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Once seated on the aircraft, the first thing I do is reach for American Way, and I’m never disappointed. Your Oct. 1 issue, however, was more than a form of in-flight entertainment and information — it touched me in very personal ways. I was reading the cover story about Christina Applegate (“Art Imitating Life”) and her professional and personal achievements in relation to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A good friend of mine had recently completed radiation treatment for early-stage breast cancer, and I was only days away from my own annual mammogram.
I was impressed and touched by Applegate’s highly visible and proactive efforts, through her Right Action for Women foundation, to ensure that younger women with high risk factors can take advantage of early?-detection methods that can save lives. Applegate may not be the only celebrity to make good use of the visibility and prominence that stardom confers, but in my view, she ranks among the most admirable. I’m grateful to American Way for sharing her story and her passionate advocacy. I’m also donating to American Airlines’ Miles for the Cure program because of the ad included in the October issue.
EDITOR ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: Thanks so much for your note, Margaret, and for your generous gift of miles for Miles for the Cure. You’re a role model for us all.
BIG BEND ALLURE
I was excited to see an article about Big Bend National Park (“The Ghosts of Big Bend”) in the Sept. 15 issue of American Way. I spend most of my time in big cities when traveling for work, so when I take vacation, I tend to lean toward getting away from everything. I’ve been talking with a colleague about a trip to Big Bend for years. I told him about reading your article and we made plans to go. I kept a copy of the magazine so he could see the article when I returned home, but to my surprise, he was able to find the article on your website, something I didn’t think of. Thanks again for writing an article geared toward those wanting to get away from it all and for having both the online and print versions available.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAN HUBBARD RESPONDS: We’re always happy to help with recommendations for travel plans, Erik. Each month we also have a feature story written specifically for our website. This month, check out our story on how TV and movie graphics are produced.
As a Belizean, it is rare when I come across anything that brings a spotlight to my country. As I skimmed through the Oct. 1 issue of American Way on my journey to St. Kitts, I was surprised to see something extremely Belizean, but it wasn’t about our white-sand caves, our tropical rain forests or our ancient Mayan ruins. It was about Kim Simplis Barrow, the first lady of our country, and her struggle with breast cancer. What made reading this article (“Editor’s Note”) special was knowing that whoever else read it would be able to relate in some way, Belizean or not.
A.P. RESPONDS: It really puts life in perspective, doesn’t it, Lisa? When you travel to Belize and you see the opulence and beauty of what is essentially a utopia, you don’t think anything bad can ever happen there. The first lady’s story illustrates that breast cancer knows no such rule and that the global community needs to support all women battling the disease around the world.
On Sept. 22, my best friend and I said “I do!” A few days later, we set out on our honeymoon to St. Maarten. For our travels we decided on American Airlines (my first flight with your carrier). On our last night, we recapped an amazing trip and decided that we would call every adventure together in the future a honeymoon. As our flight back to the States sped along, I decided to check out American Way. I must say that after reading your magazine, I have a great bucket list of trips — or, as we call them, honeymoons — planned for my wife and me. We look forward to using American Airlines on all of those future honeymoons.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JESSICA JONES RESPONDS: What a sweet idea! Congratulations on your wedding, Ryan. We look forward to keeping you company on all your upcoming “honeymoons.”
I am the dyslexia therapist at our wonderful school, and Adam Pitluk’s Sept. 1 “Editor’s Note” inspired me, made me tear up and encouraged me. I see students in our school who feel so much like Mr. Pitluk did in elementary school. His words gave me more insight about these students. I volunteer each year to coach an oral-reading competition, and most of the participants are dyslexic. Last year, all but two of them earned ribbons. After reading about Mrs. Barron finding Mr. Pitluk’s strengths, I was encouraged that my students gained self-confidence last year. Most of them are entering the competition this year, and I hope this is something that will launch them, as Romeo did for Mr. Pitluk, into loving language, reading and writing. I was debating whether or not to coach again this year, but after reading this article, I wouldn’t pass it up.
A.P. RESPONDS: Thank you for sharing your story with me, Sherri. You’re making a difference in the lives of children, and I guarantee you that 25 years from now, you’ll get an out-of-the-blue email from at least one of them thanking you for your guidance.