October 1, 2009
Thanks for your patience.
A new visitor, Beth, came by and left a link to a story and video from KSTP about the Wings of Mercy Benefit.
THANK YOU, BETH.
The benefit was held in a hangar at the Buffalo Minnesota Airport – music, food, donors, volunteers, ex patients and their families. Featured guests were Flight 1549’s ATC Patrick Harten and flight attendant Doreen Welsh – who was in the rear of the plane and one of the handful of folks injured.
Both spoke and answered questions from the audience.
I was proud of all of us.
We definitely had help from above. It was dubbed the Miracle on the Hudson for a reason.
It was quite an amazing story.
That it still is.
HARTEN from the video (won’t embed):
To me, a water landing meant a death sentence.
Whatever life you save is tremendous – whether it be 155 or 1.
The event was to benefit Wings of Mercy
Headquartered in St. Cloud MN, Wings of Mercy, Minnesota Inc. (Wings) is an all volunteer medical air transportation service in which FAA certified pilots, nurses and other professionals donate their time, planes and expertise in order to transport beneficiaries who are in medical and financial need.
They are not usually involved in emergencies but they were called upon during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and went down to New Orleans to pick up and transport back an acutely ill child. (Read the story)
Wings relies strictly on charitable donations as they do not charge patients – each flight costs at least $750 for the fuel.