NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. and NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Angel Flight Northeast (AFNE) announced today it is partnering with the Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to combating Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) Diseases, a defect in the immune system that is carried through the genes of children and adults. There are over 150 PI diseases that affect more than 10 million children worldwide today. The partnership between Angel Flight Northeast and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation will be established under JMF's "Roots & Wings" program which provides travel and related support for families whose children have been identified with a potentially life threatening illness, and require a life-saving treatment.
Both non-profit organizations have joined forces to launch a nationwide campaign that will ensure that PI patients throughout the United States are able to access the medical care they need within the Jeffrey Modell Centers Network, of 100 Diagnostic and Research Centers. AFNE will serve as the United States clearing house for all national flight requests for patients with PI and their families. JMF's support, together with AFNE, will monitor day-to-day transport services, so more people throughout the United States will have direct access to early diagnosis and treatment centers than ever before.
"We are honored to be partnering with the Jeffrey Modell Foundation," said Larry Camerlin, Founder & President of Angel Flight Northeast. "JMF's commitment to serve as a tireless, compassionate advocate on behalf of PI patients and families ensuring they have access to excellent and comprehensive care aligns perfectly with Angel Flight's mission to provide free flights of healing and hope to patients and their families in need. Together, we can change lives one flight at a time."
The AFNE and JMF collaboration will ensure that patients throughout the country will be able to access life-saving medical care through free transportation provided by AFNE's volunteer pilot network and by AFNE collaborating with other volunteer pilot networks throughout the United States.
"Angel Flight Northeast is comprised of a special group of people who share not only a love of flying, but also a deep commitment to helping others," said Fred Modell, co-founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation. "By joining forces with AFNE, we will be able to ensure that PI patients and their families are able to access medical care that may not be easily accessible to them either because of financial constraints or geographic location."
The formation of this partnership is even more poignant since both organizations are celebrating meaningful milestones in 2011. Founded in 1996, Angel Flight Northeast is celebrating its 15th year of service and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary of research and patient support dedicated to Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).
The collaboration is also supported by the Dina LaVigna "Breath of Life" Program whose annual Triathlon, in California, raises funds for patients with Primary Immunodeficiencies. This year's Triathlon marks their first contribution towards the "Roots & Wings" Program. According to Gary LaVigna, Co-founder of The Dina LaVigna "Breath of Life" Fund, "we are thrilled to join this partnership with JMF and Angel Flight Northeast. Patients and families will have a chance to receive the best possible treatment at a critical time. We know this program will make a big difference." Vicki Modell, Co-Founder of JMF said: "With this new partnership, we can provide hope to families across the nation and the necessary 'Roots and Wings' to save many precious lives."
About Angel Flight Northeast (AFNE)
Angel Flight of New England, Inc. (d/b/a Angel Flight Northeast) was founded in 1996 to provide free flights to children and adults in need of critical medical care who do not have the resources to access other means of transportation. Approximately 40% of AFNE's patients are children suffering from life-threatening cancer, severe burns or crippling diseases. AFNE flies patients for as long and as often as they need to travel, with no limit on the number of flights provided. AFNE also transports free of charge blood and organs for patients awaiting organ transplants.
For additional information about Angel Flight Northeast, call us at 978.794.6868 or visit www.angelflightne.org.
About the Dina LaVigna "Breath of Life" Fund
The "Breath of Life" Fund is dedicated to the loving memory of Dina LaVigna, a very special person who faced the challenges of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI). The mission is to improve the care and comfort of patients with Primary Immunodeficiency by improving the patient experience in hospitals and other healthcare sites. Each year the Organization holds the Dina LaVigna "Breath of Life" Triathlon, which draws about 1000 participants. For more information about the Dina LaVigna "Breath of Life" Fund please visit: www.triforlife2011.com.
About Jeffrey Modell Foundation
The Jeffrey Modell Foundation was established in 1987 by Vicki and Fred Modell, in memory of their son Jeffrey, who died at the age of 15 from complications of Primary Immunodeficiency. The Foundation is dedicated to early and precise diagnosis, meaningful treatments, and ultimately cures through clinical and basic research, physician education, patient support, advocacy and public awareness of Primary Immunodeficiencies.
SOURCE Jeffrey Modell Foundation