Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has teamed with the Seattle Seahawks to select 12 deserving fans and their guests to attend Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. The fans, six of whom are local and six others from outside of the state of Washington, were selected from various groups within the Seahawks' fan base – including fan clubs, kid's clubs, military relations and community groups – for their strong support of the Seahawks. Delta, the official airline of the Seahawks, is providing travel and accommodations for the fans from out of town. The fans include:
Clinton Romesha, Minot, N. D. – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha (Ret.) was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2013 for bravery and valor while serving his country in Afghanistan in 2009. He lives in Minot, N.D., and is a longtime Seahawks Fan. Read more on his story here: http://cnn.it/14CsLtu
Gregory Baranow, Eagle River, Alaska –Gregory is a dedicated volunteer with the Seahawkers in Alaska – one of the Seahawks' largest fan club chapters outside of Washington – and spends time each year working with kids and families during the Seahawks' annual "12 Tour" to Alaska. An avid fan, Gregory looks forward to traveling to Seattle with his son and attending his first Seahawks game in person.
Nick Lawrence, Libby, Mont. –Nick has been a Seahawks fan for nearly 40 years. Nick recently lost his mother, who had been trying to get him to a Seahawks game before she passed. After her passing, Nick's friends and family continued her mission to send him to a game and reached out to the Seahawks. He will fly in from his home state of Montana for Saturday's game.
Andrew Goodelle, New Hartford, N.Y. – Andrew has been a Seahawks fan for nearly 40 years and can still remember getting his first Seahawks coat with silver sleeves when he was 8 years old. Andrew resides in New York and has raised his 5-year-old son, Thomas, to be a huge Seahawks fan as well. They watch the game every week and have dreamed of attending a game in person in Seattle.
Jalen Herring, Laveen, Ariz. – Jalen is a member of the Seahawks' Kids Club. To celebrate his 10th birthday this summer, Jalen asked his parents to attend a Seahawks game, but flying to the game was not feasible at the time. Jalen is a new flyer but is excited to conquer his fear on the trip to Seattle.
Jerimiah Adkins, Nashville, Tenn.
Chadwick Pedro, Tacoma, Wash. – Staff Sgt. Chadwick Pedro has been deployed four times during his career. A Hawaii native, he has been waiting to attend an NFL game his entire life and has not yet had the opportunity since moving to Washington. He and his 13-year-old son Trenton, who has been a great help to his parents while his dad is away on training or deployments, are huge Seahawks fans.
Brian Broxson, Kirkland, Wash. – Brian is a local Seahawks super fan and Blue Pride member who is number 10,189 on the wait list for Season Tickets. The Blue Pride list is a wait list of 12,000 fans that put down a deposit to hold their spot for Season Tickets with the Seahawks when they become available.
Lydia Stewart, Seattle, Wash. – Lydia is a single mom to Lukas and Benson. Lukas has been battling cancer since he was very little and has been in the hospital for several weeks now battling a severe infection that has him in and out of a coma. Lydia has been spending most of her time at Seattle Children's Hospital, and Benson has been staying with family and friends. The Seahawks' game will give Lydia some special time with Benson for a short but fun distraction for both of them.
Kadey Kloetsch, Seattle, Wash. – Kadey is a huge Seahawks fan who recently spent time in intensive care after suffering a stroke that left her unable to see or speak. Thankfully, doctors were able to take immediate action that reversed these effects, and Kadey has since returned to good health. Kadey said that part of what helped her get through this experience was watching the Seahawks and listening to Coach Carroll, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas and others talk about coming back from adversity during that part of the season.
Michael Lewis, Lynnwood, Wash. – Michael is a huge Seahawks fan. After being diagnosed with autism when he was young, Michael and his parents found that watching the Seahawks was an activity that calmed and interested him. Michael has overcome significant hurdles in the last year and will celebrate at the game on Saturday.
Sheena Mead, Onalaska, Wash. – Sheena lost her husband unexpectedly last fall. Her late husband was a huge fan of the Seahawks. Sheena and her daughter tune in each week to watch the Seahawks play to celebrate and remember their husband and father.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. Additionally, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 327 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
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