"One Heart Missions Services" ("One Heart" or OHMS) offers charitable airplane flights for medically & financially needy patients, and human organs for transplantation.
UPDATE - I just received this request: "My daughter's colon burst a year ago and she has had a complete colectomy and jpouch creation. She is having complications with her pouch and the Dr. at Columbia hospital provides a medical treatment that will save her pouch and keep her from having a bag for the rest of her life. She is 28 years old and has two small children ages 5 and 7. Her pain is in her bottom, so riding in a car for days will be almost impossible. I am trying to get her [to] the doctor as quickly as possible to limit her pain and save her pouch. I have to drive to New York because the treatments will take at least six weeks, and I am moving all four of us up there for that time frame." These are the kinds of charitable flights we are, or would be, able to do. We just need the airplane.
Since 2002, One Heart has transported heart patients, lung patients, liver patients, kidney patients, pancreas patients, and most of those organs to transplant hospitals.
OHMS is strategically based in central Pennsylvania, but we have already flown patients to or from as far away as Boston, Myrtle, Norfolk, and Tallahassee. Patients have also come from Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, DelMarVa (y'all know what I mean by that!), and of course Pennsylvania.
Why? Because I am the only airplane pilot in the world who has had three (yes: 3) Liver Transplants myself. I really do know what it's like from personal experience!
It's my heart's desire to help others get their second (or third!) chance at life.
God has, for some reason, blessed me with two unique things: the ability to fly airplanes, and a deeply personal story that has let others know that they, too, have hope, in spite of their own medical emergency!
But now there's a problem.
All the airplanes One Heart ever used or had permission to use have been sold, and we no longer have access to this time-saving, life-saving tool that flies in the skies.
That's what this fundraiser is about.
One Heart has never owned its own airplane, and it is now urgent that we do.
So we seek donations of $50 (or more, of course!) from 6000 individuals (again: or more, of course!) just like you and your friends and family.
So please: contribute $50 yourself, and please ask 5 friends, co-workers, neighbors, your parents, your children, and folks from your church family to join you, ask them to each give their own multiple of $50.
This will raise the $300,000 needed to fund the three things needed:
1. Purchase our own Airplane. We estimate this at about $150,000, though it could be considerably less.
2. Maintain the Airplane! Engine overhauls exceed $50,000. We need a twin-engine Bird (like in the photo above). You do the math!
3. Fuel the Bird! AvGas ranges from $5-$8 per gallon, and we expect to burn about 35 gallons per flight hour. (Care to do some more math?!)
As an example, a flight from central Pennsylvania to Boston Children's Hospital or Boston's Burn Center, round-trip, would take about 5 hours. Add landing fees, and a couple meals, and that's $1,000. And that's not counting inspections, insurances, and incidentals. Repeat this at least a hundred times in a year. That's another $100K. That's how we came up with this GoFundMe campaign's $300,000 goal. (And, yes: we realized we needed to update the goal from $250,000 to $300,000. Thanks for doing the math and understanding the need of the larger picture.)
So if airplane transport is so expensive, why bother? Um... it saves lives!
Lungs, for example, have only a four-hour window from "harvest" to "transplant".
If the patient from southern New Jersey couldn't get to the Pittsburgh transplant hospital in time because the drive is 6+ hours, that patient may die: by air, this is preventable.
Isn't there some other organization that flies patients?
Yes, there are dozens, if not hundreds.
Then why OHMS?
One Heart Missions Services has the operational experience, my own medical story, and can (well, with y'all's help in this fundraiser) take longer flights than virtually all other "PBFOs" (Public Benefit Flying Organizations), and (again, with the success of this fundraiser) carry more kids and their families and luggage and fuel than most other organizations' volunteers' single-engine airplanes can handle.
That paragraph is key: please re-read it. One Heart can do more with your help.
Please refer to our web pages for additional information, including the documentation about our Internal Revenue Service status as a "501c3" charity.
(By the way, I've done income tax preparation for over thirty years!, so I recognize the importance you should place on making sure that One Heart is not a scam! So please see <OHMS.org/Charity.htm> for all sorts of validating documentation.) (Also note that GoFundMe only allows legitimate charitable organizations to use their "charity" prefix in "Charity.GoFundMe.com". They have checked us out thoroughly!)
Also see an interactive illustration at <OHMS.org/Story.html>. It helps explain some of the "what & why & how". Thanks.
Oh also, the tally at the top of this campaign page says we only raised a few hundred dollars. Actually, we have received a few thousand dollars from people sending in gifts directly. Yet we still want to complete this Charity.GoFundMe goal. Thanks.
I do not want to be pushy. Take a day or two to confirm that you want to donate, and make sure it's OK with your family. And might your family consider doubling its donation, or more? Again, I'm not trying to be pushy, but I also don't want to exclude such a family gift, should that be what you all want. Yet if you want to donate, but cannot do $50, then please feel free to donate whatever you can, with our most sincere appreciation.
Please feel free to view our <OHMS.org> home page and its family of web pages.
I truly hope you will take on One Heart's Medical Airplane project as your personal project of hope.
With the sincere thanks of myself and those we, together, will be able to serve,
(Mr.) Chris Pfaff -- OHMS Ministries Director
You can download a printable PDF of all this at <OHMS.org/MedicalAirplane.pdf>.
P.S. -- Do you suppose we could complete this GoFundMe goal between now and the 4th of July? Share this "best kept secret in medicine, the charitable airplane flight to the hospital" with your family, friends, co-workers, and church.
Your one-time gift of just $50, coupled with telling six of your friends to look at <Charity.GoFundMe.com/MedicalAirplane>, will make it happen! (One Heart is totally counting on you to share this link with your friends and family.) Let's together help others get their second chance at life! On their behalf, please accept my most respectful thanks. -- Chris.