“We’ve all been touched by cancer. In fact, two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes,” says Barriere’s Val Stamer, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer. “By wearing a Daffodil pin in April, and especially on Daffodil Day, which is April 27, Canadians can show them they are not alone in their fight.”
Every three minutes another Canadian hears the words “You have cancer,” and the Canadian Cancer Society is asking Canadians to wear a daffodil pin as a bright symbol of support for people living with cancer and to join the fight against cancer by making a donation.
This year’s launch of the Society’s Daffodil Campaign is especially meaningful as it marks the organization’s 75th anniversary. On March 28, 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society was officially born, growing through the years into Canada’s leading national cancer-fighting charity. Today – thanks to the years of support of volunteers and donors – the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against cancer in communities across Canada.
“We invite Canadians to join us in marking our 75th anniversary by making a donation during Daffodil Month,” says Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “Your donation will help us continue our work in preventing cancer, funding research and providing support for Canadians living with cancer.”
During the Society’s early years in the 1940s, the cancer survival rate was about 25 per cent. Today, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis.
“While our 75th anniversary is an occasion to celebrate our contribution to the success in the fight against cancer, it is clear that more work needs to be done,” says Fralick. “It’s only with the support of our volunteers and donors that the Society will continue to save lives and support people living with cancer.”
Daffodil Day – wear a pin!
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.
Sign up as a volunteer with the Society and see how you can contribute to the cancer fight.
Join a Relay For Life event or sponsor someone who is participating .
To donate online or to find out where you can get a daffodil pin, go to fightback.ca or contact your local Society office. The pins are also available in Barriere at: A&W, Interior Savings Credit Union, the Liquor Store and the Esso. They are available in Little Fort at Jim’s Food Market.