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The one hundred honoree: Cape Air

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The one hundred honoree: Cape Air

Mass General Giving

The Mass General Cancer Center serves people from all over the world, and transportation to and from Boston can be one of the biggest challenges patients and their families face during cancer treatment. With a large population of patients in need living on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the Cancer Center often faces the challenge of getting patients to and from the islands for care. Cape Air, based in Hyannis, Mass., is a vital partner in making quality care more accessible for all.

Cape Air has a longstanding dedication to community service, including partnerships with Angel Flight and PALS (Patient Airlift Service). They also donate extra seats on flights to transport patients to Boston. Now Cape Air is also working to formalize an agreement with Mass General to provide seats for healthcare providers to travel and deliver care on the islands. Michelle Specht, MD, a Mass General breast cancer surgeon, has partnered with Cape Air to facilitate a program that sends pathology samples from Nantucket to Mass General for review — expediting diagnosis and treatment for remote patients.

Dan Wolf (pictured above), owner, and Jim Goddard, senior vice president of Fleet Planning, are both strong ambassadors of the airlines’ efforts. Beyond their strong partnership with Mass General, they donate transportation for patients in all of their markets. By taking the weight of transportation costs off the shoulders of patients, families and providers, Cape Air puts the focus back where it belongs: on care and comfort for those facing the daily challenges of cancer.