CAN Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First Flight

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Corporate Angel Network's first flight,1981.
16 year old cancer patients chats with Leonard Greene prior to takeoff, December 22, 1981
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 1:30pm

Corporate Angel Network will mark the 30th anniversary of its first flight on December 22. The charity, which arranges free transportation to treatment for cancer patients and their families using empty seats on corporate jets, typically assists 250 to 300 patients each month and to date has flown nearly 40,000. On Dec. 22,1981, Leonard Greene--founder of SafeFlight Instrument Corporation and CAN’s cofounder--piloted the first CAN flight, which carried a 16-year-old boy from a New York treatment facility to his home in Detroit for Christmas. “This continuing service to cancer patients comes in spite of a recent downturn in business fortunes,” said Randall Greene, chairman of CAN and son of the cofounder. “It is wonderful testimony to the more than 550 corporations that offer their resources for the public good.”

 

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy