Who is the Corporate Angel Network, What it does, & What you should do

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On April 15th Corporate Angel Network (CAN) completed its 50,000th flight of mercy. All too often, Aviation gets unduly criticized and it is rare when its good deeds get adequate coverage. Readers should copy this story and send it to their local media. The pictures of CAN’s passengers will capture the interest of the public and give credit where credit is due.

The CAN is the premier charitable organization in the United States which uses available seats on business aircraft to transport cancer patients to the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer. CAN’s volunteers connect patients needing transportation with businesses which have aircraft  that can carry them on the dates/times needed to travel to the leading cancer treatment institutions. The CAN offices look like and act like an airline’s reservation center.

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The 50,000th jet experience transported a one-year-old cancer patient, Baron Yerby, and his parents from New York-area Teterboro Airport to Atlanta. This poor infant, who was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer at three months old, had been receiving treatment at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. The flight is being provided by Atlanta-based Fortune 500 Company NCR.

This air transportation matches patients with business aircraft for  free travel to treatment. This service not only improves the patients’ chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. Merely avoiding TSA puts all traveling in a better disposition.

Quotes from both the business aircraft operators and their passengers show the benefit for both:

From Corporate Executives

“The Corporate Angel Network makes it very easy to support a vital humanitarian mission. I encourage any company to consider joining this very worthwhile effort.”

Roger A. Enrico
Former Chairman and CEO
Pepsico

“Corporate Angel Network has a great staff; they work with our aviation people. They do most of the work. We just provide the seats. It really doesn’t cost us anything. We’re flying those airplanes anyway; they’re going to places where people need to and want to go. This is a great way to participate.”

Peter Bijur
Former Chairman and CEO
Texaco

“Every time there has been a patient on a flight I’m on, it’s been exciting and fun to talk to them. Last year, I had a little boy on board who was a fantastic fellow. I’ve communicated with his family since then. It’s a great experience that I hope other companies will understand and follow up on.”

John T. Dillon
Former Chairman and CEO
International Paper

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From Patients and their Families

“We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. Everyone we talked to and worked out our flights with was amazing. You took a very scary, stressful situation for us and made it so much easier. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Crivitz, WI

“Corporate Angel Network has meant far more to me than the important air transportation your participating corporations provided. It has personalized ‘Corporate America’ for me and made me realize that while we all fear cancer, each of us can play a role in easing the fear, pain and financial burden of this deadly disease.”

Memphis, TN

“One of my young children two years ago was feeling great one day and the next day was in accelerated leukemic condition. We were desperate for something that would save his life. I found out about a new drug, and with the help of Corporate Angel Network, they’ve been treating him across the country. They’ve turned his whole life around; Corporate Angel Network is really a partner in my son’s rehabilitation.”

Ridgefield, CT

“I am involved in a government sponsored breast cancer study that takes place once a month at the University of Arizona. Without your kindness, I would not be able to participate in this study, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You really are angels.”

Cherry Hill, NJ

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CAN’s operating expenses and its outreach efforts require support in the form of donations. They point to the aviation industry, including industry-wide fundraisers and pro bono print ads. CAN also is thankful for direct contributions.

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There are truly Angels flying up above us and the message of the good work of CAN should be shared by all aviation professionals. Please take the time to get the story of CAN to your local media and consider making your own donation.

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