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cancer-society-daffodilEvery three minutes, cancer picks a fight with another Canadian. Join the fight by making a donation and wearing a daffodil to show your support for Canadians living with cancer. Prince Edward County volunteers are selling the pins at various locations.  Click here to add a daffodil to your Twitter or Facebook photo. There’s also links to donate to the daffodil campaign, or to Tweet your support, post to your Facebook or update your Facebook cover. Click here for an update on the Prince Edward County Relay for Life campaign and to support local teams.

Every three minutes another Canadian hears the words “You have cancer,” and the Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know that they are not alone.

During Daffodil Month (April), and especially on Daffodil Day (April 27), the society is asking Canadians to wear a daffodil pin as a bright symbol of support for people living with cancer and to join the fight against cancer by making a donation.

The launch of the society’s Daffodil Campaign is especially meaningful this year as it marks the organization’s 75th anniversary.

“We invite Canadians to join us in marking our 75th anniversary by making a donation during Daffodil Month,” says Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “Your donation will help us continue our work in preventing cancer, funding research and providing support for Canadians living with cancer.”

During the Society’s early years in the 1940s, the cancer survival rate was about 25 per cent. Today, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis.

“While our 75th anniversary is an occasion to celebrate our contribution to the success in the fight against cancer, it is clear that more work needs to be done,” says Fralick. “It’s only with the support of our volunteers and donors that the Society will continue to save lives and support people living with cancer.”

Daffodil Day – wear a pin!

The bright yellow daffodil has been an integral part of the Society’s history since it was used for the first time by Toronto volunteers during the 1950s to decorate tables at fundraising events that became known as Daffodil Teas. Daffodil Day – Saturday, April 27 – helps wrap up the society’s campaign by designating a special day where we can reflect upon the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and also to remember those who have not survived.

“By wearing a daffodil pin, we show people living with cancer that they don’t have to face cancer alone,” says Fralick. “Together, we are creating a national movement of people who are all touched by cancer in one way or another and who are collectively saying we’re in this together and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated.”

Donations during Daffodil Month  fund research;  provide information and deliver programs to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer, and their families and caregivers;  advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians.

Canadian Cancer Society statistics:
In 2012, it was estimated that 186,400 new cases of cancer (excluding 81,300 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer) would be diagnosed and about 75,700 Canadians would die from the disease. This meant that on average about 510 Canadians would be diagnosed with cancer and about 205 would die 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.

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