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Pinning cancer support on fellow Campbell Riverites

Volunteer Pat Carville was out in the rain on Saturday selling pins and daffodils to raise money for cancer research.  - Photo submitted
Volunteer Pat Carville was out in the rain on Saturday selling pins and daffodils to raise money for cancer research.
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Many volunteers braved the weather and were out and about in Campbell River on Saturday with their trays of daffodils and pins.

Joining them on that windy wet day was acting mayor Larry Samson who gave a short talk and proclaimed April as Cancer Awareness Month in Campbell River. Also joining in and helping the Canadian Cancer Society were chemo nurses from the hospital, Faith Brooks and Tammy Pentney. They walked around Tyee Plaza in that horrible rain storm helping us get donations to help the society. Ladies from the Eagles were also out helping.

Over 78 per cent of donor dollars go towards research and support programs. Pentney spoke on how helpful the support can be, such as the financial aid and the rides that can make the difference of whether or not the treatments such as chemotherapy are do-able for the patient.

She also spoke on how she loves going to work and finds her job so rewarding as the patients tend to support each other. The chemo room is a happy place and they all work through it together.

This past year on the Island more than 1,200 clients stayed at the lodge in Victoria. Volunteer drivers gave more than 946 rides to and from cancer treatments, 1,049 clients accessed or toll free information service at 1-888-939-3333 or online at www.cancer.ca, which gives out info on all types of cancer. Forty-seven clients and 11 volunteers attended Camp Goodtimes. We have over 1,000 volunteers supporting the cause here on the island in 27 communities to ensure that most of your donor dollars goes to help the cancer patient.

Skin Cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer followed by breast cancer, prostate cancer and then colon cancer. Many of these can be prevented by healthy choices.

Across Canada a person is diagnosed with cancer one every three minutes and in B.C. alone 27, 800 people were diagnosed with cancer last year.

 

April is Daffodil Month. Join the fight!

 

To some the daffodil is just a flower. For the Canadian Cancer Society, it is a symbol of strength and courage.

Buy a daffodil pin and show your support for people living with cancer.

Throughout April, compassionate volunteers across Canada work together to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. There are many ways to join the fight against cancer this April:

  • Show your support, buy a pin.
  • Make a donation online or in-person when a volunteer knocks on your door.
  • Buy a bunch of fresh cut daffodils.
  • Volunteer as little as 2 hours of your time.
  • Spread the word through social media.

www.cancer.ca

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