Aflac Duck and Special Friends to Quack; Err, Tweet for a Cause Company Holds Twitter Party to Benefit Childhood Cancer Research

COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, is teaming with SheSpeaks, a leading online influencer with more than 250,000 members, to host a Twitter party on Thursday, November 29, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Party attendees are invited to use the hashtag #aflackids, to help raise funding for childhood cancer treatment and research. Selected participants could win one of several prizes, including a $250 gift card.

The Twitter party will feature Monica Sandoval, a 17-year-old leukemia patient at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and designer of the 2012 Aflac Holiday Duck.  Dr. Leslie Kean, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant program at the Aflac Cancer Center will also be on hand to discuss the latest developments in childhood cancer treatment and research.

Monica is the first patient to ever design the annual Holiday Duck, which can be purchased at Macy's and online at Aflacholidayduck.com, with all of the net proceeds going to the nearest participating hospital to where the duck is purchased. Since 2001, the Aflac Holiday Duck program has raised $3 million for children's cancer facilities across the nation. In addition to promoting the Holiday Duck, Aflac will also donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every tweet or retweet that uses the hashtag  #aflackids.

"Aflac has made childhood cancer treatment and research its primary cause since 1995, raising more than $75 million, including the Holiday Duck sales," Aflac Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Michael Zuna said. "We could not be more proud of Monica; not only for her artistic flair, but for her unwavering commitment to finding a cure for childhood cancer."

A Twitter party is a fast paced virtual party, that connects people using the Twitter platform to exchange thoughts and ideas in real time. To participate in the Aflac Holiday Duck Twitter party, simply log into Twitter beginning at 9 p.m. and join in using the hashtag #Aflackids.

Aflac Holiday Duck Twitter Party
Thursday, November 29
9- p.m. ET
twitter.com 
Hashtag #aflackids
Aflac to donate $2 for every tweet or retweet using #aflackids

About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have helped provide a safety net and given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For six consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2012, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 14th consecutive year. Also, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 11th time in 2012. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or aflacenespanol.com.

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