Aug 222014
 

mercy flightSometimes angels in our midst are hard to spot.  One of those here in Georgetown is Glynn Alexander.  Glynn is a volunteer pilot for an organization known as Mercy Flight Southeast. Glynn spoke to the Georgetown Rotary Club on August 12 telling about his experience as a volunteer pilot flying for Mercy Flight.

Glynn helps fly children and adults with painful and life threatening diseases whose only treatment option is a long distance away.  Often times a commercial flight is not an option due to immune deficiency, distance, delay, and financial need.  Glynn is one of 650 volunteer pilots who fly mostly pilot-owned, single-engine, 4-seater planes delivering patients to locations across a 6-state region in the Southeast where they can receive life-giving medical care and treatment, as well as organ transplants.  This dedicated corps of pilots donate their time, talent, airplane, fuel, and operating expenses.

Not only does Mercy Flight provide free transportation for those with medical needs, it also helps with disaster response, and relocating abuse victims.   Asked why he became a Mercy Flight pilot, Glynn said “All it took was to fly one mission – it is incredibly rewarding!”

Glynn said that Mercy Flight is set up to help medical patients who have a financial need; cannot find treatment for their illness locally; need to travel up to 1,000 miles (sometimes on multiple occasions); are chronically ill, but medically stable; are able to climb into a small plane and sit upright; and cannot fly commercially due to the cost, distance, delay, or immune deficiency.

Donors and volunteers are welcomed.  To learn more about Mercy Flight Southeast, go to MercyFlightSE.org, or Facebook.com/Mercy.Flight.SE.   Or call (888)744-8263.

Photo:  Glynn Alexander tells the Georgetown Rotary Club about his volunteer work as a pilot for Mercy Flight.
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