Anyone who knows me will tell you I love to help people. I will put myself out to help a complete stranger, because it makes me feel good, and I know how important it is to give people a chance. I have been that person that needed a chance, got it, and am here today because one person I didn’t even know decided to take a chance. My loved ones, I will walk to the moon and back for. I might not know how to get there, but I will figure it out. There is nothing I will not do for the people I love, and recently I have had to sit on the sidelines and watch them hurt. All I can do is be here for them, and give them my shoulder, ear, or anything else they might need. It hurts to watch your loved ones hurt. I cannot imagine what these familiar are faced with when dealing with childhood cancer.
A few years ago they found out that my husband (Shawn) uncle Bill had skin cancer. Luckily, he is still healthy, but has had to travel back and forth for treatments, and uncle bill doesn’t often tell my Shawn too much about when it comes to his cancer because he doesn’t want Shawn to worry. Growing up uncle Bill is the closest thing to a father figure my husband had. They are very close, and I know it is hard for my husband. My husband knows that Bill is not telling him is for the best right now, but I also know it’s hard.
To make things even worse, not even a year ago they found out my husband’s aunt Jackie had cancer in her arm. They thought they would be able to operate and remove the muscle in the upper part of her arm, which worked for a little bit, but the cancer came back. Now they are going to take her entire arm, she will go through everything all over again. It’s been extremely hard on the family, but they have maintained great.
This weekend was the Relay for Life where I live, and we walked for the two survivors we know. Who are both VERY strong, amazing people, and are faced with the “C” word yet again. Relay for Life is such an amazing campaign, and I recently learned about something SUPER DUPER AWESOME that Aflac is doing.
Have you heard about Aflac DuckPrints campaign? I will fill you in on all the GREAT things Aflac is doing! I have always loved Aflac, but this makes me like them even more.
One of the biggest childhood cancer centers in our country is The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They are totally committed to providing their brave cancer patients a brighter future with advanced medical treatment, child-friendly environment, innovative research, and family centered care. Aflac Cancer Center has received MORE than $87 MILLION in donations from Aflac in hopes they would meet their goal of $100 MILLION by the end of 2015! WOW, hats off Aflac, such an amazing thing they are doing! Learn more about Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta by visiting them at Choe.org.
WOW, and I cannot leave this out… It’s just amazing, and it brings tears to my eyes! In 1977 according to the National Cancer Institute the five-year survival rates for childhood cancer increased to 58.1, in 20013 79.6, in 2007 about 10,400 kids younger than the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in the US. Cancer remains, the leading cause of death by illness in the US for people who are 15 and younger. Aflac DuckPrints is committed to eradicate childhood cancer, and now 75% of kids with childhood cancer will be cured, thanks to donations made to the research and treatment of childhood cancer.
Trisha Henry Gaffney
Trisha Henry Gaffney, who was 19 years old and was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma on Valentine’s Day in 1996. Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is an aggressive tumor which is normally found in the head, hands, neck, or feel of young children, and Trisha’s was the first reported in the right ureter.
Trisha had surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter and part of her bladder, and she spent an entire year in Aflac Cancer Center going through chemotherapy and radiation. After Trisha’s stay at Aflac Cancer Center she went back to Illinois and attended school, three months later her treatments would be finished.
In April 1997 her treatments were finally over, and she was able to focus on the positive things in her life, and leave cancer behind. She didn’t want cancer to define her, but as she got older realized it does play a big part in your life and made an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. Trisha was able to gain a broad understanding of her entire health story, including treatments, as well as issues they could cause.
After Trisha meet with the Medical Director, she went to a fertility specialist to learn that she was not able to carry a child. The radiation treatments had damaged her uterus, and she was approaching early menopause. She decided to freeze her eggs, she wasn’t going to let cancer control her life anymore.
Isabella, who is Trisha and Andrew’s beautiful baby girl recently celebrated her first birthday and this Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its amazing programs. Trisha says, “If I hadn’t had my friend telling me to go to the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center I wouldn’t have my daughter.”
She is now armed knowledge about her treatments, medication and the changes that are ahead of her. Survivorship is what defines her, not the cancer. She encourages survivors to use the resources available at the Aflac Cancer Center, and says “It’s great that in this day and age, children will most likely live, but once they do they’re going to have some expectations about that life.”
Join Aflac and Help Fight Childhood Cancer!
Here is where it gets even better, because this is the part where you can help too. It’s easy, EASY, EASY, EASY, and I am asking everyone who reads this to please help. Right now until Mother’s Day, which will be Sunday, May 11, 2014, Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for a variety of social media DuckPrints activities using the hashtag #DuckPrints!
Check it out, most of you are on Facebook and Twitter every single day right…
- Twitter – $2 for every #DuckPrints tweet, or retweet using the #DuckPrints hashtag.
- Facebook – $2 for every #DuckPrints post or share using the #DuckPrints hashtag.
You’re doing an amazing thing, and you never know what a few moments of your time spent to make the $2 donation did for a child on the receiving end. It only takes a few seconds to send out a tweet/retweet or post/share something on Facebook to share this with your friends. After you share your friends/fans see your tweet/retweet/share/post, and they join in, their friends join in, and so-on. Those few seconds you spent tweeting,retweeting/posting/sharing could now be responsible for $1,000s in donations. How cool is that? Together we will make a difference!
Thank You Aflac
Join me in saying THANK YOU to the number one provider of supplemental insurance. I am proud to say I use Aflac, and have for several years. Not for health insurance, but insurance for my daily living. They have always been GREAT, and did you know that benefits are pre-determined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have! We have had to use our Aflac benefits, and every single time I am amazed. They number one reason I am with them is because of their service, which if you know me is HUGE. I want to feel like I matter. I have always been happy with Aflac, and when I received my cash benefits they came TO ME JENN, and they did not take long at all. I was able to get all my daily expenses under control rather quickly thanks to Aflac, and I don’t know what I would do without them. You never know when you are going to get sick or hurt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can find everything you need about Aflac when your visit their Aflac.com.
Aflac DuckPrints Award
Did you know that Aflac has been engaged in the fight against childhood cancer for almost 20 years? Way to go Aflac! Over the years Aflac has been fortunate enough to meet several heroes, who have made a HUGE difference in the fight again childhood cancer, and they want to honor these individuals with the newly created Aflac DuckPrints Award.
Join me in saying THANK YOU to the number one provider of supplemental insurance. I am proud to say I use Aflac, and have for several years. Not for health insurance, but insurance for my daily living. They have always been GREAT, and did you know that benefits are pre-determined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have! We have had to use our Aflac benefits, and every single time I am amazed. They number one reason I am with them is because of their service, which if you know me is HUGE. I want to feel like I matter. I have always been happy with Aflac, and when I received my cash benefits they came TO ME JENN, and they did not take long at all. I was able to get all my daily expenses under control rather quickly thanks to Aflac, and I don’t know what I would do without them. You never know when you are going to get sick or hurt, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
For more information on the information in this post you can visit Aflac DuckPrints at Duckprints.Aflac.com, Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Choe.org, and the wonderful Aflac website at Aflac.com. Be sure to be social by “Liking” Aflac on Facebook, and checking out their tweets on Twitter.
One lucky person will win a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card! This giveaway will only be open until the Aflac campaign stops, which is Mother’s Day. GOOD LUCK , and thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your donation helps more than one might possibly imagine!
To make things even better, the amazing people from Aflac have asked us to hold a $50 giveaway to help spread the word. Please, help us spread the word. One lucky person will receive a $50 gift card, but we thank each and every single person who sends a tweet, post an update, retweets, or shares. If you do not want to post tweets or shares, please retweet on Twitter one of my tweets or share one of my posts. You can follow me on twitter at @sjblahblahblog, or on Facebook.com/JennsBlahBlahBlog! I will be sharing like a crazy person.
Also, if you would like me to retweet or share for you, please leave me a comment with the link. I will be sure to check daily, NOW LET’S HURRY AND START TWEETING AND FACEBOOKING to help Aflac reach their goal, and fight against childhood cancer.