"One Heart Missions Services" ("One Heart" or OHMS) offers charitable airplane flights for medically & financially needy patients, and human organs for transplantation.
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 based in Pennsylvania, but we have already flown patients to or from as far away as Boston, Myrtle, Norfolk, and Tallahassee. Patients have 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 personally experienced having had three (yes: 3) Liver Transplants myself.
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 have never owned our own airplane, and it is now urgent that we do.
So we seek donations of $50 (or more, of course!) from 5000 individuals (again: or more, of course!) just like you.
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 $250,000 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 $1,500. And that's not counting inspections, insurances, and incidentals. Repeat this at least a hundred times in a year. That's another $150K. That's how we came up with this $250,000 goal.
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 the other "PBFOs" (Public Benefit Flying Organizations), and (again, with the success of this fundraiser) carry more kids and their families than most other organizations' single-engine volunteers' airplanes can handle.
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 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 see an illustration at <OHMS.org/Story.html>. It may help explain some of the what & why & how.
Oh: also, 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 don't want to exclude such a family gift, should that be what you all want.
Please feel free to view the <OHMS.org> home page and its family of web pages.
I truly hope you will take on One Heart 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
P.S. -- I'm starting this fundraiser exactly six months before Christmas 2020. Do you suppose we could complete this goal by then? or even before Labor Day? or even by 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 your telling your friends, will do it! Let's together help others get their second chance at life! On their behalf, please accept my thanks. -- Chris.