Since 1995, Aflac has raised and donated more than $133 million to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Each year, more than 15,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. The average length of treatment is 1,000 days, many of which are spent in a hospital, enduring painful treatments in an unfamiliar setting.
During this difficult period, children often struggle to voice how they're feeling — emotionally and physically. But thanks to a fuzzy, interactive friend, sharing those feelings is a little easier with the "My Special Aflac Duck" (MSAD).
Innovative robotic duck takes top honors in the People’s Choice and the Robotics and Hardware categories at premier conference Celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries
COLUMBUS, Ga., March 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Taking home yet another major award for technology, innovation and corporate responsibility, Aflac today announced the My Special Aflac Duck, an innovative robotic duck that helps children cope with cancer, is the winner of this year’s top Award at SXSW in the Robotics and Hardware category. The prestigious SXSW award is added to a growing list of awards, which includes Engaget’s Best in Show Award at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and Time Magazine’s recognition as one of the 50 Best inventions for 2018.
Kids like Ethan are why Aflac has been a corporate ally for the childhood cancer community for 24 years. Through innovative research and helping provide peace of mind to patients and their families, Aflac’s commitment to helping find a cure for pediatric cancer holds strong. Every child deserves a lifetime.
One year after taking the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show by storm, Aflac's comforting robotic duck is helping kids across the nation cope with cancer treatments
COLUMBUS, Ga., January 9, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- One year after being introduced to Americans at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, My Special Aflac Duck, a robotic comfort provider modeled after the famed Aflac Duck, is helping provide comfort and joy to thousands of children across the country. With more than 100 hospitals and childhood cancer care facilities in the United States registered to order ducks, to date, 2,063 have been distributed to children facing cancer.
Amanda Gordy knew that Aflac was involved in helping the childhood cancer community, but it was not until her own daughter, Tynsley, was diagnosed with leukemia that she realized just how much. Today, Tynsley is out of treatment and Amanda is devoted to helping other families facing similar battles.
“It’s great to be a part of a community that just cares so much about philanthropy,” Amanda says.
The room was filled with smiles and laughter during the My Special Aflac Duck™ delivery at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. The delivery followed more than 18 months of child-centered research aimed at creating a caring companion for children with cancer.
Annual Aflac and Macy’s partnership focuses on helping children with cancer
COLUMBUS, Ga., November 8, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States and a committed corporate ally in the cause to help defeat childhood cancer, today introduced its 2018 Aflac Holiday Duck. One hundred percent of net proceeds from sales of the limited-edition plush at select Macy’s nationwide and online benefit The Aflac Foundation, Inc. and will be distributed to participating hospitals across the country providing treatment and care to children with cancer.
Aaron Horowitz, CEO of Sproutel and inventor of the My Special Aflac Duck, discusses his passion for helping children with serious illnesses and how working with the Aflac Duck has enabled him to apply his talents for a great purpose.