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Local Resources

Finally, for help in financing some of the many expenses related to diabetes, you may also want to seek out available local resources, such as the following charitable groups:

  • Lions Clubs International, which can help with vision care
  • Rotary Clubs, which provide humanitarian and educational assistance
  • Elks Clubs, which provide charitable activities that benefit youth and veterans
  • Shriners, which offer need-based treatment for children at Shriners hospitals throughout the country
  • Kiwanis Clubs, which conduct fund-raising events and projects to help the community and especially children
  • Religious organizations

In many areas, nonprofit or special interest groups such as those listed above can sometimes provide financial assistance or help with fund-raising. In addition, some local governments may have special trusts set up to help people in need. You can find out more about such groups at your local library or your local city or county government's health and human services office.

Other Medical Transportation

Boston, MA - The Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center is an outpatient program that treats children diagnosed with Failure To Thrive (FTT).  They offer one-way taxi service for medical care.

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Charitable Air Transporation Services

These organizations may be able to assist you with air transportation services if you are undergoing an organ transplant due to diabetes complications.

The Air Care Alliance:  Phone:  888-260-9707.  Web:  http://www.aircareall.org/.  Our website will introduce you to us and to all the groups we list whose volunteers perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service. Each group sets its own eligibility criteria but in general the group's volunteers only fly those who need and cannot afford air charter or airline transport.

AirLifeLine - 50 Fullerton Court, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95825.  Phone: (916) 641-7800, (877) AIR-LIFE, Fax: (916) 641-0600.  Web: www.airlifeline.org.  Services:  AirLifeLine is the oldest and largest national non-profit charitable organization of private pilots who fly ambulatory patients who cannot afford the cost of travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment. The 1,500 volunteer pilots donate their time, aircraft and fuel to make this air transportation service free of charge for patients who qualify. They coordinate flights relating to: medical, transplant, humanitarian, cargo and disaster relief missions.

American Airlines "Miles for Kids in Need Program"  - Services:  Through the Miles for Kids in Need Program, you can donate your AAdvantage miles to help American Airlines provide free transportation for seriously ill children and their families.

Angel Flight America - Phone:  (877) 621-7177.  Services:  The Angel Flight America national network is comprised of six regional organizations and Mercy Medical Aircraft who provide access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis. On their website, you can enter your zip code to locate the nearest Angel Flight in your area, or call 1-877-621-7177.

Angel Flight, Inc. - Phone:  918-749-8992.   Services: Angel Flight, Inc. is a non-profit organization of pilots and volunteers who arrange free private air transportation for medical patients. They also provide services to blood, organ and tissue banks.

Chai Lifeline - New York:  Phone: (212) 465-1300; Phone: (877) CHAI LIFE.  Email: info@chailifeline.org, Web: www.chailifeline.org.  Services:  A national, non-profit Jewish organization that provides support services and programs to children and their families in crisis, including medical referrals, support groups, visits to hospitalized and housebound children, financial aid, transportation, and Camp Simcha, a kosher camp for kids with cancer. This site is especially for Jewish children and their families.

Children's Organ Transplant Association - Indiana - Phone: (800) 366-2682, (812) 336-8872, Fax: (812) 336-8885.  Email: cota@cota.org, Web: www.cota.org.  Services:  The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a national, non-profit organization which assists children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving organ, tissue or bone marrow transplant to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. The organization does not charge for its services and has a matching fund program. There are no qualification criteria other than US citizenship and, in some cases, patient age.

Corporate Angel Network, Inc - Westchester County Airport, One Loop Road, White Plains, NY 10604.  Phone: 866-328-1313, 914-328-1313, Fax: 914-328-3938, Email: info@corpangelnetwork.org, Web: www.corpangelnetwork.org.  Services:  Provides free air transportation for cancer patients to and from recognized cancer treatment centers by corporate aircraft operating on routine business. Patient must be able to walk up the steps of the aircraft, not be dependent on a life-support system and may be a bone marrow or platelet donor. May be accompanied by one adult and, if a child, both parents may go provided there is space. Contact between one and three weeks before confirmed appointment date. Flights are not guaranteed. No financial criteria.

Delta SkyWish - Sky Miles Service Center, Dept. 745, P.O. Box 20532, Atlanta, GA 30320-2532.  Phone: (800) 325-3999.  Services: Donate your miles to the SkyWish program to your choice of participating charities. Your miles will go into accounts for use as needed by the participating organizations.

Eagle Air Med - P.O. Box 305, Blanding, UT   84511-3248.  Phone: (888) 566-4868, (435) 678-3222.  To request a flight contact (800) 742-8787,  Fax: (435) 678-3425.  Email: admin@eagleairmed.com, Web: www.eagleairmed.com.  Services:  Air Transportation - Air Ambulances. Medicaid provider.

Healing the Children - P.O. Box 9065, Spokane, WA 99209-9065.  Phone:  (509) 327-4281, Fax: (509) 327-4284.  Email: respond@healingthechildren.org, Web: www.healingchildren.org.  Services:  In many places in our world, children suffer and die or live disfigured lives because medical care that could help is unavailable to them. Changing this situation is the goal of Healing the Children. They arrange for medical screening of the child, immigration documentation, transportation, host family support, donated medical care, and return of the child to his or her country of origin. There are 15 Chapters that operate in 23 states.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children - 1319 Punahou, Honolulu, HI  96826.  Phone: (808) 983-8551, (808) 983-6000, Fax: (808) 983-8005.  Web: www.kapiolani.org.  Services:  Kapiolani Medical Center is a specialized treatment center for children who live on all the islands of the State of Hawaii, and throughout the Pacific Basin. Children with cancer are offered comprehensive, interdisciplinary care. As a partner with the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, all children registered on COG clinical trials are treated at Kapiolani.

LifeLine Pilots - 6100 W Dirksen Parkway, Suite 302, Byerly Terminal, Peoria, IL 61607.  Phone: (800) 822-7972, (309) 697-6865, Fax: (800) 822-7969.  Email: mail@lifelinepilots.org.  Web: www.lifelinepilots.org.  Services:  LifeLine is a volunteer pilot organization that facilitates free medical/humanitarian flights for individuals needing transportation to locations distant from their homes. No age limit to services. Must have a financial need, have physician's release form, sign a HIPPA and liability release form. Must be ambulatory. Some medical equipment such as oxygen is allowed. Upon completion of paperwork, flights usually take 3 to 4 working days to arrange.

Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) - 4260 Haygood Road, Suite 1, Virginia Beach,  VA 23455.  Phone: (888) 675-1405, (757) 318-9175, Fax: (757) 318-9107.  Email: mercymedicalops@erols.com.  Web: www.mercymedical.org.  Services:  Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) is a non-profit organization that provides charitable air transportation of long-distance travel for all medical, low-income, and financially needy patients.

Miracle Flights for Kids - 2756 N. Green Valley Parkway, #115, Green Valley, NV  89014-2120.  Phone: (702) 261-0494, Fax: (702) 261-0497.  Web: www.miracleflights.org.  Services:  Miracle Flights for Kids provides free air transportation to hospitals across America to children with life threatening illness who need medical treatment.

National Patient Air Transport HELPLINE (NPATH)  - Phone: (800) 296-1217.  Web: www.npath.org and  http://www.patienttravel.org/ Services:  The National Patient Travel HELPLINE (NPATH) provides information about all forms of charitable, long distance medical air transportation and provides referrals of sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network. NPATH can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Northwest Airlines Kid Cares - Phone: (612) 726-0811, (612) 726-4206, Fax: (612) 726-3942.  Web: www.nwa.com.  Services:  The Northwest Airlines KidCares medical travel program provides air travel to children age 18 and younger who are unable to receive treatment in their home area. The donated WorldPerks miles are used to provide the free travel for a child, accompanied by one parent or guardian, to obtain the needed medical treatment.

Operation Liftoff - 4204 Bonfils, Bridgeton , MO 63044.  Phone: (314) 298-9770, Fax: (314) 298-1699.  Email: info@operationliftoff.com.  Web: www.operationliftoff.com
Services:  Operation Liftoff is a non-profit volunteer organization who provides treatment trips or dream trips to children who are facing life-threatening illness.

Shriner Medical Centers - Transportation of the patient is the responsibility of the patient's family, but many Shriner Centers offer transportation assistance. The Shriners Hospital to which the child is being referred can assist in contacting a Shrine Center for transportation assistance.

Skywest Airlines (Delta) Care Connection - Phone: (435) 634-3396.  Web: www.skywest.com.  Services:  Vouchers are given to family by LifeFlight when patient is air lifted to Primary Children's Medical Center, Utah. Other flights may be available. For more information, contact Scott Vest at (435) 634-3396.

United Way International/Delta Sky Wish Program - Phone: (703) 519-0092.  Services:  International air transportation programs. For travel into or out of the USA for life-saving medical treatments. Patient must be medically stable, able to fly commercially, not be a medical risk to other passengers. Patients and families need to get the miles donated for the flight.

United Way/Delta SkyWish Program - United Way of  America, 701 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: (800) 325-3999, Fax: (703) 549-9152.  Email: christina.walker@uwa.unitedway.org, Web: www.valleyunitedway.org/skywish.html.  Services:  You can donate your Delta frequent flyer miles to the SkyWish program to be used towards helping fly patients with life threatening illnesses to their medical treatments around the world.

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