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Aflac and Macy’s Team Up To Help Patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Other Children’s Hospitals Across Nation

Proceeds from sales of Aflac’s Holiday Duck benefit Children’s Hospital cancer patients

For the eighth consecutive year, Aflac will introduce a new plush duck for the holidays. The Holiday Duck will be available starting Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at participating Macy’s department stores and online at www.aflacholidayduck.com. Proceeds from participating Macy’s stores in the Pittsburgh area will benefit patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  Participating Macy’s in this region include stores in downtown Pittsburgh, Robinson Towne Centre, Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village.

“Families are increasingly seeing their children survive this difficult disease,” said Buffy Swinehart, Cause-Related Marketing manager at Aflac. “The research and treatment being done at hospitals across the country is saving lives, and we are proud that the Aflac Duck is playing a role in helping these courageous children and in making for a happier holiday season.”

This year, as in years past, the Holiday Duck is dressed to thrill even the most finicky shoppers in its wintry garb, and it is likely to soar off of shelves. Since 2001, Aflac has sold thousands of Holiday Ducks, raising more than $2 million for the cure and treatment of pediatric cancer. The proceeds are shared by children’s hospitals in the regions where the ducks are sold.

The Holiday Duck is available in two sizes. The six-inch model sells for $10 while the larger, 10-inch model costs $15. Both models have the duck dressed in a red parka and sweater set with a warm winter hat and pom-poms. Each duck quacks the familiar “Aflaaac” when squeezed.

About Aflac
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Its insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine’s listing of America’s Most Admired Companies for seven years and in Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for ten consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine’s listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine’s listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. 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.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Contacts:

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016, marc.lukasiak@chp.edu
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016, melanie.finnigan@chp.edu

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October 28, 2008
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