Minneapolis patent litigation attorney John Lunseth has received the Lewis Young Pilot of the Year Award from Angel Flight Central (AFC). Lunseth is one of 350 pilots who fly for AFC, providing non-emergency medical flights at no cost for health care and other humanitarian purposes. The award will be presented at AFC’s Wine Flight event on Nov. 18 in Kansas City, Mo.
Since first volunteering in 2011, Lunseth has flown 93 missions for AFC including 35 in the past year. The missions have included providing many flights to individual patients in need of medical transport. He has also flown “Camp Flights,” transporting children to summer camps for kids with AIDS/HIV or heart conditions, and medical cargo flights such as moving donated blood and bone marrow to where it is needed. One of his flights in the past year was to transport a young patient waiting to receive a heart transplant. A bed had opened up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the patient needed to get from Fargo, ND to Rochester quickly in order to run through a cycle of tests and move to the top of the transplant list. Lunseth was able to drop everything to get the patient from Fargo to Rochester with time to spare.