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

by Pam on May 2, 2014

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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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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Williams May 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

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.

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Scott May 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

Of course it would be mom (my wife). She deserves a night out with no dishes!

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) May 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

I love that Aflac is doing this and it’s for SUCH a great cause, too! Thanks for letting me know about this because I want to help out by donating.

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Sandra May 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I agree – so cool to see companies like this reaching out.

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Jen V May 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

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.

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Lisa May 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

My cousin had childhood cancer that followed her to adulthood. I love that Aflac is a part of this and raising money.

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popcosmo May 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

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!!!

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Kelsey Apley May 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Cancer has struck my family numerous times.. I have seen it effect others as well.. it is really hard. I hope that they find a cure soon!

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Amber Faith May 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I would treat my mom for mother’s day out!

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Nicole at Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge May 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I’m happy for Trisha, now she’ll experience the joys of being a mom.

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Jennifer Soltys May 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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!!!

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Debbie Denny May 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

What a great promotion they are doing. Very important cause.

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Beth W May 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

This is a great thing Aflac is going. I’d give it to my own mother for mothers day.

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Amber NElson May 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Anything to help fight cancer is something that I will support!

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Jennifer B May 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I love reading cancer survival stories! This is a wonderful cause!

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Angela S May 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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.

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Dawn Ganey May 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I would take my family out for a nice dinner. We deserve it.

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Nikki May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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.

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Kimberly Schotz May 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm

If I were to win I would treat my family.

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Amanda @ Erickson and Co. May 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

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

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Ellen Christian May 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

What a wonderful program! so great that they are doing this.

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Jenn May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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!

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Mandy@ TheHouseholdHero.com May 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

What a great cause! I have too had great loss from cancer and will be sharing #duckprints often the next week. And this may sound selfish but I would treat myself to a girl’s night out with the giftcard!

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Amber Edwards May 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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.

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Sandra May 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

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.

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Trisha May 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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!

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Taralyn May 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm

What a wonderful campaign! I would treat my mom to Mother’s Day dinner!

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Amanda A May 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I am glad to see that survival is getting better, it is beyond sad to see such little kids battling cancer.

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Keikilani May 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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.

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Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens May 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I hope I see a cure to cancer in my lifetime!

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Kathleen Kennedy-Leon May 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm

We love going to out to eat and enjoy going to a local Italian place

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Michele May 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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!

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Curby Aardvark May 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

That is an amazing campaign and I hope for a cancer free future.

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Mama to 5 BLessings May 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm

It’s so sad, I have lost loved ones too with this awful disease. It’s even more sad when children are diagnosed with it.

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Maria Oller May 2, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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.

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Aisha Kristine Chong May 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

This is an awesome giveaway for such a great cause!

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Ashley Tucker May 3, 2014 at 12:18 am

I would treat my mother-in-law to a gift card.

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Dawn May 3, 2014 at 1:39 am

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.

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valmg @ Mom Knows It All May 3, 2014 at 2:10 am

What a great campaign! Perfect for raising awareness. Purple really suits you – it’s one of my favorite colors!

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Rosey May 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

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.

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Marni | Love and Duck Fat May 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

This is a great cause to support. Cancer has affected people in my family as well–I couldn’t imagine it happening to someone so young.

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Heather Poindexter May 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

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.

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alice chase May 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

I would treat my mom and mother in law. They both have meant so much to me. What a great campaign.

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Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations May 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

What an amazing cause, I definitely want my kids to be cancer-free!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication May 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Such an inspiring story! Just think of what kind of research could be done if EVERYONE would give SOMETHING!

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Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty May 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

Cancer is all over my family, took my aunt and grandfather from us. How great of Aflac to make it super easy to spread the word and get donations!

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CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie May 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

What an awesome thing AFLAC is doing; thanks for spreading the word, such an important cause… will tweet it

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kelly nicholson May 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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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Debi May 5, 2014 at 6:54 am

Wow that is awesome. I want my kids to see a future cancer free too. I will definitely get behind this.

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Erica May 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

I would definitely treat my Mom. She is so very special to me!

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Veronica May 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Aflac is doing a great thing. This needs to be a cancer free world.

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Kristen May 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I would like to share a meal with my mom and my best friend on Mother’s Day.

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D Schmidt May 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I would treat my best friend because she really deserves it!

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