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Delta TechOps set the stage for an eventful day Friday in Delta’s fight against cancer. Almost 2,000 Delta people participated in the airline’s seventh annual Jet Drag, where teams of 20 attempt to pull a 757 aircraft 20 feet in the shortest amount of time, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"Every person has been touched by cancer in some way, so the Jet Drag is our chance to make a difference in the fight against this terrible disease,” said Carol Henson, Manager – Voluntary Protection Programs, Corporate Safety. “We had the idea of using a plane pull to get folks excited and raise funds. What started as 22 teams now has over 90 groups 20 pulling for hope."

Ninety-four teams pulled the 167,000-pound jet in the epic tug-of-war battle, making this year’s event the airline’s largest Jet Drag yet.

Delta CEO Ed pulled alongside Team Hope, comprised of Delta people who are cancer survivors or caregivers representing divisions and stations across Delta’s global operation.

Coming up on May 11 for Delta Day of Hope, the airline will host American Cancer Society fundraising events at more than 110 airports around the globe, where teams celebrate survivors, honor caregivers and support loved ones facing cancer.

For 14 years, Delta has partnered with the Society and this year the airline is raising the bar, setting a fundraising goal of $1.7 million.