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Cheryl McGuinness

Widowed on 9/11, American Airlines pilot Tom McGuinness

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Cheryl McGuinness Biography

Cheryl lost her husband, Tom McGuinness, on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center tragedy. Tom was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11.

In Cheryls own words … "On September 11 Tom gave me a kiss goodbye and left for work. He was to pilot American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to LA that day. I had just come home from driving my kids to school. I poured myself a cup of coffee, grabbed a quilt, and my Bible and sat on the back porch. It was quiet and I just had finished praying when my phone rang. I unwrapped myself from the folds of my warm quilt, ran to answer the phone. It was a friend, asking if Tom was home.

My second phone line started ringing and it was another friend asking for Tom. I said, "Hes not home - whats going on?" My friend asked me if I had the TV on. I said "No, I dont watch TV in the morning." "Well, Cheryl, can I come over?" "Why?" I said. "Tom wasnt home." He hesitantly told me "a plane has been hijacked." "What! Where?" My mind was racing… Planes dont get hijacked. This is America. Even if they get hijacked they will safely land the planes. I found the TV remote, but none of the buttons worked, or maybe my fingers didnt work. I dont know which.

As I was trying to determine what had happened, my kids were already hearing something on the news at school and started calling me to find out if Dad was okay. It felt like it took forever to find out any information. I paged Tom, tried his cell phone, called all the crew tracking emergency numbers. I called all the pilots I knew. I was so frustrated, then frantic. When news did come in, it was all downhill from there.

My house quickly filled with people. Women prayed with me until the Chief Pilot from American Airlines got to my house and gave me the official word. Flt.11 had not only been hijacked but had been deliberately flown into the World Trade Center. I was hysterical. I screamed "No, God please dont call him home, please," just begging God with everything I had. Then I went to tell my kids. They knew by the look on my face I had bad news. Can you imagine telling your children what I had to say? All I could bring myself to utter was, "Jesus called Daddy home." We hugged and cried, and I reassured them that God would take care of us. I cant imagine doing anything more painful than telling my children that news. News of Toms death crushed us. Our lives have been changed forever."

Cheryls faith in a loving and sovereign God has helped her survive the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center that took her husband, Tom, home to be with the Lord. In response to Gods call, she shares her journey from pain and suffering toward a renewed conviction of Gods goodness and a life of hope in Jesus Christ.

Knowing and serving the Lord has been Cheryls greatest joy. Her primary ministry is as a mom to 2 teenagers, Jennifer & Tommy. She also desires to serve God by encouraging others through her story.

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  • How do I book Cheryl McGuinness to speak at my event?

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  • What are the speaker fees for Cheryl McGuinness

    Speaking fees for Cheryl McGuinness, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Cheryl McGuinness are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Cheryl McGuinness, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Cheryl McGuinness speak about?

    Cheryl McGuinness is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Christian Speakers, Faith & Religion, Inspirational Speakers, University Speakers.
  • Where does Cheryl McGuinness travel from?

    Cheryl McGuinness generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Cheryl McGuinness’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Cheryl McGuinness for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cheryl McGuinness for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Cheryl McGuinness or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Widowed on 9/11, American Airlines pilot Tom McGuinness

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Cheryl McGuinness Biography

Cheryl lost her husband, Tom McGuinness, on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center tragedy. Tom was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11.

In Cheryls own words … "On September 11 Tom gave me a kiss goodbye and left for work. He was to pilot American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to LA that day. I had just come home from driving my kids to school. I poured myself a cup of coffee, grabbed a quilt, and my Bible and sat on the back porch. It was quiet and I just had finished praying when my phone rang. I unwrapped myself from the folds of my warm quilt, ran to answer the phone. It was a friend, asking if Tom was home.

My second phone line started ringing and it was another friend asking for Tom. I said, "Hes not home - whats going on?" My friend asked me if I had the TV on. I said "No, I dont watch TV in the morning." "Well, Cheryl, can I come over?" "Why?" I said. "Tom wasnt home." He hesitantly told me "a plane has been hijacked." "What! Where?" My mind was racing… Planes dont get hijacked. This is America. Even if they get hijacked they will safely land the planes. I found the TV remote, but none of the buttons worked, or maybe my fingers didnt work. I dont know which.

As I was trying to determine what had happened, my kids were already hearing something on the news at school and started calling me to find out if Dad was okay. It felt like it took forever to find out any information. I paged Tom, tried his cell phone, called all the crew tracking emergency numbers. I called all the pilots I knew. I was so frustrated, then frantic. When news did come in, it was all downhill from there.

My house quickly filled with people. Women prayed with me until the Chief Pilot from American Airlines got to my house and gave me the official word. Flt.11 had not only been hijacked but had been deliberately flown into the World Trade Center. I was hysterical. I screamed "No, God please dont call him home, please," just begging God with everything I had. Then I went to tell my kids. They knew by the look on my face I had bad news. Can you imagine telling your children what I had to say? All I could bring myself to utter was, "Jesus called Daddy home." We hugged and cried, and I reassured them that God would take care of us. I cant imagine doing anything more painful than telling my children that news. News of Toms death crushed us. Our lives have been changed forever."

Cheryls faith in a loving and sovereign God has helped her survive the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center that took her husband, Tom, home to be with the Lord. In response to Gods call, she shares her journey from pain and suffering toward a renewed conviction of Gods goodness and a life of hope in Jesus Christ.

Knowing and serving the Lord has been Cheryls greatest joy. Her primary ministry is as a mom to 2 teenagers, Jennifer & Tommy. She also desires to serve God by encouraging others through her story.

FAQs on booking Cheryl McGuinness

  • How do I book Cheryl McGuinness to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Cheryl McGuinness for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Cheryl McGuinness, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Cheryl McGuinness or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Cheryl McGuinness

    Speaking fees for Cheryl McGuinness, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Cheryl McGuinness are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Cheryl McGuinness, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Cheryl McGuinness speak about?

    Cheryl McGuinness is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Christian Speakers, Faith & Religion, Inspirational Speakers, University Speakers.
  • Where does Cheryl McGuinness travel from?

    Cheryl McGuinness generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Cheryl McGuinness’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Cheryl McGuinness for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cheryl McGuinness for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Cheryl McGuinness or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Cheryl McGuinness is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Cheryl McGuinness for your event is available upon request. Cheryl McGuinness generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Debbie Morris, Bethany Hamilton, Kylie Bisutti, Marilyn Laszlo and Lisa Bentley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cheryl McGuinness for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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