April 27 is daffodil day, but why not wear a daffodil pin throughout April to show your support for people who are living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is asking all Canadians to join the fight against cancer. Make your donation and do your part to fight against cancer by making a donation in support of the work the agency does throughout Canada!
Every three minutes someone in Canada is diagnosed with cancer, and the Canadian Cancer Society is focused on making sure cancer patients know they aren’t alone.
“We want to create a movement across Canada and see thousands of Canadians wearing the daffodil pin,” says Peter Goodhand, CEO and President, Canadian Cancer Society. “United by the daffodil, we will show people living with cancer that they don’t have to face cancer alone, and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated.”
Throughout Daffodil Month, a number of special activities and events will take place in Vancouver to raise both awareness and important funds to fund research, prevent cancer, and support those who are living with cancer.
Daffodil pins will be sold around Vancouver. Locations include Wireless Wave, Chevron, Pharmasave, Mac’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Life Labs, T-Booth, Flight Center, MarketPlace IGA , Whole Foods (west 4th location). You can also visit www.fightback.ca or contact your local Society office.
On April 27, the Vancouver Art Gallery will host an awareness event at from 11:30-1:30. This will give Vancouverites a chance to come together in support of those who have been affected by cancer.
Throughout Daffodil Month, special activities and events will be taking place in Vancouver and lower mainland communities so watch for posted events and activities.
Daffodil Day on April 27 helps to wrap up the April campaign by designating a special day for Canadians to take a minute out of their busy lives to think about the thousands of Canadians, young and old, who are on their own cancer journey and to remember those who have fought their cancer battle and lost.
This is a good day to do something special for those who live with cancer. Tell a friend or family member with cancer that you love them and let them know you are there for them. Do something special for someone you know who has cancer. Become a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer and make a difference. Sponsor someone or join the Relay for Life.
The daffodil tradition began in Toronto during the 1950’s. Volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society organized afternoon teas and fundraising events. They would decorate the hall as well as the tables with daffodils because they were bright and cherry. It didn’t take long for them to realize that the environment radiated hope and faith.
One of the volunteers who was employed by the Eaton Company, organized an in-store afternoon tea, which Lady Eaton hosted. There were 700 women in attendance, and an excellent job of creating awareness for cancer. It was here that the affiliation between the daffodil and the Canadian Cancer Society started.
Before long volunteers began to hand out daffodils for free or by small donation around Toronto. One anonymous donor paid 5000 daffodils to be flown to B.C. because of the longer growing season. The theme of daffodils representing cancer awareness and support across Canada was born.
Cancer affects us all, whether directly or through someone we love. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society make a difference so please give.
According to theCanadian Cancer Society:
- In 2011, it was estimated that 177,800 new cases of cancer (excluding 74,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer) would be diagnosed, and about 75,000 Canadians would die from the disease. This meant that on average about 480 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer, and about 205 died from the disease every day.
- An estimated 2 in 5 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. An estimated 1 out of every 4 Canadians is expected to die from cancer.
- Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.
- The death rate for all cancers combined is declining for males in most age groups and for females under 70.