Fight back with hope – wear the daffodil

27 April 2012

Calgary -

This week, more than 3,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer.

As daunting as a cancer diagnosis can be, Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Ardyth Blais remembers feeling hopeful when her doctor told her she had uterine cancer 30 years ago.

“It’s all hope,” says the 73-year-old. “Hope that the doctor diagnosed it properly. It’s hope that when they do operate, that they can clean it out and everything comes away cleanly. Then you hope that you reach that one-year mark with no return. Then you hope that you reach that five-year mark with no return. All of that is hope, hope, hope.”

Blais remained as optimistic when her husband Roy, now 76, was diagnosed with prostate cancer just 10 years after her own cancer battle began.

Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. But the Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know they’re not alone in their fight for life. April 27 is Daffodil Day, a day when Canadians unite in wearing the daffodil pin to show support for people living with cancer and remember loved ones ultimately taken by the disease. Daffodil pins are available for a small donation at Pharmasave, Mac’s, Peavey Mart and London Drugs locations across Alberta.

“It shows your support and encouragement, and your caring for other people,” Blais says.

The daffodil has been a symbol of hope at the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 50 years. “Your support will help hope blossom into new advancements that continue to prevent cancer and save more lives,” says Dan Holinda, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division.

Today, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis, thanks in large part to Society-funded cancer research. In the 1940s, survival was about 25 per cent. In addition to funding life-saving cancer research, the Canadian Cancer Society provides financial assistance, peer support, and other support services and programs to people living with cancer.

Join the fight today – Daffodil Day – by wearing the daffodil pin, attending a community event, taking a moment to reflect on Canadians living with cancer and those we have lost, and doing something special for someone living with cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Trotter

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 403-541-2339