Angel Wheels™ (formerly Angel Bus) is a non-profit charity, dedicated to providing non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged, ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment. A typical trip supported by Angel Wheels does not exceed 300 miles (one-way), and we do not normally handle trips within a local area or community. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, routinely for cancer patients traveling daily for treatment.
Angel Wheels to Healing utilizes the following resources for assisting patients:
- Gas cards (Provided to help off-set fuel cost for patients)
- Commercial ground transportation (Amtrak, Greyhound, Trailways, etc.)
- Volunteer drivers (It’s rare when we have a volunteer available as we have only 85 drivers throughout the continental US)
Qualifications for Angel Wheels
- Scheduled medical appointment
- Clearance by physician to travel
- Verifiable financial need
All services provided by Angel Wheels are free to clients. We prefer 10 days’ notice to provide assistance.
Angel Wheels, like all non-profits, is at the mercy of donors. While we desire to help everyone with a financial need, at times we simply are unable to, due to lack of funds.
To better reflect the growing scope of our charity where we’re utilizing various ground transportation options, we renamed the program Angel Wheels in June 2014.
The original Angel Bus program was founded by Mr. William L. (Bill) Connor in May 2000. The inspiration for founding Angel Bus was derived when Bill’s son, Jaran, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His treatment required routine travel, hours away from home. Bill used his converted luxury bus to take his son to Mayo Clinic so Jaran could travel in comfort. This became the model and inspiration for Angel Bus.
Bill’s hard work and dedication to the mission of Angel Bus resulted in the rapid increase in the number of volunteer drivers wishing to provide their service. Angel Bus quickly became a lifeline for many families as volunteer drivers were matched with trips in various regions of the United States.
Mercy Medical Angels®, a national non-profit charity, took over the administration of the program in 2009 and is actively working to fulfill Bill’s vision of providing charitable ground transportation to patients in need. Mercy Medical Angels has been in operation for over 40 years and has consistently earned the top four-star rating from Charity Navigator.