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American Airlines employees share cancer survival stories for new campaign

American Airlines employees share their cancer survival stories as part of a campaign with actor Bradley Cooper to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.
American Airlines employees share their cancer survival stories as part of a campaign with actor Bradley Cooper to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

American Airlines reservations agent Dondie Risinger knows detecting cancer early is key to beating it.

“I wanted to tell people about what I’ve gone through, particularly if it can help someone else,” said Risinger, a breast cancer and skin cancer survivor who works at the airline’s reservations office in Fort Worth.

Risinger, along with several American pilots, flight attendants gate agents and fleet service clerks, are telling their cancer survival stories as part of a campaign the Fort Worth-based carrier launched on June 1 to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

During the month of June, American will donate $1 for every flight purchased on its website, aa.com, up to $1 million to the cancer research fundraising group.

Risinger flew out to Los Angeles earlier this year to film ads for the campaign with actor Bradley Cooper. The ads will be featured online throughout the month.

“[Cancer researchers] are making so many strides,” Risinger said, noting that the treatments she went through seven years ago to treat breast cancer have already changed for those diagnosed now. “It amazes me that they’ve gone forward so much in just a short time, doing thing differently and making it possible to beat cancer.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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