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American Airlines Customers Raise Record $4m to Fight Cancer

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During this year’s annual fundraising campaign, American Airlines partnered with Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and raised nearly $4 million for innovative and life-saving cancer research. It was the most successful fundraising campaign that the airline has contributed to since joining forces with SU2C in 2016.

American Airlines customers raise record total for Stand Up To Cancer campaign

Stand Up To Cancer funds collaborative, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional scientific cancer research teams and investigators. American Airlines has been supporting SU2C for seven years. In that time, the airline raised over $20 million to make every cancer patient a long-term survivor.

“Thanks to the tremendous support from our generous team members and customers, American was able to make its largest contribution in a single campaign to Stand Up To Cancer to date,” American Airlines Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Ron DeFeo said. “The impact we can make when we unite in the fight against cancer is humbling and American is honored to be a part of that fight.”

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Since its start on Aug. 19, the campaign has rewarded customers with 25 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for every dollar they donate. Using their American Airlines AAdvantage® Mastercard® credit card to donate also earns customers 50 bonus AAdvantage® miles per dollar. The airline has set a maximum of $3 million in miles-earning donations. The funds raised will support groundbreaking research efforts, helping to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.

In addition to the fundraising campaign, American Airlines has actively supported SU2C in various ways this year. As part of the campaign launch, Isom and the American Airlines team appeared on the eighth SU2C biennial televised fundraising special. The progam reflected on their ongoing collaboration and commitment to SU2C. Furthermore, American Airlines team members who have experienced cancer’s impact were recognized during on-field ceremonies at Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs baseball games. These games featured special moments where players and audience members took a moment to acknowledge and support those affected by cancer.

“We are so grateful for the support of American Airlines and their customers, who’ve played a major role in propelling our mission forward,” said Rusty Robertson, SU2C co-founder. “Through our donors’ generosity, we can save more lives now and keep moving critical cancer research forward – to make every patient a long-term survivor. Stand Up To Cancer looks forward to reaching more milestones together.”

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