(By Emma Kate Protis, Delta Air Lines)
Breast cancer survivors, family and friends affected by the disease rallied together to raise awareness on an Air France flight from Paris to Atlanta Monday evening.
Two years ago, Air France employees passionate about the cause formed Les Hotesses De L’Air Contre Le Cancer, or flight attendants against cancer, to raise support for Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in France and worldwide.
Flight 688 was operated by crew and survivors affected by the disease and was the first international Air France flight to raise money for BCRF.
Delta’s breast cancer plane
Photo: Delta Air Lines
Flight attendant Astrid Aulong-Beaumont started the Air France campaign after losing a dear friend to breast cancer, saying her inspiration came from watching Delta support BCRF for 12 years.
Delta has raised over $13 million for breast cancer research since 2005 and operates “pink” flights annually during October. She envisions their grassroots movement growing to the same scale internationally.
“When our partners join Delta in carrying us closer to a cure, it maximizes awareness,” said Tracy Foster, Manager – In-Flight Service for Delta.
While breast cancer research garners much attention in the United States, it’s a topic scarcely promoted in France.
“I just kept thinking – if there is one of us, there must be more,” said Ruiz Pierre, an Air France flight attendant, who joined Les Hotesses De L’air during her three-year battle with breast cancer. (Full Story Here)