I’m a huge fan of writing fun, uplifting posts. I like to add a dash of humor when I can, even when I am writing about causes that are important to me. Today’s topic, Cancer, is not one of those. It’s a topic that strikes fear in my heart. The “C” word is a four letter word in our house. Over the years I have watched family members—including my mom, favorite aunt, grandmother, uncles and a host of others—succumb to the disease. I’ve had cousins die at an early age, leaving behind their young children, or seen their young children suffer painfully, wondering why this was happening to them. That’s why I am so happy to share the story of cancer survivor, Trisha Henry Gaffney.
Trisha survived a rare form of childhood cancer and, after finding her cancer was in remission, wanted to put the ordeal behind her and get on with her life. Dedicated to sharing her story to others, she explains, “You don’t want your cancer to define you,” Trisha said, “but as you get older, you realize it plays a much bigger part in your life than you’re willing to admit.” She received devastating news when she realized she couldn’t have children due to the effects of cancer and the ensuing treatments. A friend encouraged Trisha to visit the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center, which provides specialized, long-term follow-up care and helps identify and treat problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment to help survivors lead a full life. She credits their help with the birth of her daughter. “If I hadn’t had my friend telling me to go to the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center,” Trisha said, “I wouldn’t have my daughter.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1 percent in 1977 to 79.6 percent in 2003.
In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 or younger. Aflac Duckprints is committed in its mission to eradicate childhood cancer. Thanks to donations made to the research and treatment of this disease, 75 percent of childhood cancers can now be cured.
Aflac has met many unsung heroes who have made a real difference in the fight against childhood cancer. To honor them, they have instituted the “Duckprints Award.”
How you can help:
If you hate cancer as much as I do, there’s a simple solution to help raise money and awareness.
Now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11), Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for a variety of social media Duckprints activities using #Duckprints, including:
By using #Duckprints and reposting my blog post to increase awareness and donations. By doing so, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to restaurant.com (to treat mom to a Mother’s Day dinner). This giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Aflac. I was compensated to participate in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.