PALS Uplifts the Spirits of Rare-Disease Patients by Offering Free Flights

PALS Uplifts the Spirits of Rare-Disease Patients by Offering Free Flights
Cumbersome security procedures, rising airfares, and shrinking legroom have made commercial air travel difficult enough these days — even for healthy passengers. Imagine how much harder it is for patients with rare diseases who must get to doctors’ appointments or clinical trials that are hundreds of miles away from home. Easing these patients' financial and logistical burdens is Patient Airlift Services (PALS), a charity based at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. PALS relies on a network of about 660 professional pilots across the United States who donate their time and resources to help patients in need. “Our mission is to eliminate logistics as a barrier,” said Jamie Newberry, relationship manager at PALS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2010. She spoke to BioNews Services— which publishes this website — on the sidelines of last month’s 2019 World Orphan Drug Congress USA in Oxon Hill, Maryland. “We believe that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis, 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,” she said. The beauty of PALS is that it’s not an
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