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PALS Flies 14 Patients and Family Members with Rare Diseases to Houston, Texas

Contact: Melissa Guida
Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
Tel: 631-694-PALS (7257)
Melissa.Guida@palservices.org

HOPE FOR THE MOST RARE OF CASES:

Patient Airlift Services Flies 14 Patients and Family Members to The National Organization For Rare Diseases, Annual Patient & Family Forum Weekend in Houston, Texas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2019

Beginning Friday, June 21, 2019 through Sunday, June 23, 2019, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) will be providing free air transportation to 14 people from around the United States, enabling them to access compassionate support at the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD) Patient & Family Forum in Houston, Texas.

PALS believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis, receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a need that should be met – no matter how far that care or support is from home. PALS team of volunteer pilots, as well as corporate and commercial partners, enable them to provide families with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. Since inception in 2010, they have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 free flights and 3,500 ground trips.

NORD estimates that 25-30 million Americans live with a rare disease, and 50% of this population is under the age of 18. The Forum will contain key insights from medical professionals, and provide an environment where patients and their supporting family members are learning from others’ shared experiences.

Thanks to three PALS Volunteer Pilots, members of the NORD community from Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Texas will have access to the Forum that they may not have otherwise had due to transportation and financial barriers. PALS Pilots, Joe Howley, Paul Weismann, and Rich Bocock, are creating the opportunity for families to experience the Forum and collectively saving them over 5,000 miles of driving!

PALS recognizes and commends the honorable work that NORD is doing and is looking forward to an ongoing partnership. Working alongside organizations like NORD, PALS continues to partner families in need of critical air transportation with the charitable aviation community.

For more information on NORD, the Forum, and their services go to www.rarediseases.org

For more information on PALS or if you or someone you know needs critical air transportation, please contact PALS at www.PALServices.org or 631-694-7257.
Click here to watch PALS in action.

PALS Texas Media Packet can be found here: http://www.palservices.org/TexasMediaPacket.pdf

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ABOUT PATIENT AIRLIFT SERVICES: Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. As a charitable aviation organization with over 19,000 passenger flights flown since inception in 2010, PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially; for compassionate assistance; and for humanitarian purposes. Through its extensive network of aviation assets (including volunteer pilots, commercial airlines, and corporate partners), PALS serves disadvantaged individuals throughout the eastern United States. For more information, visit www.PALSflight.org or call 631-694-PALS (7257).

By : Stephanie Larkin /June 20, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Texas House of Representatives Honors PALS!

 

PALS is thrilled to share that the Texas House Representatives, recently presented us with a Congratulatory and Honorary Resolution –– for our PALS Disaster Relief Program, Sky Hope! Honoring our PALS family for supporting the State of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

In the days and weeks following one of the worst humanitarian crises in Southeast Texas, PALS mobilized 42 volunteer pilots, who flew a total of 154 missions into Jefferson and Orange Counties, 114 of which were flights that involved delivering 500-1,000 pounds of food, water, medical supplies, and other equipment. The remainder of the missions transported passengers, including patients with urgent medical needs, health care workers, and search and rescue teams.

The resolution shares:

“The courageous efforts of PALS pilots and crews were instrumental in preventing further loss of life in communities that were impacted the worst by the storm, and all those affiliated with this outstanding program have earned the heartfelt gratitude of countless Texans.”

As someone who supports our mission and is a part of our PALS Family, we want to share this exciting moment with you! Click the video above to watch Representative Dade Phelan [R] acknowledge YOUR remarkable contributions!

Read the Resolution here.

Thank you to all of the PALS Board Members, Volunteers, and Pilots that attended! Pictured here from left to right: Representative Dade Phelan, Representative John Cyrier, Rene Bangelsdorf, Robin Eissler, Brad Lamb, John Rochelle, and Joe Howley.

By : Stephanie Larkin /May 08, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Flying the PROTE – No Training, No Gaining

By Michael Peck

Hey you, pilot!  Feeling a little light headed?  Nah, everything is hunky-dory . . . hunky-duh . . . huny . . . hmmm.  Sure, a little shortness of breath, but you’ve been sitting for a while and you’re not as young as you used to be, so it’s probably normal.  And the rapid heart rate–just your imagination.  Good thing you never smoked (except every now and then–socially—whatever).  Fingernails seem a little blue, but maybe it’s the dwindling light.  You’re at about–what was that altitude again?  You glance with blinkered obliviousness at the pulse oximeter prudently attached to your finger – it reads 68%.  That’s a passing grade, isn’t it?  Oh, and the tasks you started to complete–simple enough to be sure–but, you know, in your current state of detachment you just don’t feel like doing them.  Could if you wanted to, though.  Odd how gray and narrowly focused the world has become.  But you’re just not interested, anymore,

are you . . .

are you . . .

are you?

pulse oxBy now, dear reader, you probably recognize the symptoms of hypoxia overtaking the pilot.  Is he or she doomed, you might ask?  Well, mercifully, no.  You see, our pilot is (more or less) comfortably ensconced in a Portable Reduced Oxygen Training Enclosure (PROTE) and in a few seconds, if he or she does not take any remedial action, a helpful representative of the FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) will assist the pilot in donning an oxygen mask.  After that, the hypoxia symptoms will disappear in a matter of seconds, but the queasiness might linger for a while.

I know this because last May at the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, that pilot was me.

A lot has been written about hypoxia, and everyone who has passed the oral portion of a pilot certification exam can recite the cause–a lack of sufficient oxygen in the blood and tissues caused by a decrease in the partial pressure of oxygen which results from increasing altitude.  That is to say, as altitude increases the relative percentage of oxygen remains the same but the partial pressure (i.e., the distance between molecules) becomes greater, resulting in less oxygen being absorbed by the body.

hypoxia_symptoms_vs_o2_saturationMost pilots can name several indicative symptoms of hypoxia.  But unless you have experienced it in a controlled environment, you probably can’t identify the aspects that are peculiar to your body.  Hypoxia affects each of us in different ways–both the specific symptoms and their order of appearance can differ from person to person.  The bottom line, however, is the same for everybody–a loss of cognitive ability akin to being drunk (or so I’m told) and a mild sense of euphoria which makes everything seem alright–and ultimately, if left uncorrected, it leads to death.

The FAA does not require hypoxia training, but it is strongly recommended (see, AC 61-107B).  And in spite of what you may think, you don’t have to be an instrument pilot or fly at altitudes where oxygen is required in order to benefit from the experience.

You also don’t have to travel to Oklahoma (where the wind really does come “sweeping down the plain”) to participate in the training.  The FAA sends the PROTE and its staff around the country to offer a convenient opportunity for local pilots to intimately experience the impact of hypoxia.

The good news for you is that Patient AirLift Services (PALS) will be hosting the PROTE right here in the Northeast this May. 

In order to spare you an excruciating technical explanation of how the PROTE works, let me just say that it realistically approximates the oxygen deprivation a pilot would experience at 25,000 feet without supplemental oxygen.  At the beginning of the training session, the CAMI team provides a safety briefing as well as an in-depth explanation of what to expect.  Then you are given a form containing some very simple cognitive problems that you will be asked to solve and boxes in which you can record your personal hypoxia symptoms at designated intervals.  A pulse oximeter is placed on your finger to allow you to monitor your blood oxygen level as well as your pulse.  The atmosphere in the PROTE is then modified to the training altitude.  When you experience three symptoms of hypoxia or when you begin to feel uncomfortably impaired, you simply reach for your oxygen mask and the invigorating flow of O2 makes the world seem right again.  The “flight” lasts about five minutes, and virtually everyone is on oxygen by the time it ends.

PROTE 3One of the most entertaining aspects of a PROTE session is watching your fellow pilots.  The object of the exercise is to recognize and make note of symptoms heralding the onset of hypoxia.  It’s sort of like stall/spin awareness training.  But some intrepid souls don’t get the message and continue the exercise to a point where third-party intervention is required.  When this happens, a member of the CAMI team approaches what he or she believes to be an impaired pilot and asks some simple questions.  If the answers are not promptly forthcoming (and they almost never are), the PROTE monitor puts an oxygen mask on the pilot and, after a few seconds, asks whether he or she remembers the questions.  In the very few cases requiring intervention that I witnessed, the pilot could recall neither the questions nor the answers.  The PROTE offers each of us an opportunity to safely focus on subtle signs of hypoxia; it is a mistake to view it as a test of strength or stamina.

 


About the Author

MPP PhotoMichael P. Peck is a retired partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he practiced for 36 years in the area of asset-backed finance (including aircraft finance). He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he teaches courses in aviation law and is the Chair of the Aviation Finance Subcommittee of the Association of the Bar of The City of New York. Mr. Peck is a graduate of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, has JD and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University, an MA degree from Duke University and a BA degree from Washington & Lee University.  He holds a commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument rating and is a certified flight instructor, instrument instructor and advanced ground instructor.

 

By : Stephanie Larkin /April 10, 2019 /Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

2019 TCS New York City Marathon

PALS in Motion is running through New York City and we are looking for our team!

Join PALS in Motion to guarantee your entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

Sign up today for one of our charity runner slots…

and commit to raise a minimum of $2,500 by November 3, 2019 in support of our mission. Patient Airlift Services believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis that receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a basic human right, no matter how far that care, or support is from home. Our team of volunteer pilots, as well as our corporate and commercial partners, enable us to provide families in need with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. More importantly, there is no limit to the amount of times a family can fly with us, we are with them for their entire journey if they so choose.

Since inception in 2008, we have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 flights and 3,500 ground trips, but here is so much more to do. PALS is expanding, taking our scalable model and replicating it to create a best-in-class charitable aviation organization and we need your help!

Join PALS in Motion and help people when the best possible care, isn’t close to home!

Your Fundraising Pledge: You pledge to raise a minimum $2,500 in full by November 3, 2019. In addition, PALS in Motion runners are responsible for all race registration fees and travel expenses. To support your marathon fundraising efforts, PALS will provide you with brochures, runner apparel, and swag. We will support your fundraising efforts by being available to answer questions, help develop your fundraising page, post about your progress, and be there for you every step of the way. We know you can do it and we will help you get there!

To sign up and for more information about the Marathon, contact Melissa Guida at melissa.guida@palservices.org or call us at 631-694-7254.

Click here to Meet our 2019 NYC Marathon Runners.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 11, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

EWR 2018 GOLF EVENT – October 8, 2018 – details

 

Where:

Pebble Creek Golf Club

40 Route 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

golf ball

Time: 8:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

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9:00 am Shotgun Start

Barbecue Luncheon

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Format:

Best Ball

Dress Code: 

Casual attire, collared shirts required.  No tank tops or t-shirts.

 

$130 per Golfer

Includes:  Golf fees, cart, breakfast, lunch and support of a worthy cause!

$50 Non-Golfer

Includes: breakfast, lunch and support of a worthy cause!

 

For more information contact:
Cameron Boyer: 973-961-6024
Tim Maher: 973-961-6084

Virginia Trubek: 201-216-2800
Andrea Ahrens: 212-435-3714

 

 

 

 

 Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Platinum Sponsor: $7,500

  • • PALS Pub & Golf Cart Bar signage with your name/logo
    • (2) Tickets to the PALS Above & Beyond Greenwich event – Nov 3rd, Tamarack Country Club
    • (2) Foursomes with Breakfast & Barbeque Lunch
    • Hole Sign

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • • Barbeque Lunch Sponsor Signage with your name/logo
    • Hotdogs at Turn Signage with your name/logo
    • Foursome with Breakfast & Barbeque Lunch
    • Hole Sign

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • • Breakfast Sponsor Signage with your name/logo
    • Foursome with Breakfast & Barbeque Lunch
    • Hole Sign

Blue Sponsor: $1,500

  • • Foursome with Breakfast & Barbeque Lunch
    • Hole Sign

Red Sponsor: $500

 • Hole Sign

By : Stephanie Larkin /September 25, 2018 /Upcoming Events - details /1 Comment Read More

2018 TCS New York City Marathon – November 4, 2018 – details

Join Team PALS in Motion to guarantee your entry to the TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018!

PALS in Motion is coming to New York City and we are looking for our Wingmen/women!

Sign up today for one of our charity runner slots…

and commit to raise a minimum of $2,500 by November 4, 2018  in support of our mission.  By running and raising money for PALS, you will help us to provide free PALS flights for people with life-threatening or chronic medical conditions that need air transportation to their out of town or out of state medical appointments.

PALS mobilizes our expansive network of volunteer pilots, corporate aviation and commercial airline partners through our Mission Coordination Center. Our Mission Coordinators work tirelessly to connect those in need with volunteer pilots that are passionate about utilizing their skills and resources to help others.  When needed, PALS will also arrange for free ground transportation from the airport to their final destination, making it a stream-lined process.  Join Team PALS in Motion and help us to change or save a life.

Join Team PALS in Motion and help us to change or save a life!

Your Fundraising Pledge: You pledge to raise a minimum $2,500 due in full by November 4, 2018. In addition, Team PALS in Motion runners are responsible for all race registration fees and travel expenses.  To support your marathon fundraising efforts and give our cause visibility, PALS will provide you with a PALS in Motion runner tech-shirt, shorts, and jacket. In addition, we will support your fundraising efforts by being available to answer questions, help to develop your fundraising page, post about your progress, and be there for you every step of the way. We know you can do it and we will help you get there!

To sign up and for more information about the Marathon, contact Kimberly Langin, Marketing & Development Associate at kimberly.langin@palservices.org or call us at 631-694-7257.

By : Stephanie Larkin /September 25, 2018 /Upcoming Events - details /1 Comment Read More