Help End Childhood Cancer with Aflac Duckprints ~ Plus a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card Giveaway

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One of the things I’ve noticed more and more – especially since becoming a mother – is the rise of childhood cancers.  Maybe I’m just more aware of it now, and every single instance I hear of brings tears to my eyes because, as a mom, it has to be one of the hardest things those moms will ever have to face.  Devastatingly heartbreaking, and statistics show that the number of cases is on the rise.  In fact, cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 or younger.  According to the Aflac Cancer Center, in 2007 alone,  approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. A staggering statistic when you think about it.

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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.  Aflac Duckprints champions these heroes through ceremonies at childhood cancer hospitals, user-generated nominations on www.duckprints.aflac.com and in social media.  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.

One mom’s story really touched me.  At only 19-years-old, Trisha Henry Gaffney was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor usually found in the head, neck, hands, or feet of young children.  She was treated at the Aflac Cancer Center and, luckily, her treatment ended in April of 1997.  Now, with the help of a surrogate, Trisha is a mom herself and wants to raise more awareness for childhood cancers.  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.  Hers is an incredible story, and her message is one I’m honored to share.  Trisha 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.

Want to help?

Aflac needs YOU!  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 the #Duckprints hashtag.  All you have to do is post something on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag, #Duckprints.  It couldn’t be easier than that!  So get to hashtagging!

Win a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card!

Aflac is also making it possible you you to win a $50 Restaurant.com gift card, just for raising awareness about their #Duckprints campaign.  Enter using the easy Giveaway Tools form below.  Good luck!

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  1. Love this campaign. It really couldn’t be easier. As a mother, I am definitely more aware of things like this. It’s just too easy to put yourself in the shoes of the parents.

  2. Kristen says:

    I’d use it at Agave.

  3. What a wonderful cause! I tweeted myself and also your post :)
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  4. This is a wonderful cause. I love brands that really take initiative to give back
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  5. Throwing a hashtag on there is super easy and totally worth doing for the cause. Thanks for letting us know about it!!
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  6. I love that Aflac is working to help this cause! It’s so sad to think about all those affected, but nice to be able to help!
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  7. So awesome that Aflac has involved themselves in this GREAT cause!
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  8. this is great that Aflac is getting involved! I would love to see the end of childhood cancer!
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  9. childhood cancer scares the socks off me. I so worry about it. I’ll hashtag for sure.

  10. What an amazing campaign. Childhood cancer is a fantastic cause to support. Thank you for the giveaway as well!
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  11. What a great cause to help with it. Such a blessing for parents going through this, I can’t even think about this
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  12. What a great idea for Mother’s Day gift in honor of someone with childhood cancer. Thank you for spreading awareness.
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  13. I hadn’t heard of the Duckprints campaign before. What a great campaign for such an important cause!
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  14. What a great campaign! I love seeing companies trying to make a difference!

  15. This is a great campaign. I am with you, the mention of it brings tears to my eyes, cancer is such a horrible beast of a disease.
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  16. This is a wonderful campaign and really hits home since I am a mother myself. I will be sharing this across my social media!
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  17. What a wonderful cause for Aflac to support. I am going to go tweet and do my part to help now!
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  18. Wow, I love this campaign! When companies do this, it makes me love them even more.
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  19. Great initiative and inspiring stories. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. I lost a student to childhood cancer at age 7. I cannot express how grateful I am to those who help raise funds to end this epidemic.
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  21. What a great campaign! I love when corporations and big companies do amazing things.

  22. My first was born and headed straight for the nicu. I was 19. It was the scariest moments of my life. That year was so rough. I love when corporations step up
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  23. My second born was in NICU for 2 weeks. I am so grateful it was a short stay. This is such a great cause.
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  24. I am grateful for having to healthy boys. Anything we can do to help families with kids battling anything I am always for.
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  25. Such an important cause, Nice way to help.
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  26. steven weber says:

    There are too many to choose just one!

  27. There are so many that are fighting childhood cancer and the thought of it just scares me to death. This is a great program from Aflac.
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  28. What an easy way to do something to help! Going to check out the #duckprints hashtag!
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  29. it’s great that they are stepping up to do something good. i’ll share this with my readers
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  30. I’m glad to see how much AFLAC is doing to help end childhood cancer. This is a great program.

  31. It’s so awesome when a company takes on such a great cause like this. Good for them!!
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  32. I might have to try Demos Greek Restaurant!
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  33. What an amazing campaign! It just isn’t right that our little ones have to endure pain like this.
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  34. I’m convinced that we are poisoning ourselves with our food sourcing habits. No better reason to go green!
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  35. I think it is wonderful when a company gets involved in helping a cause as great as helping find a cure for childhood cancer. I will be doing some hashtagging! This is wonderful!
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