The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) recently donated $25,000 to Angel Flight Northeast (AFNE), a non-profit organization that coordinates free air transportation for patients to access life-saving medical care that is not available in their geographic area. The donation will help support mission flight coordination for more than 80 life-saving flights.
“We are honored that the Charles Lafitte Foundation continues to support our mission of coordinating free air transportation so those in need of medical care can access it,” said Larry Camerlin, president and founder of Angel Flight Northeast. “Mission flight coordination is the heart and soul of our program with our team available 24/7. With this generous grant, we can coordinate more flights of healing and hope and ensure that distance is never an obstacle for our patients to access life-saving medical care.”
Mission flight coordination is a crucial part of AFNE’s service, with coordinators serving as the first voice a person hears when they call for help. The $25,000 grant will enable AFNE’s mission coordination services to arrange more than 80 flights. On average, each flight costs AFNE nearly $300 to coordinate which can take anywhere from two hours to two days depending upon the illness of the patient, distance, routing, and pilot availability. Along with previous donations Charles Lafitte Foundation has now donated a total of $100,000 to Angel Flight Northeast in three grants.
“Angel Flight Northeast provides a truly lifesaving service to those that need it most,” said Jeffrey Citron, co-founder of the Charles Lafitte Foundation. “We are pleased to continue supporting Angel Flight and their efforts to change the world, one flight at a time.”
Since 1996, Angel Flight Northeast has helped coordinate air transportation for patients without financial resources to access life-saving medical care outside of their region. The organization is made up of more than 1,000 volunteer private pilots who combine a love of flying with a sense of volunteerism by helping to connect patients with the critical care they need. Serving a nine-state region comprised of MA, NH, ME, RI, VT, CT, NY, NJ and PA. In total, AFNE has flown more than 65,000 patients and companions and coordinated patient missions to 189 different health care facilities in 33 states.
About The Charles Lafitte Foundation
The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact. In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit www.charleslafitte.org.
About Angel Flight Northeast
A 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Angel Flight Northeast schedules free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis, or who may live in rural areas without access to commercial airlines. The organization is comprised of over 1,000 volunteer pilots who combine their love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying children and adults in private and commercial aircraft to lifesaving medical care. For more information about Angel Flight Northeast, contact us at 978-794-6868 or visit our website at www.angelflightne.org.