In 2008, The Times-Picayune published a story on a scrappy new group called Pilots for Patients. The paper interviewed Larry Lehmann, a New Orleans attorney, and his client, Philip Thomas of Monroe, about their work for Louisiana’s patients.
The “Angel Flight” model connected (and still connects) licensed pilots who own small aircraft – many recreational hobbyists – with patients in need of no-cost travel for out-of-town treatment.
Some patients need urgent transportation for surgery, such as organ transplants when, suddenly, a needed donor organ is available. Others are enduring a chronic disease such as cancer and are receiving treatment far away from home.