American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation Team Up With Make-A-Wish Foundation to Grant Children's Wishes

Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund Lends a Hand as the 13th Annual

WishFlight Takes 31 Children to Orlando

Sep 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Airlines, Inc.

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines
 and the Something mAAgic Foundation are partnering with the Make-A-Wish
 Foundation(R) to grant children their fondest wishes with a trip to
 Orlando, Fla. Thirty-one courageous wish kids will participate in American
 Airlines 13th Annual WishFlight on Friday, Oct. 3.
     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(R) and various Orlando
     Bon voyage festivities will take place in more than 29 airports
 throughout the American Airlines network as the wish children depart their
 home cities. 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 departing
 passengers. There are also festivities when the wish kids arrive in Orlando
 as the children and their families begin their magical vacation.
     "WishFlight is all about hope and fun for everyone involved. The gift
 of a child's wish provides immeasurable joy for the entire family," said
 Jennifer Proctor, Executive Director of the Something mAAgic Foundation.
 "It's an honor to be a part of an organization that replaces hospital
 visits and worries with happy times and memories for the whole family."
     An added bonus this year will be the presence of Miss America 2008
 Kirsten Haglund, who has volunteered to join others to welcome the kids at
 the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport terminal parties before
 boarding a WishFlight to Orlando and continuing the celebration there. The
 following evening, Haglund will join Something mAAgic volunteers and
 participate in a Give Kids The World Village party with the kids and their
     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's play areas were designed to
 delight children of all ages, complete with a wheelchair-accessible
 carousel, an Ice Cream Palace, movie theatre, and a wheelchair-accessible
 swimming pool located at the American Airlines-sponsored "The Park of
     As part of the foundation's commitment to enhancing the wishes of
 children, this year Something mAAgic will present Give Kids The World
 Village the final installment of a three-year pledge to build a new villa
 to house additional families during their stay. The dedication ceremony of
 the new villa will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4.
     To learn more about WishFlight 2008 and Something mAAgic or to help
 fulfill wishes by donating your time or financial contribution, please
     About Something mAAgic Foundation
     The Something mAAgic Foundation(R) is a 501C(3) non-profit organization
 made up of American Airlines(R), American Eagle(R), and American Airlines
 Federal Credit Union(R) employee volunteers. By supporting the missions of
 the Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) and Give Kids the World Village(R), we help
 create magical memories for children with life-threatening medical
 conditions. Since 1996, more than $1,000,000 has been raised to help
 children from Canada, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States
 realize their lifelong wish. For more information, visit
     About Make-A-Wish Foundation
     The Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) 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 66
 chapters in the U.S. 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 167,000 wishes in the U.S. since
 inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish(R).
     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,
 donated attractions 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 65 countries.
     About The Miss America Organization
     The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading
 achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship
 assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and
 its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in
 cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to
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 Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional airlines serve 250 cities in
 over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network
 fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus
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 founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of
 the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer
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