WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, today sponsored Chasing Cancer, a live program hosted by The Washington Post. The event took place on Tuesday, December 6th at The Washington Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. Aflac CEO Dan Amos and Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos were among the speakers at the event.
Chasing Cancer brought together leading scientists, health-care innovators, patients and policymakers who discussed advances in cancer care and treatment. They examined how the U.S. health-care system is shaped by a disease that touches the lives of millions of people, and provided new insights on the host of challenges cancer presents. The event was streamed live and video clips are archived on The Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/post-live-2016-Chasing-Cancer-Summit/).
"As a company that has contributed more than $110 million toward finding a cure for childhood cancer we could not be more pleased to have sponsored The Washington Post's ambitious forum that shined a bright light on a disease that impacts so many people, including more than 15,000 children each year," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "Aflac employees and our independent sales agents who continue to contribute every month to this cause are committed to helping families facing cancer each and every day."
"We were pleased to have Aflac as the presenting sponsor for Chasing Cancer. This was an important discussion that convened leaders and innovators committed to cancer research and improving the lives of those with cancer," said Kristine Coratti, Vice President of Communications and Events for The Washington Post.
According to the American Cancer Society, each year more than 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with a form of cancer. Yet of all the government funding that goes toward cancer treatments and research, less than 5% is allocated toward childhood cancers.
"While we are extremely fortunate that Aflac has continued to embrace our cause for more than 21 years, the childhood cancer community needs more help," Dr. Douglas Graham, director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said. "We could not have become a U.S. News and World Report top 10 children's cancer facility in the United States without the generosity of Aflac and its agents, but researchers simply need more funding to make our dream of curing childhood cancer become a reality. Every child deserves a lifetime."
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 10 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 18th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 15th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category for the second consecutive year. In 2015, Aflac's contact centers were recognized by J.D. Power by providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the Live Phone Channel. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.
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