Aflac and Carl Edwards Unveil Racecar for Childhood Cancer Awareness

The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion Celebrates “Friends of a Feather”


COLUMBUS, Georgia – September 2, 2011 – Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, and Carl Edwards, NASCAR driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, are teaming up to support this year’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, recognized annually in  September. Today Edwards visited with young cancer patients and their families at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As part of the company’s “Friends of a Feather” campaign, Edwards also unveiled the specially painted car he will drive during Sunday’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The racecar design for Sunday’s race features duck feathers from front to back inscribed with names of the many unsung heroes who have gone the extra mile for 12-year-old Aflac Cancer Center patient Hannah Layfield. Hannah, like so many children facing cancer, has an army of devoted people who have stood by her and her family during her multiple bouts with leukemia. Throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Aflac strives to recognize the many people who come together to support children and families battling cancer as part of the “Friends of a Feather” campaign.

“Driving for Aflac is always special, but racing for kids like Hannah and the many people at the Aflac Cancer Center who support her takes it to another level,” Carl Edwards said. “When I visit the Aflac Cancer Center, it reminds me that courage isn’t about driving a racecar — it’s about brave young kids staring down cancer and determined to win. I’d love to win in their honor on Sunday night.”

Also commenting on the initiative, Kathelen Amos, president of the Aflac Foundation, said, “For more than 16 years, Aflac has made childhood cancer its primary philanthropic cause. I am proud to be a part of the ‘Friends of a Feather’ initiative and part of a company that brings together the emotional and medical support networks for families with children battling cancer.”

Yesterday, Aflac also unveiled its new limited edition Childhood Cancer Awareness plush Aflac Duck, which is available at aflac.com/friends. All net proceeds from this special plush Aflac Duck go to the Aflac Cancer Center, along with a $20 donation from Aflac for every duck sold. Those who want to support the fight against childhood cancer may also do so by signing up as a member of the “Friends of a Feather” Facebook cause (Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every new member that joins by October 6, 2011) or by donating via aflac.com (Aflac will donate $2 for each dollar donated).





For more information:
Brant Rawls
Senior Public Relations Coordinator 
404-785-7577 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 850,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 24 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving children and young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center cares for more than 400 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Visit www.aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.



About AFLAC

When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have helped provide a safety net and given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For five consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies and by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best-Managed Companies in the Insurance category. In 2011, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 13th consecutive year. Also, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 10th time in 2011. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or aflacenespanol.com.


Tags: General News, Foundation
Published: Friday, September 02, 2011