Help the fight against childhood cancer and a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card Giveaway! #Duckprints

*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.*

I have a good friend of mine who is in remission from leukemia. She is one of the strongest little girls I have ever met and she continues to be brave each and everyday that she faces her challenges. While she is in remission, a simple cold can force her to have a hospital stay. Despite all of this, her parents and her have an amazing spirit and I truly believe this helped her ‘recover’ from this wicked disease. Now for the hard part- this sweet, baby girl is 3! The most amazing and brilliant 3 year old I had the chance to meet through my years. While it is hard to hear, the statistic is equally as hard-  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 or younger! We need to change this!unnamed 9 Help the fight against childhood cancer and a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card Giveaway! #Duckprints

This month, Aflac is on a mission to help  raise awareness and donations to aid in the fight against childhood cancer via a variety of social media activities using the hashtag #Duckprints. The ultimate mission of Duckprints and Aflac  is to eradicate childhood cancer. Wouldn’t that be amazing if we could help them on this mission?!

Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every #Duckprints tweet/retweet on Twitter or post/share on Facebook.  Now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11), Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every tweet/retweet, or post/share on Twitter or Facebook using the #Duckprints hashtag. All you have to do is send a simple tweet or fb post and they will do the work for us, to help support such an important campaign! They are doing amazing work to change lives of so many children. unnamed 10 Help the fight against childhood cancer and a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card Giveaway! #Duckprints

I truly did not know how much Aflac was doing to help support this wonderful cause until I started reading.  Aflac has been engaged in the fight against childhood cancer for nearly 20 years. During that time, the company has been fortunate to meet many unsung heroes who have made a real difference in the 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. The goal of Duckprints is to generate a groundswell of excitement that will result in an increase in both donations and awareness, with the ultimate mission of eradicating childhood cancer.   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.

Here is another story that touched my heart:

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Cancer Survivor and Mom, Trisha Henry Gaffney : 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. After going through surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter and a portion of her bladder, Trisha spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Following her treatment for this rare form of cancer, Trisha Henry Gaffney was eager to put her health problems behind her. The last thing she wanted to do was dwell on the effects of her illness.

Her treatment ended in April 1997, and she was ready to put her focus on all of the positive forces in her life. During her treatment at the Aflac Cancer Center, Trisha had started dating Andrew Gaffney, a fellow swimmer from high school. She had a big group of friends in Champaign, Ill. she looked forward to seeing again. In addition, she became a journalism major with the goal of focusing her energy on telling others’ inspirational stories of overcoming obstacles.

In 1998, a friend encouraged Trisha to visit the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. The Aflac Cancer Center provides specialized, long-term follow-up care and helps identify and treat problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment to help survivors lead a full life, including school, work and a family of their own. However, the idea of going to even more doctors didn’t sit well with Trisha. However, she decided to take a step forward with the Aflac Cancer Center.

Taking Control and Moving Forward

After her sister’s best friend offered to be a surrogate, Trisha and Andrew, now her husband, became parents to Isabella in April 2013. Isabella just celebrated her first birthday, and this Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its programs. The impact of the Aflac Cancer Center isn’t lost on Trisha. Without the intervention of doctors and nurses in her health, her life would be incredibly different. “If I hadn’t had my friend telling me to go to the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center,”Trisha said, “I wouldn’t have my daughter.”Armed with the knowledge about her medications, treatments and the potential challenges ahead, Trisha is empowered to be an advocate for her own health. She knows it is survivorship that defines her ‒ not cancer. She encourages survivors to take advantage of the resources available through the Aflac Cancer Center so they can become healthy, happy adults ‒ and parents if they choose. “It is great that in this day and age, children will most likely live,” Trisha said. “But once they do, they’re going to have some expectations about that life.”

PLEASE PLEASE help Aflac with this fight against childhood cancer.

Here is how you can help again:

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 hashtag #Duckprints

-FB: $2 for every Duckprints fb post or share using hashtag #Duckprints

Follow Aflac on Fb, Twitter, and the Aflac Cancer Center Page to learn more today!

Win it: One winner will receive a $50 Restaurant.com gift card for their special mom. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter, so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me if you know anyone who has been effected with any type of childhood cancer in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. ENDS this coming Sunday so enter quickly! Good luck!

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Comments

  1. says

    No, I have never had a child in my life affected by cancer, this is something I am blessed with… Cancer is such a scary thing.

  2. Rosanne says

    One of my cousins had a baby with a brain tumor @ age 5 months. I did not know about the Aflac program

  3. Sarah C says

    I have never met anyone affected by childhood cancer. Aflac is wonderful to help support those who have to deal with this.

  4. Susan Smith says

    No, but I could only imagine how hard that would be for the whole family. That’s great that AFLAC is getting behind this cause!

  5. Shauna says

    Ugh, I could not imagine ever going through that. I am very happy to hear that AFLAC is standing behind such a great cause. Thanks for sharing

  6. Brynn says

    Thankfully I have not had to go through that, but I do know several people who have and it is such an awful thing. I am so pleased to hear about Aflac supporting such a wonderful cause.

  7. Penni says

    Yes, I have known several children affected by cancer, one of whom was my cousin, who died of leukemia at age 11. No, I am not familiar with the Aflac program.

  8. says

    I think its great that Aflac will be donating $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for different social media actions! Thanks for helping raise awareness!

  9. says

    I do not know a child with cancer, but I do feel very strongly about helping fight, and possibly finding a cure. I had not heard of the Aflac program before, but happy I have now!

  10. Desiree Dunbar says

    My younger daughter has a friend with Leukemia. I was not familiar with Aflac’s program, but I think it is pretty amazing they are helping children with donations.

  11. richelle bowers says

    i don’t know any children affected by cancer. I’ve seen the Aflac commercials but not really familiar with it

  12. Em Ma says

    Luckily, I do not know any children afflicted with cancer. I had not heard about the Aflac program before reading this article.

  13. kelly nicholson says

    Do you know any child effected by cancer? Are you familiar with the Aflac program?

    no children..not cancer that i know of

  14. Carissa Joslyn says

    I have a friend who son has Brain Cancer, well I should said had. From what I’ve herd I believe it’s all gone thanks to the Chemo. & I haven’t herd of the AFLAC program.

  15. Sharon C says

    A friend from college and a childhood friend both had children who died as toddlers from cancers.

  16. Candie L says

    Our small community of 1500 lost a 9 year old girl to Cancer. The stuffed animals that the community gave her while she was fighting were brought to Peru on a mission trip and given to children in need there. Thank you

  17. Wes Hovorka says

    Fortunately I don’t personally know any children with cancer. I only know a little about the AFLAC program.

  18. Emily ann says

    I do not know anyone that’s child has been affected with cancer. and I just learned about the AFLAC program.

  19. Jennifer e says

    None of my family that I know of has had a child that got cancer. and I didn’t know about the AFLAC program till just now.

  20. Amy Desrosiers says

    I hate cancer…there is nothing worse than pediatric cancer though!! I am thankful companies are trying to help in the fight!

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