The Flying Doctors of America is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta and founded by Allan Gathercoal
realized that a large number of medical professionals desired to use their talents and skills in mercy missions to needy people, but had little time or inclination to organize such efforts.
was created to organize and manage affordable and tax-deductible short-term medical missions.
Over the past 10 years, FDoA
has flown more than 100 missions and provided free medical care to more than 85,000 men, women and children.
FOUNDER Allan Gathercoal has organized and participated in every one of FdoA's missions.
This year, he
will lead missions to Mongolia, Peru and Fiji.
Allan was born in England.
Allan Gathercoal, founder and president of FDoA, gathered most of the team from his list of previous mission participants.
All are familiar with working under such rugged conditions that they will find in Albania.
Due to the precarious nature of this mission (poor general communication and overall chaos), the team needed to be counted on to work well together, be extremely flexible, and be able to act independently if necessary.
Experience in the field is necessary.
Estimates are that the team will treat 400 to 700 refugees a day.
REASON FOR GOING While each team member has his
own distinct reason for going, all relate to Allan Gathercoal's
reason: "No matter how successful, famous and important you become there is nothing on earth that matters more that who you help.