Help Fight Childhood Cancer #Duckprints & $50 Restaurant.com Giveaway

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Cancer Survivor, Trisha Henry Gaffney

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.

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Trisha with her daughter.

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.”
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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.

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I want my kids to have a cancer free future!

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:

 –  Twitter: $2 for every Duckprints tweet or retweet using #Duckprints 
 –  Facebook: $2 for every Duckprints post or share using #Duckprints

Giveaway:
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.

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Comments

  1. says

    That is a huge increase in survival. Love that things have changed that way. If I were to win, I would use it to take my family out for Mother’s Day, my husband recently lost his job and we all could use a nice night out.

  2. says

    I think it is wonderful that Aflac is doing this. That’s so exciting that Trisha was blessed with a daughter after being told she couldn’t have children.

  3. says

    So nice to hear that they are doing such wonderful things to help with cancer. I hadn’t realized the survival rates had increased so much… here’s to another huge increase in 1/2 the amount of time!!!

  4. says

    Ugh, the C word is definitely horrifying!! :( Too many people suffer and seems to be happening to younger people a lot more often. I am off to RT and FB for this important cause!!!

  5. Angela S says

    Trisha’s story is so inspiring. It’s nice that she had a friend to point her in the right direction. It’s always so nice to hear when someone survives something as horrible as cancer and moves on with life so beautifully.

  6. says

    I’m so glad that Trisha’s story has a happy ending. I think it is so important to support causes that help find a cure or support those dealing with childhood cancer. I can’t even imagine going through that with my son.

  7. Amanda @ Erickson and Co. says

    I hate cancer! Its a horrible disease. I’m glad Trisha’s story ended well!

  8. says

    Thank you so much for posting this, I hadn’t heard of the initiative yet! I’m so sorry for the loss you’ve gone through, cancer truly is a horrible disease!

  9. says

    Cancer is still a diagnosis that freezes my heart when I hear a family member or friend has been diagnosed with it. I’m so grateful the survival rate is higher now; but it is still has a long way to go from keeping the panic out of me when someone I know has to fight it.

  10. says

    Cancer is still so scary, but a child even harder. Two of our dearest friends children had/have brain cancer, one was born they think with it, another is 12 – both are alive and fighters.

  11. says

    I love the idea of this campaign and think it’s fantastic that Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center. Thanks for sharing this information!

  12. says

    I think talking about the real things like Cancer is a good thing. What a wonderful campaign. I like seeing so much positive force in a negative situation.

  13. says

    Cancer is horrible and childhood cancer is the worst of the worst. I am glad these businesses are stepping up and supporting the fight against a great cause!

  14. Maria Oller says

    While we have a huge increase in the survival numbers, the numbers of those getting sick is still so high. Kills me every time I see pictures or go to hospital and see children with cancer.

  15. says

    I would take my daughter out to dinner. :) I am glad that people are talking about cancer. It used to be something that people were scared to talk about.

  16. says

    I can’t imagine how it wouldn’t play a large role in your life. It’s tough and way too common to have to deal with it.

  17. Heather Poindexter says

    I would actually use this for my dad! Thankfully we were grown when my mom passed away, but he has had to step up to the plate.

  18. kelly nicholson says

    Who would you treat to a restaurant gift card on Mother’s Day?

    well i would take mom but she wont go…i dont know

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