2008-01-17 / News

Buy daffodils to help cancer victims

The American Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Days is ready to provide a little dose of springtime for the winter blues. The fund-raiser, which runs through Feb. 29, employs the daffodil, which is the first flower of spring, as a symbol of hope for those affected by cancer. According to the ACS, last year's Daffodil Days raised more than $195,000 with the delivery of 15,500 bouquets and 1,700 Boyds™ Bears in Rhode Island.

Daffodil Days supporters can choose from several donation options including a donation for fresh daffodils at $10 per bouquet. A Gift of Hope is available for a contribution of $20 and ensures cancer patients across the state will receive their very own anonymous daffodil delivery. Bea R. Hope, a special Boyds™ Bear designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch™ is also available along with 10 fresh cut daffodils for a donation of $25. Other packages include boxes of 50 bouquets, consisting of 500 flowers for a contribution of $500 is available, and new this year, a gift of potted daffodil bulbs, containing three multi-stem bulbs in each pot for a donation of $25.

Purchases will support the American Cancer Society's Cancer Resource Network, which provides local service programs for cancer patients and their families free of charge. Some services provided include a program that teaches people ways to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, a personal visit from a breast cancer survivor for support through diagnosis, free rides for cancer patients to and from treatment, children's camps throughout New England and 1- 800-ACS-2345, a help line which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information, or to purchase a daffodil package, contact the American Cancer Society at 243-2644, email daffodilsri@cancer. org or visit www.cancer.org/daffodilsonline on the Internet. Volunteers are needed at businesses and organizations to coordinate Daffodil Days sales leading up to delivery and are also needed in March to pack and deliver daffodils.

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