By Jennifer McMullan
The Canadian Cancer Society says April is the month to fight back. April marks the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month, where daffodil flowers and pins are sold to help support the fight against cancer. The money raised will go towards funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, such as research to help find a cure for the disease that affects two in five Canadians.
According to Simply Windsor magazine, the Cancer Society is the largest source of charitable funds for life-saving cancer research in Canada. Last year daffodil sales in Ontario raised more than $2.8 million, Daffodil Month earned $7.3 million, and Essex raised about $96,000 for the organization.
The Canadian Cancer Society says because of the volunteers and their effort, they have more impact against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada. There are numerous ways for people to get involved in the cause and lend a hand. Any donation is a contribution that helps the Cancer Society get one step closer to a cure.
For those looking to get more hands-on involvement, the organization is always looking for people to help sell daffodil pins and flowers, collect door-to-door donations, or become an online community canvasser. Supporting victims, families, and those living with cancer continues to be a great campaign to participate in.
However, one thing that is different this year is the new daffodil pin, modeled after the poppy. In previous years it was only the flowers being sold. When I spoke to Judy Lund, manager of the Essex County unit of the Canadian Cancer Society, she said the change to the pin seems to be a natural evolution. Lund thinks the change is due to the organization wanting to be more environmentally friendly, as well as it allows people a way to show their support all month long.
Many Windsorites agree whether you buy the flowers or the pin, the choice of the daffodil is the perfect symbol for the campaign. The daffodil expresses the message of hope and life, two very important words for those struggling with the disease. The daffodil sales will be taking place March 31, April 1, 2, and 3, at various business locations in Windsor, and throughout Essex County.