Choosing to Give

It’s almost the end of the year. You’re probably getting mail from lots of charities, asking you to give. And it gets very overwhelming, very quickly. What’s a generous individual to do? Well, there’s an easy answer: donate to Mercy Medical Angels.

Now, you’re probably asking a question. “Why should I donate to Mercy Medical Angels instead of another charity?” Here are the top five reasons to give to Mercy Medical Angels…

Five Reasons

  1. You can trust Mercy Medical Angels to do the right thing. The support and trust of donors like you is critical. It has enabled patients to access medical care for more than 45 years. You can find financial information and trip reports on our website. Also, your information is secure with us. Our ethical practices have paid off – we’ve earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for the past 11 years.
  2. Your gift goes to good use. We’re efficient and responsible with funds. 93{f77eda0a441a5392985456a36d9467949e304252615cb77080f0e5eccc27b851} of all donations go directly to helping patients in need. You can rest assured that your gift to Mercy Medical Angels will change – and perhaps even save – a life.
  3. You can help anyone. Maybe you’re fighting alongside a loved one in the battle against cancer. Maybe you’re passionate about saving a child with a rare disease. Or maybe you’re hoping to heal a veteran’s unseen scars. Your donation will help all of these people, and more.
  4. You can make meaningful connections. Visit the website at https://mercymedical.org/. Also, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mercymedicalangels/. You can read the stories of the people we’ve helped, enjoy uplifting content, and find other people who share your interest in making a difference.
  5. You’re giving the gift of life. Some gifts don’t come from a box, but from the heart. Hearing a child laugh and talk about their good times at Victory Junction. Sharing in the gratitude of a family when they realize healing is in reach. Witnessing a veteran receive their new best friend. Your support of Mercy Medical Angels is changing and saving lives every day. And to the people you help, life is the best gift of all.
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When you give to Mercy Medical Angels, you will make a difference!

Rare Cancer and Shadows

Holiday lights can come in many shapes: candles, stars, or bulbs. Displays can be simple or downright impressive, clear or colorful. No matter how the lights look, they all bring to mind the meaning of the holidays. Joy to the world, peace on earth, and kindness to all – they light up the night and warm the cold. But when someone has a rare cancer, this bright time can seem unnaturally dark. The disease ravages their body and weakens their spirits.

For a cancer patient like Nancy, the lights may as well have burned out.

Further Difficulties

Nancy has a rare cancer called paraganglioma. Very few physicians know how to treat it. Worse, it doesn’t respond to chemo. “The local oncologists didn’t know this until I had already gone through chemo,” said Nancy. During that time, a large tumor developed behind her heart. After the failed chemo, they tried surgery – which had to stop before it damaged her heart. Even after extensive surgery, the cancer continued to attack.

Nancy’s best option to treat this rare cancer was beam radiation. However, it’s not available in her local area. To receive this treatment, she would have to travel all the way to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. The renowned cancer center is hundreds of miles away from Nancy’s home.

Traveling would be a challenge in itself. “My husband was my caretaker and travel companion. He passed away in June,” said Nancy. Nobody could help her.

“I didn’t know how I would get there.”

Up and Out

That’s when Mercy Medical Angels and the American Cancer Society (ACS) came to the rescue. A long, hard journey was much easier. “They made the problems tolerable,” said Nancy, “and I had a pleasant experience.”

Nancy said that Medical Angels and ACS “relieved me of a lot of anxiety about traveling to Houston.” Although she still has to go for yearly checkups, she feels confident as MD Anderson helps her fight. “They’re on the cutting edge of cancer treatments,” said Nancy.

With the beam radiation, the rare cancer is in remission.

Lights Keep Shining

Mercy Medical Angels and ACS are powerful allies in the battle against cancer. Nancy’s fight isn’t done yet, but she knows that the two organizations will continue to help her – and people like her. “If you don’t have transportation, they help you get there,” said Nancy.

Nancy said that Mercy Medical Angels and ACS “are a godsend.” Thanks to the flights to treatment, her life is brightening up – just in time for the holidays. Even when cancer casts a shadow on life, cancer patients like Nancy can enjoy the lights of hope.

Family Matters

When the holidays come around, family naturally follows. Children stock up on candy canes and cookies. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles tell stories. Parents try to keep things in order and have fun at the same time. People give gifts, traditions play out, all have fun.

But what happens if a relative is sick? Hospital visits, medical bills, and other problems can flip the fun family time upside-down. If the unthinkable happens, celebrations can turn to mourning.

So it was for John and his family.

Hurting Heart

John is married and has four young children. He worked hard to support his family, and tries his best to be a good husband and father.

In 2011, John was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is a rare heart condition. “Back then,” said John, “my cardiologist didn’t explain to me how serious the condition was.” The problem was, HCM is very serious.

Unaware of this, John continued his career as a police officer. Five years passed as John continued living his life. But the physical aspects of his job made the symptoms of HCM clear. John began to experience extreme shortness of breath. He suffered from chest pain and irregular heart beat. His physician found his bloodwork was out of balance. “I was referred to a new cardiologist,” said John, “and he stated my condition was beginning to worsen.”

Turning Point

As time went on, John’s condition only got worse. He was put on medication, which had adverse side effects. Between the original problem and the side effects of medication, he had to stop working. His wife’s job was now the only source of income. This put a burden on John and his family. In his words, they “faced extreme financial difficulty.”

John began to research his condition and possible treatments. He found one, a surgery called a septal myectomy. This open-heart surgery would alleviate the symptoms of HCM. “It would possibly return me to my life that I was able to have before,” said John. The only problem: the best surgical center was too far away, and travel was too expensive.

Luckily, Mercy Medical Angels and the Hogan Foundation helped. They helped coordinate flights so John could travel to receive the surgery. “Without Mercy Medical Angels and the Hogan Foundation,” said John, “receiving this procedure would have been nearly impossible.”

Straight from the Heart

John is now on his way to recovery. He says that Mercy Medical Angels and the Hogan Foundation saved his life.

“My family is so grateful for what Mercy Medical Angels and the Hogan Foundation have done for us. Once my health improves, we can give back what we can.”

This holiday will probably be different for John and his family. But with his health coming back and his family by his side, John has a reason to celebrate.

John with family photo tee
The shirt says it all: John’s heart belongs to his family.

Too Heavy for Flight

“The financial stress of flying out of state for treatment, every two weeks, takes a toll quickly.”

This is how Wendy describes what happened to her. She was recently diagnosed with cancer. Her local doctor said that her best shot was an experimental treatment at MD Anderson. Long-distance travel was one more problem, and an expensive one at that. Wendy lives in Florida. Her home was more than 950 miles away from the cancer treatment center in Houston. Flying back and forth to Houston was hitting her hard – financially and otherwise.

The high cost and compounded stress was a burden. Wendy was caught in an impossible situation.

Eliminating Cancer, Relieving Stress

Sometimes it’s the impossible situations that turn around the most drastically. Mercy Medical Angels and the American Cancer Society helped Wendy do just that.

The two organizations teamed up to ensure Wendy could travel to MD Anderson without so much stress. She was able to obtain a round-trip ticket for free. It gave her “security that I would be able to make it to my next appointment.” She adds that it “brought great relief.” The fact that her stress is gone accelerates the healing process.

Wendy is able to travel to MD Anderson. She’s on her way to healing. The experimental treatment is getting rid of the cancer. Although previous treatments damaged Wendy’s body, she’s starting to get her strength back.

Doing the Impossible

Wendy’s message to donors is clear as the sky after a storm. “You are making a world of positive difference in the lives of others in great need.” When people donate to Mercy Medical Angels, they can change – and save – the life of a cancer patient like Wendy.

“I am so grateful for the people who make the impossible a reality.” With help from Mercy Medical Angels and the American Cancer Society, Wendy is turning an impossible situation on its head. She’s proving that anything is possible.

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Wendy is able to access an experimental cancer treatment that’s changing her life.

Cancer and a Complicated Problem

When Lettie was diagnosed with cancer, she needed chemotherapy. Her best treatment option was at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The treatment was available. Expert oncologists could help her on the journey to healing.

Lettie encountered a major problem, and it seemed difficult to solve: traveling the treatment center. Long distance and high cost were hurdles that she couldn’t clear on her own. “I am unable to take that 11 hour drive now to get to my treatment center,” said Lettie, “and I can’t afford to pay the airfare.”

With Her All The Way

Mercy Medical Angels was able to help Lettie. The charity worked with Southwest Airlines to obtain plane tickets for Lettie. As cancer had stolen her energy, Lettie also needed a family member to provide care during travel. Mercy Medical Angels and Southwest ensured that her husband or brother could come with her as caregivers. “This is a trip that I won’t be able to take by myself,” said Lettie. “Most times I’m needing my caregiver.”

“I don’t know what I could’ve done if it wasn’t for Mercy Medical Angels and Southwest making sure I got to my oncologist and chemo appointments,” said Lettie. She expresses her gratitude and relief for the charity and airline “allowing my husband, Shelton, or my brother, Reggie to fly along with me.”

Taking Flight

Lettie’s experience with Mercy Medical Angels and Southwest “has been awesome.” She says that “the pilots are caring and sensitive to my needs.” Southwest has a reputation for being fun to fly – and for Lettie, this held true. “The pilot was funny over the intercom, and so was the stewardess. It made us very relaxed and calm.” She says that it “didn’t feel like I was traveling to have chemo.”

“We Will Always Be Thankful”

Lettie shares her story with almost everyone she encounters, both in-person or online. When describing Mercy Medical Angels, Lettie’s gratefulness overflows: “I truly believe Mercy Medical Angels was heaven-sent. We will always be thankful for them.”

When asked what she would say if someone asked to donate, Lettie’s answer soars from the center of her heart. “I encourage everyone to please give to such a wonderful charity such as Mercy Medical Angels. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.”

“Thank you, Mercy Medical Angels and Southwest.”

Lettie receiving cancer treatment

Join us in the flight to help others!Our Angel Flight Mid Atlantic Pilots are Ready to Fly in Supplies! Items will be dropped off at the Kinston, NC Airport and distributed to all of Eastern North Carolina, New Bern, Morehead City and Wilmington!

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Toiletries for Men and Women

  • Toilet Paper

  • Moisture Wipes

  • Baby/Infant Supplies

  • Baby Bottles

  • Formula

  • Baby Food

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Rash Cream

  • Pet Food

  • Batteries

  • Clean Clothing (all sizes)

  • Towels

  • Bed Linens

  • Bleach

  • Puzzles

  • Coloring Books/Crayons

  • OTC Medicine

  • First Aid Items

  • Contact Solution

  • Pens

  • Paper

  • Hand Sanitizer

Please note that food and water are NOT needed at this time!

Those items are being taken care of by other organizations and the military.

 

To donate to the efforts please DONATE HERE

For information about organizing a collection, please email donations@mercymedical.org!

 

CURRENT DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Virginia Beach

Mercy Medical Angels

4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1

 

Primeplus @ME Cox

644 North Lynhaven Road

 

Norfolk

Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center

(inside the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center)

7300 Newport Ave., Suite 100

 

 

MayDay To Give for those affected by Hurricane Florence!

Join us in the flight to help others!

 

Our Angel Flight Mid Atlantic Pilots are flying in supplies daily!

The MayDay to Give campaign is going strong, but we still need your help!

As promised, we are updating the needs from the areas most affected by

Hurricane Florence.

Lists will be updated weekly.

ITEMS NEEDED:

Lumberton, North Carolina

Cleaning Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Work Gloves
  • Brooms, Mops, Dust Pans
  • Disinfectants (especially those that kill mold)

Baby Items

  • Baby Supplies
  • Diapers
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Food

Other Items

  • Non-perishable food (this area is good on water, but won’t turn away if donated)
  • New Clothing (with tags)
  • Sheets
  • Towels

Kinston and Beaufort, North Carolina

School Supplies (schools will be reopening next week)

  • Backpacks/Bookbags
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Pencils
  • New Binders
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Liquid Glue
  • Glue Sticks
  • Kid Size Safety Scissors
  • Folders

Baby Items

  • Diapers

Cleaning Supplies

  • Contractor Grade Garbage Bags
  • Bleach
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Work Gloves
  • Brooms, Mops, Dust Pans
  • Disinfectants (especially those that kill mold)

DONATE HERE

For information about organizing a collection in your area, please email donations@mercymedical.org!

We have pilots ready to go wheels up and deliver supplies in the following states: Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.

CURRENT DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Virginia Beach

Mercy Medical Angels (Haygood Area)

4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1

Primeplus @ME Cox 

644 North Lynhaven Road

Changing Lives Martial Arts (Princess Anne Area)

3809 Princess Anne Road, Suite 116

Go2 Firearm Safety

3809 Princess Anne Road, Suite 115

Changing Lives Martial Arts (Red Mill Area)

 2277 Upton Drive, Suite 704

Norfolk                                                                                     

Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center (inside the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center)

7300 Newport Ave., Suite 100

Chesapeake

Changing Lives Martial Arts (Greenbrier Area)

1400 Kempsville Road, Suite 102

#MayDay2GIVE          #HurricaneFlorence          #HopeDeliveredDaily

Update from Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic volunteer pilot, Warren Ludlam pictured here with pilot, Eric Perdew.

On October 1, 2018 Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Mission #6116 was flown into Lumberton, NC.

 

From Mercy Medical Angels, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Pilot Warren Ludlam:

Above is a photo of Eric and me from today’s flights down to Lumberton, NC, in the hurricane flood zone of southeast North Carolina. We delivered a big variety of medical supplies: diabetic supplies (syringes + insulin), antibiotics, zinc cream, Epipens, bandages, stethoscopes, saline, first aid supplies, tourniquets, splints, diapers, wipes, baby formula, bottles, nipples, pediatric pain reliever, hand sanitizer, and all sorts of other supplies.

The supplies were donated by Cone Health (the Greensboro area’s big medical center for north central NC), and the Greensboro Rotary Club is donating the cost of the fuel used by the club’s Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic team.

The manager of the FBO in Lumberton, NC (FBO is an organization granted the right to operate at the airport) told us that, even though the flood waters are starting to recede, the citizens there are now moving into the phase of having to deal with the mold and bacteria, and needing to gut their homes to clean up and start rebuilding.

Many people will be displaced for the next 6-12 months into shelters and have to rely on the Lumberton county health department and the 16 area medical clinics which are in dire need of medical supplies and will get what we delivered.

Mercy Medical Angels is still collecting much needed supplies. Our Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic program is delivering collected supplies daily through our dedicated volunteer pilots. 

If you would like to set up a collection in your community, please email donations@mercymedical.org. We have volunteer pilots in your area to deliver the supplies. The need based items list is updated weekly to ensure we are getting the items needed most to these areas.

From Our Mercy Medical Angels Family to Yours, Thank you for your support!!

#MayDay2GIVE              #HurricaneFlorence             #HOPEdelivereddaily

Do you have the essentials to ensure you are prepared for Hurricane Florence and future storms?

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Consider adding the following to your kit based on your needs:

    • Prescription medications
    • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
    • Glasses and contact lens solution
    • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
    • Pet food and extra water for your pet
    • Cash or traveler’s checks
    • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
    • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
    • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
    • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
    • Paper and pencil
    • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

    1. Stay in Secure Room.
    2. Stay away from windows.
    3. Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
    4. Have supplies on hand.
    5. Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
    6. Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
    7. Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
    8. Use stored water and food.
    9. Be patient. Things may take a while before they get back to normal.
    10. Fill your bathtub with water prior to the storm hitting- you can use this water to flush the toilet and not waste your drinking water


    Mercy Medical Angels’ specialized division of our Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Pilot Program is on standby to assist with emergency evacuations, supply drop’s, photo reconnaissance and more.

    Please help our Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts.
    To donate text MMA to 56512 You can make a difference and help deliver HOPE!

    From Our Family to Yours, Be Prepared and Stay Safe!

    From the Team at:
    Mercy Medical Angels
    mercymedical.org
    4620 Haygood Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23455