During Daffodil Month, the Canadian Cancer Society is asking Nelson residents to wear a daffodil pin as a symbol of support for people living with cancer and to join the fight against cancer by making a donation to the Society.
This year’s national Daffodil campaign is particularly meaningful as 2013 marks the organization’s 75th anniversary.
The Canadian Cancer Society was founded on March 28, 1938 and through the years has grown into Canada’s leading national cancer-fighting charity. Today – thanks to the years of support of volunteers and donors in cities like Nelson – the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against cancer.
“We are so impressed by the number of British Columbians who wear their daffodil pin during April to show their support for those affected by cancer,” says Deb Burnett of Pathway Life Coaching and volunteer of the Canadian Cancer Society. “This movement recognizes the cancer journey and mobilizes communities to make a really big difference in the fight against cancer.”
“The City is proud to proclaim April 27 as Daffodil Day,” says Mayor John Dooley. “We encourage all citizens in the city to show their support for those affected by cancer and to remember those lost by wearing a daffodil pin. What better way to declare our part in this fight than to wear it on our lapels.”
“Every year we see the community rally around Daffodil Month and Daffodil Day and this year is no exception”, says Burnett.
Besides distributing daffodil pin boxes throughout the community, she is hosting two additional fundraising events in the Kootenays, especially for singles.
On Thursday, April 25 there will be a speed dating event at Grounded for singles age 40 to 45. Then on Friday, April 26, Element in Castlegar will be hosting another speed dating event for all adults over 21. For more information, go to pathwaylifecoaching.com.
Daffodil Day — Saturday, April 27 — helps wrap up the Society’s campaign by designating a special day where we can reflect upon the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and also to remember those who have not survived.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society during Daffodil Month help fund research to outsmart cancer, assist in providing information and deliver programs to prevent cancer and support those living with cancer, and support advocacy for public policies that improve the health of Canadians.
To donate online or to find out where you can get a daffodil pin, go to fightback.ca or contact 1-800-656-6426. The pins are also available at participating locations of Safeway, Save-On-Foods, BCLDB, Shannon’s Fabric, Scotiabank, Grounded, Hume Hotel, and the Nelson & District Community Complex.
For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.