Employees join to support families touched by breast cancer
Photography UNITED AIRLINES CREATIVE SERVICES
ON AMERICAN CALENDARS, May 10 was a day to honor mothers. For more than 2,000 United employees, family members and friends, it was also a day to honor grandmothers. And sisters. And aunts. And daughters. It was a day to walk and to raise money for individuals and families affected by breast cancer.
For the fifth consecutive year, teams from throughout United’s network joined together in a big way to show their support for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength Walk to Empower. United’s team has raised $1.8 million for the organization since 2005.
In San Francisco, Jim Keenan, senior vice president of United Services, served as Walk to Empower Chair, leading the first Network of Strength walk in the City by the Bay.
“This is such a meaningful cause to all of us here at United, and I was so proud to be a part of it this year,” Keenan says. “Everyone has different reasons for getting involved, but the end result is truly remarkable.”
First-time participant Grace Puma, United’s senior vice president of Strategic Sourcing, and her team, Pink ProCURE, raised more than $42,000. “This was a collective effort,” Puma says. “We were surprised and inspired by the overwhelming support we received.”
Breast Cancer Network of Strength, formerly known as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization®, provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer. Its mission is to ensure—through information, empowerment and peer support—that no one faces breast cancer alone.
Over the past year, 22 United flight attendants faced with a customer exhibiting symptoms of cardiac arrest came to the customer’s aid using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
These special heroes—Tanya Gallardo, Dwayne Myles, Lindsey McGuire, Darcy Lacy, Diane Hose, Carmen Koch, William Chen, Nancy Armbruster, Jennifer Rose, Elizabeth Sommers, Patricia Wollak, Darla Anderson-Lynch, Monique Eddins, Lana Bostrom, John Krumpe, Kelly Mowery, Stephanie Andre, Joseph Toral, Brent Oberbillig, Lynda Lovingood, Nathan Nguyen and Jonathon Ostrow—were honored at the second annual Hearts United recognition luncheon on May 14 in Chicago. The luncheon was attended by two customers who credit flight attendants who came to their aid with saving their lives.
“We’re among true heroes, people who probably woke up one morning the way they had started their day dozens or hundreds of times before,” said managing director-Onboard Service Gina DeLazzer, master of ceremonies for the event. “But their lives have not been the same since.”
Since 1999, our flight attendants have used the AED protocols to save the lives of nearly 40 customers.
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