The Fight of Their Lives
The faces of American’s long-term commitment to cure cystic fibrosis.

It’s quite the humbling experience when you’re credited with helping save lives. Not just in the abstract, but when name and faces – like Libby Pelican Seamans, Samantha Pelican Monson and Piper Beatty – say unequivocally that their presence on this earth would not still be possible were it not for the American Airlines annual Celebrity Ski event benefiting cystic fibrosis research.

Since 1989, Libby, Sam and Piper have been the ambassadors at AA’s annual Celebrity Ski Weekend in Vail, Colo. So far, the event has raised more than $30 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Money from the event, one of the nation’s largest CF fundraisers, has gone toward research and therapies, which are the best known treatments to date.

With the charity event, all three women say they want to change the way cystic fibrosis patients are viewed – and how patients view themselves. “I was told not to go to college, then not to study abroad, then not to go to law school, then not to work at a firm,” Piper says. “But here I am. Fifty years from now, we’re going to have a whole group of old CF’ers looking around, saying, ‘What was I waiting for?’”

Share in the girls’ incredible story from this year’s event:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is supported under the American Airlines Kids in Need program. If you have unused AAdvantage® miles, please consider making a donation to Miles for Kids in Need.
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