an emergency, and ask for a priority return and an ambulance to meet us on arrival.

First, though, I asked his mother if she knew what was wrong with him. It's a good thing I did: He had just noticed that his mother, my copilot, and I were each wearing a headset, and he didn't have one! I told her to reach over her seat and get one out one out of my flight bag. When she put it on him, he immediately quieted down, went to sleep, and slept all of the way to Savannah.

Unexpected memories such as this are among the things which make flying Angel Flight missions so, so worthwhile!

Martin Harrell
Honored to be an Angel Flight pilot

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The story of two of my grandsons has already been posted. Angel Flight Soars transported both children to get life-saving heart transplants. Our family received the calls in the middle of the night and Angel Flight Pilots dropped what they were doing to get my grandsons to Atlanta in time to receive the hearts donated by families that were very generous in their time of sorrow. The Angel Flight program is awesome! My entire extended family and I are extremely grateful to Angel Flight! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Angel Flight Soars, Inc. for ten years, and nothing is of greater importance to Angel Flight Soars than getting people where they need to go and doing so as few hiccups as possible. Angel Flight Soars far exceeds other charitable aviation organizations when it comes to providing smooth and stress-free transportation for patients and families.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel flight soars saved both of my children's lives. At the age of three, my oldest son was diagnosed with restrictive cardio myopathy and needed a heart transplant. The hospital required us to get to there within 4 hours. The problem was, we live 5 1/2 hours from Children's healthcare of Atlanta, and this is where Angel Flight Soars stepped in to help us get to Atlanta Fast! We got the call at my wife's birthday dinner. We dropped everything and raced to the airport to meet our life saving flight. We ended up getting two heart transplants and were able to come home after a long stay in the ICU. Six years later our second son was also diagnosed with restrictive cardio myopathy also neediped a heart transplant. We received a call at the beginning of the summer around midnight and our pilots not only got us to Atlanta, one of them took us to the hospital. I will always be indebted to Charles, Ron and Bob, our "angels" that took their time and airplane to help save two three year old children. My oldest son is seven years post transplant and helping his four year old brother get used to life as a transplant patient. Thank you Angel Flight Soars!

3 Nick48

Client Served

Rating: 5

in march of 2014 i received a phone call that would forever change my life.i was introduced to angel flight soars!this was nothing short of a miracle from god!with the help of angel flight i have been able to get to the hospital to get the medical care that i needed!i would like to thank each and everyone from angel flight soars for there kindness and support!this comes from the bottom of my heart!without angel flight none of this would be possible.again thank you all,nicholas flynn.god bless!

2 Amy_197

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was born on Feb. 20th, 2013. He was diagnosed with Klippel Feil Syndrome on January 29th, 2014. It’s a rare syndrome since it occurs in 1 in 42,000 births worldwide. Chance’s condition requires that he visits the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, throughout the year, to evaluate and assess his syndrome. Angel Flights allows our family to concentrate on Chance’s medical issues without the added stress of worrying how we are going to pay for flights to and from Philadelphia.
The personnel and pilots at Angel Flights treat us with the utmost respect and they are without a doubt, our angels in the sky. Angel Flighe is truly Chance's Angel! They provide our family with hope because without hope, you have nothing. Chance is receiving top-notch medical care with doctors who are the best and brightest in their fields. Thank you, Angel Flights, for being there for our son!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight has been such a blessing to our family. Our 87 year old uncle lives in Macon, GA, but has a couple of medical specialist in Atlanta, GA and Augusta, GA. It makes it so much easier on him to fly to these locations rather than a 2-3 hour car ride. Besides, he was in the Air Force during WWII and he LOVES the flying.

My husband and I try to help out his daughter by getting him to these appointments. Unfortunately, both of us have our own medical issues and having Angel Flight available has been so helpful. Anytime we have a need for a flight, the Angel Flight Staff is right on top of it. Even when the need is sometimes last minute. They are always pleasant and have treated our Uncle with such love and respect. The pilots have been unbelievably accommodating. One lives close to our Uncle and he picks him up and takes him to the airport. One actually drove from Atlanta picked him up in Macon and drove him back to Atlanta because weather would not permit a flight. That is just above and beyond.

God Bless Angel Flight, the staff and pilots!