Daffodil Days and Daffodil Month put focus on cancer

TUMBLER RIDGE, MAR. 14, 2007 — April is just around the corner, which brings a familiar sight to northern B.C. communities like Tumbler Ridge: Canadian Cancer Society volunteers selling bunches of bright yellow daffodils.

It?s all part of the Society?s ?Daffodil Days? promotion in late March, heralding April as Daffodil Month — and the beginning of the Canadian Cancer Society?s 2007 fundraising season to support cancer research, prevention and support.

?At least half of all cancers can be prevented,? said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO for the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division. ?We can prevent many cancers by reducing smoking rates, having higher exercise participation rates, consuming more vegetables and fruit, and maintaining a healthy body weight.?

George and Janet Hartford of Tumbler Ridge have been volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society, and organizing the daffodils campaign, for more than 10 years. After having lost many friends and relatives to cancer, including a 34-year-old nephew, they are motivated to help.

?The daffodil campaign is really easy, because people here are so receptive to it,? reports George. ?For so many people, the daffodils are the first sign of spring in the north, and represent hope and the Canadian Canadian Cancer Society.?

Editor?s Note: Daffodils will be on sale at ShopEasy from 4pm on Thursday, March 29 which is the day they arrive. Friday they will be sold from 10am-9pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm. Daffodils are $3 for a bundle of ten flowers. Larger contributions are welcome. Our Tumbler Ridge volunteers have 400 bunches to sell, with a potential to raise $1200. Can we beat last year?s totals of around $1000 and double it?

Purchasing a bunch of daffodils is also an acknowledgement of all the friends and family we have lost, and for me, a tribute to all of those who live on in our memories.