Like most, my family has been touched by cancer. I thank god all the time that both of my dads (one step) have beat prostate cancer. Early detection was key for both of them. But, cancer is a beast, and it surely doesn’t care about gender, race nor does it care about age.
By now, we all pretty much know of Aflac and the adorable quacking white duck we see on the commercials. I’m proud to share that Aflac offers more than just insurance. They also work hard to fund research and raise awareness about childhood cancer.
Here are some facts that you may not know about childhood cancers:
- According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1% in 1977 to 79.6% in 2003.
- In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 and younger.
- Aflac Duckprints is committed in its mission to eradicate childhood cancer. Thanks to donations made to the research and treatment of this disease, 75% of childhood cancers can now be cured.
- In addition to the Aflac Duckprints program, Aflac also has the Aflac Cancer Center. The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer centers in the country. It provides advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment, and innovative research. Aflac has donated over $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center and they have a goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015!
Aflac’s goal is to raise awareness and donations to aid in the fight against childhood cancer via a variety of social media activities using #Duckprints. The ultimate mission of Duckprints is to eradicate childhood cancer.
Here is how you can help! Now through Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014) Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for a variety of social media Duckprints activities using #Duckprints, including:
- Twitter – $2 for every Duckprints tweet or retweet using #Duckprints
- Facebook – $2 for every Duckprints post or share using #Duckprints
How easy is that!? And as a thank you for participating, Aflac and Double Duty Divas would like to send one Five Dollar Shake reader a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card!
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I would like to share the story of a young woman that the Aflac Cancer Center has been able to help on many levels. At 19 yrs. old, Trisha Henry Gaffney was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyoscarcoma. It is an aggessive tumor usually found in the head, neck, hands, or feet of young children. Trisha’s was the first reported case to occur in the right ureter, the tube connecting the kidney and the bladder. Trisha had surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter, and a portion of her bladder. She then spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. After all of this, Trisha just wanted to get back to a “normal” way of life and just put all of the cancer stuff behind her. In 1998, a friend encouraged Trisha to visit the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. It provides specialized long-term follow-up care and helps identify and treat problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment. After Trisha finally made and attended an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program she was informed of some of the late effects that could occur from her cancer treatments. This led Trisha to visit a fertility specialist where she learned that only one of her ovaries was function and the radiation had damaged her uterus therefore she was approaching an early menopause and she would never be able to carry a child. Because of that information, Trisha froze her eggs that year and after her sister’s best friend offered to be a surrogate, Trisha and her husband became parents to Isabella in April 2013. This Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its programs.
This giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Aflac. I was compensated to participate in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.