Carl Edwards will run a special paint scheme for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway featuring duck feathers inscribed with the names of those who support children and families battling cancer.

In honor of this month’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Aflac strives to recognize the many people who come together to support children and families battling cancer as part of the “Friends of a Feather” campaign.

This weekend’s paint scheme will specifically recognize the many supporters of 12-year-old Aflac Cancer Center patient Hannah Layfield during her multiple bouts with leukemia.

“Driving for Aflac is always special, but racing for kids like Hannah and the many people at the Aflac Cancer Center who support her takes it to another level,” Carl Edwards said. “When I visit the Aflac Cancer Center, it reminds me that courage isn’t about driving a racecar — it’s about brave young kids staring down cancer and determined to win. I’d love to win in their honor on Sunday night.”

Aflac also recently unveiled its new limited edition Childhood Cancer Awareness plush Aflac Duck, which is available at All net proceeds from this special plush Aflac Duck go to the Aflac Cancer Center, along with a $20 donation from Aflac for every duck sold. Those who want to support the fight against childhood cancer may also do so by signing up as a member of the “Friends of a Feather” Facebook cause (Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every new member that joins by October 6, 2011).


 Kacie Howard and Sara Mortensen could be days away from becoming millionaires.

Howard and Mortensen were introduced as the two finalists in the 2011 “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot” sweepstakes Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As finalists, they’ve already won a $10,000 home office makeover and a trip to Atlanta. In addition, Howard will have her business logo on the rear panel of Office Depot driver Tony Stewart’s car, and Mortensen will have hers on 3M driver Greg Biffle’s car.

The small business that appears on the highest-finishing driver’s car will be named the 2011 Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot. If Stewart or Biffle wins the race, their finalist will also win $1 million.

Howard is the owner of HuckleBerry Pets in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her company offers fully customizable pet beds and can be found

Mortensen owns and operates Bales Mold Service Inc. in Downers Grove, Ill. She took over the family business with her sister Stacy when her father passed away unexpectedly in 2009 from heart failure. Mortensen clutched his black NASCAR hat Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, adding that it was her “good luck charm” for the weekend.

“It’s been a tough couple of years, and that’s why we’re so happy to be part of this,” Mortensen said. “We hope this kind of rejuvenates us and our employees.”