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"Corporate Angel Network has meant far more to me than the important air transportation your participating corporations provided. It has personalized 'Corporate America' for me and made me realize that while we all fear cancer, each of us can play a role in easing the fear, pain and financial burden of this deadly disease."

– Anonymous,
Memphis, TN

Corporate History

In 1981, three people shared the dream of using empty seats on corporate aircraft to transport cancer patients to treatment centers nationwide. Leonard M. Greene, founder and president of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, Priscilla H. Blum, a licensed commercial pilot, and Jay N. Weinberg, then owner of a Mt. Vernon, NY Avis Car Rental franchise together developed the idea of asking corporations to accept these patients as guest passengers.

As cancer survivors, Blum and Weinberg knew how expensive and grueling transportation is for cancer patients who must fly long distances for specialized treatment. Greene too had firsthand experience, having lost his wife to cancer. He contributed his foundation, funds, business expertise, and aviation contacts to the effort.

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On December 22, 1981, Greene, a pilot, personally flew the first Corporate Angel Network flight, bringing a patient home to Detroit for Christmas from treatment in New York City. From that day forward, Corporate Angel Network literally soared. One by one, corporations across America were asked to participate and one by one, they joined.

Since its inception, Corporate Angel Network has received numerous awards in recognition of its service to cancer patients, including the highest volunteer award from the President of the United States, The Volunteer Action Award. The organization has coordinated more than 50,000 regularly scheduled corporate flights with cancer patients aboard and attracted into its network 500 corporate participants, half in the top 100 of the Fortune 500.

J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award
Special Salute from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce
President’s Volunteer Action Award
President’s Private Sector Initiative Award

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