American, its employees and its customers are all part of a team working together to provide relief and assistance in areas where it is needed. American feels strongly that with being a global business comes global responsibility and our collective humanitarian efforts help support the communities in which we all live, work and play. Whether it’s partnering with the Red Cross to provide relief, donating to advance breast cancer research and awareness through Susan G. Komen or supporting American Cancer Society, American is focused on helping to provide food, clothing, shelter, health, education and employment to benefit children and/or those afflicted by unexpected adversity. We know that together, we can make a difference.
This year, American raised more than $95,000 for the Red Cross. Close to $59,000 was brought in to support stateside efforts. But, after a devastating earthquake in Nepal, American raised more than $37,000 specifically for that region. These funds went to work immediately, alleviating suffering and bringing hope as only the Red Cross can. When our employees’ efforts combine with the generous hearts of customers, we see firsthand the power of giving and the difference it makes.
American and US Airways operated nine flights that brought home stranded travelers and provided humanitarian aid supplies for Cabo San Lucas. Only half of the customers were originally booked on American flights, the rest were from other carriers. More than 40,000 pounds of supplies were flown in, including water, Gatorade, diapers, aspirin, tents and flashlights. Employees from across the system helped make the rescue flights a success as they provided comfort and assistance to the displaced travelers.
At the 2015 event, Suzanne George, long-time American employee, spoke about how her 27-year-old daughter’s diagnoses of breast cancer affected the entire family. George is a volunteer for American’s Celebrity Golf & Tennis event. “The Celebrity Golf event that I had so happily worked on for several years had recently raised $8 million for Komen’s Promise Fund,” George said. “The very clinic that now had oversight of our daughter’s treatment was supported by this Komen grant.”
Last year’s Be Pink campaign marked the first time our combined airline had joined forces for a cause — and it shows. Throughout the month of October, American’s team of 100,000 donned pink uniform items, laced up tennis shoes and stood up for the fight against cancer. To launch this effort, 20 employee breast cancer survivors came to Fort Worth, Texas, for a fun and meaningful photo shoot. Their stories were shared on American’s website, inspiring all of us.
American Airlines, along with the American Red Cross, extends its gratitude to all those who made a donation to support those affected by the disasters that struck the nation’s heartland in 2013, particularly in Oklahoma. A total of 1,004 people donated $103,452 to the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross and American Airlines gratefully awarded 414,000 miles to our generous donors.
From North Dakota to the East Coast and all throughout the South, the American Red Cross launched relief operations in more than half of the United States to respond to those in need due to tornadoes, floods and wild fires. Our thanks goes to the 735 customers who contributed $70,347 to the Red Cross efforts.
Susan G. Komen is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to saving lives and ending breast cancer. American has partnered with the organization to bring awareness and funds to support a research grant at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has worked to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Through events like Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the organization raises awareness and funds while offering a life-changing event that both survivors and their loved ones can rally around.
The Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need and works with volunteers and companies to prevent and relieve suffering around the world through disaster relief, health services and blood donations.
Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The grassroots movement raises money to fund innovative cancer research. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer and the important research it supports, please visit su2c.org