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BRENDA LIBBY Public Relations
PALS, (Patient AirLift Services), Changing Lives… One Flight At A Time, Coming To Frenchville
Madawaska, Maine – April 10, 2013 – Image, living in Madawaska, being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and the doctor regarded as the best qualified to treat your specific cancer practices in Portland. On November 3, 2013, a local physician told a woman from Madawaska, her tests results indicated a strong possibility of cancer. Her specific medical situation required a specialist in gynecology and oncology. Maine Medical Center has a Gynecologic Oncologists center at their Scarborough health facility. Gynecologic oncologists are specially trained doctors who are able to treat cancers of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, vagina and vulva and in Maine are only found in Portland.
At forty-nine years of age, this mother of four is determined to aggressively attack her cancer. She is diligent about selecting the team of doctors who specializes in gynecology and oncology. Her search led her to Christopher J. Darus, M.D., who practices with the specialized team in Scarborough.
Following a four-and-a-half hour surgery on December 5th, her doctor prescribed an eighteen-week chemotherapy treatment regiment. Treatments were scheduled at the Scarborough office once a week beginning January 24th. The driving distance from Madawaska to Scarborough is 353 miles. With three of her children attending college in the Bangor area, her youngest son only twelve and her husband, who owns and operates his own business, the logistics of making this trip every week was daunting nevertheless non-negotiable.
On one of her weekly trips to Scarborough, she met two pilots; Jim and Annie. They introduced her to PALS, short for Patient AirLift Services, the non-profit organization they volunteer with. PALS arranges free air transportation in the entire northeast United States as far west as Ohio and as far south as Virginia. Flights are based on the need to individuals requiring medical care and for other humanitarian purposes. Their network of volunteer pilots, who use their own aircraft, provides this service without compensation. In no case are fees of any kind charged for these services.
With eight weeks of treatments remaining, this Madawaska resident is most appreciative that PALS has made arrangements to fly her to and from Frenchville, only minutes from her home.
The public is invited to attend an open house at the Frenchville Airport on Thursday, April 18th at 8:00am to welcome PALS and pilots Jim and Annie. In addition to meeting the pilots, attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of the patients who are presently benefiting from the service and friends of the organization. Don’t miss this opportunity attend and learn more about the benefits of this phenomenal service or how you can become a sponsor or a volunteer for this worthy organization. One never knows when a service such as this one, can benefit you personally. Tim Horton’s of Madawaska has most generously donated refreshments for this event.