Giving back to the community is an everyday part of what we do at Aflac. We've passionately supported the fight against childhood cancer for 15 years. Over our philanthropic history, the extended Aflac family has given more than $55 million to childhood cancer through our relationship with the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants to young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 350 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. No relationship has been more meaningful to Aflac than the one with the Aflac Cancer Center.
Aflac's executive management is a strong ally in the achievement of the Aflac Cancer Center's long-term strategic vision under the leadership of Dr. William Woods, recipient of the Daniel P. Amos Chair endowed by Aflac in 2000. In addition, Aflac funded the outpatient and inpatient clinics at both Scottish Rite and Egleston. Aflac also gave support in the construction of the Aflac Cancer Center research facility.
Families battling cancer face many challenges, so in addition to cancer treatments, Aflac guarantees at least 10 positions for social workers, chaplains, schoolteachers and child life specialists, who are critical in providing complete and comprehensive care.
Aflac knows that care does not stop with the cure. To provide ongoing care to children cured of cancer but who are facing issues such as learning disabilities or reproductive challenges, Aflac funded the Cancer Survivor Clinic in 2001. Today, it is one of the nation's leading programs focusing solely on post-therapy issues of cancer survivors. In 2007, Aflac presented a $1.5 million Kathelen V. Amos Children’s Chair for Cancer Survivorship to Dr. Lillian R. Meacham of the Aflac Cancer Center.
Besides support from the Aflac Foundation, nearly 16,000 independent Aflac national sales agents contribute from their commission checks each month to support the Aflac Cancer Center. The agents also regularly engage in friendly competition between territories by holding special events and auctions to raise money for the Aflac Cancer Center.
Other Fundraising Activities
Aflac also uses its advertising sponsorships to spotlight pediatric cancer. Every year Aflac sponsors several trips to Major League baseball parks and the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic to give pediatric cancer patients a chance to get away from the hospital and out to a ballgame. Proceeds from the Aflac All-American have benefited pediatric cancer centers, including Children's Hospital at Southwest Florida, Kimmel Cancer Center Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, as well as Coaches Curing Kids' Cancer, an organization dedicated to pediatric cancer treatment and research.
For information about Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, please visit www.choa.org.