Medical Patients Receive Care in Style

Medical patients around the U.S. are receiving the care they need thanks to the supporters, volunteer pilots, and drivers of nonprofit Angel Flight Northeast, which provides free transportation for patients to and from homes, hospitals, and airports.

Amway IBO Tom Crounse is an important part of this volunteer community. When he’s called to transport patients, he arrives dressed in a black suit and bow tie, driving a limousine. “I love doing the unexpected,” says Tom. “I love the look in their eyes when I show up in a limo.”

Tom had been searching for a way to carry on the example set by his late father, who used to deliver food donations to homeless shelters in Boston every Sunday. After learning about Angel Flight Northeast from a realtor and pilot he met, he knew he had finally found the opportunity he was seeking.

“He (the realtor) explained how he donates his fuel, plane, and time to provide free flights for medical patients of all ages to area hospitals,” explains Tom. “I asked, ‘How do your passengers get from the airport to the hospital?’ He said, ‘Oh, that’s easy – we have volunteers who donate their vehicles, fuel, and time. They’re called Earth Angels, and we could always use more!’”

Within days, Tom became an Earth Angel. On his first call, he met a mother and her child at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. They needed to meet their Angel-piloted plane for their trip home to upstate New York.

“The 7-year-old boy was receiving ongoing treatment for disfiguring, severe burns he experienced as an infant. It was one of those life-changing moments I’ll never forget,” says Tom. “He was playing with handheld video games, acting just like any other child. (The experience) taught me perspective on life and what is really important.”

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