American Airlines Wings for Purple- TUL

  • Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

    Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

American Airlines Wings for Purple- TUL


Raised: $1,125

Goal: $2,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!


Wings for Purple 

Benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Sponsored by the American Airlines Virtual Employee Business Resource Group.


Join American’s Virtual Employee Business Resource Group as we partner up with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) and help raise awareness about the 3rd deadliest form of cancer that has only a 10% survival rate after 5-years; while also raising donations for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as well as either walking or running in PanCan’s PurpleStride Oklahoma - The Walk to end Pancreatic Cancer.

PurpleStride fuels progress. And thanks to those who fundraise for PurpleStride, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is able to continue advancing research, serving more patients and families, and being the leading provider of pancreatic cancer services and information in the world.  Since the first walk in 2008, PurpleStride has been the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s most powerful vehicle for fundraising and awareness. Each year, in more than 50 PurpleStride events across the country, survivors, families, researchers, caregivers and others touched by pancreatic cancer come together to rewrite the future of this deadly disease.

Together, PanCan has raised more than $101 million for pancreatic cancer research and patient services through community events from 2008 to 2017. But the true impact of our work together is measured in progress, not dollars. The five-year survival rate has increased by three percentage points since 2014 and is now 10 percent.

Purple ribbons don’t rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. You do.

How Wings for Purple got started:

John Biegel an American Airlines pilot for 27 years was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a challenging three-year battle which he faced with optimism grace and humor John passed away on January 19 2018.

On May 5th, 2018 the American Airlines’ Virtual Employee Business Resource Group formed a corporate team called Let Purple Take Flight to participate in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride Los Angeles walk. In just 5 weeks the team raised over $10,000 in honor of Captain John Biegel.

Based on the feedback from the Los Angeles event Virtual found that employees system-wide were expressing their wish to have been able to participate. So Virtual decided to elevate the level of employee involvement by forming Wings for Purple. A program that allows American Employees to step up and get engaged with their local community while at the same time raise funds for a good cause – The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and increase American’s visibility with the public.

The Virtual EBRG has been working closely with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to design a way where any employee can either join each PurpleStride’s Wings for Purple Team or create a Wings for Purple Team on their own at any of the PurpleStride Events nationwide and the still be able to earn American Giving / Do Crew hours.

The system is even set up so that we can have multiple teams at a single event in sort of a friendly competition - so stations can have their own mini competitions between workgroups/departments if they wish.

Got a friend that thinks they’re a better fundraiser than you are? Well challenge them to create their own team at the same event and let the numbers show who’s the better fundraiser!

Or say that some of the LAX Flight Attendants wanted to challenge the other work groups at LAX to see which work group can raise the most donations for PurpleStride Los Angeles; then each workgroup can choose to each create their own Wings for Purple Teams (i.e. Team Ramp Team Pax Svc Team Inflight etc..) to see who raises the most or the different work groups can combine into a few unified teams (Like say an Above Wing Team and a Below Wing Team!); while the whole time being a part of the same Wings for Purple Program. The number and type of Employee Teams possibilities is endless!!

Don’t worry the Virtual EBRG and PanCan crews will be there to help support you; in fact this new system allows us to focus more on supporting your teams rather than trying to start up, run, and recruit teams! We’ll still be able to make fantastic and cool flyers and magic board slides for you as well!

This is a year-round event as there are 50+ Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleStride Walks nationwide. You can join this Wings for Purple Team or create as many teams as you’d like at as many events as you’d like, but please remember we do ask that those who create a team should also captain the team and plan to attend that specific PurpleStride walk.

You can find our step by step instruction guide to creating your own Wings for Purple Team in three places:

·         Our Wings for Purple Facebook page ( );

·         On the Virtual Employee Business Resource Group’s Jetnet Page - (Access available to American Airline Employees only);

·         AA Employees can also go onto the AA Giving / Do Crew website and search for ‘Wings for Purple’ and will find all the Wings for Purple Team pages, each of which have the guide available for download.


American Airline Employees also can earn AA Giving Do Crew hours when they either create, captain, or join a Wings for Purple Cancer Walk Team at any of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride Cancer Walks nationwide.  To go directly to this Team’s Do Crew Page, just follow this link: 

Feel free to pass out the guide – we’d love to see as many teams as possible!  And thank you for Waging Hope with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and American Airlines!


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About PanCAN's PurpleStride

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients.

On one powerful day through nearly 60 PurpleStride events nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together to honor everyone affected by the disease.

PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.