Cancer survivors holding up a "Survivors Celebrating Life" banner at the Delta Relay For Life event

Delta Relay For Life

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. But the program remains an employee-led initiative. From fundraisers at 112 airports in 13 countries on Delta Day of Hope to the Jet Drag event, which pits teams of 20 against a 757 aircraft in an epic tug-of-war battle, Delta people organize and fundraise all year long. There’s even a group of maintenance technicians at Delta’s Technical Operations Center that serves grits every Wednesday for $3 a bowl, with all proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society. 

Delta Day of Hope team members in front of Delta Relay For Life airplane

Delta Day of Hope

10 years ago, a group of Delta people in the Minneapolis airport who had participated in their community Relay For Life decided to host a Relay in their airport.  As they said, "the airport family IS our community."  That airport Relay was so successful and inspiring, the effort has spread around the world.  Now with over 100 airports hosting Relay For Life fundraising and awareness events on the same day, the Delta Day of Hope is a vital part of Delta's overall campaign to raise $2.25 million this year to support the Society. 

Delta airplane inside hanger at the Delta Hope Ball event

Hope Ball

The 2018 Hope Ball, presented by Delta and held at Flourish by Legendary Events, was Chaired by Mike Moore, Senior Vice President – Maintenance Operations and Co-Chaired by Tom Marano, CEO of SecurAmerica, and raised just over $687,000. 

Ladies Delta Jet Drag Team wearing pink tutus and pulling a Delta airplane with a heavy rope

Delta Jet Drag

The annual Jet Drag is one of the most unique fundraisers. A total of 107 teams of 20 people each competed for the fastest time to pull a 127-ton Boeing 757 aircraft 20 feet. About 3,000 participants made for a festive day at Atlanta TechOps. Last year, the LAX Men's Division team, Rain Is Not, walked away with the victory with a winning pull time of 7.410 seconds. Not far behind, the SLC Women's Team finished with a time of 9.463 seconds, Team Bangahz topped the Mixed Division with a time of 8.533 and in the Corporate Division, the IMMEC team finished at 8.879. The top fundraisers were Gretchen's Gazelles, pulling in $131,000 as a team and Mike Weigel, who raised $17,000 individually.​​​ ​ 

Delta Wings of Hope golfers on the golf course

Wings of Hope Golf Tournament

In 2018, the 6th annual Delta Wings of Hope golf tournaments took place in New York on July 16th at the Muttontown Club and in Atlanta on September 10th at the Druid Hills Golf Club. The golf tournaments also include brunch or dinner and a post-golf reception. The Delta Wings of Hope tournament in New York raised just over $296,500 with an additional $256,800 raised from the Atlanta tournament. The Delta Wings of Hope tournaments together broke $550,000 including $256,800 from the Atlanta tournament. On the main page, it states "Delta has partnered with the American Cancer Society for 17 years beginning with local Relay For Life events and growing into a company-wide, international fundraising campaign. "

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Delta has partnered with the American Cancer Society for 17 years beginning with local Relay For Life events and growing into a company-wide, international fundraising campaign. 


              

Cancer is something that affects all of us.

Heidi G. - Customer Care

    

In 2018, Delta's campaign included Relay For Life events (called Delta Day of Hope) in 112 airports in 13 countries, a corporate Relay For Life at our headquarters in Atlanta, golf tournaments in Atlanta and New York, and the Hope Ball in Atlanta, GA. “It’s still very much a grassroots effort, with frontline Delta people making it possible,” said Kelley Moore, Director – Airport Customer Service Communication and Employee Engagement. More than 50,000 employees and customers around the world supported the efforts to raise $2.2 million to support the Society’s lifesaving mission last year. “Whether you’ve experienced cancer firsthand or have a friend or family member that has battled this terrible disease, the reality remains that cancer touches everyone’s life," explained Bill Lentsch, Senior Vice President Airport Customer Service and Airline Operations. “That’s why our people champion this cause every year, to change that reality and play an active role in finishing the fight.” Through fundraising efforts, the airline has contributed more than $13 million in the fight against cancer and has set a goal of raising $2.25 million for the Society in 2019. 

delta survivor stories

More than 11 million cancer survivors are alive today and some of them work at Delta. These survivors and their stories are just another reason why they continue their efforts to save more lives.

Pam Arnold
ASM, TechOps
Breast & Uterine Cancer Survivor

Keith Fidler
Station Manager
Rectal Cancer Survivor

Nathan Sanders
ASM, TechOps
Testicular Cancer Survivor

Tara Werho
Director – Information Technology
 Cancer Survivor

Willie Stroud
CSA, Cargo
Prostate Cancer Survivor

Suzie Windham
Flight Attendant, International
In-Flight Services
Breast Cancer Survivor

Nicky Basta 
CSA, International Airport Customer Service
Thyroid Cancer Survivor

better together

Together, Delta and the American Cancer Society have been able to do great things, moving us one step closer to achieving a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

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17

Years

Partnering with the Society with the mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

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13

Million

Dollars raised in support of the American Cancer Society.

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100+

Airports

Participating in Relay For Life globally.

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50

thousand

Employees and customers in 13 countries helping us save more lives every single day.