Patient AirLift Services Receives Grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., (Mar. 04, 2020) – The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has awarded a $110,000 grant to Patient AirLift Services (PALS) to double the number of free medical, compassionate, and humanitarian missions PALS flies for critically ill and underserved New Yorkers in need of care.

Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, remarked, “Mother Cabrini spent her life devoted to those who faced the greatest struggles, and the Foundation named in her honor is proudly carrying on her legacy.  From supporting pediatric cardiac care units in children’s hospitals to expanding mental health services to enhancing immigrants’ access to services, our inaugural grants are already making a difference in communities across New York State.”PALS provides free medical flights for critically ill children and adults who cannot afford commercial air travel to their out-of-town healthcare destinations, or are physically unable to fly commercially. PALS began the groundwork for this project in 2019 by establishing relationships and conducting outreach in rural, low income counties of New York. These rural areas lack specialized medical facilities to meet the needs of many patients. As a result, patients often have to travel significant distances to receive proper care.

In March 2019, PALS began an outreach effort in one such area, Clinton County, meeting with medical personnel, social workers, patient advocates and community leaders over several days. Currently PALS continues to identify need in new and existing markets throughout New York State. In response to the the profound need, PALS is proud to announce that this project will allow PALS to fly an additional 342 missions, for a total of 684 missions flown in 2020.

Donna Collins, PALS Executive Director commented, “We sincerely appreciative for this grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The need for air transportation to and from medical facilities is vast throughout New York State, and this funding allows us to increase our reach. PALS goes above and beyond to lift people up, treating every passenger on every flight with dignity and compassion.”

PALS believes the best possible care should be accessible to everyone, no matter how far it is from home. That’s why since 2010 we have provided more than 22,000 free flights for patients battling illnesses, veterans in need of supportive services, and victims of natural disasters.

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 22,000 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 /March 06, 2020 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Patient AirLift Services Welcomes New Director of Development and Marketing

Farmingdale, NY, February 24, 2020 – Patient AirLift Services (PALS) announced today that they have hired Brook Leighton to serve as Director of Development and Marketing, overseeing the team responsible for fundraising and marketing activities.

“We are excited to have Brook on board,” said Donna Collins, Executive Director of PALS. “Her personality and experience are a good match for PALS as we continue to grow and ensure our long-term sustainability.”

Brook brings 15 years of nonprofit development, marketing and communications experience to PALS. Her successes include creating innovative programs in individual donor giving, winning large multi-year private grants, organizing a wide array of special events and elevating the visibility of small nonprofits.

At PALS, Brook’s primary responsibilities will be providing strategic direction and supervisory oversight to all of the development, marketing and communications work, as well as building out a number of new initiatives to increase and diversify the revenue of the organization.

“I am ecstatic to join the PALS team,” said Brook. “What PALS does for patients and veterans is life-changing, and I am humbled by the opportunity to enable PALS to lift up more people for many more years.”

Brook studied English and Creative Writing at Princeton University. She also received her juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She is an active volunteer with various organizations. She lives in Massapequa with her husband and three young sons.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 28, 2020 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Sikorsky presents Patient AirLift Services with $28,000 check

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, presented a check for more than $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services on Wednesday, Dec. 13, for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. The PALS for Patriots program serves military servicemen and women who suffered serious, service-connected injury, by transporting them to specialized military medical centers and to morale- boosting events.

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‘PALS’ helps family of Freeport boy battling rare genetic disease

Patient Airlift Services (PALS) is a non-profit organization that provides private plane transportation for those with serious medical conditions at no charge. The family of a Freeport boy battling a rare genetic disease said when it comes to traveling hundreds of miles for medical treatment, they were happy they had PALS.

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By : Stephanie Larkin /November 17, 2017 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Two pilots help families with sick children out of Puerto Rico


WINDSOR LOCKS — Brian Lisoski and Joe Howley are pilots and after witnessing what natural disasters can do to a community, their time in the sky gave them a chance to realize that their plane isn’t the only thing with wings.

“When Joe and I talk about flying we really talk about helping others,” says Lisoski.

Howley helped create “PALS” or Patient Airlift Services.

The organization connects volunteer pilots with patients suffering in natural disasters and flies them to area hospitals.

On Tuesday, the two men found a private jet owner who agreed to pick up two families from Puerto Rico. The families both had children who needed emergency medical attention.  Read More….


By : Stephanie Larkin /November 08, 2017 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More