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American Airlines Donates $1 Million to Stand Up to Cancer

Airline partnered with customers for June fundraising campaign

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines is proud to announce a $1 million donation to Stand Up To Cancer thanks to the generosity of our customers.

Ten days ago American launched a flight promotion whereby American would donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer for every flight purchased on during the month of June, up to $1 million.

“Our collaboration with Stand Up is breaking new ground. We were thrilled to engage our team members who have been touched by cancer in the campaign and it clearly resonated with our generous customers,” said Elise Eberwein, American’s executive vice president – People and Communications. “In a world where it sometimes feels as though our differences are highlighted, we share a common goal in the fight against cancer and this $1 million will help bring innovative treatments to patients and fund groundbreaking research.”

Stand Up To Cancer brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community.

“I can’t say thank you enough to the American Airlines customers who made this $1 million donation a reality,” commented John Biegel campaign participant and LAX-based captain who is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. “When it comes to cancer research every dollar matters; and this donation is going to make a meaningful difference in bringing treatment options to cancer patients like me.”  

American is proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer and advance their mission to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

About the Stand Up To Cancer Initiative
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C’s president since 2011.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit

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