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When you think Aflac Insurance, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s the white Aflac Duck that quacks, “AFLAC!” We even have two of those plush ducks floating around the house right now! It’s iconic, memorable and cute. It hits home with parents and their kids.
Aflac is more than a charismatic white duck and offers more than insurance. Did you know they also work hard to raise awareness about childhood cancer and help fund research to hopefully one day eradicate it from our lives? They do this through a variety of ways, one of which touches close to home for bloggers – social media.
Every time you use the #Duckprints hashtag on Twitter or Facebook between now and Mother’s Day 2014, Aflac will donate $2 to 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, dedicated to providing childhood cancer patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research. Already Aflac has donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, but they need your help to raise awareness and help them reach their $100 million by the end of 2015.
Why are they asking for your help to spread the word up to Mother’s Day? One reason is moms like Trisha Henry, a cancer survivor and mom. On Valentine’s Day 1996, 19-year-old Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive 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 bladder. Trisha had to undergo surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter and a portion of her bladder. From there she spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center to undergo chemotherapy and radiation.
Following her treatment for this rare form of cancer, Trisha Henry Gaffney was eager to put her health problems behind her. But just over a decade later she received heart-breaking news. Lab work showed that Trisha’s chemotherapy and 23 radiation treatments had wreaked havoc on her body. Only one ovary was functional, the radiation had damaged her uterus, she was approaching an early menopause, and she would not be able to carry a child. Becoming a mother was important to Trisha.
“It’s devastating when you can’t have a family,” Trisha said. “I froze my eggs that year. I thought, ‘Screw you, cancer! I want my own kid.’”
With the help of a surrogate Trisha and her husband Andrew became parents to Isabella in April 2013. Now this year Trisha will be celebrating her second Mother’s Day, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its programs.
Would you like to help Aflac raise money for the Aflac Cancer Center? Here is how you can help!
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
One reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to Restaurant.com by helping to spread the word about #Duckprints. To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter Widget instructions below. This give-away starts 5/1/14 and ends 5/11/14.