CHARLOTTE - Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock and thousands of cancer survivors have been honored by American Airlines with its special "Stand Up for Cancer" plane. The Airbus A321 has a special paint scheme with the company's special logo along with 22,627 listed on the exterior of the aircraft.
Mock's daughter, Anita Jwanouskos, an AA employee, surprised her father recently with a picture of the special plane and a closeup of his name that is painted on the side of the plane. Mock, a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the spring of 2013.
"It was a surprise from my daughter," Mock said. "It's an honor to have my name listed with the more than 22,000 other cancer survivors."
The names on the plane's exterior also include Patrick Swayze and Tug McGraw, a professional baseball pitcher and the father of country singer Tim McGraw.
The Stand Up to Cancer plane made its maiden flight on Sept. 20 when it flew a group of caregivers and cancer survivors from Los Angeles International Airport to Orlando. The flight's special passengers were treated with entertainment from artist Noah Schnacky and comedian Marine Franklin. Not only were the passengers special, but the flight crew was also unique because they all had connections to cancer.
Through donations of $25 or more to print the name of a cancer survivor, patient or a deceased loved one on the Stand Up to Cancer plane, American Airlines has raised more than $825,000 for cancer research.
According to AA, the Stand Up to Cancer plane will be cycled throughout American's routing network.
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