The lives of thousands of children across the nation have been transformed thanks to two inspirational individuals, the first to be presented with Aflac's Duckprints Award. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Aflac Cancer Center director Dr. William G. Woods have left their footprints in the fight against childhood cancer, with their efforts helping to ignite public support for the cause.
Smoltz formed a friendship with a young cancer patient, leading him to become involved in an annual tournament that has since generated nearly $1.5 million in proceeds for the Aflac Cancer Center.
"I am a small, tiny speck of sand compared to the operation that goes on here, the facilitators, the doctors," says Smoltz. "My whole life's mission for my parents was to leave my footprints wherever I was."
And under the leadership of Dr. Woods, the Aflac Cancer Center has gained a reputation as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the nation. The Aflac Cancer Center treats an average of 365 new cancer patients each year, along with thousands of children with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.
Aflac, which wants to keep the awareness campaign going, will donate $2 to the fight against pediatric cancer for every social action related to the Aflac Duck including tweets, Facebook posts and video shares. Duckprints merchandise can also be purchased online with 100% of the net proceeds going toward helping children at cancer centers across the country. The insurer has donated more than $80 million to help support the Aflac Cancer Center over the last 20 years.
To learn more or get involved, go to aflacduckprints.com.