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Help Mercy Flight win a $25,000 grant to assist Springville Ambulance

By Kimberly LaRussa

Mercy Flight, Inc. is in the running for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program and if the lifesaving emergency transport nonprofit wins, funding will benefit Springville Ambulance.

The grant will go toward the purchase of a power stretcher and a tracked stair chair for the ambulance. One of the main concerns from Mercy Flight employees is back pain from lifting patients.

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According to Ashley Coder, director of development and events, power stretchers and stair chairs are the safest way for Mercy EMS crews to move patients, specifically bariatric patients, to and from an ambulance. Mercy Flight recently purchased a new stretcher and chair for their Batavia Ambulance and the feedback they received was incredibly positive.

“We saw a huge response from that crew, so to be able to do the same thing for Springville Ambulance would be wonderful. It not only helps the safety of our employees, but the safety of those we are helping as well,” said Coder. Coder applied for the State Farm grant in June, going up against 2,000 other applicants from across the nation. State Farm narrowed it down to 200 and now Mercy Flight will have to make it in the top 40 to win the national contest.

But the amazing part is it doesn’t matter who is number 40 or number one; anyone who places in the top 40 wins a $25,000 grant.

“I was in a webinar recently and they said we have to be very aggressive to win this grant because it’s not easy to get in the top 40,” Coder added. “We encourage the community to vote as much as

they can.” So what can you do to ensure Mercy Flight wins the grant? Well, it’s as simple as putting in your email.

Starting Aug. 16 and ending at 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 25 the community is invited to vote daily for Mercy Flight to win the grant. All you need is a valid email address and you can vote 10 times per day. Mercy Flight staff would love if every voter could vote as many times as they can, each day, throughout the 10-day stretch. Every vote counts, and know that your vote will go toward saving lives. Since its inception 36 years ago, Mercy Flight has completed more than 26,000 successful patient missions, thanks to the charitable support of Western New York and the incredible first responders of the community.

Visit Neighborhoodassist. com to cast your vote.

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