Aflac Duck honors heroes at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
In September at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, four heroes were honored with Duckprints Awards for leaving their footprints in the fight against childhood cancer.
The Aflac Duck travels across the country visiting children’s cancer hospitals and communities impacted by childhood cancer.
In Palmetto, he honored the late Stacy R. Sawyer, an advisor and advocate for CAMP KEMO, a weeklong summer camp for young patients with cancer and their siblings; Paul and Sarah Towns, longtime CAMP KEMO supporters who host an annual Christmas light display that also serves as a fundraiser; and Ronnie Neuberg, M.D., Aflac medical director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
Virgil Miller, Aflac senior vice president and chief administrative officer, explained that Aflac is leading a national movement to encourage change and grassroots involvement through fundraising efforts and public awareness. “That is what Duckprints is all about,” said Miller.
Watch the video to learn more and meet the remarkable DJ Fisher, age 17. Fisher was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
“My whole world sort of crumbled when I first found out I had leukemia,” said Fisher. He jokes about encountering younger kids in the hospital “running around with poles, and I couldn’t keep up.” Today he lends invaluable peer support to other children undergoing cancer treatment.
You’ll also hear what makes Dr. Neuberg optimistic about the future of pediatric cancer treatment, and learn why he says, “I just can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next five to ten years.”
Over the last 20 years, Aflac has contributed more than $108 million in the battle against childhood cancer. As part of the grassroots Duckprints campaign, Aflac is calling on people across America to become active in the cause. Aflac donates to the fight against children's cancer for any Duckprints-related social media activity on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, up to $1.5 million.
For more information and to get involved, visit duckprints.aflac.com.