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Mercy Flight is a charitable organization that relies heavily on contributions from its supporters. Although we are reimbursed for a portion of each mission by insurance carriers, our service rates are set well below industry standards, and we could not continue to operate this way without the generous funding we receive from members of our community.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Mercy Flight, where nearly 89 cents of every dollar is used directly toward program expenses.

Sponsor a mission

$1,420

We perform our lifesaving mission without regard to our patients’ insurance status or their ability to pay.  Mercy Flight forgave $1.4 million last year for care provided to our uninsured or under-insured patients – an average of $1,420 per patient mission.

Fill a Helicopter with Fuel for a day

$1,000

Mercy Flight operates five helicopters and, to ensure we are mission ready, helicopter fuel is the crucial element to getting us in the air when minutes matter.

Buy Tires For An Ambulance

$500

Mercy Flight’s ground division, Mercy EMS, maintains 20 ground ambulances throughout Western New York, and the miles add up!

Buy a Flight Suit

$250

Flight Suits are critically important for our crew. These special flame retardant blue flight suits are designed specifically for use in the medical aviation field.

Stock a Vehicle

$100

Stocks a vehicle with disposable medical supplies. Our vehicles function as mobile intensive care units and emergency departments, fully stocked with the latest medical equipment and necessary supplies.

Third Party Events

A third-party event is any fundraising activity developed by a non-affiliated group or individual where Mercy Flight WNY has no financial responsibility and little-to-no staff involvement.

Special Event Request Form

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate a special event, holiday, or milestone, or to honor a healthcare provider or member of the Mercy Flight crew. If it is in honor of someone, please provide his or her name and, if you would like us to send an acknowledgement, their address. The amount of the gift will be kept confidential.

Gifts of Service Appreciation

Were you, a family member or friend a recipient of our services? Many of our patients, their families and friends show their appreciation by making a donation. If you are making the donation on behalf of someone other than yourself, please provide his or her name and, if you would like us to send an acknowledgement, include their address. The amount of the gift will be kept confidential.

In Memoriam

A meaningful way to honor the memory of friends or loved ones is to make a memorial gift in their name. When making your donation please provide the name of the person you are memorializing and, if you would like us to send an acknowledgement, the name and address of the family. The amount of your gift will be kept private and we will not solicit them.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match employee contributions. Sometimes this can double or even triple your gift! Check with your company’s human resources or payroll department to see whether it offers a matching gift program.

Stock

Donating securities and stock is a smart way to give and it is easier than you might think. Stock gifts often offer several advantages over cash, including reduced or eliminated capital gains on stocks that have increased in value. Please call our office at 716-626-5808 and ask for the Development Department to receive stock transfer information.

In-Kind Gifts

Another easy, cashless and tax-friendly way to make a donation is with an in-kind gift. Popular examples are sports tickets and memorabilia, a week in a ski or beach condo, or professional services. Charitable gifts of all sizes provide us with the additional resources necessary to continue our focus on excellence in patient care, training and safety. Donors of in-kind gifts receive a receipt for tax purposes verifying the donation and detailing the value of the gift.

Please note that not all gifts may fit into our needs and final say will be at the discretion of Mercy Flight.

Development Staff

VP Marketing & Development

Amy Szefel Starck

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Director of Marketing & Public Affairs

Kate Glaser

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Director of Development & Events

Ashley Coder

Contact Ashley
Community Outreach Coordinators

Olean

Keri Simon

Contact Keri

Patient Testimonials

See the direct impact your support can have when Mercy Flight was there for patients when they needed it

Caylee

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Since her first visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Caylee has had ten bowel reconstruction surgeries and numerous other medical procedures. Currently, she and her family travel to Pittsburgh every other month for doctor appointments. The in-between times, when Caylee falls violently ill after appearing healthy, are when…

Nathan

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Steven and Debby of Gowanda were overjoyed by the birth of their son, Nathan. After a relatively routine labor and delivery, worries developed as nurses discovered abnormalities within Nathan’s chest. At just two days old, doctors found that Nathan had suffered a collapsed lung and required immediate medical intervention from…

Angelo

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In June 2017, Angelo from Genesee County was riding his Harley Davidson home from dinner when he swerved to avoid a deer and hit a utility pole. There he sat for hours, unable to reach his cell and waiting for someone to discover and assist him. Read his words below:…