Donate to Fight Cancer 2017 and Earn Up to 5,000 SkyMiles

D elta Air Lines has long been fighting various types of cancer with different initiatives over the years; and part of that effort is in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, which has been a partner of the airline for years.

Donate to Fight Cancer 2017 and Earn Up to 5,000 SkyMiles

This month, you can join Delta Air Lines and the American Cancer Society in the fight against the dreaded and deadly disease towards the hope of a cancer-free world by being one of the first 5,000 members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program to donate funds by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — and you will receive the following in the form of a one-time bonus per SkyMiles account:

  • 500 bonus SkyMiles for a donation of $100.00 – $249.00
  • 1,000 bonus SkyMiles for a donation of $250.00 – $499.00
  • 2,500 bonus SkyMiles for a donation of $500.00 – $999.00
  • 5,000 bonus SkyMiles — which is the maximum you can earn — for a donation of $1,000.00 or more

Terms and Conditions

Your contribution moves us one step closer to a cure. Encourage others to join the fight using #HelpingHopeSoar.

You must enter your SkyMiles membership number on the donation form to qualify for this promotion. Bonus miles will post to the SkyMiles account of the qualifying member up to six weeks following the end of the promotion.

All SkyMiles Program rules apply to SkyMiles Program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption, and travel benefits. The rules are subject to change anytime. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Prices, offers, rules, and benefits subject to change.

The American Cancer Society is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services were provided for this gift. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.

Gretchen’s Gazelles

I introduced you to the story of Gretchen — who lost her life to cancer at only 33 years of age — in this article back in February of this year. Gretchen is the daughter of Jane Mitchell, who is currently a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines; and in honor of her daughter, a team which will participate in the 2017 Delta Jet Drag on Friday, May 5, 2017 is named Gretchen’s Gazelles.

The team is focused on raising a total of $85,000.00, which is a rather lofty goal; but they already blew past that goal by raising $120,229.25 as of today with only two days remaining — meaning that Gretchen’s Gazelles is the top team in terms of raising funds by approximately three times the amount of the team in second place and have raised approximately one quarter of the $458,213.00 raised by Delta Air Lines and the American Cancer Society combined…

…and with two days left, that means that you can still contribute to the inexhaustible efforts of this team and their incredible raising of funds.

Mylee and Olivia — two young granddaughters of Jane Mitchell — not only have they joined the Gretchen’s Gazelles team to raise money for the American Cancer Society; but each of them had also pledged to donate eight inches of their hair to be used for wigs which cancer patients receive free of charge thanks to KeepGrowing, which is another team participating in the Relay for Life initiative in the Delta Jet Drag. Their goal was to raise $5,000.00; but the dynamic duo already raised $26,644.58 and are the top contributors to the Gretchen’s Gazelles team.

You might have also heard about Kenneth Gorelick — better known professionally as Kenny G — serenading surprised passengers with his saxophone during an impromptu performance aboard an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines from Tampa to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Flight attendants asked passengers to help raise $1,000.00 for Relay for Life — but within approximately five minutes, passengers helped to raise greater than $2,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. The flight attendant in question was none other than Jane Mitchell; and the team was none other than Gretchen’s Gazelles. The source of the video is the Facebook account of Barner Golumbfskie-Jones.

Please consider donating funds to this team with two days remaining.


Delta Air Lines had a similar promotion last year in what has been an annual event — and the donation amounts for the corresponding number of bonus SkyMiles you can earn have not changed. The airline has partnered with the American Cancer Society for at least 15 years; and that partnership has included what has become a legendary annual event: the Delta Jet Drag, which was memorable for me.

You probably already know that I lost my mother to cancer several years ago; so anything which can be done to combat this deadly disease is appreciated — and this is your opportunity to give while getting a little something in return.

Jane Mitchell and her daughter Gretchen at the Delta Jet Drag in 2014. Photograph used with permission.

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