Corporate Angel Network (CAN), an organization that provides business jet flights to cancer patients in need, recently announced the completion of its 60,000th flight. The patient, known as David J., needed to see a specialist at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston regarding cutting-edge treatment for aggressive salivary gland cancer. His only option was to make the 17-hour drive by car from his home in Columbus, Ohio—until he learned about CAN through an internet search.
He called the organization, which quickly expedited the patient-registration process. CAN then found an available seat on a scheduled corporate aircraft flight from Columbus to Houston by American Electric Power. AEP is just one of CAN's enrolled 500 corporate partners that have donated space on their company aircraft to help patients like David.
Founded in 1981, CAN transports cancer patients, at no cost, to clinical trials and specialized cancer centers in order to access the best available treatment for their specific diagnoses. CAN aims to reduce the emotional stress, physical discomfort, life-dependent time constraints, and financial burden of cancer patients undergoing treatment.
CAN recently announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors: David Davenport, CEO and president of FlightSafety International, and Scott Donnelly, president and CEO of Textron.