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      Community members help fuel flights that save lives

      Wings of Mercy provides free air transportation for people who can't afford to travel to seek medical treatment at distant medical facilities.

      Some people facing severe medical problems can't afford to travel to get the medical treatment they need, but one organization is helping by providing free flights.

      On Saturday, community members were invited out to the Cherry Capital Aviation Center to help support the cause for the 7th Annual Wings of Mercy Pancakes with Pilots Breakfast.

      Wings of Mercy provides free air transportation for people who can't afford to travel to seek medical treatment at distant medical facilities. Dozens of people showed up to the breakfast, and got to tour some North flight and Coast Guard air crafts, and even got to take a ride in the sky with some of the pilots.

      Organizers say it's an important event that raises money for the fuel that makes the program possible.

      "Fuel costs right now for aviation is close to $7.00, and $6.90, plus tax, and that's a gallon," said event coordinator, Mary Robinson. "So flying a patient to Mayo, or DeVos even is an easy thousand dollars so every single penny here goes right to fuel expenses."

      For more information on how to get involved or donate, click here.