Provides free non emergency ground transportation for
financially stressed people seeking medical attention at a
distant facility. Volunteer motor home owners nationwide
provide their coach, time and fuel.
Angel Bus c/o
Mercy Medical Airlift
4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Telephone: (757) 333 0084 (main number) or (800) 296-1217
(National Patient Travel HELPLINE)
Will provide free air
transportation up to 1,500 air miles
for those who are in need medical treatment.
Children's Flight of Hope, Inc.
Non-profit organization that
will provide free air transportation
to and from a medical facility for
treatment to children with critical medical needs.
arranges free plane transportation for cancer patients and
bone marrow donors going to and/or from recognized cancer
treatment centers. Must be able to walk up the stairs of
a private aircraft without assistance and require no form of
medical help or life support while on board. Call with a
specific date. Requests are taken up to 3 weeks in advance.
Toll Free: 800-328-4226
Hope Air is a registered charity who arranges free
medical air transportation to Canadians who must
travel to receive medical care out of area location.
Toll Free: 1-877-346-4673
Toll Free: 1-800-543-7143
Mercy MedFlight is the
nation’s only free, charitable air ambulance. We operate our
own jet aircraft, with a nurse and paramedic or medical
technician on each flight, for the benefit of non-ambulatory
patients requiring air transport over long distance, and
requiring medical care enroute, who have no means to afford a
private air ambulance service.
Fort Worth, TX
dedicated to connecting persons in medical and financial
crisis with providers of charitable patient air transportation
services. Must verify financial need and physician must
indicate that travel is for essential and necessary medical
Toll Free: 800-296-1191
National Patient Air Transport HelplineWill provide needy
kids referrals to a charitable air
medical transportation to see out of area specialist.
Northwoods Air Life LineNon-profit
organization who help people obtain
medical assistance that is unavailable to them in
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to destinations
in Indiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin,
Illinois, Ohio & the low area regions in Michigan.
treatment is required from medical specialists at health
facilities distant from the home of a child, Operation Liftoff
will provide air travel for any qualifying child under the age
of 18 years and one parent. Any child between the ages of
three thru eighteen, who is afflicted with a life threatening
illness and has not received a wish trip from another
organization, is eligible for a dream trip with Operation
Liftoff. Most children choose Disney World in Orlando,
Florida. However, O.L. has also sent children to other chosen
places; i.e. the White House, a Formula One racing event in
Colorado, and to New York for a Broadway play and dinner.
Operation Liftoff does not put a child on a waiting list.
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Telephone: (314) 298-9770
Outside the St. Louis Area: (888) 354-5757
Fax: (314) 298-1699
of Transportation Air Travel Hotline
Toll Free Hotline for air
travelers with disabilities - click here for
more information. Air travelers
who want information about the rights of persons with
disabilities in air travel or who experience
disability-related air travel service problems may call the
Hotline to obtain assistance at 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or
A Helping Hand
for a Child in Need: Wings of Mercy East Michigan
One of the most
difficult challenges a parent can face is the diagnosis of a
severely ill child. What can make this life altering situation
worse is the helplessness of the unknown, will my child
recover and where is the best medical treatment available.
Many times, the specialized treatment is more than a few miles
away leading to financial concerns as well as travel
restrictions… Most parents will agree – they will do anything
to keep their son and/or daughter healthy – no cost is too
great. In today’s environment of miracle cures and
out-of-sight medical costs, Wings of Mercy East Michigan, a
non-profit charity, is assisting families with ill children by
flying – for free– these young patients to medical facilities
for treatment. Click here
for more information (PDF).
Wings of Mercy
East Michigan, Inc.
P.O. Box 2009
Bay City, MI 48707
U.S. Department of Transportation Reminder
The Toll Free Hotline for air travelers with disabilities has
been in operation since August 2002 and is available for
callers from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a
week. It is currently not being fully utilized. The Hotline
serves two main purposes: (1) education, and (2) assistance in
resolving disability-related air travel problems.
* Many air travelers with disabilities are not aware of their
rights and the Hotline, in part, exists as an educational
service to inform air travelers with disabilities about their
rights under the Air Carrier Access Act and the Department's
implementing regulations 14 CFR Part 382 (Part 382). Hotline
operators are well versed in the ACAA and Part 382 and can
provide callers with on the spot general information about the
rights of air travelers with disabilities. The Hotline
operators also respond to requests for printed consumer
information about air travel rights for people with
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in resolving real time or upcoming issues with air carriers.
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problem or an upcoming issue with an air carrier, a Hotline
Duty Officer will contact that air carrier and attempt to
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incidents in which Hotline Duty Officers have contacted air
carriers and convinced them to accept service animals and
electric wheelchairs on board flights, to stow folding
wheelchairs in the cabin, and to provide requested wheelchair
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