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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Since we are full-time RVers we are faced with the question of what to do if one or both of us should become incapacitated through accident or illness. In view of this we recently opted to take out a lifetime membership in MASA's Air & Ground Ambulance Service.
Over the past 29 years Medical Air Services Association has been dedicated to providing life-saving emergency assistance from home, while traveling, on or off the job. The coverage is designed to protect members against catastrophic financial loss when emergencies arise.
The Platinum Membership offers the following 13 services: Emergency Air Transportation • Helicopter Transportation • Ground Ambulance Transportation • Organ Retrieval • Organ Recipient Transportation • Recuperation/Repatriation • Return Transportation • Escort Transportation • Non-Injury Transportation • Minor Children/Grandchildren Return • Mortal Remains • Vehicle Return • World Wide Coverage
Should either Teddy or I suffer a serious illness or injury requiring medical treatment not available locally, MASA will fly us to the nearest medical facility capable of providing the specialized treatment required, providing that it is more than 100 miles from the point of departure. Following hospitalization MASA will then return us to the airport nearest our permanent residence, either by air ambulance transport or commercial, depending upon our particular circumstances. Our permanent residence can be either Appleton or Traverse City or whatever we decide on at the time. In addition, if one of us were hospitalized away from home for more than seven days, MASA will fly a family member or friend, via round trip airfare, to visit us and will also provide a bonded driver to return our RV to our permanent residence and will pay for the gas and oil to do so. 
MASA provides this service to absolutely free, with no deductibles, no out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, since we are Lifetime Platinum Members, helicopter services are also provided from the site of an accident or illness to the nearest medical facility capable of rendering treatment.
The average cost of a retail air ambulance transport is $6,000, but can be as high as $25,000 or even more. As a MASA member, this service is provided free of charge. MASA's aircraft are strategically placed throughout various regions in the western hemisphere. All MASA aircraft are medically equipped and depending upon the medical requirements of the individual member/patient, appropriate medial personnel may accompany the member on the flight free of charge. 
If one or both of us should die MASA will arrange and pay for the return of our remains to the airport nearest our permanent residence. MASA's services are provided in the continental United States of America, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda.
It was expensive but in the long run we feel that it was worth it

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