By Angel MedFlight Contributor
While Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is all about providing the kind of care that exceeds our patients' and industry expectations, there is also a deep care for our community and an employee commitment to it. This is why Angel MedFlight tries to support so many outstanding charitable organizations during critical fundraising campaigns.
Most recently our employees volunteered at the Hope Worldwide Phoenix Carnival for Homeless Children. There, members of our team manned a first aid booth and handed out treats to children and families who are less fortunate. Others from Angel MedFlight gave kids manicures and haircuts while others grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.
Just a few months ago, Arizona suffered one of its saddest days when 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed while battling the Yarnell wildfire that displaced hundreds of residents. Like most, we were grief-stricken by this tragedy and wanted to help in any way we could. We chose to partner up with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale for a pancake breakfast and all-day fundraising event with all proceeds going to the 100 Club of Arizona Survivors Fund. It was heartwarming to see so many area residents and motorcycle riders stop by the Angel MedFlight booth and buy 10, 20, 50 dollars worth of raffle tickets in order to help the families of the brave 19 souls who lost their lives trying to save others.
The grand prize from the Angel MedFlight raffle was an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii, but when the winner was announced, he chose to donate the value of the trip to the 100 Club. When it was all said and done, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Angel MedFlight had raised over $100,000 for the 100 Club Survivors Fund.
It's a good thing Angel MedFlight has so many great fitness-minded people on the staff as they enjoy walking for great causes. Take for example the Relay for Life in Anthem, Ariz., when members of our team took part in an overnight fundraising walk, all to benefit the American Cancer Society. Angel MedFlight has a special bond with cancer patients as we often transport them to facilities to undergo treatment and specialized care. That day in April, we walked alongside with patients currently undergoing treatment along with survivors of the devastating disease.
The offices of Angel MedFlight can be a colorful place as we help to raise awareness for a number of causes. In September we wore shades of gold as part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization's "Go Gold" campaign during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few weeks later, as leaves changed color to signal the arrival of Fall, we changed into pink shirts to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our talented graphics and marketing departments came up with a special pink ribbon logo on a pink t-shirt and employees of the air ambulance company purchased the shirts with part of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Fund. During the organization's Race for the Cure in Phoenix, our director of community relations wore the shirt while participating in the 5k race and the one-mile walk.
Employees are encouraged to give their time for causes like those mentioned above. We are constantly reminded through participation how gratifying it can be to simply give our time…to give a part of our heart.