Sunday Conversation with Teryn Buster

Dec 11, 2017 10:05 AM ET

For Teryn Buster, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started well before the holiday. In early November, Columbus-based insurer Aflac flew the 10-year-old, her mom and grandmother to New York City for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Macy’s Parade Studio and VIP access to “Balloonfest” to see up close the newest balloonicles (self-powered balloon vehicles). “We looked like tiny little ants standing next to them,” said Teryn, who is from Lithonia. Her favorite, of course, was the Aflac Duck, decked in a blue hat and scarf and holding a heart to his chest. Teryn is very familiar with the inimitable quacking fowl. She is being treated for sickle cell disease and cancer at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Seeing the duck on TV Thanksgiving morning was pretty special, too, Teryn said. “It was big and it was very cool. I liked how they made it seem like the Aflac Duck was really sledding down the road.”

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