Today, the community of Terrace joined communities across the country for the Canadian Cancer Society’s first national daffodil campaign. Terrace is one of 25 communities in the CCS BC/Yukon Northern Region to join the movement.
“Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die,” says Helen Owen, CCS spokesperson. “We have all been touched by cancer. That is why we are asking British Columbians to join our fight.”
The Canadian Cancer Society is creating a movement across Canada by asking citizens to join the fight against cancer and show support to those affected by cancer by wearing a daffodil pin throughout the month of April and in particular on Daffodil Day, April 27.
“We want people who have been affected by cancer to know that they are not alone,” says Helen. “We want them to know that they are supported and that there are support services to help along the way.”
The Daffodil campaign was piloted in BC last year and this year it is being launched nationally. Last year more than 400,000 British Columbians wore the daffodil pin. This year the Society hopes to triple that number in B.C.
Donations for every pin go toward support services including programs for individuals seeking cancer information, emotional a support and camps for youth and families. The Society also provides transportation services and lodge accommodations along with limited, short-term financial assistance for treatment-related transportation and accommodation. Volunteers and staff deliver cancer support programs, cancer prevention information and advocate for healthier communities and fundraise for cancer research.
Daffodil pins can be found at many locations, including: BC Liquor Store, Chevron Town Pantry, NSCU, Shoppers HH, Terrace Inn Liquor Store, Boston Pizza, A&W, Scotiabank. For a full listing, visit www.fightback.ca
, or contact Canadian Cancer Society Resource Centre at 250-638-8583.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Society is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. Through public support, on average, the Society invests $48 million in cancer research each year and currently funds more than 500 researchers.