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Share the Spirit Medical Transportation Grants

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Today we announced the recipients of the 2010 Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP). MTGP provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations in several cities Southwest serves. The tickets are distributed by the organizations to patients who must travel for medical care. Medical bills and travel expenses often mount up quickly for patients with chronic or terminal illnesses; and Southwest Airlines is proud to offer our assistance to these patients during such a difficult time.

In the three years that MTGP has existed, we have been overwhelmed by the gratitude that recipients of this program have shared with us. Southwest is committed to assisting families facing serious illness and we’re excited to announce that funding for MTGP increased by 23 percent this year. Here are a few remarks we received last year from some very special patients.

“We cannot begin to express our appreciation for your help and how it has helped relieve part of a financial burden. When dealing with cancer and having a family with 6 children, your gracious gift has made things much easier. We thank God for companies and people like you.”
3/06/09

“This is invaluable in helping up afford the continued care at MD Anderson/Houston. Where you go, we go with you. Thank you”
2/24/09

“Thank you in advance for the Southwest round trip tickets. These tickets cause me to be able to continue my treatments, testing and doctor’s appointments at MD Anderson. Please know that with your assistance I am able to run this race for my life against recurring breast cancer. Thank you so very much”
3/05/09

Thank you to those who shared their experience with us.

For more information on our Medical Transportation Grant Program, please visit: http://www.southwest.com/about_swa/share_the_spirit/medical_transportation.html

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