Throughout the year, American Airlines supports initiatives to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we shift our focus to our long-standing partnership with Susan G. Komen and our annual Be Pink campaign.
AAdvantage members can earn 20 AAdvantage miles for every dollar donated to Susan G. Komen® through American’s Miles for the Cure program, which raises funds to support breast cancer research.
This year, Komen is setting a bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years by, among other things, enhancing their focus on research to cure these forms of breast cancer and metastatic disease.
Finding a cure for breast cancer is especially important to us. Each year, more American employees are affected by breast cancer than any other cancer. As the most common form of cancer among women, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of a million people will be diagnosed with it in 2016.
Detected in early stages, breast cancer has a 99 percent survival rate. But even when detection is delayed, there is still hope.
Customer service agent Maureen Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Extensive chemo and radiation therapies seemed to improve her condition. However, in 2004, Maureen’s cancer metastasized into her spine and liver. With the support of her friends and family, she underwent chemo and radiation a second time.
“I am always happy to talk about my journey so women know that even if your cancer has metastasized, you can still go on living a normal and happy life,” Maureen said. She still receives weekly treatments, but has a positive prognosis and outlook. “I can happily say that I have not had a reoccurrence in 12 years.”
Our employees’ brave stories motivate us to continue our fight to find a cure. See their faces and read their inspirational quotes below. If you would like to join us in the fight, throughout October, AAdvantage® members will earn 20 miles for every $1 donated to Miles for the Cure, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Young Investigators Grant Program.
Purchase from the inflight menu.
With your purchase of Project 7 Gourmet Gummies Grapefruit Melon, $2 of each sale (up to $40,000) is donated in support of breast cancer research and American’s commitment funding the Susan G. Komen Young Investigators Grant Program.
This month, American offers pink Dasani sparkling water and raspberry lemonade as one of our complimentary beverages during flight.
Visit the Admirals Club.
In select Admirals Club locations, the purchase of certain pink menu items will result in a 20 percent donation.
In support of American’s employees and the 2016 Be Pink campaign, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has made a generous donation of $10,000 to Susan G. Komen Young Investigator Grant Program.
Log on to Wi-Fi in the sky.
American’s Wi-Fi supplier, Gogo, turns our logon page pink throughout the month of October. Their support helps spread awareness of our collaborative fight against breast cancer.
Participate in Be Pink Day on Oct. 13.
Join us in wearing pink. American’s employees will don pink uniform items and accessories throughout the month of October, but especially on Oct. 13 — American’s worldwide Be Pink day.