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Daffodil Days 2010 campaign supports fight against cancer

Posted: February 15, 2010 2:04 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2010 3:18 p.m.
The American Cancer Society has launched Daffodil Days 2010, an ongoing campaign running through March that will raise funds for cancer research and education by selling daffodils in communities nationwide.

Daffodil bouquets and stuffed animals can be purchased as home or office-brightening gifts for oneself, family, friends, co-workers or anybody else whose day needs a little cheer.

They can also be bought as caring "Gifts of Hope," then delivered anonymously to cancer patients in hospitals, doctor's offices, and treatment centers. In 2009, more than 20,000 Gifts of Hope were delivered throughout California.

Volunteers are still needed as coordinators who will take daffodil pre-orders from their work site, school, place of worship or organization. Volunteers are also needed for packing and delivering fresh-cut daffodils during February and March.

The money raised from Daffodil Days and other ACS fundraisers will help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis, be invested in groundbreaking research and fight cancer by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat the disease.

The Daffodil Days order submission deadline is March 1. Distribution day is March 23, and pick-up day is March 24 at Steve's Valencia Florist in Newhall. Orders $150 and more will be delivered by FedEx.

Steve's Valencia Florist is located at 23760 Lyons Ave., Newhall 91321.

About American Cancer Society and Daffodil Days
The American Cancer Society - also referred to as the "Official Sponsor of Birthdays" - is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and with more than 3,400 offices, the ACS is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

For more than 35 years, the Daffodil Days program has been making tremendous strides in the fight against cancer and providing hope for those facing the disease. According to ACS data, its research has contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means approximately 650,000 cancer deaths were avoided. Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate their birthday this year.

"The Gift of Hope, which helps fund cancer research, education, local patient services and advocacy efforts, is a unique gift you give to a cancer survivor as well as to yourself," said Nancy Coulter, a longtime ACS Santa Clarita Valley Unit volunteer and ACS past president.

"The feeling of reaching out anonymously and letting a cancer survivor know they are not alone ... that there is someone in their community who wants them to get better, it is just so heart-warming and meaningful."

Coulter intimately understands the need for hope when cancer enters one's life.

Her daughter, Heather Warrick, has been living with metastatic breast cancer for more than 16 years. Despite the immense physical and emotional weight of her ongoing battle and treatments, Warrick faithfully works for the American Cancer Society SCV Unit as its Health Programs Manager - and supports the fight against cancer each day with the utmost optimism and courage.

Daffodil Days is a significant part of that mission, Warrick said.

"Daffodil Days brings hope and awareness to the community. It means another step towards finding a cure," Warrick commented, then asked, "What better way to bring a smile to a patient?"

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.


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