Aflac took part Sunday in CureFest for Childhood Cancer, an event designed to raise awareness for the need to make research for a cure a priority.
This was the second year that the Columbus-based health and life insurer has sponsored the gathering at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It brings together cancer victims, the public, elected leaders and medical experts “as one voice against childhood cancer,” the company said in a release.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Children’s Cancer Research Fund, on its website, says 42 families each day across the U.S. learn that their young child or teen has cancer.
Aflac has long been a champion for treating and discovering a cure for childhood cancer. Since 1995, the firm has given more than $118 million to the cause. It said independent agents who sell Aflac policies donate more than $500,000 each month.
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The company, headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus, said it is contributing $2 per post or shared item on social media using hashtag #Duckprints to the Aflac Foundation, up to $1.5 million. The foundation supports its childhood cancer efforts.
The firm does business in the U.S. and Japan, insuring more than 50 million people.