White Plains, NY—Westchester County Airport (HPN) was the departure point at 8AM on the 24th of April 2014, for the 45,000th cancer patient flight arranged by the staff and volunteers of the Corporate Angel Network, (CAN).
Todd Blake, a 22 year old Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patient for the past five years, and his mother Nancy, were headed home to Jacksonville Beach, Florida via Orlando Executive on board New York City-based Bank of New York -Mellon’s corporate jet. In addition there were six BNY -Mellon passengers traveling to Orlando on a clear, but chilly, spring morning.
Todd has been valiantly fighting his cancer with chemotherapy, radiation and two stem cell transplants at a number of the country’s major treatment centers since he was 17. He is now in a clinical trial at Columbia University Center for Lymphoid Malignancies and he will be traveling between Florida and New York every week for treatment for the next few months. Hopefully CAN will be able to help him with his arduous travel schedule.
“BNY -Mellon has been flying CAN patients for more than three decades at least once a month and we’ve been able to witness first-hand that this service improves patients’ chances of survival, as well as reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden,” stated BNY -Mellon’s Managing Director of Communications.
The early morning staff at HPN’s Jet Systems, led by Mike and Todd Dolphin, hosted the CAN milestone departure and the Showalter team at ORL headed by Kim and Bob Showalter, were waiting for the Blake’s arrival with a warm and sunny Florida welcome.
Nearly 600 corporations make up the CAN flight for life fleet, delivering cancer patients to their treatment centers throughout the country by utilizing the empty passenger seats available on their normal, scheduled business flights. Approximately 250 patient flights each month are arranged with the mission of bringing cancer patients closer to their cure. www.corpangelnetwork.org