Mercy Medical Airlift Celebrating 100,000 Missions

When: April 18th, 2013 6:30 PM
Where: Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.
What: Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA), a non-profit providing free air and ground transportation for soldiers, veterans and civilians will celebrate its 100,000th mission.

Online PR News – 10-April-2013 – Arlington, Va. – MEDIA CONTACT:
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Mercy Medical Airlift Celebrating 100,000 Missions

April 18 reception in Arlington, Va., will feature Mercy Medical Airlift beneficiary Richard Norris, recipient of the most extensive face transplant ever performed

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.) – April 8, 2013 – Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA), the premiere non-profit organization providing long-distance, charitable transportation for access to specialized medical care for patients and their families in need, celebrates 100,000 missions at a reception and celebration to be held April 18, 2013, at 6:30 PM at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.

MMA beneficiaries and VIP guests will be on hand at the event to share their stories, including Richard Norris, the Virginia man who in 2012 underwent the most extensive face transplant ever performed; the mother of a Maryland three-year-old whose life was saved recently thanks to a cross-country flight that provided access to special surgery in Stanford, Calif; and more. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma will be speaking, and U.S. Reps. John Dingell of Michigan, Scott Rigell of Virginia, and Steve Stockman of Texas are scheduled to attend.

"Since our first patient flight in July 1972, Mercy Medical Airlift has been honored to help more than 100,000 people reach distant specialized, often life-saving, medical care when they could not afford the long-distance travel necessary to reach the treatment,” said Ed Boyer, president and CEO of MMA. “On behalf of all those patients and families we are grateful to the volunteer pilots and drivers who gave of their time, vehicles and resources; thankful to our partner airlines for providing seats and to the airline customers who donate frequent flyer miles.”

“Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic has been as important to me throughout this project as the doctors,” said Richard Norris. MMA’s Angel Flight program provided 78 round trip flights from far western Virginia to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore leading up to a life-changing face transplant in March 2012.

“Dr. Frank Hanley at Children’s Heart Center at Stanford was possibly the only surgeon in the country who could fix my daughter’s rare heart disorder, but we weren’t able to afford or organize safe, timely cross-country transportation,” said Astrid Walschot-Stapp. “Mercy Medical Airlift provided free round-trip tickets, relieving us of that worry and freeing us up to care for our baby girl. It clearly saved her life.”

Mercy Medical Airlift provides services for a wide variety of patients in need. Sixty-two percent of MMA missions are for men and women who have sacrificed in the line of duty as members of the U.S. military. MMA veteran programs transport injured and ill service members and their families to areas of the country where they will receive the best medical and rehabilitative care, thanks to commercial tickets donated by American Airlines. Typical needs are for travel to access specialized medical treatment, to acquire and train with a service dog for combating post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to participate in an adaptive sport event, or to spend time with family members in a peaceful vacation setting.

MMA’s medical access services are also available to non-veterans nationwide. Partnering with Delta, United, Southwest and US Airways, MMA assists patients of all ages and medical conditions throughout the nation. In addition to mercy flights, the organization provides Angel Bus (ground) In 2012 alone, MMA provided services to more than 24,430 clients with an estimated public benefit of more than $6.8 million.

About Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a top 4-Star Charity Navigator rating, which includes financial management, accountability and transparency. MMA publishes its program “outputs” and “results,” as well as statistics regarding evaluations given to MMA by its clients. MMA clearly falls within the top five percent of Charity Navigator-rated American non-profits. Ninety-seven percent of donated resources are used for program operations by the organization.