Since 1995, Aflac’s support has helped make the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta one of the leading programs in the country.
To date, the insurance provider and its Aflac Field Force have contributed $140 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, making the company the largest corporate supporter of Children’s.
"Thanks to Aflac’s generous support, the Aflac Cancer Center has become one of the best childhood cancer programs in the country. Aflac has provided resources that have catapulted our research efforts and made it possible for us to care for children with every type of pediatric cancer and blood disorder,” said Douglas K. Graham, MD, PhD, Director, Aflac Cancer Center.
The Aflac Family, including employees, executives and the Field Force have embraced the Aflac Cancer Center as the company’s largest philanthropy.
Aflac’s financial contributions have been used to fund:
- Research for cures for childhood cancers and blood disorders
- Inpatient and outpatient facilities at Egleston, Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding hospitals
- A state-of-the-art pediatric research building
- Endowments for the family support team and fellowship program, endowed chairs for the chief medical officer and leaders in developmental therapeutics, Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Cancer Survivorship, Sickle Cell Disease, Translational Research and Neuro-Oncology
Aflac has set the standard for a true philanthropic partnership by which all others should be measured. Children’s thanks Aflac for their continued support in the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders.
The following special events and programs are sponsored by Aflac and benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and its patients.
- Braves Night: In an annual tradition that began in 1995, more than 100 patients and their families meet Atlanta Braves players, get autographs and watch a game.
- My Special Aflac Duck: My Special Aflac Duck features naturalistic movement and joyful play to help distract children from the burdens of cancer treatment. A companion app enables children to mirror their care routines such as medical play, feeding and bathing via augmented reality. It mirrors young patients' moods, endures the same painful therapies and dances, quacks and nuzzles to help comfort children when they need it most. The Aflac Cancer Center was the first pediatric cancer center to receive these specialized ducks and was integral in helping develop and create the ducks with input from Aflac Cancer Center patients, staff and physicians. Aflac Inc. has committed to providing a My Special Aflac Duck to every newly diagnosed cancer patient over the age of 3 in the United States.
- Children's Miracle Network: Since 2016, Aflac has partnered with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through programs like Duckprints, Macy's Holiday Duck, and My Special Aflac Duck™. Aflac currently works with more than 50 CMN children’s hospitals including the Aflac Cancer Center to make an impact in pediatric cancer communities across the country.