I’ve been reading a fascinating book on the history of cancer and cancer treatment, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. It’s made me realize that while we’ve made great strides in cancer treatment, we still have a long, long way to go. That’s why I’m participating in the SheSpeaks campaign to support Aflac’s Swim with Friends virtual duck race. When you donate $12 towards pediatric cancer research – which is matched by Aflac, by the way – you’ll receive a cute rubber duck and entry into the Swim with Friends virtual race taking place on Facebook on October 9th for a chance to win a family-friendly vacation for four to Orlando!
Aflac’s commitment to fighting childhood cancer
For 17 years, Aflac has passionately supported the fight against childhood cancer. More than 16,000 independent Aflac national sales agents and employees contribute more than $425,000 from their commission checks or paychecks every month to help support the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta here in my home state of Georgia.
In that time, more than $75 million has been donated to the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare Atlanta to fight pediatric cancer. In addition, $1.2 million was donated to Children’s Oncology Group to help find a cure for childhood cancer and another $1 million donated to CureSearch toward its adolescent and young adult programs. Aflac has an ongoing commitment to the Child Life Therapy Program at the Morrell Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, which is housed in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center in New York. Also, Aflac has an ongoing commitment to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to establish the Aflac Fund for Childhood Cancer Patients and Families.
How you can help
Aflac obviously takes fighting pediatric cancer very seriously. To join them in this fight, please donate $12 to get a rubber duck and an entry into the Swim with Friends virtual race taking place on Facebook on October 9th.
You can connect with Aflac on Twitter @AflacDuck and use the hashtag #AflacKids to promote their fight against childhood cancer and the contest. Each tweet that uses #AflacKids will generate a $2 donation from Aflac directly to pediatric cancer research, so get tweeting!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Aflac and SheSpeaks. A donation will be given in my name for participating in this campaign. All opinions are my own.
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