Patient Airlift Services touches down for pilot’s 150th flight
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Flights are coming and going out of Burlington International Airport all the time but on Monday, one flight, in particular, caught our attention.
Courtney Cutrufello landed in Burlington after having a post-shoulder surgery appointment in Boston. Her flight was free.
“It’s really awesome. It saves so much time and it’s such an amazing service what PALS does,” Cutrufello said.
Her flight is a part of Patient Airlift Services, or PALS, a nonprofit that provides a free flight for any patient who needs to get to a major metropolitan area for treatment.
“I’m a nurse, and I tell all my patients about it, and it’s really helped a lot of people get back and forth to their appointments if they’re coming from far away,” said Cutrufello.
Her flight on Monday was a special one. Pilot Adam Broun just completed his 150th Patient Airlift Service flight.
“As pilots, we love to fly, and this gives us a really good reason to go flying,” Broun said.
Broun has been volunteering for eight years as a pilot in the PALS program. He donates his time, plane and fuel to make the trip for those in need.
“We get kids who are traveling, babies who are traveling for treatment with their parents, all the way up to quite elderly folks who are going to places like Boston for treatment, from all backgrounds,” Broun said.
Patients like Cutrufello have a special appreciation for the pilots that help them so much.
“I think it’s amazing that you have people like Adam who will fly you back and forth just to help you get to your medical appointments,” she said.
If you’re interested in using PALS, check their website out here! – www.Palservices.org
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