Hawaii | Growth Hormone Deficiency | Kids

One week before Christmas, Spc. Cogswell and his family were told by doctors that their 6-year-old daughter, Cadence, would lose her ability to see. Not in 20 years, 10 years, or even five — but in just one year. In 2010, young Cadence was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency and Septo Optic Dysplasia. She is fully blind in her right eye and has very little vision in her left, as her pituitary gland is pushing up against her optic nerve in that eye. Her doctors are considering performing surgery to possibly save her sight for a while longer, but the family was told to begin preparing themselves and their little girl for blindness. The Cogswell’s urgent wish is to fill their daughter’s memory with as many joyful and wondrous sights as possible in the short amount of time they have before that day comes.

LeAnn Rimes
The Something mAAgic Foundation® is helping the Cogswells achieve this goal. Spc. Cogswell, who has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, is currently stationed in Hawaii with the 57th Military Police Company, 8th MP Brigade at Schofield Barracks. In March, American will fly Cadence, her two sisters, and her mom and dad from Hawaii to L.A. for five days and four nights at a Disneyland resort. While vacationing at the park, the family will also meet LeAnn Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian, who will spend one of the days at the park with Cadence and her family.

For more than 20 years, American has been dedicated to creating memories and providing opportunities for children and their families all over the world through our American Airlines Kids In Need program. This program provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for the organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with medical and educational needs, social services issues, and/or for those that heighten public awareness of children’s issues.

AAdvantage® members play a major role in helping support some of the world’s foremost organizations dedicated to caring for children by donating their unused AAdvantage miles to American’s Miles for Kids in Need® program. These generous donations make stories like the Cogswells’ trip possible. They make it possible for Something mAAgic to grant the wishes and dreams of children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions by providing an annual mAAgic Flight to an unforgettable vacation experience in Orlando, Fla., similar to the trip the Cogswells will take.

If you have unused miles you’d like to donate to help improve the quality of life of children and their families, please click here. We — and the kids — will certainly appreciate it!