October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Angel MedFlight Donates to Women’s Shelter

October is domestic violence awareness month

October is domestic violence awareness month

Scottsdale, AZ – November 3, 2014

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time to help end domestic violence, remember those lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. Domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women per day (1). Domestic violence affects everyone in any community, regardless of race or socioeconomic background. Violence is a learned behavior and the abuser makes a conscious decision to exert power and control over their victim.

The Sojourner Center in downtown Phoenix is a women’s shelter that helps more than 8,700 women and children each year. The women and children that seek refuge at the shelter are victims of domestic violence.

The Sojourner Center was started in 1997 to provide temporary housing and education for women being released from prison. Four years later the mission changed to creating a place where women suffering from domestic violence and abuse, could find a safe haven.

Today The Sojourner Center has expanded its services to care for women and children that are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. They provide the women and children with emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, legal advocacy, referral service, community education and an on-site naturopathic clinic.

Angel MedFlight made a donation to The Sojourner Center in October in recognition to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To end domestic violence we all need to communicate and help spread the word.

You can help by spreading the word to:


  • Be respectful of everyone and avoid demeaning or controlling others.
  • Find non-violent resolutions to conflicts.
  • Speak up when someone jokes about domestic violence.
  • Help advocate for better domestic violence laws.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to The Sojourner Center, you can visit their website at: http://www.sojournercenter.org/get-involved/

(1) http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history

Angel MedFlight Employees Help Fight Hunger

Collection of Canned Items

Collection of Canned Items – Photo Courtesy of Salvation Army USA

June 4, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

To help bring awareness to the problem of hunger throughout Arizona communities during the summer months, Angel MedFlight employees are working together to collect food during the month of June for donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix.


In 2011-13, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported that from 2001 to 2013, 842 million people (approximately one in eight of the world’s population) suffered from chronic hunger, “regularly not getting enough food to conduct an active lifestyle.”  Hunger and poverty statistics, available on feedingamerica.org, show that in 2012, 49 million Americans in the United States lived in food insecure households. In Arizona, the hunger rates are higher than the national averages:


  • 17.8% of Arizonans are food insecure, compared to 15.9% nationally
  • 28.2% of Arizonan children face hunger, compared to 21.6% nationally
  • Arizona ranks third in the nation for high food insecurity rates


Thankfully, there are numbers of non-profit organizations, like St. Mary’s, that stand together and refuse to accept world hunger.


As you may know, Angel MedFlight is headquartered in Arizona and St. Mary’s Food Bank has a long history here in Arizona. Founded by John Van Hengel in 1967, St. Mary’s was the world’s first food bank. Van Hengel started the concept of people “depositing” food, so others in need could “withdrawal” it later, by approaching his local Phoenix church. The church members were thrilled with this idea and donated $3,000 and an empty building to Van Hengel. The rest is history. Van Hengel set a wonderful example for the rest of the country and other food banks soon opened across the U.S. Today, St. Mary’s is the largest food bank in the country.**


There will be a bit of friendly competition as all the departments at Angel MedFlight compete to individually collect the most non-perishable items to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix. Departments will band together to collect items like peanut butter, canned fruits, vegetables and meats, along with other items needed by St. Mary’s. Locally, St. Mary’s gives emergency food assistance to a majority of the 2 million Arizonans that fall into the poverty category.


Everyone at Angel MedFlight is excited to be involved and the donations and friendly competion has already started. At the end of the month we’ll hand-deliver all the items to St. Mary’s Food Bank and a winning department will be announced. However, we’ll all feel like winners, having been able to take part in helping prevent some families from going hungry this summer.


For a list of other not-for-profit hunger relief organizations in your area, or anywhere in the country, visit greatnonprofits.org.



*Source: www.FeedingAmerica.org

**Source: www.firstfoodbank.org







Angel MedFlight Employee Volunteers to Help Foster Youth

Joy Walker

Joy Walker

June 2, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

At Angel MedFlight, Joy Walker is a Salesforce Administrator, but away from the office she is an active volunteer. She volunteers with Hope & A Future, a local nonprofit Christian organization that serves abused and neglected Arizona foster children by providing programs that help them realize their potential and achieve their dreams.


Joy got her start volunteering for Hope & A Future four years ago.  She felt that she should be doing something in foster care and learned about the organization after a video presentation at her church.  Joy knew this was what she was looking for. The first year volunteering Joy met her now husband at camp and the two of them share the passion of working with foster youth.


Joy participates in programs like their summer camp program called Royal Family Kid’s Camp (RFKC). Each summer foster youth between the ages of 7-11 get to leave their foster homes or group homes and attend this wonderful weeklong camp. The children spend this special time with compassionate camp volunteers providing them with love and care as their “surrogate” aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. During the week the kids all participate in a “birthday bash” with cake, gifts, games and fun! Joy says some of the kids have never had a real birthday party before. Other activities include talent shows, archery, crafts, campfires and bible study.


The group also sponsors an event called Teen Reach Adventure Camp (TRAC) for foster youth that have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment. These three-day camps are designed to help give the youth a positive outlook, by encouraging teamwork, communication and respect, while participating in fun activities like horseback riding, a low-level challenge course and being able to care for animals.


Joy says she sees the kids get off the bus at the beginning of camp, skeptical about it all, but soon they become comfortable enough to let their guards down and have fun. She says, “a week of camp is better than a years worth of therapy for them.” Joy also participates in the organization’s other programs like their Princess Program, where a local salon does the girls’ hair and make-up and girls pick out gowns and shoes. Joy recalls helping one little 14-year-old girl pick out a gown, when the little girl told her she’d never worn any kind of dress in her life. Joy says that hearing stories like that make you really appreciate what you have in life.


Hope & A Future also offers a year-round mentoring program for children 15 and older that help them achieve the life skills that they’ll need as adults. According to the organization’s website, Arizona has over 10,000 foster children and each year over 725 children ‘age out’ of the system when they turn 18. 1 out of 5 becomes homeless. 1 out of 4 becomes incarcerated. Only 58% graduate high school. Only 3% graduate from college. If you would like to volunteer your time, donate or just learn more, please go to: Hope & A Future.



Gateway Academy Students Enjoyed Their Visit to Angel MedFlight

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

April 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For about three hours on April 16th the Angel MedFlight hangar was transformed into an educational treasure trove for the wonderful students that visited us from Gateway Academy. Angel MedFlight hosted the students, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month with a hanger tour and educational event. The students arrived to find the hanger decked out with educational stations they could go to and learn about aviation, safety, flight medicine and more.


Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.

Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.


The event began with a Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper. Plenty of Angel MedFlight crew and staff were on hand to help field questions. The students had great questions about the jets we fly and the destinations we’ve gone to and more. After the Q&A the students took turns visiting the educational stations. Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics dressed in their flight suits demonstrated CPR on special CPR manikins and answered questions about their role in the medical transport and the students got to try their new CPR skills on the manikins themselves.


Learning CPR

Learning CPR






At another station there was an inflated survival life raft the students could get in while they listened to Director of Operations for Aviation West Charters explain survival techniques and answer questions about the aircraft we use.


Students learned about flight medicine

Students learned about flight medicine

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration


Students got a chance to win Angel MedFlight prizes in a fun airplane toss game and each student got a special keepsake photo taken against a custom Angel MedFlight green screen background that they can put inside an Angel MedFlight mouse pad they each received.

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

Students got a special keepsake photo

Students got a special keepsake photo


Phoenix’s Fox 10 news was there to cover the event and the reporter got everyone to dance on camera. It was a good time had by all and the students learned a lot about what we do. Angel MedFlight also surprised the students by donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy.

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!








“Hosting this event for the Gateway Academy students was more than raising awareness during National Autism Month and giving back to the community,” said Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper, “it was our way of providing these students with the opportunity to learn about the air medical and aviation industry and providing them with tools that will help further their education while back in the classroom.”

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community During National Autism Month

Learjet 60 Angel MedFlight Uses For Air Ambulance Services

Learjet 60 Angel MedFlight Uses For Air Ambulance Services

April 16, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


April is National Autism Awareness Month. Angel MedFlight is honoring students at Gateway Academy by providing them with a special donation and an educational event.



The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). As part of a well-baby/well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age


Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the symptoms of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, and developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.


The Autism Society

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence rate for autism is now 1 in 68, which is an increase of over 30% from the 2008 CDC report. “The Autism Society continues to be concerned with the increasing prevalence of autism. In the next few days, many will discuss the reasons behind the new prevalence rates. The Autism Society and our 110 local and state affiliates are ready and willing to assist the growing population, now in the millions, of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We know that a diagnosis doesn’t always mean services will start right away; whether it’s screening, diagnosis, interventions, or services, the earlier we take action, the better,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America.  For more information, go to: The Autism Society press release.


Gateway Academy

Gateway offers a different approach to learning for students that have had frustrating experiences at other schools Their program help build self-esteem and encourage learning. They customize the learning for their students.

Gateway Academy provides a unique educational environment for students from age five to nineteen years of age with Asperger’s syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-nos, social/behavioral issues, emotional and social difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with spectrum disorders.


Angel MedFlight Gives Back

We’re excited to have the students from Gateway Academy visit us and give them the opportunity to tour the hanger and see our aircraft up close. During the visit the students will get to visit several information stations in the hanger to ask questions and learn about the aircraft, flight medicine, aircraft maintenance and more. There will also be games, prizes and photo opportunities. We’re also pleased to announce that we will be donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy for the students. We hope that these computers will help benefit the schools already terrific academics program at Gateway and we feel privileged to be able to help in honor of National Autism Awareness Month


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 children in the U.S. currently has autism, and reports show that number could be even higher. The number represents a nearly 30 percent spike from estimates just years ago calculating one in every 88 children had the disorder.



Angel MedFlight Proud to be Gold Sponsor of Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight's table at the Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight’s table at the Make-A-Wish Ball


April 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor at the 2014 Wish Ball for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, held on Saturday, April 5 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.

The Wish Ball, which celebrates the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raises funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions, and has long been a significant event for the chapter.

Each year the event raises millions for the children’s foundation. Approximately 570 people attended this year’s event.

The Wish Ball included a program, silent and live auction and entertainment for guests, and brought together donors with wish families and wish kids who attended as guests of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Just as the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of many children, Angel MedFlight also has helped families make their critically ill children’s dreams come true. One example is “Jaxon’s Story,” as featured in the video series, “My Real Life Moment,” (which tells the stories of real patients). Viewers can “ride along” on our air ambulance flights and get an inside look at the patient care provided by our critical care flight nurses and paramedics.

Jaxon Davis was a lovable five-year-old boy whose courageous battle with brain cancer was trumped only by his compassion for other children in the hospital. His parents describe how they learned of Angel MedFlight when Jaxon’s condition worsened while they were on vacation. An anonymous donor stepped in and helped get little Jaxon transported home.

Because of that flight, his parents explained, Jaxon was able to see a cherished childhood friend one last time.. His parents set up an organization to carry on their son’s legacy helping other children, called, “Jaxon’s Frog Foundation.” To learn more about Jaxon’s story and other Angel MedFlight’s transport patients’ experiences, visit My Real Life Moment series. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.



Angel MedFlight’s Golf Team Tees Off Once Again to Benefit Aviation Students

March 31, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

They may not be heading for Augusta or the Masters, but Angel MedFlight was represented well at this year’s Arizona Business Aviation Association’s annual benefit golf tournament by golfers  John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson.

The 2014 Annual AZBAA Golf Benefit took place Saturday, March 29 at the beautiful Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. The day began with registration at 11:00 a.m. gathering for sign-up and warm-up on the driving range. The 27-hole golf course at Kierland is a lush, well-manicured, traditional layout with the gorgeous backdrop of desert scenery.

Kierland Golf Club

The players teed off under sunny skies, participating in a four-person, best-ball scramble. Throughout the course, there were opportunities for friendly competition in the name of giving, with designated hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive holes. The outstanding Angel MedFlight  team came out on top, taking third-place honors. Our individual players also excelled in the contest. Carl Anderson, flight coordinator, won “Closest to The Pin (Men)”; Jen Dahlgren, flight coordinator, won “Longest Drive (Women)” and John Courtemanche, maintenance officer, won “Longest Putt (Men)”. Congratulations Team!


trophies from AZBAA golf benefit


Each of this year’s 144 participants received top quality golf shirts and hats embroidered with the tournament and sponsors’ logos, a player gift package that included balls, tees and unique, fun accessories.

Once all the foursomes had played 18 holes, participants, guests and volunteers enjoyed a festive dinner, awards presentation and raffle drawings.

All proceeds raised from the event support a scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in business aviation from an accredited Arizona college or university.

Angel MedFlight congratulates the Spring 2014 AZBAA Scholarships recipients:

Jessica Schram, who received $5000 is about to take her commercial pilot written test in pursuit of a business aviation career.

Adrian Orellana, a $2000 winner, is working toward his A and P at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Kevin Otterstrom, also a $2000 winner, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota and a masters from Embry-Riddle, Chandler, and risk management training from Stanford University.

Richard Formo, who received $2000, is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and economics from Embry-Riddle University in Prescott.

Lisanne Kippenberg, was awarded $2000 toward her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and safety also at Embry-Riddle, while working several jobs on-campus.

Clayton Marr, received a  FlightSafety King Air type certificate training course. He is a multi-engine instrument instructor pilot at ATP, a lead ramp agent for Allegiant at Gateway, and an altitude chamber operator for ASU Gateway. Clayton is pursuing his degree in professional flight and management at ASU in hopes of getting on with a flight department.


The Scholarship Committee of the Arizona Business Aviation Association received a large number of high-quality applications for the Spring 2014 scholarships, from which these applicants were chosen.

AZBAA hosted a dinner buffet and awards ceremony, announcing winners of the tournament, with individual prizes and raffle drawings.


Chandra with Barbara Conlon at 2014 AZBAA Golf Benefit

Angel MedFlight’s Director of Business Development Chandra Stewart and AZBAA Executive Director Barbara Conlon


A major goal of this event is to make it affordable, says Barbara Conlon, the Association’s Executive Director, adding that many golfers may shy away from the more expensive charity golf events.

“At a price of $185 per golfer, including dinner, we have kept the entry fee more enticing to attract more individuals from all walks of the aviation industry,” Conlon says.

To help cover costs, AZBAA gets help from sponsors and contributors, including Angel MedFlight whose own Director of Development, Chandra Stewart, is a board member. This strategy ensures for positive financial growth for the scholarship program, added Conlon.


Angel MedFlight extends a big thank you to all the AZBAA members and supporters for their continued dedication to promoting Arizona’s business aviation interests.

And, last but not least, thanks go to Kyle, John, Jen and Carl for representing Angel MedFlight on the course – way to go, team!

AZBAA is a non-profit organization that provides local lobby, education and support activities to advance the interests of business aviation growth and well-being in the state of Arizona.