SANTIAGO, CHILE, Nov.14, 2011 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) signature pink plane, a Boeing 767-400 which represents Delta’s support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), paid its first visit Monday to the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, in partnership with Yo Mujer Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families.
"Having the pink plane in Chile for the first time helps to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection,” said Claudia Muñoz, Delta’s sales director for Chile. “As part of our corporate identity, it’s important to support the communities we serve and be actively involved in causes that make a difference in the lives of people.”
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a number of Delta employees participated in the Yo Mujer 7th Annual Run for Life and the company hosted a breast cancer awareness seminar for its employees. After the plane’s arrival here, Delta and Yo Mujer held a meeting with the media to share key information about this condition and how to prevent it. The speakers included two Santiago-based travel agents who are breast cancer survivors.
“We’re very proud of Delta’s support because it attests to our hard work and demonstrates that the business sector recognizes the impact we’re having in the community,” said Anne Cox, president of the Yo Mujer Corporation. “Breast cancer patients endure many challenges and our mission since our inception a decade ago is to let them and their families know that they are not alone, that there is hope.”
Contrary to other countries, in Chile the incidence of breast cancer has risen in the past decade, becoming the most common type of cancer amongst women in the country. When detected in early stages the chances of corrective treatment and survival increase dramatically. This is why Delta invited two survivors to share their experience and talk about auto-exam and early detection.
In the past six years the Pink Plane has visited several Latin American countries, including; Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Other Delta activities in Latin America have included the Nestle’s Together for the Cure Walk/Race across Central America, the Lima Municipality Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in Peru, and Movimiento Ayuda Cáncer de Mama Argentina (MACMA) educational campaign in Argentina.
As a company, Delta has raised more than $3.5 million for breast cancer research. The company’s donations to the BCRF have funded the work of 12 researchers committed to finding a cure for the disease.
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