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At some point or another every person has been affected by someone diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer has become increased and as a mother this absolutely breaks my heart to know there are children out there that have to deal with this awful disease.
About Childhood Cancer
- According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1 percent in 1977 to 79.6 percent in 2003.
- 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.
Aflac is raising awareness and committed to help for over 20 years. Aflac created the Duckprints award and they have made it their mission to eradicate childhood cancer. Thanks to donations made to the research and treatment of this disease, 75 percent of childhood cancers can now be cured. 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.
Aflac Cancer Center patient Trisha Henry Gaffney’s story is true an inspiration. 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.
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.
After years of getting “back to normal life”, Trisha met the man of her dreams and later on wanted to start a family but had trouble. Trisha went back to the Cancer Survivor Program. They explained to her that due to the chemotherapy and 23 radiation treatments had wreaked havoc on her body. Only one ovary was functional, and the radiation had damaged her uterus; she was approaching an early menopause, and she would not be able to carry a child.
Trisha Never Gave Up
She decided to freeze her eggs and 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.
“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.”
So how can you help in the fight of Childhood Cancer?
In honor of Mother’s Day and Aflac’s goal to help support the fight against childhood cancer. Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for a variety of social media Duckprints activities using #Duckprints, including:
Let’s get the word out there! Help them by raising some much needed money and one reader will be eligible to win a $50 Restaurant.com gift card.
Entry is simple just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below. Let’s join forces and help out those children that are suffering.
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