In June 2015, the Make-A-Wish Foundation made a simple request. 7-year-old William, born with congenital heart defects, wanted to be a pilot. William and his family flew to DFW where he attended the Flight Academy. He received a custom-made pilot uniform, hat complete with rollerboard and embroidered with “Captain William” and the American logo, and mini Ray-Ban Aviators. Most important, he got his wings.
This one-day wish became a three-day wish as American employees helped Make-A-Wish provide an unforgettable experience.
More than 500 guests hit the slopes in Vail, Colorado, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Ambassadors Libby Seamans, Samantha Monson and Piper Welsh inspired everyone with their stories. All three emphasized how they want to change the way CF patients are viewed — by both themselves and others. “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.’” To date, the event has raised more than $33 million for the CFF.
Nearly 2,000 children descended upon Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport aboard the Snowball Express. The annual event brings together families of post-9/11 fallen military members for an all-expenses-paid trip. This year’s trip included a visit to the Perot Museum and a special screening of Annie. The weekend is a time for families to support each other, share their grief and celebrate their accomplishments after suffering such a devastating loss. American, official airline and sponsor, provided transportation, and nearly 150 pilots and flight attendants donated their time.
The Something mAAgic Foundation’s 19th annual mAAgicsm flight flew 36 courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families to their fun destination, where they stayed at the incredible Give Kids The World Village®, a 70-acre “storybook” resort in Kissimmee, Fla. that neighbors popular Orlando attractions.
Through UNICEF’s Change for Good® program on American Airlines, you can help UNICEF save children’s lives by donating foreign or domestic currency on selected international flights or in specially marked UNICEF donation boxes at Admirals Club® lounges and Flagship Lounges® locations worldwide (except Latin America).
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF's longest-running volunteer movement has engaged generations of grassroots supporters of UNICEF's mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to zero because of the support of American Airlines employees and customers.
American Chairman and CEO Doug Parker joins Estela Resendiz, Reservations Representative; Suzanne Rubin, Vice President – Customer Insight & Loyalty; Patrick O'Keeffe, Vice President – Information Technology Services; and Cynthia Barnes, Director – Community Relations, in accepting a generous donation of $15,000 from SABRE for the American Airlines Miles for Kids In Need program Sept. 12.
Through passenger donations made to Miles for Kids in Need, American Airlines was able to help 16-month-old Emily travel from her home in Ecuador to the United States for life-saving heart surgery. HeartGift, an organization that helps assist children born with congenital heart defects live a full life, organized the trip.
American Airlines Celebrity Ski, one of the nation’s largest cystic fibrosis fundraisers, raises more toward research and therapies for people living with the disease. The program has raised more than $30 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since 1989, ambassadors Libby, Sam and Piper have been the faces of Celebrity Ski and continue in the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Read their story here.
Every year, 14 teenage TSRHC amputee patients travel to Winter Park to ski at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled, gaining a sense of self-confidence, independence and discovery. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences.
Thanks to the generosity of our customers traveling abroad, an outstanding $1,051,853 was raised in 2013 through UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines, the largest, and one of the longest-running, charitable programs helping children in need. Donating just $1 can provide protein biscuits for a hungry child; $10 can immunize 18 children against polio for life.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation continues to seek a cure and to improve the quality of life for those suffering with cystic fibrosis. Through its annual Celebrity Ski event and support of Great Strides walks, American helps the group by raising awareness and funds.
Snowball Express is one of the few charities dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization pays tribute to fallen military service members by helping their families connect with each other.
The Something mAAgic Foundation® Inc., is a nonprofit organization made of volunteers who are current and former employees of American Airlines. Something mAAgic supports the missions of children’s organizations such as Make-A-Wish®, Dream Factory, Take A Breather and Casey Cares to create magical memories for children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions.
UNICEF’s Change for Good program is an innovative partnership that raises funds through donation of foreign currency. Customers on select American Airlines flights can donate unused U.S. and foreign currencies onboard to help UNICEF make a difference in the lives of children.
Give Kids The World Village is a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The American Airlines Kids in Need program provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with needs for medical, educational, social services issues and/or for those that heighten public awareness of children's issues. Beneficiaries of the program include individuals as well as organizations with needs related to medical, educational and social concerns, and/or causes that heighten public awareness of children’s issues.