PHOTO CAPTION: Julee (6 year old) with her Mom, Elleshia traveling from Caribou, ME to Portland, ME for heart surgery. Pictured with Larry Camerlin, founder and president of Angel Flight NE. Angel Flight NE coordinated nearly 20 flights for Julee to receive medical care.
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 technology upgrades that will allow AFNE to more effectively manage patient and flight coordination.
“With generous support from the Charles Lafitte Foundation, Angel Flight Northeast will be able to better serve our patients and volunteer pilots with a state-of-the-art, patient-focused technology platform that supports our coordination team’s 24/7 services,” said Larry Camerlin, president and founder of Angel Flight Northeast.
The $25,000 grant will enable AFNE staff to efficiently manage patient and flight coordination and provide a more timely and patient-focused experience. The completion of this technology project will help lead to better allocation of resources and support the organization’s continued growth in connecting patients with long-distance medical treatment. Previously, the Charles Lafitte Foundation has donated a total of $50,000 to Angel Flight Northeast in two grants.
“We are proud to continue our support for Angel Flight Northeast and the service it provides to connect patients with critical medical care that would otherwise be out of reach,” said Jennifer Vertetis, president of the Charles Lafitte Foundation. “Angel Flight Northeast truly embodies its mission of changing lives 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.