Delta Air Lines Raising Money to Fight Cancer with Day of Hope

By Paul Riegler on 11 May 2016
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DSC_0752Delta Air Lines and the American Cancer Society announced the seventh annual Delta Day of Hope. The Day of Hope is an observance that looks ahead to a time when cancer has been eradicated.

Cancer is a serious disease in which the body’s cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue, often resulting in a malignant growth or tumor as a result. There are many types of cancer and it can start almost anywhere in the human body, including in the lungs, breasts, and skin.

The fund-raising efforts are taking place with observances at 112 airports around the world that Delta flies into.

“Cancer touches the lives of far too many people. That’s why Delta employees started Delta Day of Hope, encouraged that one day no one would have to face the physical and emotional challenges of this disease,” said Bill Lentsch, the airline’s vice president for customer service and airport operations.

The Day of Hope is modeled after the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the airline said, a program where groups and communities come together to honor cancer survivors, remember family members and friends lost to the disease, and raise money and awareness to combat cancer.

Last year, Delta raised $1.7 million for the American Cancer Society to help fund research, education, and patient programs after setting a goal of $1.5 million. The airline, which has worked with the society for over 14 years, plans to exceed last year’s figure by raising more than $1.7 million in 2016.

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