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Daffodil Month is here

The Canadian Cancer Society urges British Columbians to join its team during April — Daffodil Month — a crucial fundraising time for the organization.

“Every three minutes a Canadian hears the words, 'You have cancer,' ” says Brian LeFurgey, regional director for the Canadian Cancer Society, Vancouver Island. “By volunteering this April you’ll be a part of a team working to change cancer forever so that fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease, and more survive.”

Volunteers are needed now, more than ever.

Current statistics show that the number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the Canadian population grows and ages.

Almost half of all Canadians are expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes and it is the leading cause of death in this country. In B.C. in 2013, approximately 23,700 new cases of cancer were reported.

While these statistics are sobering, the Society has contributed to making progress against cancer. Today, over 60  per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25 per cent.

“We’re at a point where we can see the difference our efforts are making,” says LeFurgey. “By volunteering for the Society you’ll be helping to build a future where Canadians will no longer fear the word cancer — but we need your help to make it a reality.”

The Society has an urgent need for more volunteers to sell the daffodil pin. These volunteers will work in communities across B.C. during April to remind us all to buy and wear a pin to show support for those fighting cancer.

“The daffodil pin is a bright and hopeful emblem that says we’re all in this together and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated.”

Volunteering to sell the pins requires only three or four hours of your time during April — and a small contribution of your time can make a big difference.

Other volunteer opportunities during Daffodil Month include canvassing door to door, selling daffodils and organizing special events.

Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, meet new people, be part of a dynamic team and learn new skills. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society, contact your local Society office or go to cancer.ca and click Join the Fight.

By volunteering during Daffodil Month you’ll help the Society raise funds so it can continue to fight cancer by:

• Funding excellent cancer research;

• Providing information and delivering support programs and services to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer, their families and caregivers;

• Advocating on behalf of Canadians on important health and cancer issues.

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

— Canadian Cancer Society

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