Learn the Amazing Story of an 8-Year-Old Child’s battle with cancer, Her Mom, Researchers & Why Thousands will Gather in Washington to Push for a Cure
CureFest for Childhood Cancer will be held in Washington, DC on September 17 and 18, 2017.
CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community and our elected leaders.
Until recently the childhood cancer community has struggled to find its voice because there are thousands of foundations and groups spread out across the country. These organizations have not historically worked together therefore their impact has been very diffused. CureFest brings many of these groups together in our Nation’s Capital to take a united stand against childhood cancer.
One of CureFest’s primary goals is to connect with and educate the general public. Since CureFest is held on The National Mall many tourists stop by and participate in the event. There are informational booths as well as games, activities and live entertainment.
Our goal is to grow the event steadily so that we can reach more people. Children with cancer deserve to have access to safer and less toxic treatments and a successful CureFest event is a step in the right direction.
Aflac Duckprints Mission
It was the spring of 1995 when a mother of a child with cancer approached Aflac asking for a $25,000 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help update the floor where children were being treated for cancer. To her surprise and delight, Aflac Chief Executive Officer, Dan Amos, responded by offering $3 million while renaming the unit as The Aflac Cancer Center. Since then, Aflac and the company’s generous sales associates have embraced this cause, raising more than $100 million to continue the fight against childhood cancer across the nation.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Aflac
Catherine Hernandez-Blades joined Aflac in 2014 as senior vice president of Corporate Communications where she oversees all of the company’s integrated corporate communications functions.