To listen to Sharon speak is to be inspired. Her optimism, gratuity and spirituality are second to none. Even when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, her spirit remained high, thanks to her doctors and PALS.

Sharon is an inspiration to so many in her community and her level of volunteer work is unprecedented. But when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, it was the volunteer pilots at PALS that were able to help.

Often when a person is diagnosed with cancer or a rare illness, it comes out of nowhere. No one is ever really prepared for it and if available, the treatment can be difficult. Not just the procedure, but getting to the hospital or treatment center can be a huge challenge all on it’s own.

For Sharon, who needed to travel from Jacksonville to New York for treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her first few trips were grueling and expensive. She quickly realized that the cost and burden of commercial flights was going to be difficult, but add to that all the other costs associated with treatment, like food, hotels, parking, etc. and it was becoming impossible for Sharon to handle.

“I never imagined that someone would think enough of me to fly to Jacksonville, pick me up and they just cater to me and were so kind to me"​
Sharon, PALS passenger

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In addition, flying a commercial airline with her type of cancer had multiple hurdles. Going through security in a wheel chair, being held up for searches and then when she finally boarded the plane, she would have to wipe everything down in her area with disinfectant wipes. This is before she even started her treatment!

“God sent me angels with wings to fly me to NY. They have flown me close to 50 flights, I had to go twice a week to NY. It brought me peace and serenity."
Sharon, PALS passenger

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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 27,000 flights for over 3,200 families and an astounding 6.5 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 and mission coordinators go to work to make free travel to a medical facility or hospital possible. The stories we hear and those that 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.