These Pilots Provide Free Flights to Patients Who Need Them Most

Written by Alison Kotch and Joshua O’Connor

Access to lifesaving medical treatment isn’t always around the corner. Angel Flight’s mission is to change that.

When Norien was born, his parents faced an immediate challenge. Their son, now 2 years old, was born with a rare congenital condition called†arthrogryposis multiplex congenita†(AMC), a disorder that affects the movement and flexibility of a newbornís joints and muscles. ďThe doctors at home in Virginia had no idea what it was,Ē says Tess, Norienís mother.

Unlike other conditions that inhibit movement, AMC doesnít worsen with age, so long as kids with the condition get proper medical treatment. So Norienís parents had to figure out a way for their son to receive expert care at†Shriners Hospital†in Philadelphia, and traveling by train to and from the hospital quickly became expensive. Thatís when they reached out to†Angel Flight East, a nonprofit run by volunteer pilots who combine their love of flying with a desire to help others.

ďItís very rewarding to be able to take something that you love doing and give back to folks in need,Ē says Nevin Showman, a pilot for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic.

Watch the video above to hear Norienís story, and to learn how†Angel Flight†and similar nonprofits make a difference nationwide.

This post originally appeared on NationSwell.†

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43 comments

Louise A
Louise A6 days ago

Thanks for posting

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Daniel N
Daniel N19 days ago

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j W
j W25 days ago

You can see the joy on these folks' faces. To be able to do something that they love and help someone in need at the same time must be a glorious feeling. Nice story. Best wishes Norien!

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Chad A
Chad Anderson25 days ago

Thank you.

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Sabrina Degasperi

I'm very happy about it.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Ann B
Ann Babout a month ago

SEE there are some good people left!!!!!

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Leo C
Leo Cabout a month ago

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

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