Amanda Blomberg and her sons Lucas and Logan. [Photo by Brigid Lowney]
A Royal Palm Beach family who received $10,000 from Aflac toward medical expenses is featured in the insurer’s October campaign encouraging applicants for the next batch of grants.
Amanda and Randy Blomberg’s first son, Lucas, was declared legally blind with cataracts at 9 months old and required surgery, expensive eyeglasses and medical appointments. About a year later, doctors diagnosed Lucas with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare, cancerlike condition that required a year of chemotherapy. More recently, Lucas, now 6, was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and dyslexia.
The Blombergs’ second son, Logan, now 4, was born premature, has endured pneumonia and hernia surgery, and is beginning to display some of the same behavioral symptoms as his brother.
The Blombergs’ family members have helped with medical expenses, but the coupled struggled to hold on after Amanda was laid off during the pandemic.
Aflac, the nation’s largest provider of supplemental insurance, has given the Blombergs $10,000 toward their sons’ medical expenses through Aflac CareGrants, a commitment to help people focus on physical recovery instead of financial recovery. Amanda learned about the program through a previous winner’s post on Facebook.
Aflac gave away $1 million in CareGrants to individuals and nonprofits last year and is doing the same in 2023. Applicants submit 300-word essays or 90-second videos about their struggles with medical debt.
The Blombergs’ story is featured in Aflac’s latest campaign to encourage entries to the program. Applications are being accepted throughout October at www.aflac.com/aflac-cares/caregrant.aspx.