© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Judith Beauchamp, left, and Marguerite Keating sell daffodils at the Atlantic Superstore. Volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society are selling fresh daffodils at grocery stores and malls across P.E.I.
Cancer society fundraiser is a special sign of spring
Daffodil Month is underway on Prince Edward Island, a time to recognize the people on Prince Edward Island who are touched by cancer every day and acknowledge the work of the Canadian Cancer Society in its efforts to improve their lives.
Twelve-year-old Dylan Bingley from Mermaid, P.E.I., is one of those Islanders. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. Dylan receives an oral form of chemotherapy every day. His treatment involves regular visits to the IWK in Halifax and will continue for another year. Despite that gruelling regime, Dylan manages to keep up with his Grade 6 classmates at Stratford Elementary.
“It’s important to show our support for people like Dylan because he’s been through a lot,” says Premier Robert Ghiz, who signed an official proclamation designating April as Daffodil Month.
“There continues to be significant advancements in the treatment of cancer and Dylan is proof that more people are surviving than ever before.”
Wearing a Canadian Cancer Society daffodil pin throughout the month of April is a visible way to show people living with cancer, including their families and caregivers, that they are not alone in their battle.
Dylan’s grandmother, Erma Rose, wears her pin with pride.
“I wear it in honour of Dylan’s brave battle and in memory of my parents, both of whom lost their lives to cancer,” says Rose.
Daffodil pins are available at all Murphy’s Pharmacies, Credit Unions and P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission outlets across P.E.I.
Also in April, volunteers with the society will be collecting donations during the annual door-to-door campaign.
The executive director of the P.E.I. division assures Islanders that their donation will make a direct impact in the fight against cancer.
“Every day we extend support to Islanders who are living with cancer. We also conduct leading-edge research and strive to prevent cancer and advocate for changes that will improve the health of all residents,” says Lori Barker.
This past year, the Canadian Cancer Society helped more than 2,200 Islanders through its programs and services. The P.E.I. division also spearheads campaigns on cancer prevention by promoting the importance of getting screened for colon, breast and cervical cancers and encouraging Islanders to quit smoking.
“With your help, we know we can continue to increase survival rates and save more lives,” says Barker.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to donors and volunteers, the society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on this progress, the goal is to work with Canadians to change cancer forever.