Jackie Pecora spoke of PALS – Patient AirLift Services at our regular meeting on Wednesday, May 9th.
 Jackie is the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications for PALS.
Patient AirLift Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially.
Their goal is to alleviate the transportation issues that create a financial burden for families in need so they can focus on medical care and treatment. Volunteer pilots donate their time, aircraft, and fuel andreceive no compensation.
PALS also arranges volunteer flights for family members of patients as compassionate missions, to ensure patients have support when they are away from home for long periods.
Their PALS for Patriots Program assists military personnel and their families with free flights to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation processes for our wounded veterans.
The PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program also has a history of supporting humanitarian efforts in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Last year, PALS merged with the Sky Hope Network, an organization of volunteer business aircraft operators, substantially expanding their nationwide, humanitarian assistance capabilities.
PALS was founded in 2010, relying on volunteer pilots and aircraft from general aviation. Today, their nationwide network includes a wide range of commercial, corporate, business and charter assets. To date, PALS has logged over 15,000 patient flights, a remarkable record in just seven years.
PALS always welcomes new pilot/aircraft, ground  volunteers, individual and group donations. They are holding a major fundraising gala on June 8th at Republic Airport. For details on the entire PALS operation, visit their website:
Jackie is shown above with Babylon Rotary Vice President Jim Kanzler.