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Ann McGee: Miracle Flights for Kids

There are 20,000 known diseases. Yet local community doctors can treat only about 200 of them. What happens to the sick children who need to see specialists in another state, but cannot afford the high cost of commercial airline tickets? 

Ann McGee saw a gap in America's health care system that was negatively impacting thousands of financially disadvantaged sick children, and pledged to take action. 

"I have dedicated my life to finding the resources to provide free airline tickets for critically ill children to get to the proper out-of-state medical care that will get them well," she says. "I've knocked down doors and talked to anyone who would stand still long enough to hear my plea." 

Today, her organization, Miracle Flights for Kids, has provided more than 55,000 free flights for sick kids, flying them as far as they need to go, as many times as required by their doctors. With every flight, Ann helps save a life, as one more child gets a proper diagnosis and is one step closer to being cured.

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Comments (18)

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    Ann,
    I admire you for starting an organization that truly helps others, especially one that helps sick children. I went to your website and read about Miracle Flights for Kids. It is so wonderful what you do! What comfort you must bring to families who can't afford to travel for medical care that could save their child's life. You are a most deserving winner!

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Hi Ann, All I can say is WOW! When I read that your organization has provided more than 55,000 free flights, I was impressed. I can't even imagine what that means to so many families. Keep up the great work!!! See you in New York.
    Kathy Tolleson

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    What an incredible calling you have answered. Winning contests can't compare to saving lives or at the very least, providing a chance for a diagnosis/cure. Hopefully the piblicity will enhance your ability to provide this service.

  • 29 Oct, 2008

    My daughter is now 21 years old and could have used this service desperately. To this day no treatment has help her,and because of all she has been through, she has conceded to live with her condition despite the pain. How this wonderful service for our suffering children does not win this award could only be called a tragedy.

  • 23 Oct, 2008

    Miracle Flights are directly responsible for helping save the life of my grandson David H Dingman-Grover (www.brytr.com). They facilitated the transport of David, his mother and me from Washinton, D.C. to Los Angeles for life-saving surgery at the Skull Base Institute by Dr. Hrayr Shahinian. As a result, David's case recieved world-wide attention and this new type of surgery is now saving the lives of many people and is being practiced by other physicians.

  • 21 Oct, 2008

    Without a doubt you have to be one of the most loving and devoted not to mention selfless souls I have read about in a very long time. I hope you win because 55,000 plus flights proves you are more than worthy. You are a hero in my eyes. Best wishes and take care. LCB

  • 21 Oct, 2008

    Without a doubt you have to be one of the most loving and devoted not to mention selfless souls I have read about in a very long time. I hope you win because 55,000 plus flights proves you are more than worthy. You are a hero in my eyes. Best wishes and take care. LCB

  • 20 Oct, 2008

    What Ann does is truly a miracle. With the cost of flights these days, let alone the cost of health insurance, it must be a terrible feeling for a parent not to be able to afford to send their sick child for medical treatment. Ann is an angel and the work Miracle Flights does is wonderful!

  • 19 Oct, 2008

    This woman is a God Send! God Bless Her!!

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    II would just fall apart if I knew of a child in need of this service ...I am so happy that you have and you will never know just how much hope you have given to those families

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    Ann McGee is wonderful. She has always been there for my family along with Miracle Flights. She has flown my daughter almost 30 times. My daughter would not have been able to accomplish what she has in her 8 years of life without the help of Miracle Flights and their flying us out of state for the best medical care. Thank you for everything. You are always in our hearts. You deserve to win.

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    You are an Angle!!!
    So many areas get over looked when it comes to things like this.
    God Bless You!!!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    You are an Angle!!!
    So many areas get over looked when it comes to things like this.
    God Bless You!!!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    You are an Angle!!!
    So many areas get over looked when it comes to things like this.
    God Bless You!!!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    You are an Angle!!!
    So many areas get over looked when it comes to things like this.
    God Bless You!!!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    wonderful wonderful
    realizing the need for this service then doing it............
    thank you

  • 8 Oct, 2008

    Very Deserving Finalist!

  • 8 Oct, 2008

    Bravo!