Flight For Life celebrates 40 years

Ashley Reimers
Posted 8/30/12

The 40th Anniversary of Flight For Life Colorado will not go unnoticed. To celebrate years of helping to save thousands of lives, a concert featuring …

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Flight For Life celebrates 40 years


The 40th Anniversary of Flight For Life Colorado will not go unnoticed.

To celebrate years of helping to save thousands of lives, a concert featuring Sheryl Crow and Amos Lee will be sponsored by St. Anthony Health Foundation, in conjunction with AEG Live and 97.3 KBCO. The concert will be Sunday, Oct. 6, at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, with proceeds going toward the purchase of a new helicopter.

Flight for Life Colorado is the nation's first hospital-based, air-ambulance program. It was established in 1972 in St. Anthony Hospital.

Now, 40 years later, the program is helping not only people throughout Colorado, but also people in nine surrounding states.

“We are grateful to work with Bret Saunders and 97.3 KBCO, and Chuck Morris and his team at AEG Live. There isn't a better group to work with to raise awareness and funds for this valuable community program,” said Leslie Strate, St. Anthony Health Foundation president. “Our goal is to reach everyone in need of medical assistance in Colorado and the nine surrounding states served by Flight For Life Colorado. Funds raised through this event will help us to reach that goal.”

Another event scheduled to help reach the foundation's goal is the Rocky Mountain Ransom on Sept. 12. During this event, local personalities will be dropped at a nearby mountaintop with a cell phone. Each person is required to raise at least $100,000 for Flight For Life before he or she can be “saved.” Chuck Morris with AEG Live is one of the many brave people up for the challenge. Not only is he committed to the task, but has a personal connection to Flight For Life.

“ Flight For Life saved my wife's life,” he said. “So anything I can do for that program I will. And if it means I'm stuck in the side of a mountain, then I'll do it to raise money for such an amazing program.”

In 1979, Becky Morris was on her way to Denver when she was in a serious car accident. She said she remembers coming in and out of consciousness when she saw the helicopter land to help her. Although she was seriously hurt, all Morris could think about at the time was how cool it was to be in a helicopter.

“I have never been in a helicopter before, so I just wanted to see everything, but I couldn't because I was hurt,” she said. “But I knew these people who came for me had really saved me.”

Morris spent a month in the hospital recovering. She said she credits the swift and knowledgeable rescue by the people from Flight For Life with her life.

“I ended up breaking my neck, but all I could think about was how lucky I was to be alive,” she said. “I'm really grateful for that rescue that day, and now I want to do whatever I can to help bring awareness to the program and to raise money for the program that saves lives every day.”

Tickets to the concert are currently on sale and can be purchased at www.tickethorse.com, or by phone at 866-461-6556. Individuals or companies interested in sponsoring the Rocky Mountain Ransom can contact St. Anthony Health Foundation at 720-321-4310. To contribute toward a specific Ransom participant, visit www.stanthonyhealthfoundation.org for information on how to donate.


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