Local Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Lindsey Hovey presented Penticton mayor Andrew Jakubeit with his daffodil pin for Daffodil Month. The Society encourages people to purchase pins this month to show their support for people living with cancer. Submitted photo

April is Daffodil month for Canadian Cancer Society

The daffodil is more than a simple flower to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The daffodil is more than a simple flower to the Canadian Cancer Society.

It is a bright and hopeful symbol that shows people living with cancer they don’t have to fight cancer alone. That the Canadian Cancer Society won’t give up until they have achieved their vision of a world where no Canadian fears cancer.

During Daffodil month this April, the Society is asking all Canadians to buy a daffodil pin and wear it to show their support for those living with cancer.

“The daffodil is a way for Canadians to show their support of our mission, services and support programs, we are united in our cause and our daffodil is the symbol of hope,” said annual giving coordinator Sarah Anne Taylor. “This April, we want people to know there is something they can do.”

Every donation made during Daffodil Month brings the society one step closer to preventing cancer, detecting it earlier, improving treatment and helping Canadians live longer, healthier lives.

The Daffodil campaign in the South Okanagan is already in high gear, from Penticton to Princeton. Penticton has shown their support with Mayor Jakubeit being pinned for the cause by local volunteer Lindsey Hovey. Pin boxes can be found at a variety of retailers and our Door–to-Door canvassers will be out in the neighbourhoods. New this year, we have recruited businesses to host small fundraisers and do work-place canvassing, so if your business wants to #DoItFortheDaff please contact your local Canadian Cancer Society office.

Last year, thanks to Canadians generous support of Daffodil Month, the Canadian Cancer Society was able to:

• fund $44 million dollars in world-class research to fight all cancers

• help more than 173,000 Canadians through our support services

While cancer takes a huge toll on Canadians, it’s important to remember that progress has been made against this disease. Today, about 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis. In the 1940’s, survival was about 25 per cent. And the survival rates for some cancers are much higher — with childhood cancer at 83 per cent, breast at 88 per cent and prostate at 96 per cent.

Make an Impact Today and Become a Door-to-Door Canvasser for Daffodil Month, contact Sarah Anne Taylor, annual Giving Coordinator for more details at staylor@bc.cancer.ca or 250-762-6381 (office).

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