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

    Don’t Get Yourself Caught in a Flood! Avoid damage with these tips!

    1. Try to avoid standing water if you can.
    2. Don’t drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep.Let approaching cars pass first.
    3. Drive slowly and steadily so you don’t make a bow wave.
    4. Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
    5. Fast-moving water is very powerful – take care or your car could be swept away.

    If you do get stuck in flood water, it’s usually best to wait in the car and call for help rather than try to get out.

    Better yet, park in high ground and stay home to weather the storm!

    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. Donate Today

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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

    Did you know that Mercy Medical Angels participates in Disaster Relief assistance?

    Our Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Program has a special division of trained volunteer pilots

    to assist with disaster relief efforts when needed and called upon!

    Many times during a natural disaster, emergency aid in needed in the form of evacuations, cargo drops, reconnaissance photos and more!

    Our volunteer pilots are on stand by to assist with Hurricane Florence in your community

    and they need your help too!

    We can’t do this without you, join the flight and donate today.

     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

    Tough Fight for Cancer Patients

    Cancer patients have a tough fight ahead of them. It gets even tougher when their best shot at survival is far from home. When that happens, they call the American Cancer Society for support. From there, the American Cancer Society refers them to Mercy Medical Angels.

    Airline Alliances

    One way we accomplish our mission is through partnerships with commercial airlines. These airlines help the American Cancer Society through fundraising efforts, allowing for research and treatments. It’s a natural fit with our mission – 44{f77eda0a441a5392985456a36d9467949e304252615cb77080f0e5eccc27b851} of our trips help cancer patients.

    Cancer patients don’t always have the means to access distant treatment. That’s where we come in! There are programs where frequent flier miles donated through airlines go to the American Cancer Society. From there, the miles go to Mercy Medical Angels. This allows us to secure medical flights for those in need.

    Your Donations Help

    One easy way to help is to donate your frequent flier miles. Three airlines have partnerships with the American Cancer Society: Delta, United, and Frontier.

    Delta

        1. Go to https://www.delta.com/buygftxfer/displayDonateMiles.action

          2. Choose American Cancer Society
          3. Log in to your Skymiles Delta account
          4. Confirm donation

      United

          1. Go to https://secure.unitedmileageplus.com/CharityMilesSSO.jsp#charityDiv28
          2. Choose American Cancer Society
          3. Log into your MileagePlus account
          4. Confirm donation

      Frontier

      Frontier accepts donations in 1,000 mile increments.

          1. Call the Early Returns desk at 1-866-263-2759
          2. Make your contribution

      A Winning Team

      Mercy Medical Angels and the American Cancer Society are powerful allies in the battle against cancer. When you donate your frequent flier miles, you’re giving the priceless gift of healing. Join our team! We can help cancer patients in their fight, through flight.

    Start Your Engines!

    Two children buckle into the back seat of a small plane. One last check – everything’s safe. Excited grins cross their faces. The propeller roars to life, spinning faster and faster. The plane speeds down the runway… and takes off! Cheers come from the back seat. These children are flying with Mercy Medical Angels’ volunteer pilot program, and it’s one special mission. They’re going to Victory Junction.

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    Chronic Pain Struggles

    In 2012, Jason contracted a spinal cord injury. He had to go from working a regular job to part-time. Doctors said he would suffer chronic pain for the rest of his life. The only treatment plan available in the local area involved the use of painkillers.

    Cleveland Clinic offered a chronic pain rehabilitation program. It lasted for a month, without a hospital stay. The aim of this program was to help people with chronic pain live a fulfilling life. Participants learned healthier ways to deal with their pain, such as changes in diet and regular exercise. Once home, they would put the lessons into their lives.

    There was only one problem: a round trip for two people cost more than $600. The program required family members to get involved, which would add to the travel expenses. This didn’t count food and lodging. It was too much for Jason and his family to keep up with.

    Mercy Medical Angels to the Rescue

    Jason’s mother, Barbara, was at Pembroke Mall. While there, she saw a kiosk. Robb Alpaugh, the President and CEO of Mercy Medical Angels, was manning the booth. Barbara went up to him and started asking if he could help. His answers gave Barbara the reassurance she needed: “Absolutely” and “No problem.”

    Jason’s first trip was scheduled for May. He was supposed to fly with Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, out of Signature Flight Support. However, the weather was bad. The pilot said he couldn’t fly the mission, but he didn’t give up on Jason. He paid for the round-trip tickets himself. The weather for his September trip wasn’t much better. This pilot also went above and beyond: he drove Jason to the main airport and paid for the tickets.

    “I’m so grateful to everyone,” said Jason. Barbara is equally grateful. She said that Mercy Medical Angels “probably saved his life.”

    Free to Live

    Since September 6, 2017, Jason is managing chronic pain on his own. He went to the gym for the first time in four years. Jason said of Mercy Medical Angels, “I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

    Barbara said that Mercy Medical Angels “made it possible. They were a critical component.”

    Jason’s answer comes from the depths of his heart: “They gave me my life back!”

    Not Like the Others

    When you think of a fighter, what comes to mind? Some might think of hulking wrestlers or skilled martial artists. Others might think of those who serve in the military. Still others might think of activists. But sometimes a fighter isn’t who you’d expect. Instead of being physically formidable, they’re small. Instead of putting on a fearless face, they need reassurance. One of these unlikely fighters is Marsha.

    Marsha seems pretty average when you speak with her on the phone. She loves animals, especially parrots. At her church, she’s a pianist – and can also play violin, harpsichord, keyboard, and twelve-bass accordion. She works for a private investigator from home, helping with background checks and finding information on cases. But when the small talk turns to deeper conversation, her story sounds like a real-life legend.

    The Battle Begins

    In 2008, one of Marsha’s parrots attacked her. The parrot mauled her face, and Marsha needed to go to the doctor. However, the malpractice laws in Florida made it difficult for her to get adequate treatment. Marsha’s normally easy-going tone turns irritated when she describes the problems. “Doctors have to have all these credentials. If they don’t, a patient can call the police.” She also mentions that malpractice insurance isn’t mandatory. This makes it difficult to file a lawsuit.

    As if this wasn’t bad enough, her teeth started feeling unnaturally loose, like they were about to fall out. “I was bleeding for weeks,” Marsha explains. “Eating was nightmarish.” Not wanting to deal with another disaster in Florida, she looked for help in other states. “Trying to pay for airfare was a huge burden,” she continues. “I needed a helping hand.”

    Alliance with Mercy Medical Angels

    The “helping hand” came just in time. Around midnight, Marsha received a call from Mercy Medical Angels. They had been up all night finding transportation from Florida to New York and had to let her know.

    “They’re miraculous,” Marsha says with relief in her voice. “It’s very calming to know the airfare is taken care of.” The next morning, Marsha flew out of the Sunshine State – and once in New York, found a different kind of sunshine.

    Getting Help

    First, Marsha needed to have the botched face operation corrected. Her dental problem was much more difficult to remedy. Marsha has dental anxiety, which is almost like PTSD. She also gets sensory overload from dental treatment, which only adds to her anxiety. Many dentists don’t understand what she’s going through, or rely on sedation in hopes she’ll sleep through it. The lack of understanding only makes it worse.

    Luckily, the dentists Marsha found have a softer side. They don’t rush and they explain everything. Sometimes she needs to talk something out, and the dentists give emotional support. If the chair feels uncomfortable, pillows and blankets are provided. “Sometimes it’s like a spa,” Marsha says through a laugh.

    When it came to fixing Marsha’s teeth, the dentists had to make special tools. Not only is she shorter than average, she also has a very small mouth. “What they had to do wasn’t in the textbook,” Marsha says. Textbook or no textbook, they managed to save most of her teeth.

    Fighter at Heart

    Aside from her dental anxiety, Marsha also has a number of other conditions. Some are physical – such as alopecia. Her hair might have fallen out, but she makes the best of it. She owns wigs in all the colors of the rainbow, and matches them to her outfits. It keeps a smile on her face – and makes others smile too. She states an often-overlooked point: “If you look better, you feel better.”

    When asked how she deals with her challenges, Marsha’s answer is simple. However, the simplicity holds strength. “I take it as it comes. Every day is precious.”

    Marsha is a fighter at heart, but even the best fighters need help. Her dentist, Dr. Michael Schamis, provides emotional support alongside treatment.

    Mercy Medical Angels would like to take a moment to remind our supporters about being considerate of your 4th of July celebrations.

    Not all wounds are visible, a veteran near you could have PTSD.

    Has your heart ever started pounding in time with the fireworks?

     

    A veteran with PTSD has!

     

    Have you ever plugged your ears or looked away?

     

    A veteran with PTSD has!

    Regardless of how they react, how they feel is often the same, overwhelmed.

    Mercy Medical Angels serves veterans through our Angel Wings for Veterans program. Like you, we care about those that have served our country and want to make sure we are all mindful during our celebrations.

    How can you help?

    You may plan to set off your fireworks on your own; this could be unsafe, but it may also cause a reaction for veterans with PTSD. Don’t pressure someone into attending and give your neighbors heads ups.

    Our Angel Wings for Veterans program ensures that no veteran in need is denied medical care due to a lack of transportation. Because of our community partners, volunteers and donors, we provide transportation on the ground with gas cards, bus and train tickets and in the air through commercial airlines and volunteer pilot flights.

    Everyday 22 veterans end their life.