38 episodes

Distance can be a major barrier to accessing quality healthcare in a timely manner. For patients, access to air transportation can make all the difference in getting the treatment they need. However, flights can be expensive, and putting off medical care because of costs can put you or your loved ones at risk. That's where Angel Flight East comes in.

Welcome to Take Off Talk with Angel Flight East, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need treatment far from home. Our organization covers a 14 state footprint from Virginia to Ohio to Maine and for further distances, we partner with other public benefit flying organizations.  No matter how many times you need to get to your medical treatment or see a loved one in need, we are here to help. Unfortunately, few people know about free services like ours, and thus cannot use them when needed. We don't know how many people forgo medical care because they don't have accessible transportation, and that's what this podcast is here to change.

Listen to real life stories from people who have used our services to get the care they need on time. Hear from our volunteers and staff about why they choose to help at their own expense. Our volunteer pilots use their private planes to fly patients to destinations, and pay for all expenses for each flight. By sharing their stories, we hope to inspire anyone who wishes to volunteer and become a part of our community.

AFE provides help to social workers and case managers who need assistance in order to provide the best quality care. They are some of the most overworked people in healthcare, and we want them to understand how easy it is to use Angel Flight East. We aim to be a resource in their back pocket in case any of their patients need help traveling to medical care far from home. We also partner with various nonprofit organizations to provide additional resources to our patients, including assistance with household bills, ground transportation, and help with hotel expenses. Each episode of Take Off Talk is released in audio and video formats, so listeners can see the generous people on our team.

The show is hosted by passionate AFE staff members Jessica “Jess” Ames and Madeline “Maddy” Beck. Jess is the Outreach & Events Director at Angel Flight East and has been involved with the organization since 2014. In her time with the company, she’s worn many hats - as working in nonprofits often requires. From the first programs and events director to flight coordination, Jess has communicated with patients, pilots, family members, donors, and beyond. She can answer any question you have about how the program works. Co-host Maddy is AFE’s Community Outreach Coordinator. In her role, she interacts and engages with clubs, groups, and other organizations and educates them about our services. The two have become inseparable since being colleagues at Angel Flight East and plan to add in some humor to each episode.

Learn from the hosts and invited guests who share their experiences from both ends - as recipients and volunteers. If you're a healthcare worker or a patient in need of air travel and flight services, AFE is here for you. In fact, we're here for everyone. Join us in our mission and tune in to Take Off Talk to learn more. For more information about Angel Flight East, please visit our website at www.angelflighteast.org or call our office at 215-358-1900!  You can also reach the hosts by email- jessames@angelflighteast.org and mbeck@angelflighteast.org.

Take Off Talk with Angel Flight East Jess Ames and Maddy Beck

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Distance can be a major barrier to accessing quality healthcare in a timely manner. For patients, access to air transportation can make all the difference in getting the treatment they need. However, flights can be expensive, and putting off medical care because of costs can put you or your loved ones at risk. That's where Angel Flight East comes in.

Welcome to Take Off Talk with Angel Flight East, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need treatment far from home. Our organization covers a 14 state footprint from Virginia to Ohio to Maine and for further distances, we partner with other public benefit flying organizations.  No matter how many times you need to get to your medical treatment or see a loved one in need, we are here to help. Unfortunately, few people know about free services like ours, and thus cannot use them when needed. We don't know how many people forgo medical care because they don't have accessible transportation, and that's what this podcast is here to change.

Listen to real life stories from people who have used our services to get the care they need on time. Hear from our volunteers and staff about why they choose to help at their own expense. Our volunteer pilots use their private planes to fly patients to destinations, and pay for all expenses for each flight. By sharing their stories, we hope to inspire anyone who wishes to volunteer and become a part of our community.

AFE provides help to social workers and case managers who need assistance in order to provide the best quality care. They are some of the most overworked people in healthcare, and we want them to understand how easy it is to use Angel Flight East. We aim to be a resource in their back pocket in case any of their patients need help traveling to medical care far from home. We also partner with various nonprofit organizations to provide additional resources to our patients, including assistance with household bills, ground transportation, and help with hotel expenses. Each episode of Take Off Talk is released in audio and video formats, so listeners can see the generous people on our team.

The show is hosted by passionate AFE staff members Jessica “Jess” Ames and Madeline “Maddy” Beck. Jess is the Outreach & Events Director at Angel Flight East and has been involved with the organization since 2014. In her time with the company, she’s worn many hats - as working in nonprofits often requires. From the first programs and events director to flight coordination, Jess has communicated with patients, pilots, family members, donors, and beyond. She can answer any question you have about how the program works. Co-host Maddy is AFE’s Community Outreach Coordinator. In her role, she interacts and engages with clubs, groups, and other organizations and educates them about our services. The two have become inseparable since being colleagues at Angel Flight East and plan to add in some humor to each episode.

Learn from the hosts and invited guests who share their experiences from both ends - as recipients and volunteers. If you're a healthcare worker or a patient in need of air travel and flight services, AFE is here for you. In fact, we're here for everyone. Join us in our mission and tune in to Take Off Talk to learn more. For more information about Angel Flight East, please visit our website at www.angelflighteast.org or call our office at 215-358-1900!  You can also reach the hosts by email- jessames@angelflighteast.org and mbeck@angelflighteast.org.

    Lisa Salberg, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

    Lisa Salberg, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

    The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) is a leading organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The organization has served the HCM Spectrum Disorder Community since 1996. In this episode, Lisa Salberg, the Founder and CEO of HCMA, talks about the steps she takes to reach patients with misdiagnosis. She also shares how HCMA partnered with Angel Flight East. Tune in for more!

    • 26 min
    Take Off With Passenger, Shannon Sinico

    Take Off With Passenger, Shannon Sinico

    In times of adversity, the strength of community emerges as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the significance of reaching out for help. In this heartfelt episode, we delve into the profound impact of Angel Flight with guest Shannon Sinico, who shares her personal journey battling a brain tumor and the invaluable support she received from the organization. Shannon recounts her experiences flying to and from medical appointments, highlighting the compassion and care of the pilots. Amidst her health struggles, Shannon's resilience shines through as she navigates misdiagnoses, surgeries, and the challenges of advocating for herself. Through it all, Angel Flight not only provides transportation but also a supportive ear. Join us as Shannon's story reminds us of the power of community and the importance of reaching out for help in times of need.

    • 23 min
    Partner Organization, Love From Liam Foundation With Ashlyn Dugan

    Partner Organization, Love From Liam Foundation With Ashlyn Dugan

    In this heartwarming episode, hosts Jess Ames and Maddy Beck welcome Ashlyn Dugan, the founder of Love from Liam Foundation—the partner organization of Angel Flight East. Ashlyn shares her inspiring journey of creating the foundation when her son Liam was born with spina bifida. The conversation touches on the challenges these families face, the importance of community support, and Love from Liam's impactful events. As Ashlyn opens up about her daily life, running a coffee shop, and juggling motherhood, we get a glimpse into the strength and passion that drives her commitment to making a difference. Hear Ashlyn’s powerful message of hope and encouragement for families facing similar struggles, emphasizing the importance of embracing the light at the end of the tunnel.

    • 22 min
    A Conversation With Volunteer Pilot Doug Edenburn

    A Conversation With Volunteer Pilot Doug Edenburn

    Joining Jess Ames and Maddy Beck in this episode is volunteer pilot Doug Edenburn, who flies with Angel Flight Soars. He shares how he started flying in late 2022 and works in a primary care office when not on his wings. Doug talks about his very first Angel Flight trip and the one time he took a four-week-old baby from Atlanta to Greensboro.

    • 14 min
    Take Off with Passenger, Beth Leduc

    Take Off with Passenger, Beth Leduc

    When caring for a loved one with a medical condition, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out how to get to where you need to be. Angel Flight lifts this burden from families. In this heartwarming episode, join Maddy Beck and Jess Ames as they share an inspiring conversation with Beth Leduc, a dedicated mom navigating the complexities of her son’s medical condition. Christian, diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, requires specialized care in distant cities, making travel a significant challenge. Enter Angel Flight – a group of dedicated pilots providing free flights for medical patients in need. Beth recounts her transformative experiences flying with Angel Flight, detailing the support, care, and community they've found in the process. Tune in to discover the profound impact of Angel Flight on families navigating the complexities of medical care.

    • 21 min
    Angels Among Us: Honoring Our Volunteer, Linda Pizzi

    Angels Among Us: Honoring Our Volunteer, Linda Pizzi

    What better episode to have in this month of love than with a person we love so much? Join us today as we celebrate Valentine's Day and our very own Maddy Beck’s birthday week with the incredible Linda Pizzi, our office mom. Linda, the driving force behind many of our projects, shares her journey with Angel Flight East—from her initial exposure at a gala to becoming an indispensable part of our team. She sheds light on her current project, reaching out to fire departments and rural communities to spread awareness about Angel Flight's vital services. Tune in to discover the heartwarming stories and laughter that fill our office, and learn how Linda's dedication and positivity make Angel Flight East soar even higher.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Love2Listen01 ,

Insightful and funny!

Maddy and Jess are an amazing duo! They have interesting guests and engage in great discussions! Love this podcast !

Christie Neeld ,

Real Life heroes

The staff and pilots at Angel Flight East are real life heroes! I will forever be grateful for their services. This uplifting podcast will warm your heart. Maddy & Jess are fun hosts who are passionate about getting people to their far away medical appointments. Thank you to David, Maddy, Jess and pilots Mark and Greg for all of your help!

DutchHill ,

Unsung heroes

A no-frills peek into the best side of humanity. Pilots, Angel Flight East administrators and patients talk about what it means to be there for people at their most difficult moments. A welcome reminder that there are good people out there and that we often find unexpected friends when we face adversity.

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