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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, released today a public service video seeking to encourage people across the country to find out how they can help fight childhood cancer and blood disorders. Research done at any Children's Oncology Group cancer center in the United States is shared among each center for better clinical treatments and outcomes. Your donation can help children affected by cancer across the entire country.
Earlier in the month of September, the Aflac Cancer Center alongside their partner Aflac, honored two heroes in the fight against childhood cancer with their first ever Aflac Duckprints Award. The first awards were presented to former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Aflac Cancer Center Director William G. Woods, M.D.
Bailey Moody, a brave 11 year-old girl diagnosed in 2012 with an aggressive form of cancer called osteosarcoma, represented children and families facing cancer. She underwent a remarkable procedure called Rotationplasty, where her leg was detached and then reattached backwards enabling her ankle joint to function as her knee joint. A prosthetic is attached to her foot to facilitate walking and running. Bailey is currently practicing with her middle school volleyball team and enjoys playing tennis and rock climbing.
To help raise funds and awareness around America's unsung heroes, Aflac is asking people to become socially active in the cause. The company will donate $2 to the fund research to fight childhood cancer for any duckprints-related social actions taken on various social mediums up to $2 million from September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, through December. Related social actions include:
About John Smoltz and his Commitment to the pediatric cancer patients
John Smoltz was an eight-time All-Star, winner of the 1996 Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the National League and is one of only 16 pitchers in major league baseball history to strike out 3,000 or more batters over the course of his career, mostly with the Atlanta Braves. In 1991, John met a young cancer patient Andrew Mcleroy. A friendship quickly ensued, and after Andrew's unfortunate passing, Mr. Smoltz honored Andrew by becoming the inaugural host of the Atlanta Braves Celebrity-Am Golf Tournament to benefit children's cancer. Since 1992, the annual tournament has generated nearly $1.5 million in proceeds to the Aflac Cancer Center. Since 1991, Smoltz has maintained a close relationship with the Aflac Cancer Center, often visiting children unannounced, participating in the company's Annual Braves Night for cancer patients at Turner Field, and often spending holidays by the side of patients at the cancer center.
About Dr. William G. Wood's contribution to the fight against pediatric cancer
Dr. William G. Woods is the Director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Since joining the Center in 2001, he has elevated the prestige of the program which has been recognized as one of the top cancer centers in the country. Under his leadership, the Aflac Cancer Center has become one of the largest and most respected pediatric hematology/oncology programs in the country, treating an average of 365 new cancer patients each year and more than 2,700 children with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. The staff of the Aflac Cancer Center has performed more than 850 Bone Marrow Transplants, making it one of the largest pediatric programs in the country. Dr. Woods has been instrumental in training and mentoring numerous fellows and junior faculty who are now making their own contributions in the advancement of treating children with cancer and blood disorders. He has tripled the number of clinical and research faculty and increased National Institute of Health funding six-fold.
About the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving children and young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center cares for 375 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Visit aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.
Video with caption: "The Aflac Cancer Center released a public service video seeking to encourage people across the country to find out how they can help fight childhood cancer and blood disorders. Research done at any Children's Oncology Group cancer center in the United States is shared among all other centers for better clinical treatments and outcomes. Your donation can help children affected by cancer across the entire country." Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk96REAuxg0
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