Corporate Angel Network marks 30 years of service

29 Dec

Supported by donations from 550 corporate flight departments, along with organizations including the National Business Aviation Association (which raised $220,000 to support the mission in October), CAN has grown dramatically in recent years. Fleiss said up to 300 patients now travel on donated flights each month, and the organization has worked in recent years to spread the word to major cancer centers, physicians, and corporate aviation.

“That seems to be working nicely,” Fleiss said. Demand for donated flights still outpaces the supply, however. As many as 250 flight requests cannot be filled in a typical month because of the complex logistics involved with matching empty seats on planned business trips with the needs of patients.

“It’s really fairly complex to get those things working in the right direction,” Fleiss said. With industry analysts predicting continued growth in business aviation in 2012, CAN welcomes new donors with seats to give, Fleiss said. All patients travel to or from accredited treatment centers, and require no medical support in flight.

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The organization Greene helped launch in 1981, flying a 16-year-old boy home to Detroit for Christmas after cancer treatment in New York, has since received many honors, including the Volunteer Action Award, the highest volunteer award bestowed by the President of the United States. Donations support a paid staff of six, and a team of 50 part-time volunteers work with patients, physicians, corporate flight departments, and leading treatment centers to coordinate medical travel.

 “We’re not done growing,” Fleiss said.

 

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