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CIT Aerospace "LifeFlight Golf Tournament" to Raise Funds and Awareness for Miami Children's Health Foundation
Thursday, February 26, 2015 08:30 AM

MIAMI, FL – Mandi and Patrick Duggan’s pregnancy had gone well. So it was a complete shock when their son Connor was born blue. Diagnosed with a life threatening bacterial infection, he was immediately flown to Miami Children’s Hospital by LifeFlight® to get specialized pediatric treatment. Once at Miami Children’s Hospital, Connor was put on an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a machine that acted as his heart and lungs, giving his body time to heal from the infection. It would be three weeks before his mom even got to hold him and two months spent in the hospital. Today, one year later, he’s healthy and well.

If not for the emergency transport provided by LifeFlight®, this story would not have a happy ending. Since 1978, LifeFlight® has played an important role in saving the lives of countless children throughout southern Florida and parts of the Caribbean.  CIT is proud to support this life-saving program for a second year and bring awareness about LifeFlight® to the forefront of the aviation industry. Last year’s inaugural event raised $75,000 that went toward the purchase of an additional ambulance for the LifeFlight® fleet.

WHAT: CIT Aerospace, one of the world's leading aircraft leasing organizations, is hosting a golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for LifeFlight®. They expect their one-day tournament to raise in excess of $120,000 for the LifeFlight program®.

Connor will join his parents at the Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club this Friday as they retell their experience with LifeFlight® and how the transport saved their son’s life.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2:30 PM

WHERE: Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club, 501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale, Florida 33009, (954) 888-4444

PHOTO-OPP: Meet Connor Duggan and his family, as well as crew members of LifeFlight® and representatives from CIT Group, Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the Duggan family, onsite interviews will be available with Jeff Knittel, President, CIT Transportation & International Finance, Tony Diaz, President of CIT Commercial Air, Mike Kahmann, Managing Director of CIT Business Air,  Kenneth Patino, Program Director of LifeFlight®, Flynn Turner, Director of Development and Major Gifts, Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Armando Llechu, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Miami Children’s Hospital.

The following companies have donated funds to benefit LifeFlight: Aeronautical Systems, Aero Turbine, Airbus, Alaris, Atlas Air, Bank of Utah, Boeing, Bombardier, Brickell Motors, Broward Aviation Services, Commercial Jet/AEI Engines, Embraer, Fafinski Mark and Johnson P.A., GE Aviation, INAV Group, Inc., Intertrade, Jet Aviation, Jet Support Services, Inc., Landing Gear Technologies, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, NBAA, PHI Air Medical, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Spirit Airlines and Werner Aero.

About LifeFlight®
LifeFlight® provides transport of critically ill children throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. The Miami Children’s Hospital aircraft is the most sophisticated air ambulance available. The Sikorsky S76 C+ helicopter is capable of flying up to 300 miles without stopping to refuel and features the latest, most up-to-date flight instrumentation. As a mobile critical care unit, the medical configuration of the aircraft includes built-in oxygen and air, lighting controls, intravenous fluid holders and flight-team-to-hospital communications. LifeFlight™ carries the most advanced life-support equipment, compactly arranged to ensure the maximum utilization of space.

About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, the Foundation helped 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. 

Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 170 pediatric hospitals in North America affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and South Florida’s only freestanding Hospital dedicated exclusively to children.

About CIT Aerospace
As one of the world's leading aircraft leasing organizations, CIT Aerospace provides leasing and financing packages, including operating leases and structuring and advisory services, for commercial airlines worldwide. CIT Aerospace owns and finances a fleet of more than 350 commercial aircraft leased and financed to more than 110 customers in 50 countries.

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C. Curtis Ritter, 973-740-5390
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications

Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
Vice President, Media Relations

Lisbet Fernandez-Vina
Director of Foundation External Affairs
(786) 268-1845