Patient Transportation, including Airline Flights
These organizations provide airline flights for patients that need to travel for medical reasons.
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Air Care Alliance
“The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service. This site will introduce you to us and to all the groups we list whose volunteers perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service.”
Air Ambulance Angels (Air Compassion America)
Air Compassion America® is a non-profit patient advocacy/assistance organization established to help locate and coordinate bed-to-bed air ambulance service. No-charge assistance to families in need. (Not a broker.)
Air Ambulance Network
“Worldwide Air Medical Service” A Worldwide leader in medical transportation since 1971. They offer air ambulance. (Commercial.)
Air Ambulance Service
Air Ambulance Service provides medical transportation to injured, infirmed and those unable to fly without medical supervision across the globe. Experienced medical teams are dispatched to escort patients to their primary care centers on a case by case basis as dictated by the individual needs of the patient. (Commercial.)
Air Ambulance Flight
“Our company provides worldwide air ambulance flights for the sick and injured. We specialise in flights that originate or finish in Europe. The USA to UK or vice versa is a common repatriation flight that our doctors and nurses perform.” (Commercial.)
Air Critical Care
Offices in AZ, MI, NY, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (Commercial.)
While not free, this Arizona-based company offers assisted medical flights at very reasonable prices compared against typical medical flight where the patient must pay. (Commercial.)
Long distance motor coach or bus transportation for patients at no cost.
Angel Flight, Inc. People Flying People in Need
Angel Flight is a non-profit organization of pilots and other volunteers dedicated to serving the community by arranging free private air transportation for medical patients who cannot afford to utilize normal, commercial transportation. Angel Flight also provides services to blood, organ and tissue banks. Angel Flight is a member of Air Care Alliance, a group of 37 organizations providing similar services throughout the United States. These groups are coordinated through a toll-free service (NPATH) that helps individuals in need find assistance in their area. This is a small volunteer organization that operates (only) in and around Oklahoma.
Air Charity Network
Air Charity Network™ (ACN) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis. This is a network of volunteer pilot organizations – nationwide.
Angel Flight at NIH
For patients in medical and financial need who need to travel to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Arranges charitable airline flights for patients involved with NIH clinical trials or other rare disease or rare cancer treatment programs or clinical trials.
Children’s Flight of Hope
hildren’s Flight of Hope provides free, private air transportation to and from medical facilities for children in need. “With our organization-owned aircraft and crew of experienced volunteer pilots, we transport children and their families to and from hospitals throughout the eastern United States. We seek to ensure that children in our service area (North Carolina) are not denied access to medical treatment at distant facilities due to either financial need or a medical condition that precludes travel via ground or commercial aircraft.” (Local flights only.)
Corporate Angel Network
Free flights for cancer patients and their families. Private jets used by corporations that have empty seats, free flights. No financial requirements. One of many advantages is low risk of exposure to contagious illness because just a few people are on plane. (Note: flight not guaranteed even after it is arranged.)
FOOTPRINTS in the Sky
(303) 799-0461 7375
South Peoria Street Suite # 209, B-10 Centennial, CO A Denver-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing flights to medical facilities throughout the United States for people in need of critical and life-saving medical care.
LifeLine Pilots is a private, non-profit organization that provides people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small (4-6 seat), private aircraft for health care and other compelling human needs. (Local flights.)
Mercy Medical Airlift
Mercy Medical Airlift serves nationwide and is the oldest and largest charitable medical air transportation non-profit in the United States. Free airline tickets for cancer patients and their escorts are available year around. (MMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation. MMA is totally supported through charitable giving and the services of volunteer pilots and office assistants.
For mesothelioma patients and loved ones, we provide free resources, education, support, and hope
Midwest Express Miracle Miles
One free flight, thereafter flights are discounted. No financial requirements. Call Natalie Fuerst at 1-414-570-3644. (A small program.)
Miracle Flights for Kids
(800) -359-1711 or (702) 261-0494
Transporting children to medical treatment since 1985.
National Patient Air Transport Helpline (NPATH)
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation. Will refer cancer patients to Mercy Medical Airlift for free tickets.
“Providing special trips to children who are facing life threatening illness.” Free flights, no financial requirements. Operation Liftoff provides air transportation for children with a life threatening illness for a wish trip or treatment trip. (Very small.)
The American Cancer Society offers a variety of detailed information about all types cancer including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and more. Informative articles include:
- Learn About Cancer (by cancer type)
- Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment
- Sexuality for the Man with Cancer
- Sexuality and the Woman with Cancer
Other resources offered by the American Cancer Society include:
Survivorship Care Plans: In 2006, the Institute of Medicine issued a report recommending that every cancer patient receive an individualized survivorship care plan that includes guidelines for monitoring and maintaining their health. In response to that report, many groups have now developed various types of “care plans” to help improve the quality of care of survivors as they move beyond their cancer treatment. Learn More>> Survivorship Care Plans
Counseling. Support Groups. Education. Financial Assistance. Offer’s limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs, and their professional oncology social workers can help you find resources.
American Childhood Cancer Organization Suite A, 10920 Connecticut Avenue Kensington, Maryland 20895 (301) 962-3520
The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is a nonprofit organization that provides information for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, advocates for their needs, and supports research. ACCO…
Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund 24152 Lyons Avenue #157 Santa Clarita, California 91321
In conjunction with the Partners In Care Foundation, Brenda and Kieran launched the Fund in February 2001. They quickly built partnerships with local businesses and other organizations engaged in the…
Catholic Charities USA Suite 600, Sixty-Six Canal Center Plaza Alexandria, Virginia 22314 (703) 549-1390
Catholic Charities USA is the national office for local Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. Catholic Charities USA provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of local agencies…
Chronic Disease Fund (CDF) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2003. CDF provides financial assistance to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic or life-altering disease that requires the use…
The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation offers free professional housecleaning and maid services for women undergoing cancer treatment. Women age 18 or older currently undergoing cancer treatment for any type…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) provides funding to 22 states and 4 tribal organizations across the United States until 2014. The program…
The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Colorectal CareLine is a patient/provider hotline designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to…
The HealthWell Foundation® provides full or partial financial assistance to eligible individuals who cannot afford their insurance copayments, premiums, deductibles for certain treatments, and other out-of-pocket health care expenses. To…
Hill-Burton Program Room 10-105, 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, Maryland 20857 1-800-638-0742 Visit Website
Hill-Burton is a program in which health care facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) that received construction and modernization funds from the Federal Government must provide a reasonable volume of services…
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial assistance to patients in meeting their private insurance or Medicare premiums, and co-pays for prescription medication and allowable treatment…
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is a voluntary health organization devoted to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease. LRF’s support…
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well…
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)(3) organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare “orphan” diseases and assisting the organizations…
PAN is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2004. PAN provides hope to patients and their families and helps ensure that patients can consistently follow prescribed treatment plans. Through a…
PSI is the “ground breaking” 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization of its kind. For nearly two decades, PSI has helped people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions locate suitable…
The Sarcoma Alliance strives to extend and improve the lives of sarcoma patients through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, education, and support. The Alliance’s Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance…
One of the oldest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic lay organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout…
United Way Worldwide 701 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314 (703) 836-7112 Visit Website
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for a network of community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. The United Way works to advance the common good… Financial Assistance for cancer patients is made possible by many organizations. Browse our directory of cancer financial assistance providers and get the help you are seeking. A cancer diagnosis can impose burdensome financial obligations on patients and their loved ones. Patients with health insurance are often relieved of certain medical expenses, but are still left with hefty premiums and other debts. For cancer patients without health insurance, the economic burden is usually too much to bear alone. Financial aid is available to help cancer patients cover the ever-rising costs of treatment. Whether you are in Texas, California or Florida, there is financial help available.
American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit organization with more than 27,000 oncology practitioners as members, representing all oncology disciplines and subspecialties. Members include physicians and health-care professionals in all levels of the practice of oncology. ASCO believes that good cancer care starts with good cancer information. Well-informed patients are their own best advocates and invaluable partners for physicians. The ASCO patient education program includes a variety of printed materials and ASCO’s patient website, Cancer.Net, which provides trusted, authoritative information for people living with cancer and those who care for and about them. All of the information in ASCO’s patient education materials is reviewed by oncologists and other oncology professionals who are ASCO members, making ASCO materials a current and trusted resource for cancer information. All ASCO patient education materials are supported by The ASCO Cancer Foundation. Visit Site
The Atlanta Regional Clinical Oncology Program (ARCCOP) was initiated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1983 to provide community hospitals access to a wide range of clinical research studies. The NCI designates a CCOP once a hospital has met the stringent criteria set forth defining excellence in an oncology program. The Atlanta Regional CCOP is one of approximately 50 in the country. The Atlanta Regional CCOP consists of the coordinating institution (Saint Joseph’s Hospital) and seven affiliate institutions, which virtually cover the entire metro Atlanta area. Visit the Atlanta Regional CCOP website for a list of Clinical Trials available in the Atlanta area for your type of cancer. Click here for additional resources on clinical trials.
CancerQuest is a cancer education and outreach program at Emory University that provides reliable information about cancer biology and treatment. Understanding how cancer grows and spreads is important to stopping it from growing and spreading. Learn More>> Cancer Formation, How Cancer Spreads (Metastasis)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers information and resources on cancer:
- Cancer Data and Statistics
- The Flu and You: What cancer patients, survivors and caregivers should know about the flu
- Cancer Survivorship
- Cancer Publications
Colon Cancer Alliance’s New Spanish Public Service Annoucement. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the Colon Cancer Alliance has created “¡Examine mi Colon!” a 30 second Public Service Announcement in Spanish that emphasizes talking to your family about your family health history and getting a screening test for colon cancer. For more resources in Spanish, please Visit Website.
Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LiveStrong Program offers many resources for cancer survivors. One such resource is a partnership between LiveStrong and the Abramson Cancer Center (University of Pennsylvania) OncoLink Program. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) researched the state of care for cancer survivors and found that little guidance is available for survivors and their healthcare providers to overcome the medical and psychosocial problems that may arise post treatment. The IOM suggests that once a person has completed cancer therapy, he or she should be provided with a summary of the treatments received and a follow up “care plan”. This care plan should summarize the potential late effects, their symptoms and treatment; recommendations for cancer screening (recurrence or new primary); psychosocial effects (including relationships and sexuality/fertility); financial issues (work, insurance and employment); recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, genetic counseling (if appropriate), effective prevention options; referrals for follow-up care and a list of support resources. While this plan is extremely important, the amount of time it would require makes it unachievable for most oncology practices. The LIVESTRONG Care Plan hopes to take steps to making this a reality by developing a basic plan that survivors can review and discuss with their healthcare team. Learn More>> LIVESTRONG Care Plan (in English) and LIVESTRONG Care Plan (in Spanish)
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Medical News Today offers videos on various types of cancer from their comprehensive consumer health video library. Learn More>> Medical News Today. Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers health videos on topics such as human anatomy, surgical procedures and health news. Check your health by using the calculators and quizzes. Learn More>> Videos and Cool Tools. Medline Plus also offers infromation on your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines including side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions. Learn More>> Drugs, Herbs and Supplements.
OncoLink, a cancer support resource developed by the Abramson Cancer Center (University of Pennsylvania) offers many useful tools for organizing and managing cancer treatment, recovery, and life after cancer. Featured articles include:
- Finding an Oncologist
- Questions to Ask My Doctor
- Second Opinions
- The First Visit to a Specialist
- Managing Recurrence
- Deciding to End the Journey: Stopping or Taking a Break from Therapy
OncoLink features The LIVESTRONG Care Plan, an individualized survivorship care plan that includes guidelines for monitoring and maintaining optimal health after treatment is completed. Learn More>> LIVESTRONG Care Plan (in English) and LIVESTRONG Care Plan (in Spanish) OncoLink also has a variety of helpful record-keeping logs (in pdf format) on their website that can be easily downloaded. The forms are designed to be printed and carried with you to appointments. You may want to start a binder or folder to keep them easily accessible and organized. As tests or therapies are completed, ask your nurse or doctor to record them on the chart. Available logs include:
- Physician Appointment List [30 KB]
- Physician List [30 KB]
- Medication List [136 KB]
- Family History of Cancer Record [29 KB]
- Chemotherapy History [29 KB]
- Radiation Therapy History [29 KB]
- Record of Hospitalizations and Surgeries [29 KB]
- Record of Radiology Studies [29 KB]
Pre-existing Conditions Insurance Program (PCIP) was created as part of the federal government’s Affordable Care Act. The PCIP program provides a new health coverage option for you if you have been uninsured for at least six months, you have a pre-existing condition or have been denied health coverage because of your health condition, and are a U.S. citizen or are residing here legally. More information on PCIP is available online at Visit Website.
- Ten things you should know about cancer
- Basic cancer terms
- Understanding Clinical Trials
- Prostate cancer section
- Understanding the side effects of cancer treatment
- Evaluating treatment facilities to determine which one is right for you
Resources and Survivorship Sectionfeatures the following:
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs – All veterans diagnosed with cancer may qualify for service-connected disability compensation. Specifically, Vietnam veterans diagnosed with prostate cancer. Veterans are encouraged to submit a disability compensation application immediately after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Applications submitted before treatment begins may get a 100% disability rating for approximately 6 months. Veterans submitting the application after treatment may not qualify. Read More
- For Disability rate table
- To Apply
- Submit the application (VA Form 21-526) online OR Submit a hard copy application (available at CPDR or VA website).
- For more information, contact Ray Walsh, Vietnam veteran, prostate cancer survivor and Red Cross volunteer at Center for Prostate Disease Research, 703-425-1474 or email at email@example.com
Voicing My Choices: A Planning Guide for Adolescents and Young Adults
Voicing My Choices: A Planning Guide for Adolescents and Young Adultshelps young people living with a serious illness to communicate their preferences to friends, family and caregivers. If you are age 18 or older and want your wishes to be legally binding, you should consider completing an advance directive, such as Five Wishes. Medical News Today offers videos on various types of cancer from their comprehensive consumer health video library. Learn More>> Medical News Today. Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers health videos on topics such as human anatomy, surgical procedures and health news. Check your health by using the calculators and quizzes. Learn More>> Videos and Cool Tools. Medline Plus also offers infromation on your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines including side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions. Learn More>> Drugs, Herbs and Supplements.
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. For 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care. You can visit their website at www.abta.org
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and resources on the full spectrum of cancer survivorship issues to patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare professionals, through a national Speakers Bureau, educational events, and online tools. Triage Cancer also offers an educational blog at www.TriageCancer.org/blog. You can visit their website at www.triagecancer.org
Cancer Hope Network is a national non-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients, their caregivers, and their family members. Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients or family members with trained volunteer cancer survivors who themselves, have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience. Their mission is to give you hope. You can visit their website at www.cancerhopenetwork.org
CURE Magazine launched in 2002 as a magazine for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. It has since become the largest consumer magazine in the United States focused entirely on cancer. From its inception, CURE has expanded to reflect the entire cancer continuum, including supportive care issues and long-term and late effects. You can visit their website at www.curetoday.com
Cancer Connect is a website designed to help patients and their families connect with others who understand what they are going through and can offer valuable insight. You can visit their website at news.cancerconnect.com
The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation provides help and hope to underinsured patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses to over 60 disease-specific financial assistance programs. Since 2004, PAN has provided $400 million in financial assistance to more than 295,000 patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. You can visit their website at http://panfoundation.org/
Happy Chemo! has been working to ease the burden cancer chemotherapy brings by building a strong network of freebies, discounts and resources provided by qualified businesses and organizations for those affected by cancer. You can visit their website at www.happychemo.com.
The goal of the Patient Resource Cancer Guide is to empower people suffering with life-altering diseases by giving them the most comprehensive and up-to-date guides to treatment and facilities for their disease. You can visit their website at www.patientresource.com
The mission of Gilda’s Club is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. You can visit their website at www.gildasclubwestchester.org
Meals to Heal provides a comprehensive range of nutritional services designed for cancer patients and their caregivers. In addition to home delivery of fresh, delicious meals that are customized to meet each individuals patients needs, Meals to Heal also offers safe, evidence-based information and resources and provides telephonic nutritional counseling through a team of oncology-credentialed registered dietitians. The Company’s services are provided across the 48 contiguous United States. Call: 888-721-1041 (toll free). You can visit their website at: http://www.meals-to-heal.com
The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is a national Colon Cancer non profit dedicated to permanently eliminating the threat of the disease through the discovery of a cure. As long as people are dying from this disease, we will be at the front lines of the fight. To this end, we will fund cutting edge research so that the brightest minds and best institutions are empowered to cure colon cancer for good. Until then, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is committed to significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raise awareness about colon cancer in general. You can visit their website at http://www.chris4life.org
The Pink Fund is a national non-profit organization that has been formed to help women and men suffering from breast cancer focus on healing, raising their families and returning to the workplace by providing short-term financial aid during the brief period of active treatment and recovery. Call toll-free at: 877-234-PINK (7465). You can visit their website at: http://thepinkfund.org
Giving Hope & Help is a nonprofit organization that compassionately partners with other human service nonprofit organizations, the community, businesses and individuals to meet needs and make a difference. We are a 501c3 nonprofit org that supports domestic violence and natural disaster survivors, Education Programs, Fundraise 4 cancer and support the patients. You can visit their website at http://givinghopeandhelp.com/.
FORCE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission includes providing peer support, education, awareness, advocacy and research specific to hereditary cancer. You can visit their website at: http://www.facingourrisk.org