Aflac cancer center donations surpass $40 million

Aflac has raised more than $40 million in donations for the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the company announced Wednesday.

That makes Aflac the largest corporate supporter of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"With financial resources provided by Aflac, we have been able to recruit national leaders in the fields of pediatric cancer, sickle cell disease and experimental therapy and have also established a thriving program for cancer survivors," William G. Woods, director of the Aflac Cancer Center, said in a statement. "These leaders are conducting important lab and clinical research and helping to bring innovative treatments to patients at the bedside — not just in Georgia, but nationwide."

The center provides advanced diagnostic and clinic care, treatment and research options to children, teens and young adults.

Aflac field force members and the Aflac Foundation have funded four endowed chairs who head different cancer programs at the center.

Over the years, donations have also gone toward new inpatient and outpatient facilities, a new pediatric research building and endowments for a family support team and fellowship program.

Aflac has been involved with the Atlanta cancer center for more than 13 years. The center treats more than 325 new cancer patients per year and follows more than 2,000 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.