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My Special Aflac Duck® to Share Spotlight With Famous Directors, Producers and Creatives

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COLUMBUS, Ga., June 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ - More than just humans will grace the speaker dais of the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in France this year. Aflac today announced that My Special Aflac Duck®, an innovative robotic version of the well-known U.S. insurance company's famous mascot duck that helps children cope with cancer, has a spot in the health care track. My Special Aflac Duck was developed with the input of children, their families, medical professionals and child life specialists.

My Special Aflac Duck® Makes Landing at CHOC Children's Hospital, Patients Receive Robotic Duck Designed to Help Them Cope with Cancer

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ORANGE, Calif., June 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, delivered My Special Aflac Ducks to patients at CHOC Children's Hospital. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during cancer treatment.

Aflac’s Catherine Hernandez-Blades: Make People Feel Good About Themselves; It’s Not That Difficult

By Yitzi Weiner
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As a part of my series about strong female leaders, I had the distinct pleasure to interview Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Chief ESG and Communications Officer at Aflac.

Thank you so much for joining us Catherine! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My Special Aflac Duck® Wins at 2019 Halo Awards

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Aflac and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals were recognized at the 17th annual Engage for Good conference with a Silver Halo Award for their partnership around My Special Aflac Duck®. The award highlighted Aflac for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and innovative approach to making an impact on pediatric cancer patients. Together, Aflac and CMN Hospitals have worked together to distribute over 4,200 My Special Aflac Ducks to pediatric cancer patients at more than 200 facilities across the country.

The PR Week 5.24.2019 Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Aflac

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Catherine Hernandez-Blades, who serves as the chief ESG (environmental, social and governance) and communications officer at Aflac, chats about My Special Aflac Duck®, which was the focus of the campaign that won Best in Corporate Branding at the 2019 PRWeek U.S. Awards.

Read more here.

Aflac Awarded Gold at REGGIE Awards in Brand Purpose category

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On May 15 in Orlando, Florida, Aflac took home a Gold REGGIE Award from the Association of National Advertisers in the ANA Center for Brand Purpose category. The award entry focused on their childhood cancer campaign initiatives in 2018, largely supported by My Special Aflac Duck®. Nearly 70 awards were presented to top agencies and brands for the best brand activation marketing campaigns of 2018 across more than 20 categories.

Aflac Remains Committed To Columbia As A Business Hub And A Community

By David Dykes
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Building on more than 20 years of ongoing support for The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Aflac helps underwrite treatment for children, funds essential research, contributes to more than 50 children's hospitals nationwide, and supports child-life programs to improve quality of life and help children cope with their illness.

Among its South Carolina efforts, the company sponsors a wing at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands.

More Than a Quack: The Story Behind Aflac’s Big Heart

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Aflac’s Catherine Hernandez-Blades shares how the “four Es” guide Aflac in evolving its CSR commitments – including creating a very special duck for children with cancer

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Aflac’s Catherine Hernandez-Blades shares how the “four Es” guide Aflac in evolving its CSR commitments – including creating a very special duck for children with cancer

Partners in Purpose: My Special Aflac Duck is Helping Kids With Cancer

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On average, children with cancer will spend 1,000 days undergoing treatment. Knowing this can be a scary and difficult time for young patients, Aflac partnered with Sproutel to develop "My Special Aflac Duck." The duck is designed to be a comfort and help children share their emotions. The robotic companion recently earned SXSW's People Choice Award in the Robotics & Hardware category in addition to previous accolades from TIME Magazine and Engadget. 

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