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In his October column for Sky magazine, CEO Ed Bastian says Delta’s longtime partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is front and center this month.

October is a big month for Delta. It’s when we proudly don our pink ribbons and pink uniforms and pitch in to raise money for the Breast Can­cer Research Foundation.

Ed Bastian in Sky magazineSince 2005, Delta’s employees, customers and their friends and families have raised $11 million for BCRF, including $1.75 million just last year. Those contributions have funded the vital work of 37 differ­ent research projects over the years in the pursuit of eradicating breast cancer.

As a global airline, we have a unique opportunity to spread the word about the important work BCRF sponsors that funds promis­ing research to eradicate breast can­cer. This year, Delta’s famous “pink plane” kicks off the month with a special flight from New York City to Los Angeles carrying 140 breast cancer survivors and caregivers, many of whom are our own Delta colleagues.

Throughout the month on our flights and at Delta Sky Clubs®, Delta employees wear pink uniforms and sell pink products, including pink lemonade and pink headsets, all to benefit BCRF.

Our longtime support for BCRF is part of Delta’s larger commit­ment to give back to the communi­ties where we live, work and serve. Earlier this year, we announced that Delta will contribute 1 percent of its net income from the previous year to key charitable organizations. This commitment will be fulfilled through cash contributions and in-kind travel as well as grants from The Delta Air Lines Foundation.

I like to think of it as profit shar­ing for the community.

In 2016, this commitment is ex­pected to produce $37 million in charitable giving to organizations worldwide, with a focus on support­ing education, promoting arts and culture, improving global wellness, advancing global diversity, saluting our armed services members and veterans, and sustaining the environment.

Along with our financial support for nonprofit and community orga­nizations, Delta people are proud to volunteer their time and effort to serve their communities. Their commitments include, among oth­ers, building homes with Habitat for Humanity International, construct­ing playgrounds with KaBOOM!, educating students through Junior Achievement, building bikes for Marine Toys for Tots and donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Ultimately, we do this because it’s core to our DNA as Delta people, and it’s part of our commitment to pro­vide great customer service and be a world-class airline.

Thank you for flying Delta.

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