Contact: Melissa Guida
Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
Tel: 631-694-PALS (7257)
HOPE FOR THE MOST RARE OF CASES:
Patient Airlift Services Flies 14 Patients and Family Members to The National Organization For Rare Diseases, Annual Patient & Family Forum Weekend in Houston, Texas.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 www.rarediseases.org
PALS Texas Media Packet can be found here: https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/tbh.948.myftpupload.com/TexasMediaPacket.pdf
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 www.PALSflight.org or call 631-694-PALS (7257).