Winging It Home for the Holidays

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airplane.jpgNo one can doubt the value of a trip home for a patient and caregiver who have made the sacrifice to come to M. D. Anderson from far away, especially during the holidays.

But for patients who make sacrifices to leave their homes and families for treatment, for sometimes months at a time, the financial and emotional strain can be great.

Through a program with Continental Airlines OnePass, frequent travelers on Houston's hometown airline can donate their miles to our eligible patients and their caregivers when flying domestically and internationally to M. D. Anderson for treatment. Since the program began in June 2008, more than 7.4 million miles have been deposited in M. D. Anderson's account.

If you would like to donate your OnePass miles for patient travel, please visit

A limited number of donated OnePass miles are available, based on available flights and type of airline service needed. M. D. Anderson's Department of Social Work assesses patients' needs to determine if they meet the criteria for travel assistance and Patient Travel Services, which provides travel agency services to assist patients and families, coordinates the redemption of OnePass miles. The donated miles may be used by a patient and one accompanying caregiver.

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