Angel Flight NE Celebrates 20th Year of Service
Proudly coordinating free air transportation for patients to access life-saving medical care
NORTH ANDOVER, MA - May 31, 2016 - Twenty years after the first mission of healing and hope was coordinated and took flight, Angel Flight NE (“AFNE”), a nonprofit that coordinates free air transportation for patients to access critical medical care, is proudly celebrating two decades of providing essential access to healthcare.
“We are extremely proud to be celebrating this meaningful milestone of 20 years of service that has brought so much hope to thousands of patients and families,” said Larry Camerlin, President and Founder of Angel Flight NE. “This journey would not have been possible without the commitment of our volunteer pilots, Earth Angels and the sponsors and supporters who have conveyed such faith and devotion in our mission. We look forward to continuing our mission for many years to come.”
Since Angel Flight NE’s first flight in May of 1996, this nonprofit organization has ensured that distance is never an obstacle for children and adults to access life-saving medical treatment. Angel Flight NE’s milestones over the past 20 years include:
- Flown more than 66,000 patients and family members.
- Traveled more than 13 million miles.
- Delivered canine paw protection booties for search efforts at the World Trade Center following 9/11.
- Facilitated Disaster Relief Missions to support initiatives in Haiti and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
- Featured on numerous television stations including: WCVB Boston, CBS Evening News, Fox News, Fox25 Boston, CNN's "Headline News", NBC’s "The Today Show", and Boston's ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates.
- Promoted awareness about AFNE’s services in hundreds of regional and national publications including Atlantic Flyer, Beechcraft, The Business Review and Reader’s Digest.
- Recipient of National Child Labor Committee's Special Lewis Hine Award.
- Awarded “The Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics and Boston Globe.
- Named Family Advocate of the Year by Boston Parents Paper.
- Honored as Community MVP by the New England Patriots Charitable.
Angel Flight NE has many long-term sponsors who support the organization’s mission.
“The difference made by our long-time friends at Angel Flight New England aligns beautifully with Hasbro’s purpose to make the world a better place for children and their families,” said Karen Davis, Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy & Social Impact, Hasbro, Inc. “Congratulations to the incredible team for 20 years of being an angel to so many families in desperate need of medical care.”
“We congratulate Angel Flight on this milestone and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come,” said Ronda Ivy McLeod, regional marketing manager, JetBlue. “JetBlue provides flights and other support to Angel Flight. We’re committed to helping Angel Flight provide access to life saving care to those that need it most.”
“Cape Air is proud to support our friends at Angel Flight New England. Their mission to coordinate flights for men, women and children requiring medical care is not only admirable, but well-needed. To be able to play a part in the process to offer a peace of mind, convenience and care for those going through a challenging period in their lives is an honor for us,” said Linda Markham, President of Cape Air & Nantucket Airlines.
“For Morpho Detection, we are always eager to partner with Angel Flight since they provide a crucial service to people who need it most,” said Karen Bomba, President and CEO of Morpho Detection. “Since Morpho Detection serves the aviation industry, teaming up with Angel Flight was a natural choice.”
“More than 15 years ago Angel Flight and Edgewater collaborated to create an interactive website to streamline the mission coordination process," said Shirley Singleton, Edgewater's chairman, president and CEO. "That collaboration has grown into a mutually beneficial partnership, as we continue to innovate together to implement technology that benefits pilots, other volunteers, and, most importantly, patients."
Elizabeth P. Ball. President / Creative Director of TFI Envision, Inc. said, “We are proud to support Angel Flight NE. The work they do 24/7/365 with no cost to the people that so desperately need their services is what inspired us to get involved.”
"glassybaby is honored to partner with Angel Flight NE. Over 65,000 missions is an impressive statistic, but even more impressive is the hope, compassion and respect that they provide to every patient and family member on those missions," said JP Liddle, VP of Partnership Development, glassybaby.
About Angel Flight Northeast
Since 1996, Angel Flight Northeast (AFNE) has helped coordinate air transportation for patients without financial resources to access life-saving medical care outside of their region. The organization is comprised of over 1,000 volunteer private pilots who combine their love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need. Air transportation is provided in private aircraft by volunteer pilots as well as through partnership with commercial aviation partners so that children and adults may access lifesaving medical care free of charge. Earth Angels generously donate their time and vehicles to transport patients to and from the airport / medical facilities.
AFNE is also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. The organization also make compassion flights and provide air care wherever there is a compelling human need.
In total, AFNE has flown more than 66,000 patients and companions and coordinated patient missions to 189 different health care facilities in 33 states. To learn more about AFNE’s services, visit www.angelflightne.org