Teen to Be Honored With VIP At-Track Experience During Sylvania 300
COLUMBUS, Ga., Sept 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Aflac, the No. 1 provider of voluntary and guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac Roush Fenway Racing team today announced that Preston, Conn. resident, accident survivor and racing enthusiast, Art Moran, will be inducted as the newest member of the Aflac Crew of Courage. Moran will be welcomed during the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 19. The Aflac Crew of Courage is a program spotlighting stories of amazing bravery.
Two years ago, when he was 16, Moran crashed an ATV and suffered a severe liver injury. His family says doctors induced a coma to facilitate healing and worried Moran wouldn't survive the surgery required to stop his internal bleeding. Moran experienced two cardiac arrests while in the hospital. Five weeks later, he was brought out of his coma to complete his recovery.
Just weeks before the accident, Moran's father applied for an Aflac accident insurance policy, which paid cash benefits the family used to help with a variety of expenses. Moran, now 18, has not only returned to full health, but also races competitively in the Limited Sportsman division at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn.
"We all know that racing is a dangerous sport, but sometimes it's the accidents away from the track that catch us off guard. I'm glad to see that Art has made a full recovery and is back at racing. I am proud to have him as my guest this weekend," said Edwards.
In select race markets this season, Aflac Racing and Edwards welcome inspirational Aflac policyholders into the Crew of Courage and give them VIP experiences at their local racetracks. Selected Crew of Courage members share one-on-one time with Edwards and receive special access to the garage and pit areas, as well as tickets to the race. What's more, Edwards honors Aflac Crew of Courage members by wearing their names on feather-shaped stickers on his helmet throughout the season. Aflac Crew of Courage members also receive autographed replica race helmets as mementos of their experience.
"As someone who has a passion for racing, I'm honored to be a part of this program and watch the best in the sport compete," said Moran. "I'm thankful to Aflac for not only being there for my family, but for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity."
Crew of Courage members are Aflac policyholders who know firsthand how the company helps individuals in times of need. They received benefits from Aflac when they were sick or hurt and couldn't work, to help pay for expenses not covered by other major insurance policies.
"Stories of courage from policyholders like Art Moran are truly inspiring," said Danny Fleishman, vice president of Sponsorships and Emerging Markets at Aflac. "We're proud to have the opportunity to honor Art with a spot on the Aflac Crew of Courage."
The Crew of Courage officially launched at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25, the anniversary of Edwards' 2009 last-lap, airborne crash. Blake Bobbitt, a racing fan injured in the Talladega crash, was honored as the program's inaugural member. Bobbitt was covered by an Aflac hospital confinement indemnity insurance policy that paid cash benefits she could use to help with things like recovery expenses.
On May 16, Aflac and Edwards inducted Delaware resident Malania Smith into the Crew of Courage during the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway. After suffering an ankle injury that required surgery and a lengthy recovery, Smith battled through her rehabilitation. An Aflac accident insurance policy helped Smith by paying cash benefits she used to help with some of her most costly bills.
In July, Indianapolis resident Jerry Snyder, a throat, tongue and lung cancer survivor, became the third member of the Aflac Crew of Courage. Aflac cancer and hospital intensive care insurance policies provided cash benefit relief quickly to Snyder when he needed it most to help with his mortgage payments, car payments and everyday living expenses.
Most recently, on Aug. 15, Michigan resident Donald Selfridge became the fourth member to join the Crew of Courage during the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Selfridge, a resident of Big Rapids, Mich., has overcome kidney cancer while facing the added problem of living some 200 miles away from his hospital and doctors. As a result, he regularly drove more than 400 miles round trip to receive treatment in Dearborn, Mich. Selfridge's Aflac cancer insurance policy helped with his travel costs and other expenses.
The Aflac Crew of Courage experience extends beyond the track. Other Aflac policyholders are invited to join the online Crew of Courage by visiting aflacracing.com and submitting a video to share their own stories of personal triumph -- with the possibility of being selected by Edwards for a future at-track experience.
For more information, visit aflacracing.com.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For four consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, and Forbes magazine named Aflac as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the twelfth consecutive year and also included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the ninth time. 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 Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating eight motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and four in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Colin Braun, Brian Ickler and Paul Menard. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log on to www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Robin Johnson at (704) 720-4645.
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