Source: NorthFulton.com

Teen patient designs Aflac Holiday Duck
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta chose 14-year-old’s design

by Caitlyn Walters

December 04, 2013

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Aflac teamed with Macy’s once again to release its 13th annual Holiday Duck and chose the design created by a 14-year-old patient of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Michelle Nguyen of Johns Creek entered the Holiday Duck design contest at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which Aflac has sponsored since 1995.

“Michelle did a wonderful job on her design, and she should be proud that hundreds of thousands of people will buy her Aflac Holiday Duck while supporting a great cause at the same time,” said Aflac Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna.

Nguyen has battled thalassemia, a rare genetic blood disorder, since she was six months old.

She receives monthly blood infusions and is on numerous medications to help keep her disease under control.

When Nguyen is not in the hospital, she said she likes to watch TV, hang out with friends and draw pictures. She said she likes music, plays the flute in her school’s band and is a big fan of Selena Gomez.

Senior public relations associate Brant Rawls said Aflac picked her design among 25 other entries from participating hospitals.

“We were thrilled to learn Michelle was the winner of Aflac’s Holiday Duck design,” said Diane Vaughan, senior development officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer Center. “In addition to her being a clever and creative artist, it brings awareness that children like Michelle have cancer and blood disorders and are cared for at centers like the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”

The 2013 Aflac Holiday Duck is dressed to hit the slopes this holiday season in the most fashionable Aflac ski gear with a green jacket, toboggan hat, goggles, skis and a pole.

When squeezed, this festive “swoosher” quacks its familiar “Aflaaaaac.”

It is on sale at more than 360 Macy’s department stores across the country and at aflacholidayduck.com. All net proceeds go to participating pediatric cancer hospitals in the region where the duck is purchased. The duck comes in both a 6-inch and 10-inch version.

Since 2001, the Aflac Holiday Duck has raised more than $3 million for pediatric cancer research and treatment, which is part of the more than $83 million that Aflac has raised to fund cancer research since 1995.

Each month, Aflac’s independent sales agents contribute more than $450,000 to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Atlanta from their commission checks to support childhood cancer research at the organization.