At 9:22 PM on April 14, 2016, a Bombardier Challenger 300 owned by NCR, departed from the Meridian FBO at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport for NCR’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Onboard, along with NCR executives, were one-year-old cancer patient Baron Yerby and his parents Casey and Jonathan. They were heading home to Atlanta after Baron received treatment in New York City. Baron was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, at three months of age and has been undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
This milestone flight was Corporate Angel Network’s 50,000th cancer patient flight since its founding 35 years ago.
“The people at Corporate Angel Network are very caring, dedicated and on top of everything,” said Johnathan Yerby, Baron’s father. “The logistics and communications that they facilitate are incredible. It seems too good to be true, but it is true. From the moment we got on the plane, to the moment we arrived at the hangar, the hospitality was unreal. The pilots were fantastic. This flight took away so much of our stress and it was also much easier for Baron, who tends to squirm and get feisty when we fly commercial, because he’s sitting on our laps and can’t move around. We are very grateful for the opportunity to fly with Corporate Angel Network. We felt so cared for.”
“Giving back to communities in which we operate is interwoven in the fabric of NCR’s 132-year, rich history,” said Andrea Ledford, Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for NCR. “In keeping with our mission and shared values as a corporation, we started working with Corporate Angel Network in 2010. We are honored to be a part of this historic milestone flight and more importantly, our prayers and well wishes are with Baron and his parents.”
“On behalf of Corporate Angel Network’s Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and most importantly, the thousands of cancer patients we are able to transport to specialized treatment every year,” said Randall Greene, Chairman of the organization, “I’d like to personally thank NCR for this milestone flight. It’s because of NCR and the many other corporations, along with the entire business aviation community’s support, that we are able to assist so many with cancer-related travel on the aircraft of America’s leading companies.”
Ken Forester, Meridian CEO, was honored that his company could play a role in this event. He said, “The good work that Corporate Angel Network does exemplifies how business aviation gives back to the community. We are very proud of our customers who support this wonderful organization, and I am both excited and humbled that our company was able to celebrate this amazing milestone with our friends at CAN.”
Corporate Angel Network, founded in 1981, arranges free transportation to treatment for cancer patients using seats donated on corporate aircraft. With the participation of more than 500 major corporations, a staff of 6 and 30 volunteers, CAN averages 225 patient flights each month to cancer treatment centers.