TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Peach Bowl, Inc. have
a unique relationship that spans more than two decades.
Last year, as the Peach Bowl was planning a new, significant
contribution to Children’s, Anna Charles Hollis, the young
daughter of Peach Bowl VP of Sales Benji Hollis, received a
devastating cancer diagnosis.
Anna Charles’ fight against leukemia quickly became the
Peach Bowl’s fight and inspired a $20 million commitment to
the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to establish the
Peach Bowl LegACy Fund, named for Anna Charles, or “AC”
to family and friends. The donation represents the largest
donation ever given by Peach Bowl, Inc. and one of the largest
ever received by Children’s.
“We have a long history of supporting Children’s Healthcare
of Atlanta and this gift—the largest we have ever given—is
the ultimate evolution of that relationship,” said Gary Stokan,
CEO and president, Peach Bowl, Inc. “We are joining the fight
against childhood cancer, and we are all in.”
Anna Charles was just six years old when doctors at Children’s
discovered she had an aggressive form of leukemia. What
began as a visit to the Children’s Emergency Department
following a routine tonsillectomy turned into an unimaginable
journey with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for
Anna Charles and her family—dad Benji, mom LeeAnna and
sister Everlee. Sadly, she succumbed to the disease on Sept.
16, 2018, just five months after being diagnosed.
“Anna Charles was special,” Benji remembers. “Cancer didn’t
define her. In spite of leukemia and her wheelchair, every day
she laughed, she sang, she played and she made me proud
to be her dad. Without the love and support our entire family
received from the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, it
wouldn’t have been possible. They are amazing.”
Each year in the United States, approximately 16,000 children
are newly diagnosed with cancer. In 2018 alone, the Aflac
Cancer and Blood Disorders Center diagnosed 488 children.
Ranked among the top 10 pediatric cancer institutions by U.S.
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