AEP was excited to have an opportunity to photograph Aflac’s annual duckprint awards. The company honored three advocates who have greatly impacted the fight against childhood cancer: comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Ansley and Vicki Riedel. The celebration was two-fold as the company also marked a major milestone, contributing over $100 million to the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).
Jeff Foxworthy, an Atlanta native, was recognized for his fundraising efforts to support childhood cancer research. While mother and daughter, Vicki and Ansley Riedel were recognized as the source of the tiny footprint that started it all.
At 10-months-old, Ansley was diagnosed with leukemia. She was successfully treated, but a passion was ignited in Vicki to seek additional funding resources for the hospital’s cancer center. She called the Georgia-based Aflac and asked for a donation to assist the operation of the cancer center.
Chief Executive Officer, Dan Amos responded by offering $3 million to CHOA. In exchange, the center was renamed the Aflac Cancer Center. Today, the center is included in the top-10 ranking of children’s cancer centers in the nation.
The fight against childhood cancer is a serious matter for comedian Jeff Foxworthy. In addition to his fundraising efforts for the Aflac Cancer Center, he provides voiceover work for non-profit organizations such as CURE Childhood Cancer and Camp Sunshine. His efforts to help eradicate childhood cancer doesn’t stop there though, he is also closely involved with the Duke University Children’s Hospital’s efforts to raise funds for cancer treatment.
And what of little Ansley? Well, she is now an accomplished musician, equestrian, and … a registered nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center floor! What are the odds of being employed at the same facility that treated you for cancer as a kid? Amazing!!!
Special thanks to Caitlin Watkins at FleishmanHillard, for allowing Atlanta Event Photography to be a part of such a momentous occasion.