Mercy Flight Open House – Free, Informative and Fun! What an AMAZING Opportunity!

July 17, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Mercy Flight is having an open house for the entire community!!!!

It’s a service you hope to never need. But, Mercy Flight is there for all of us when and if we need them. I know that first hand. My daughter, Maria is alive thanks to Mercy Flight. Their incredible crew literally saved my daughter’s life. She would not be here. She would be dead. There’s no other way to say that. It’s not a maybe she would have survived – she wouldn’t have. Period. So, of course I am indebted to them forever. And ever.

Last year, we were lucky enough to meet the crew and it was an experience I will cherish forever. (Read more HERE)

Not only that, I’ve written around a dozen stories in the past year about other life-saving rescues by Mercy Flight. Here are just a few…

Gavin Burns was flown by Mercy Flight to Oishei Children’s Hospital after a tragic lawn mower accident. 

Derek Aul was flown by Mercy Flight after a snowmobile accident.

Xander Green was flown by Mercy Flight after tragedy struck in Zoar Valley Gorge.

Chris Travis was flown by Mercy Flight after falling 75 feet while hiking in the Niagara Gorge.


Mercy Flight is always there when the need arises. Always.  This weekend they are opening their doors to the community. They are showing all of us what they offer – and we can check out the super cool helicopters, meet their amazing crew members, check out their hangar which sits directly next to the Buffalo Airport – and the views are stunning.

Mercy Flight Open House

WHEN: Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: 100 Amherst Villa Road, Cheektowaga

WHAT TO EXPECT:  Mercy Flight is partnering with Buffalo Niagara International Airport Fire Department to offer a FREE day of educational fun! This is a perfect event for the entire family to enjoy.

This is what you have to look forward to:

Tour of the Mercy Flight helicopter, ambulance, hangar building and fire house
Live demonstrations
Stop the Bleed trainings
Meet the heroes in orange
Face painting, balloon animals & other kid’s activities
Live music by Scott Celani Band on our tarmac (Yes, that is my husband 🙂 )
Ice cream tastings with Yelp Buffalo
Meet Buffalo’s Best Batman…
And it’s all free. What an amazing opportunity. My family and I will be there to celebrate this amazing organization and we hope to see you there!




It was everything we’d hoped for. And more.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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