TMS' Children's Charities gift Medflight service

Speedway Children's Charities Grant To Aid Mercy Medflight FORT WORTH-DALLAS (November 18, 2004) - Mercy MedFlight of Fort Worth performs a service not matched anywhere in the United States - free air ambulance service for those not covered by...

Speedway Children's Charities Grant To Aid Mercy Medflight

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (November 18, 2004) - Mercy MedFlight of Fort Worth performs a service not matched anywhere in the United States - free air ambulance service for those not covered by insurance or able to pay for the expensive flight.

A grant to be received from Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter on Friday, November 26 will be allocated toward providing service for a child from the Tarrant County region to receive Mercy MedFlight's aid.

Mercy MedFlight is one of 91 Tarrant County organizations receiving a grant from Speedway Children's Charities on November 26. A total of 159 organizations that help children from Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties will be awarded a record $475,000 in the ceremony that will kick off the "Home for the Holidays" evening of events in downtown Fort Worth.

Mercy MedFlight is based at Meacham Field in Fort Worth. The organization has assisted 341 patients since its first flight in 1996.

"Mercy MedFlight is the nation's only charitable air ambulance service, the first and still the only one," said Ken McAlear, President and CEO of Mercy MedFlight. "The service is completely free of charge to patients through support from organizations such as Speedway Children's Charities.

"We are able to provide this service through all-volunteer crews including pilots, nurses, doctors, paramedics and respiratory therapists. Our volunteer base is excellent with some of the most highly experienced pilots and some of the best medical professionals in the area donating their time and service.

"We are inundated with calls for help. Even though we have helped 341 patients in 42 states in the past eight and a half years, we are only able to assist one in every ten calls we receive. Our goal is to help more people."

The November 26 "Home for the Holidays" evening also includes the lighting of the Christmas tree in Sundance Square and the Starbucks Parade of Lights.

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