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Who Amongst us is NOT familiar with the Aflac Duck, right? Me and my family live for those hilarious commercials. He is probably the second most famous Duck that I know of. Did you know that behind all of the loud quacks and funny duck commercials Aflac is actively involved in eradicating childhood cancer? They are!
About Aflac #Duckprints Campaign
Aflac has been actively engaged in the fight against childhood cancer for nearly 20 years. Over the years the company has been fortunate to meet and honor many un-sung heroes who have made a real difference in the fight against childhood cancer. The Duckprints award was created to honor these individuals ; Duckprints champions these heroes through ceremonies at childhood cancer hospitals. Nominations are made via social media and by visiting www.duckprints.aflac.com
* The goal of Duckprints is to raise awareness and donations, with the ultimate mission of eradicating childhood cancer.
About Aflac Cancer Center
The Aflac Center and Blood Disorder Centers of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer centers in America. It 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 2015.
About Childhood Cancer
The five- year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined, increased from 58.1% in 1977 to 79.6% in 2003, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 and younger. Approximately 10,400 children aged 15 or younger were diagnosed with childhood cancer in the U.S. in 2007.
* Thanks to donations made to the research and treatment of this disease, 75% of childhood cancers can now be cured.
Meet Trisha Henry Gaffney
On Valentines Day 1996 at the age of 19 Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor usually found in the head, neck or feet of young children. Trisha’s was the first reported case to occur in the right ureter, the tube connecting the bladder to the kidneys.
Trisha underwent treatment at the Aflac Cancer Center which included surgery to remove her right kidey, ureter and a portion of her bladder. She spent a year at the center undergoing chemo therapy and radiation.
Eager to put her diagnosis and treatment behind her and put all her focus on all of the positive things in her life Trisha returned to school. She became a journalism major and only saw general doctors for check-ups for several years. A friend encouraged her to go back to the Aflac Center Cancer Survivor Program which she finally did after many years. By now she was married and looking to start a family. At the center she was given her medical records and learned more about the effects the disease had on her body. She learned only one ovary was functional and she would not be able to carry a child. She went to a fertility specialist, had her eggs frozen and later her sister’s best friend agreed to be a surrogate for her. In April 2013 Trisha and Andrew, her husband became parents to Isabella. Isabella just celebrated her first birthday, and this Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Center and it’s programs.
|Trisha, Andrew & baby Isabella|
Check out More About Aflac at the following sites:
- Aflac Duckprints Official Site
- Aflac Facebook Page
- Aflac Twitter Page
- Aflac Cancer Center Page
- Aflac Official Site
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