Superstar Tim McGraw is joining American Airlines in the effort to ‘Stand Up To Cancer,’ urging fans to stand along with them in a new public service announcement.
McGraw appears in a new commercial for the charitable campaign, asking fans to donate to Stand Up To Cancer and help find a cure. If they give $25 or more in the month of July, they can submit the name of a loved one who is either a cancer survivor, a current cancer fighter or someone who has lost their battle with the disease, and that name will then be included in the paint job of a specially designed American Airlines Airbus A321, set to begin flying this fall.
The cause is a personal one to McGraw, who lost his father to cancer in 2004. And like him, American Airlines employees from Los Angeles and Nashville who have been personally affected by it fill the video clip — including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, customer service agents and fleet service team members.
“Every family in America has a cancer story, my own family included. Too many of us have lost our parents, children, spouses and friends to this terrible disease,” McGraw says in an official statement. “I’ve been so touched by the stories of the American Airlines team members I’ve met over the past month and I’m honored to lend my voice to this campaign to help create a world where all cancer patients can become long-term survivors and have more time with the people they love.”
One hundred percent of donations received will go to support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs. To make a donation and add a name to the plane, visit aa.com/standup between July 1 – 31. Donors can then visit aa.com/standup again in late September to see the location of their submitted names on the plane before it begins flying.