FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

I want to support LifeFlight of Maine, how do I sign up?

Great, we’d love to have you join us! For this year’s event, you can swim OR paddle across any body of water you choose. We hope to have people swimming and paddling (crossing!) in every county, helping us connect the corners of Maine, just like LifeFlight connects patients across the state to the critical care they need, when they need it. To register, click here


I registered before this turned virtual - can I still swim or paddle?

Yes! If you registered as a swimmer, you have nothing left to do but train and fundraise! A reminder that this year’s event does NOT have a minimum fundraising requirement. We’re simply asking everyone to do whatever they can. 

If you previously registered as a paddler, you have four options:

1) you can remain as a support paddler and escort your swimmer when they do their crossing (you will receive a t-shirt);
2) you can convert your registration to a full virtual participant, pay the difference in the registration fee ($40) and be eligible for fundraising prizes and a finisher medal;
3) you can convert your registration to a donation; or
4) you can request a refund. Email eventmanager@islesborocrossing.org if you have any questions.

Be sure to update your personal fundraising page with your own story and let us know where you will be doing your crossing. 

 

What will the virtual swim and paddle look like? 

We recognize that swimmers and paddlers are located across the US and around the world, so we want to make the virtual iX2020 as accessible as possible. To do this, you have options for completing your swim or paddle:

  • Complete your crossing between August 1 and August 16. This means you’ll have 2 weeks to complete a paddle or swim of your choice. 
  • You will create your own crossing. Whatever distance you like and wherever you like. You can only swim a mile this year? No problem! Want to swim a 10k? Go for it! Want to paddle across Sebago Lake or down the Saco River? It’s completely up to you! 
  • Be safe. Please follow all CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. If you swim in open water, have someone with you in case of an emergency. Click here for more  open water safety guidelines. If you are paddling, have a whistle and a PFD with you at all times. Please, don’t swim the route from Northport to Islesboro. Islesboro is requesting only residents on the island at this time.

Am I still required to fundraise?

The mission of LifeFlight does not stop. However, we also understand these are trying times for everyone, so we are removing the fundraising minimum and asking our participants to do what they can with regard to fundraising. We are also opening the event to anyone who wants to join us as a swimmer or paddler.


If I raise money, do I get prizes?

All swimmers and paddlers who complete their crossing will receive a goodie bag which will include a t-shirt, finisher medal and a few other special items. We’ve also created a unique fundraising incentive plan with lots of great gifts at levels from $150 to $20,000.


How will I get my goodies?

This year, because we will not all be together in Northport, we will be mailing your goodie bags and fundraising prizes. If you are local to the LifeFlight Foundation office, arrangements can be made to pick up your items in Camden. 


Why is this event so important for LifeFlight?

At LifeFlight, we believe that everyone in Maine has the right to lifesaving critical care, and we know that every minute counts.  With more than one million people spread across a vast state, providing critical care transport is a complex but essential service. When we all work together, we can bridge the miles to save lives. 

Because of the work and dedication of our past participants, we’ve moved even closer to our goal of purchasing two new helicopters to replace our oldest models, Echo Mike and Charlie Mike. We've purchased specialized medical equipment designed specifically to take care of seriously ill patients in the transport environment. We've offered advanced clinical training and education to emergency medical providers across the state. All of that means you're helping even more people in Maine (residents and visitors alike) get the critical care and transport they need, when they need it.


I don’t want to participate in the virtual event, but I’ve already registered. What happens to my registration fee?

Swimmers will automatically be entered into the virtual crossing. If for some reason this doesn't work the following options are available:

  • Convert your registration to a donation,
  • Request a refund (eventmanager@islesborocrossing.org)

Support paddlers who have already registered but don’t wish to participate in the virtual event:

  • Convert your registration to a donation.
  • Request a refund (eventmanager@islesborocrossing.org)

What is LifeFlight doing during the COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Caring for and safely transporting COVID-19 patients is now a daily occurrence for LifeFlight’s transport teams. Each shift begins with a health check station for all crew, and throughout the shift everyone dons a mask and maintains physical distancing requirements. When teams head out on a mission everyone adds a surgical head covering, ‘bunny suit’ coveralls, goggles, face shield, double gloves, foot coverings, and an N95 mask or a PAPR (positive air pressure respirator). Constant checks and rechecks are necessary to prevent inadvertent exposures.     

In our role caring for critically ill patients, we have spent a lot of time with our crews simulating high-risk aerosolization procedures such as intubation (placing breathing tubes) and transitioning and moving patients on our ventilators. This practice is especially important as we work to understand how to best manage these complex and highly infectious disease patients in a complicated aviation environment.

This simulation and practice not only protects our clinicians and patients, it is also helpful as we share our hard-earned knowledge with our colleagues--nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and physician extenders--in our community hospitals and major medical centers. 

Here in Maine, it seems that we have flattened the curve for now, but we must also understand this only slows the rate of infection. It does not stop it. We will be seeing COVID-19 patients for the next 18 months, until the combination of vaccines and acquired immunity takes hold throughout the population. This is a long game and we will continue to experience an increased and strained workload.  The situation in Maine and across the country, while hopeful, is fragile.

 

Additional Questions? 

Please contact us at eventmanager@islesborocrossing.org