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PALS Flies 14 Patients and Family Members with Rare Diseases to Houston, Texas

Contact: Melissa Guida
Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
Tel: 631-694-PALS (7257)


Patient Airlift Services Flies 14 Patients and Family Members to The National Organization For Rare Diseases, Annual Patient & Family Forum Weekend in Houston, Texas.

June 19, 2019

Beginning Friday, June 21, 2019 through Sunday, June 23, 2019, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) will be providing free air transportation to 14 people from around the United States, enabling them to access compassionate support at the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD) Patient & Family Forum in Houston, Texas.

PALS believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis, receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a need that should be met – no matter how far that care or support is from home. PALS team of volunteer pilots, as well as corporate and commercial partners, enable them to provide families with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. Since inception in 2010, they have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 free flights and 3,500 ground trips.

NORD estimates that 25-30 million Americans live with a rare disease, and 50% of this population is under the age of 18. The Forum will contain key insights from medical professionals, and provide an environment where patients and their supporting family members are learning from others’ shared experiences.

Thanks to three PALS Volunteer Pilots, members of the NORD community from Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Texas will have access to the Forum that they may not have otherwise had due to transportation and financial barriers. PALS Pilots, Joe Howley, Paul Weismann, and Rich Bocock, are creating the opportunity for families to experience the Forum and collectively saving them over 5,000 miles of driving!

PALS recognizes and commends the honorable work that NORD is doing and is looking forward to an ongoing partnership. Working alongside organizations like NORD, PALS continues to partner families in need of critical air transportation with the charitable aviation community.

For more information on NORD, the Forum, and their services go to

For more information on PALS or if you or someone you know needs critical air transportation, please contact PALS at or 631-694-7257.
Click here to watch PALS in action.

PALS Texas Media Packet can be found here:


ABOUT PATIENT AIRLIFT SERVICES: Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. As a charitable aviation organization with over 19,000 passenger flights flown since inception in 2010, PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially; for compassionate assistance; and for humanitarian purposes. Through its extensive network of aviation assets (including volunteer pilots, commercial airlines, and corporate partners), PALS serves disadvantaged individuals throughout the eastern United States. For more information, visit or call 631-694-PALS (7257).

By : Stephanie Larkin /June 20, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Texas House of Representatives Honors PALS!


PALS is thrilled to share that the Texas House Representatives, recently presented us with a Congratulatory and Honorary Resolution –– for our PALS Disaster Relief Program, Sky Hope! Honoring our PALS family for supporting the State of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

In the days and weeks following one of the worst humanitarian crises in Southeast Texas, PALS mobilized 42 volunteer pilots, who flew a total of 154 missions into Jefferson and Orange Counties, 114 of which were flights that involved delivering 500-1,000 pounds of food, water, medical supplies, and other equipment. The remainder of the missions transported passengers, including patients with urgent medical needs, health care workers, and search and rescue teams.

The resolution shares:

“The courageous efforts of PALS pilots and crews were instrumental in preventing further loss of life in communities that were impacted the worst by the storm, and all those affiliated with this outstanding program have earned the heartfelt gratitude of countless Texans.”

As someone who supports our mission and is a part of our PALS Family, we want to share this exciting moment with you! Click the video above to watch Representative Dade Phelan [R] acknowledge YOUR remarkable contributions!

Read the Resolution here.

Thank you to all of the PALS Board Members, Volunteers, and Pilots that attended! Pictured here from left to right: Representative Dade Phelan, Representative John Cyrier, Rene Bangelsdorf, Robin Eissler, Brad Lamb, John Rochelle, and Joe Howley.

By : Stephanie Larkin /May 08, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

2019 TCS New York City Marathon

PALS in Motion is running through New York City and we are looking for our team!

Join PALS in Motion to guarantee your entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

Sign up today for one of our charity runner slots…

and commit to raise a minimum of $2,500 by November 3, 2019 in support of our mission. Patient Airlift Services believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis that receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a basic human right, no matter how far that care, or support is from home. Our team of volunteer pilots, as well as our corporate and commercial partners, enable us to provide families in need with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. More importantly, there is no limit to the amount of times a family can fly with us, we are with them for their entire journey if they so choose.

Since inception in 2008, we have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 flights and 3,500 ground trips, but here is so much more to do. PALS is expanding, taking our scalable model and replicating it to create a best-in-class charitable aviation organization and we need your help!

Join PALS in Motion and help people when the best possible care, isn’t close to home!

Your Fundraising Pledge: You pledge to raise a minimum $2,500 in full by November 3, 2019. In addition, PALS in Motion runners are responsible for all race registration fees and travel expenses. To support your marathon fundraising efforts, PALS will provide you with brochures, runner apparel, and swag. We will support your fundraising efforts by being available to answer questions, help develop your fundraising page, post about your progress, and be there for you every step of the way. We know you can do it and we will help you get there!

To sign up and for more information about the Marathon, contact Melissa Guida at or call us at 631-694-7254.

Click here to Meet our 2019 NYC Marathon Runners.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 11, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Volunteer pilots should prepare before responding to Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the southeastern coast of the United States, many pilots will be preparing for relief flights after the storm, bringing in needed supplies and transporting out people and animals who are left homeless by the storm.

In an open letter to volunteer pilots, officials with the Air Care Alliance encourage pilots to help, but not before doing some preflight work.

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By : Stephanie Larkin /September 13, 2018 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More