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Aflac Awards $125,000 in Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits

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Aflac is granting $125,000 to 17 local nonprofits working on projects that support health & well-being, education, and community development programs. The selected organizations and their projects are:

Regional Health Provides Cancer Patients With a New Fun Tool

By Cali Montana
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA, TV) - Rapid City Regional Health welcomed some new feathered friends to its pediatric floor.

Thanks to a donation from Aflac, the hospital is providing young patients with a new fun tool.

"It's a gift that we can give to all of our patients that we see who have cancer and are receiving chemo. It's a way for them to communicate their feelings," says Regional Health Nurse Amanda Horsley.

Aflac Reports on Effort to Give Children With Cancer Huggable Robots

Aflac says some of the money for the Aflac Duck robots comes from donations from agents.
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By Allison Bell 

A foundation affiliated with Aflac Inc. has given toy robots that look like the Aflac Duck to children who are facing cancer in about 200 U.S. hospitals and clinics, Aflac said today.

The Columbus, Georgia-based company started distributing My Special Aflac Duck robots last year.

Cannes: Aflac Opens Up About Risks From Successful Purpose Shift

The insurance company's duck robot may seem like an obvious success story, but required an appetite for risk and long-term commitment.
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CANNES — At a time when the concept of brand purpose appears increasingly vogueish, Aflac provided a salutary reminder that brands can drive positive change during a Cannes Lions session that explored the insurance company's interactive duck robot.

The smart toy robot (My Special Aflac Duck) has so far helped more than 4,300 children battle through cancer, by providing emotional support and helping kids open up and communicate through such a troubling period. 

Behind Aflac’s Branded Product Helping Kids With Cancer

by Kyle O'Brien
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It’s rare when a branded product can connect with a child deeply. But My Special Aflac Duck - modeled after Aflac's longtime mascot - is doing just that with hundreds of children who are battling cancer. And the smart toy is helping them through perhaps the most difficult time of their lives.

The interactive toy, which won the Best Use of Technology award at the 2019 Drum Marketing Awards USA, is also up for several Cannes Lions awards this year and won the ‘Tech for a Better World’ award at CES 2018, where it was introduced.

Children Battling Cancer Can’t Always Express Their Feelings. Now a Robotic Duck Is Doing It for Them.

By Peter Holley
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It was hard enough that Savi Abdallah-Sinha was only a 2-year-old when he began undergoing chemotherapy treatment to rid his body of leukemia.

What made his situation even more difficult, his parents say, was knowing that the little boy was so young he lacked the words to communicate the many varieties of acute pain he was experiencing. Each time a new drug was introduced or a round of treatment completed, the boy’s inner world remained largely mysterious to the adults caring for him.

More Than a Mascot: Aflac Duck Robot Comforts Kid Cancer Patients—and Sets an Example for Pharma

By Beth Snyder Bulik
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CANNES, FRANCE—From advertising icon to pediatric cancer pal, the Aflac duck has transformed from a TV commercial attention-getter to a trusted friend for children with cancer. The plush Alfac duck robot, with naturalistic movements, comes to life with quacks and nuzzles, but it also helps kids communicate.

Points of Light Names Aflac One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the US Bestows The Civic 50 Honor on Leading Supplemental Insurer for Second Consecutive Year

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COLUMBUS, Ga., June 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today announced that the company has been named an honoree of The Civic 50 Award by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This marks the second consecutive year that Aflac has been included on this prestigious list of companies seeking to serve their communities in addition to their employees, customers and shareholders.

My Special Aflac Duck® to Share Spotlight With Famous Directors, Producers and Creatives

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COLUMBUS, Ga., June 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ - More than just humans will grace the speaker dais of the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in France this year. Aflac today announced that My Special Aflac Duck®, an innovative robotic version of the well-known U.S. insurance company's famous mascot duck that helps children cope with cancer, has a spot in the health care track. My Special Aflac Duck was developed with the input of children, their families, medical professionals and child life specialists.

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