Unfortunately almost everyone has a story about cancer. No matter whether the story is our own, a parent's, family member's, friend, or acquaintance; it affects us in a very deep way. Tomorrow I'll be sharing my story about my dad's battle with cancer. Though all forms of cancer are tragic, but I think the one that hits us close to our hearts is childhood cancer.
Did you know that in 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States? Cancer is the leading cause of death (by illness) in America for children under the age of 15. However, 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. With the incredible research that is constantly being updated, 75% of these cancers can be cured.
Did you know that Aflac is helping find the cure through the Aflac Cancer Center? They provide support by committing to providing childhood cancer patients with advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research. Aflac has donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, with the goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015.
You can help Aflac reach that goal by tweeting or facebooking with the hashtag #Duckprints between now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11). For each #duckprints tweet/retweet or status, Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center.
The Aflac Cancer Center is featuring patient Trisha Henry Gaffney’s inspiring story using in honor of their Mother's Day #duckprints campaign.
At the age of 19, Trisha was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor usually found in the head, neck, hands or feet of young children. She underwent aggressive treatment that left her unlikely to have children in the future. “You don’t want your cancer to define you,” Trisha said, “but as you get older, you realize it plays a much bigger part in your life than you’re willing to admit.” She visited joined the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center, where she and other survivors are provided with long-term follow-up care and help with treating the after effects of cancer treatment. Through a long journey of more treatment and freezing her eggs for the possibility of having children in the future, she and her husband welcomed their daughter Isabella in April of 2013 thanks to a friend offering to be a surrogate for them. 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.
Aflac has joined with me to help spread the word of the #Duckprints campaign through a giveaway for a $50 restraurant.com giftcard. Just enter using the easy entry options below and help spread the word to get as much donated to the Aflac Cancer Center through Mother's Day.
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Disclosure: The Pierogie Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment.