Azran’s parents have enough concerns when traveling for his medical treatments. Thanks to PALS, the travel part isn’t one of them.

Boy with his Mom after PALS medical transport to critical care

A few days before he entered the world, doctors saw that Azran would be off to a difficult start.

Doctors gave Azran’s parents the devastating news that their little boy’s bones weren’t developing normally. Their local hospital in Vermont didn’t have the expertise to treat skeletal dysplasia, so they would have to travel to the nearest specialist, all the way in Delaware.

What would normally be a 7.5 hour trip without kids, turned into about a 12-hour drive to keep Azran comfortable and fed. It’s not just the amount of time on the road that proved difficult, but the trips back were made even more impossible for Azran and his family due to the discomfort and sickness from his surgery. 

 Patient AirLift Services (PALS) stepped in to lift the burden of having to spend many exhausting hours on the road.

"PALS is the one that makes sure it's not a 12-hour drive. It's a 2-hour hop in a quick plane with an amazing pilot who cares—so we always know that we can get there and get home without a problem."
Valerie, Azran's Mom
“Everything is volunteer, from fuel to the use of the plane, insurance, ramp fees, whatever comes around, PALS supplies the transportation”
Dan McCardle
PALS Pilot

Azran looks forward to flying on the airplane, and his parents consider it the only easy piece of their son’s wellness journey. For families like Azran’s, we make critical care that is far away accessible—but we couldn’t get missions off the ground without the support of our incredible PALS community.

Please donate today and help missions like this continue.

“They line up all of this travel free of charge, we call them up and they say, great, we’ll help you out.”
Chad, Azran's Dad

Our Story

PALS began its mission to provide free medical, compassion and veteran flights back in 2010. It was the dream of our founders, who as pilots felt their skills and resources could help people with free air transportation for medical treatments.

That initial inspiration and the first PALS flight has now grown to over 23,000 flights for over 2,300 families and an astounding 5.4 million miles flown. Quite an accomplishment for a free air travel organization a little over 10 years old.

Our Passenger Stories

Over the years and over many missions, we’re honored and humbled to hear how many lives we’ve been able to impact. Often times when a person is diagnosed with a life-changing illness, the care they need is inaccessible by car due to the repeat trips and length of each trip. When these families and individuals reach out to PALS, our team of volunteer pilots, flight coordinators and mission assistants go to work to make free travel to a medical facility or hospital possible. The stories we hear and our patients send us are all the reward we need.

Let’s make more critical medical flights and compassion flights happen! We cannot do it without you.