Westchester County, N.Y.-based business aviation charity Corporate Angel Network (CAN) logged a milestone last month when it transported its 40,000th cancer patient to treatment. The organization, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in December, provides patients with access to specialized treatment that would not otherwise be available. CAN’s staff and volunteers arrange free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to recognized cancer treatment centers throughout the U.S. by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft that are already flying to those destinations.
Corporate Angel Network arranged corporate flights to specialized treatment for a record 3,021 cancer patients last year, a 9-percent increase over the previous high of 2,778 and 21 percent more than in 2009. “This record demonstrates the interest major corporations have in supporting cancer patients through CAN, even during challenging times when flights were being cut back,” said CAN executive director Peter Fleiss.
MedAire has joined forces with Control Risks to provide one-stop advice and assistance on medical, security and travel issues. The new 24/7 service is available via a single phone number and Web portal. “Each and every security event has a medical component to it, whether physical or emotional in nature,” said Control Risks CEO Richard Fenning.
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) achieved a major milestone last month by providing air transport for its 30,000th cancer patient since its founding 26 years ago. The Westchester County, N.Y.-based national charity arranges free transport for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft. For the milestone flight, Liberty Mutual Insurance carried a patient from Atlanta to Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. (Booth No. 5194) of White Plains, N.Y., has supported the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) since its founding in 1981 and even made the first CAN flight, bringing a 16-year-old boy home to Detroit after a cancer treatment in New York City. This year Safe Flight is donating $50,000 to CAN (exhibiting in South Lobby 7), while continuing to fly cancer patients on company business trips.