Delta kicks off breast cancer funding with employee survivor flight

Delta Air Lines´ (NYSE: DAL) has kicked off the airline´s month-long campaign to generate awareness and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with its 12th annual employee survivor flight, the company said.

The flight, designated Breast Cancer One, will fly 140 employee breast cancer survivors on a transcontinental route from New York City to Los Angeles for dinner with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes.

The dinner event will celebrate the survivors, discuss cancer research milestones and include special guests Wanda Sykes and co-founders of BCRF´s Women´s Cancer Research Fund Rita Wilson, Jamie Tisch, Kelly Meyer Quinn Ezralow and Marion Laurie. The dinner will also include a meet-and-greet with Dr. Sofia Merajver, one of BCRF´s researchers.

Delta employees, customers and their friends and families have raised USD11 million for BCRF since 2005, including last year´s efforts of USD1.75 million. The collective contributions have funded the vital work of 44 different research projects over the years in the pursuit of eradicating breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing research. This year, BCRF will award USD57 million to support the work of more than 250 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 321 destinations in 56 countries on six continents.