Human Services

Angel Flight PA

aka Angel Flight East (AFE)

Blue Bell, PA


The mission of Angel Flight East is to provide free air transportation to qualified patients & their families by arranging flights to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times. The organization recruits volunteers and provides flights over 14 states from Maine to North Carolina and Ohio.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Ellen Williams

Main Address

1501 Narcissa Road

Blue Bell, PA 19422 USA


Free Air Transportation, Medical Flights, Cancer Support, Rare Disease, Disaster Relief, Patient Financial Support, Health Care Access





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (G19)

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Persons facing gravely serious medical problems may need medical treatment far from where they live. The considerations involved with making such trips often force stressful compromises where finances are concerned, forcing families to relocate or to even to live apart. Travel is often frequent for the type of care needed, and can cause significant disruptions in work and home life. A polling of Angel Flight patients - all of whom were traveling a minimum of 100 or more miles for a one way trip - reveals what this burden is like: almost a third of Angel Flight East families polled expected to make 10 or more trips for treatment in the year, about twenty percent said they would average between two and nine trips. The families are driven to travel these long distances to obtain life-altering treatment, examples of which include cancer treatment, burn care, access to clinical trials and diagnosis for pediatric diseases.

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Patient Assistance Flights

Compassion & Humanitarian Flights

Commercial Airline Donation Program

Rural and Rare Reach

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Angel Flight aims to deliver a cost-effective program that mobilizes compassionate volunteers to serve transportation needs. It seeks to ensure that adults and children, regardless of financial situation, can reach specialized clinical care, especially underserved rural populations and people with rare diseases. In addition to logistical and financial support of free air transportation, Angel Flight East also furnishes a patient resource guide on its website, and offers referrals for other patient assistance, such as lodging and caregiver support.

The Volunteer Pilot Program partners with private pilots who use their aircraft to get people to medical treatment or clinical trial participation within 600 nautical miles. The Commercial Airline Donation Program relies on the generosity of commercial airline partners to offer flights to patients who cannot be flown through the Volunteer Pilot program. The Patient Emergency Fund Program uses donated funds to help purchase commercial flights or other transportation when patients' scheduled flights are cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. A Patient Resource Guide of patient support partners is furnished on the website.

Angel Flight East is an affiliate of the Air Care Alliance, a national non-profit group dedicated to awareness and best practices for public benefit flying. Through its website and social media, AFE works to raise awareness for the need arising for medical travel. Angel Flight East recruits FAA licensed pilots over a 14-state region from Maine to North Carolina and Ohio who donate their time and use of their aircraft for the program. Angel Flight East works with hospitals, social service providers and legislators to increase awarness of the availibility of the service. Through active outreach via the web and in our communities, we reach patients and provide linkage to other support. Compassionate volunteers, committed donors and skilled pilots mobilized by the organization fund and run between 800 and 900 scheduled flights annually.

Angel Flight East fills a gap in healthcare that is not provided by any insurance coverage or government service. In the past 25 years our capacity has grown from 17 flights in 1993, to over 800 flights scheduled in 2017. Maintaining a stable volunteer force of 400+ pilots, and working with commercial airline partners and donors has enabled the organization to keep resources matched with patients making requests. Metrics such as outreach visits made, number of flights scheduled, and facilities served allow us to track areas of emerging need.

The system put in place by Angel Flight has made medical care available to hundreds of patients who otherwise would not be able to travel from where they live to receive needed medical treatment. Outreach to rural populations across five states - NY, PA, OH, VA and WV - will be a key outreach initiative in 2018 and 2019. Work in church and faith-based communities in the Philadelphia area will be ongoing. We will also continue to work with rare disease organizations and hospitals we serve across major metropolitan centers including New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

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Angel Flight PA

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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