It's been three short months since Delta employees came together for two of the airline's biggest fundraising events of the year, Jet Drag and Relay For Life. In that time, they rallied and raised more money than ever before, breaking Delta's fundraising record for the campaign and raising more than $2.26 million.
The employee-led fundraising effort supports the American Cancer Society's life-saving research, education and patient programs. Delta has partnered with the nonprofit for 15 years and raised more than $12 million through a number of grassroots employee initiatives.
"Fighting cancer is a cause that touches everyone's life one way or another, whether you've experienced the battle firsthand or had friends or loved ones go through it, said Gareth Joyce, Delta's Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service & President – Delta Cargo. "Fifteen years and more than $12 million later, I'm proud to say Delta people have remained committed to this cause, and am particularly proud of their record-breaking fundraising this year."
Delta's support of the American Cancer Society started with local Relay For Life events and has grown into a company-wide, international fundraising campaign. This year, more than 100 airports around the globe celebrated the American Cancer Society's progress in fighting cancer during Delta Day of Hope, where employees host Relay For Life-inspired walks inside airport facilities Delta serves.
To top off the day, Grammy Award-winning musician Kenny G made a surprise appearance at the event to support flight attendant Jane Mitchell, who he met onboard the month before, and played Amazing Grace during a moment of remembrance and silent reflection.
The American Cancer Society's Chief Executive Officer Gary Reedy said the airline's tremendous efforts over the years have made a real difference in the lives of millions.
"Delta is a shining example of how our corporate partners – along with their employees and the communities in which they do business, both nationally and globally – are joining our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer," Reedy said.