“Your child has cancer.” These are words that no parent ever wants to hear. Unfortunately, 15,700 children throughout the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.1 As one of the leading childhood cancer centers in the country, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is committed to providing these children with a brighter future. But we need your help.
How you can help
Make a donation
Online donations—We rely on the community’s charitable support to help advance patient care and further our efforts to find a cure. Donate online now.
Honorariums and memorial gifts—Honor or remember someone special while making a tax-deductible gift to the Aflac Cancer Center. A beautiful card will be sent to the honoree or his family notifying them of your thoughtful tribute. Minimum donation is $25 per honorarium.
Lasting memories—Make a donation to honor someone or create a page in a loved one's memory to collect donations from friends, family and colleagues.
Carter Martin Innovative Therapy Research Endowment—Even though 7-year-old Carter lost his battle with childhood cancer, he never stopped believing that a cure would be discovered. By making a donation to the endowed fund, you can help Carter’s vision become a reality.
Sports tickets—Do you have season tickets to an Atlanta professional sports team that will go unused? If so, Donate A provides an opportunity for you to donate your unused tickets before the event date to a patient of the Aflac Cancer Center—and you receive a tax deduction. Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Thrashers event tickets are accepted. Your generosity will help create lasting memories for children with cancer or a blood disorder.
Naming opportunities—Name an Aflac Cancer Center research position, room, unit, fellow, child life specialist position, chaplain, social worker, psychologist or school teacher in honor of a family, foundation or company. Contact Diane Vaughan for more information.
Host a fundraiser
Fundraisers in a Box—Organize a read-a-thon for your child's classroom. Plan a neighborhood yard sale. Hold a birthday party for a cause. There are endless opportunities to raise money for the Aflac Cancer Center. Our step-by-step guide provides you with easy and fun ideas to help get you started.
Click for Kids—Race with a purpose. Host a classroom fundraiser. Honor a brave patient at the Aflac Cancer Center. This can all be done by creating a donation page and reminding your friends and family that they can make a difference in the lives of thousands of children battling cancer and blood disorders.
Purchase an item
Wish list items—Visit our virtual store to purchase toys and medical equipment that our medical and family support staff have requested to help create a comfortable environment for our patients. Many items on the Children's online wish list directly benefit patients and families at the Aflac Cancer Center.
Aflac duck—Aflac Inc. and Macy's have partnered to benefit childhood cancer research. The holiday duck can be purchased at Macy's department stores across the country and online during the holiday season.
Connect with Children’s—Inspired by the work that we do? Share your story and be a part of ours. Connect with Children's through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and the Dedicated to All Better blog.
Volunteer—Children’s has nearly 6,500 volunteers who support Children's and the Aflac Cancer Center in our hospitals and in the community. We invite you to join them.
By the numbers
- Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. It is responsible for more deaths than all other diseases combined.3
- Each year, more than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment—enough children to fill Philips Arena twice.1
- While childhood cancer survival rates have increased dramatically, 2 out of 10 kids will still not survive.1
- There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer in the U.S., however 60% of these survivors will have to deal with one or more health problems due to their cancer treatment.
- In the last 20 years, only two cancer medicines have been specifically developed for children.1
- Every advancement in curing childhood cancer is the result of research. However, only 2% of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer.4
Why support the Aflac Cancer Center?
- We are one of the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorders centers in the U.S. and the largest in Georgia treating more than 400 newly diagnosed children with cancer and following more than 1,700 kids with sickle cell disease each year.
- We have an entire team of doctors who are solely dedicated to treating kids with all forms of cancer and blood disorders—from the most common conditions to those rarely seen outside of the top centers in the country.
- We are home to one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive cancer survivor programs—following more than 1,500 survivors.
- As one of the top pediatric cancer and blood disorders research centers in the U.S., we are uniquely positioned to advance research on a national level by leveraging the vast capabilities in Atlanta, including Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- As part of our ongoing effort to find the most effective treatments and cures, 100% of our doctors are also researchers and all of our patients are evaluated for clinical trial participation.
For more information
Contact Diane Vaughan or call 404-785-7312 for more information about our giving opportunities.
1Source: CURE Search
2Source: GHA preliminary database, 2013, ages 0-18
3Source: National Vital Statistics Report, vol. 62.6, Dec. 20, 2013
4Source: National Cancer Institute