As a mom and a teacher, my heart is full of love for my own children as well as the students I spend time with on a weekly basis. Two years ago one of my teacher friends had a young student diagnosed with cancer. While I never personally knew this sweet child, I can only imagine the pain this family felt watching their child fight this horrible illness. Recent studies show that cancer is the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 or younger. In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Thankfully we have companies like Aflac that have been active in the fight against childhood cancer for the past twenty years. 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. The Aflac Cancer Center is committed to providing childhood cancer patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research. Aflac is proud to have donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, with the goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015.
Trisha Henry Gaffney, a former Alfac Cancer Center patient, can attest to the amazing things this center has to offer it's patients. In 1996 at just nineteen years old, Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyoscoma on her ureter. She spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center receiving chemotherapy and radiation. Several years later and by the suggestion of a friend, Trisha made an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program that is offered through the Aflac Cancer Center. At her first appointment, she was educated on her entire heath history - including the issues and effects that her treatments could have caused her body. Trisha decided to visit a fertility specialists only to learn that she would never be able to carry children because of the havoc the radiation did on her body. Trisha's sister had a friend who offered to be a surrogate for her family and baby Isabella will turn one on Mother's Day! Trisha attributes her family's happiness to the resources she received from the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center.
Over the last twenty years Aflac has met a variety of amazing individuals, like Trisha, who have made a real difference in this fight against childhood cancer. To honor these individuals, Aflac has created the Duckprints award. Duckprints champions these heroes through ceremonies at childhood cancer hospitals, user-generated nominations on www.duckprints.aflac.com and in social media.
Now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11), 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
So start hashtagging my friends!
For more information, be sure to check out Alfac online and on social media!
Facebook // Twitter
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Disclosure: 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.