CHICAGO, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines(R) and the American Cancer Society(R) are inviting individuals across the country to send GUND(R) teddy bears and smiles to kids undergoing cancer treatment. Mileage Plus members can contribute to the American Cancer Society a minimum of 7,500 Mileage Plus miles, and anyone can make a tax-deductible, minimum contribution of $50, to send the adorable, 17-inch, stuffed animal Kenny Hugyou (can-he-hug-you) to a child with cancer. Customers can visit united.com/bearhug to send bears to kids undergoing treatment.
"Cancer is an important issue to our customers and employees, and we know it touches everyone in some way," says Sonya Jackson, President - United Airlines Foundation. "We are looking forward to delivering Kenny Hugyou and smiles to kids across the country."
Funds and Mileage Plus miles raised by Kenny Hugyou will support the American Cancer Society's efforts to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease, educate individuals about cancer prevention, support those with the disease, and fund research to find new and better treatments
Contributions are being accepted through December, and Kenny Hugyou (SM) bears are scheduled to be delivered in February 2008. Individuals contributing a minimum of $250 to the American Cancer Society through this initiative will receive a Kenny Hugyou of their own in addition to sending one to a child undergoing cancer treatment.
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*Based on the flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007. Terms and Conditions -- United has collaborated with the American Cancer Society (the Society) in a fund-raising effort. As a way of saying thank you to participants for a donation of $50.00 or more, or 7,500 Mileage Plus miles or more, United will arrange for a huggable, limited-edition Gund teddy bear to be sent to a child with cancer. Participants who donate $250 or more will receive a complimentary bear as well. Recipient hospitals will be selected by the Society. -- Participants in this charity initiative will be directed to visit united.com/bearhug -- Donations may be made in two ways: via credit card donation to the American Cancer Society or a Mileage Plus Charity miles donation. -- This is a limited-time offer with a limited supply of bears for both donation and receipt of bears. -- Campaign runs from November 26, 2007 through December 31, 2007. -- All donation transactions during the promotion through December 31, 2007 will be directed from an online united.com landing page to either an American Cancer Society site (for donations by credit card) or Charity Miles site (for Mileage Plus miles). -- Individuals donating a minimum of $250 to the Society site will receive their own complimentary bear in addition to sending one to a child with cancer. This portion does not apply for Charity Miles donations, no matter the amount. -- One bear will be donated for each contribution of $50 or more. Similarly, one bear will be delivered to the donor for each contribution of $250 or more. -- All bears are expected to be delivered in February 2008. -- A minimum of 40 hospitals throughout the U.S. have been designated by the American Cancer Society as recipients of bear donations. -- For Society donations, the customer receives an instant e-mail confirmation and follow-up direct mailing for tax deduction purposes. -- For Charity Miles donations, the customer receives an e-mail confirmation. Mileage donations are not tax-deductible. Miles will be removed from your account immediately. Miles are not refundable. The Mileage Plus program, including accruals, awards and bonus miles offers, is subject to change without notice. United and Mileage Plus are registered trademarks. For complete details about the Mileage Plus program, visit united.com. -- Funds and miles donated to the American Cancer Society will go toward the organization's ongoing efforts to educate individuals about cancer prevention, support those with the disease, and fund research to find new and better treatments.
Source: United Airlines