Canadian Cancer Society needs your help to change cancer forever

18 February 2014

Toronto -

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

“Every 3 minutes a Canadian hears the words “You have cancer,” says Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society.  “By helping us raise funds during April you’ll be part of a vibrant team working to change cancer forever so that fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.”

Volunteers to raise funds 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. While these statistics are sobering, the Society has contributed to making progress against cancer. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.

“We’re on an exciting threshold,” says Fralick. “By volunteering for the Society you will be helping build a future where Canadians will no longer have to fear the word cancer, but we need your help to make it a reality.”

Selling the daffodil pin

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

“The daffodil 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,” says Fralick.

Volunteering to sell the pins requires only 3 or 4 hours of your time during  April. “A small contribution of your time will make a big difference,” says Fralick.

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.

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

  • funding excellent cancer research
  • providing information and delivering programs and services to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer and their families and caregivers
  • advocating on behalf of Canadians on important health and cancer issues.

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 our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Rosie Hales

Communications Specialist

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416 934-5338