FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 9 Each of the past five years, American Airlines employees have laced up their sneakers to walk or run in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life to raise money and awareness to help the fight against cancer. Thanks to their efforts, more than $1 million has been donated to the American Cancer Society.
Relay For Life is an overnight event in which teams across the country secure pledges from friends and family, then camp out at local high schools, parks or fairgrounds and take turns running or walking, at times for more than 24 hours, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. American's participation began with a few teams from its Fort Worth headquarters, who first joined the event to honor a co-worker who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.
"In a month after our first event, American Airlines employees raised more than $18,000," said Roger Frizzell, American's Vice President - Corporate Communications and Advertising. "Fast-forward five years, and we have surpassed the $1 million mark. This was accomplished entirely through the dedication, support and passion of American's employee volunteers who are committed to help everyone who has been affected by this terrible disease."
In 2006, American Airlines became a member of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life National Corporate Program. Companies that commit to at least 50 teams participating in Relay For Life, in multiple states, each year can become members of the recognition-based program. In the last five years, almost 3,200 American employees from around the world, including London, Jamaica and Canada, have participated in Relay For Life events.
"American Airlines and its employees truly have made a difference in so many lives," said Maria Clark, Regional Vice President of North Texas, American Cancer Society. "Their hard work and dedication are helping us fund research, education and patient programs. Support from companies like American Airlines enables us to continue our fight against cancer."
This year, American employees have already raised nearly $225,000 through Relay For Life fundraisers including bake sales, online auctions and T-shirt sales.
About American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
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