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Partnership with Patient AirLift Services helps bring patients to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital

Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is one of the many organizations Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia relies on to help children from around the world each day. This national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially.

Since their inception in 2010, PALS has served over 2,900 families with over 20,000 flights and 3,500 ground trips. They work hand-in-hand with treatment centers and medical facilities like Shriners Hospitals for Children to create awareness of their services in hopes of reducing any barriers to patients receiving treatment. PALS also arranges volunteer flights for family members of patients to ensure patients have support when they are away from home for long periods.

Through the collaborative efforts of both organizations, PALS has been able to serve approximately 129 children through 698 flights to Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.

"We are truly grateful for our friendship and partnership with Shriners Hospital for Children," said PALS President Donna Collins. "By working together, we will serve exponentially more families with comprehensive care so they can focus on what matters most, getting their children well. With aligned missions, we appreciate Shriners for connecting us with children in need, and we know that these children will be receiving best-in-class medical care at any Shriners location. We look forward to a continued and growing collaboration.”

Because of partnerships like this, the opportunity to help families in need in limitless.