U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center for
partnering in the fight against pediatric cancer.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, the relationship that
started over ten years ago between Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood
Disorders Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta was honored with a U.S.
Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Citizenship Award. During a prestigious
ceremony hosted by television personality, Ed McMahon in Washington, D.C.,
Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center took home the award in the partnership
category for their efforts supporting pediatric cancer research and treatment.
The Partnership Award recognizes a company and a charitable organization
that have exemplified cooperative success in addressing an important social
issue. Organized by the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), the
partnership prize is a people's choice award determined by a public online
vote. Nearly 24,000 voters cast ballots between September 6 and October 5
selecting Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center as winners in this category.
"We are especially proud to be recognized for our long-standing
relationship with The Aflac Cancer Center," said Dan Amos, Aflac's Chairman
and CEO. "We are grateful to everyone who voted for us in the partnership
category and hope they too will be inspired to support this worthy cause."
In researching companies for the award, the BCLC in conjunction with the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce reviewed over 125 written nominations to select five
finalists. Online voters then selected the winner from the top-five nominees.
"Business-nonprofit partnerships are a significant force for good in the
U.S.," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "Aflac's commitment to
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is inspiring, and this is our way of thanking
both organizations for the difference they make in the lives of our nation's
children and calling attention to their important work."
Since 1995, Aflac along with its employees and sales associates have
contributed over $36 million to the Aflac Cancer Center.
"The partnership between Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center is
unparalleled. Aflac's desire to realize a cure for childhood cancer and blood
disorders is as strong as that of our researchers, clinicians and patient
families. This desire is embraced by their employees and sales force. Aflac
is a true champion for childhood cancer and blood disorders," stated Diane
Vaughn, Senior Development Officer for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
The BCLC's Corporate Citizenship Awards showcases a total of six
businesses, trade associations, chambers of commerce and partner organizations
for demonstrating ethical leadership and corporate stewardship and for making
a positive difference in society. In addition to the Partnership Award, the
International Community Service Award, the U.S. Community Service Award and
the Corporate Stewardship Award for Small, Midsize and Large Business, were
presented during the gala.
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the
opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of
guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan.
Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people
worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's
Most Admired Companies for seven consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's
list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine consecutive
years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's
listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's
listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Aflac Incorporated is a
Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
About the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta
The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology,
and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants to young adults.
Recognized as one of the top five pediatric cancer centers in the country by
Child magazine, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 325 new cancer
patients each year and follows more than 2,000 patients with sickle cell
disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. The Aflac Cancer Center is one
of many programs at Children's committed to enhancing the lives of children
through excellence in patient care, research and education. Children's, one of
the top three pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit
organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer
support of our community. Visit www.aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-250-KIDS
for more information.
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