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Daffodil month struggling to reach goal

April 24, 2016
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April is Daffodil Month for the Canadian Cancer Society and that means only a few days remain to be a part of the organization’s largest campaign in the fight back against cancer. 

 “Daffodil Month is the backbone of the Society,” says Jen Wright, Community Fundraising Specialist with the Society’s local Bluewater Community Office.  “Funds raised during Daffodil Month support everything we do; fund life-saving research, provide free information and support services to those living with cancer, and educate and advocate for cancer prevention.”

Wright says the first two weeks of Daffodil Month have been slower locally than past years.  “We’ve got amazing volunteers out there, hitting the beat and bringing in donations for Daffodil pins.  The first two weeks of April are usually the strongest, but we’re sitting at only about two thirds of our overall goal of $32,000.”

Daffodil Month funds are needed now, more than ever. Current statistics show that the number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the Canadian population grows and ages.  Almost half of all Canadians are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of death in this country. While these statistics are sobering, the Society has contributed to making progress against cancer. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival rates were 25%.

While there are many worthwhile causes to donate to, Wright points out how the Canadian Cancer Society establishes itself from other cancer-fighting organizations.

“There are over 200 cancer-related charities in Canada alone.  However, we are the only organization that funds research for every kind of cancer, we provide services for cancer patients, and we work to prevent future cases of the disease through advocacy and prevention methods,” Wright says.  “The Canadian Cancer Society is having more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada.”

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If you would like to make a donation toward the Daffodil Month campaign in Grey, Bruce & Collingwood areas, call the Bluewater Community Office at 519.376.6011 or 1.800.430.6228.  “We truly appreciate every donation made so far, and those that are to come.  Every dollar counts and puts us closer to reaching our goals so we can complete our mission” Wright says.  

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