14th Annual WishFlight To Take 31 Children on the Vacation of Their Dreams
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation(®) are joining with A Special Wish Foundation Inc.(®), The Dream Factory Inc.(®) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation(®) to grant children their fondest wishes with a trip to Orlando, Fla. Today, 31 courageous wish kids will participate in the American Airlines 14th Annual WishFlight.
WishFlight, Something mAAgic's annual marquee event, sends children with life-threatening medical conditions, and their families, to Florida for a seven-day retreat at Give Kids The World Village(®) and various Orlando attractions.
Bon voyage festivities will take place in 31 airports throughout the American Airlines and American Eagle network as the children depart their home cities. Additionally, connection and arrival celebrations will take place at airports in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago and Miami. These events, hosted by American Airlines, American Eagle and American Airlines Federal Credit Union employee volunteers, include decorations, games, cheering volunteers and cake for all passengers. The Orlando airport arrival celebration will also include various festivities as children and their families begin their magical vacations.
"WishFlight is designed for children and their families to replace their daily routine of medical treatments and hospital visits with a week of happy memories and hope," said Todd Fairbanks, Executive Director of the Something mAAgic Foundation. "For 13 years, this program has made dreams come true for kids around the world."
During their stay at the Give Kids The World Village, each wish family will enjoy accommodations in their own villa and meals onsite at the Gingerbread House Restaurant. The Village, complete with a wheelchair-accessible carousel, an Ice Cream Palace, movie theatre, and a boundless playground, was designed to delight children of all ages.
WishFlight 2009 marks the first year that Something mAAgic will partner with additional wish-granting organizations, including A Special Wish Foundation Inc., The Dream Factory Inc. and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in hopes of expanding their wish-granting efforts. To learn more about WishFlight 2009 and Something mAAgic, or to help fulfill wishes through volunteer opportunities or a financial contribution, please visit www.somethingmaagic.org.
About Something mAAgic Foundation
The Something mAAgic Foundation(®) Inc., is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers who are current and former employees of American Airlines, American Eagle and American Airlines Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). We support the missions of Give Kids The World Village(®) and other children's organizations to create mAAgical memories for children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit www.somethingmaagic.org.
About A Special Wish Foundation Inc.
A Special Wish Foundation Inc.(®) is a non-profit organization dedicated to granting wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Founded in 1982, A Special Wish Foundation was one of the first wish-granting organizations established in the United States, with 13 national chapters. Since its founding, thousands of wishes have been granted to qualifying children. A Special Wish Foundation is the only major wish-granting organization in the United States that grants wishes to infants, children and adolescents from birth through and including the age of 20 years. For more information about A Special Wish Foundation, visit www.spwish.org.
About The Dream Factory Inc.
The Dream Factory(®) began in 1980 with one all-volunteer chapter and has since grown into the second-largest children's wish-granting organization in the United States. It has granted over 25,000 dreams since its inception - all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 36 of its local chapters with over 5,000 volunteers who raise funds within their own communities to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children between the ages of 3 and 18. The Dream Factory is the only children's wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. For more information about The Dream Factory, visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org.
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation(®) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 180,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish.
About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World Village(®) is a non-profit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Wish-granting organizations coordinate transportation to Orlando, while Give Kids The World provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, attraction tickets, and meals for a week-long fantasy vacation. Since its founding in 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(®) serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com(®), provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(®) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
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