WINGS OF MERCY RUNWAY 5K
A Twilight 5K Run / Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk
June 22, 2019 On the Runway and Taxiways of the Linden Price's Airport, Linden, MI
Benefiting Wings of Mercy East Michigan
"RUN SO OTHERS CAN FLY"
In June 1991, a group of committed and compassionate pilots met in Holland, Michigan to organize what became Wings of Mercy, Inc. The purpose of Wings of Mercy is to offer air transport at no cost to financially needy persons from Michigan who require specialized medical treatment at distant medical centers. Early on, it became clear that the need was far greater than expected. Based on experience, upward of 80% of our clients would not be able to receive specialized medical treatment if our service was not available. Newspaper, radio and television coverage helped to expand the service. Soon other aircraft owners volunteered their aircraft at locations throughout Western Michigan.
In early 1996, another group of committed and compassionate pilots in the Midland-Saginaw-Bay City Michigan area contacted Wings of Mercy for assistance in organizing a group to provide similar services for the residents of Eastern Michigan.
HOW IT WORKS
All services are performed by volunteers. Aircraft owners/operators are reimbursed for fuel only (which represents only about 1/3 of the actual cost of operating an aircraft), and many refuse even that.
Wings of Mercy East Michigan is funded entirely by charitable contributions. Since there are no paid staff, 100% of donations fund operations. Overhead for Wings of Mercy is confined to fuel reimbursements and direct office expenses for mission management (phone/fax, postage, paper, etc.)
Wings of Mercy does not compete with commercial airlines, which our patients/clients cannot afford, or with air ambulance services, which are reserved for more critically ill persons.