Premier Dexter Proclaims April as Daffodil Month in Nova Scotia

01 April 2011

Halifax -

Every three minutes another Canadian is faced with fighting cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know that they are not alone.

This year, as part of its annual Daffodil Month activities, the Society pleased to have Nova Scotia Premier, the Honourable Darrell Dexter, and Health and Wellness Minister, the Honourable Maureen MacDonald, join us in stepping up the fight against cancer by designating April as Daffodil Month.

“During Daffodil Month we’re asking Nova Scotians to wear a daffodil pin to honour the people in our lives affected by cancer,” says Nancy Barteaux, Chair of the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Cancer Society. “Throughout April our hope is that thousands of Nova Scotians across the province will be proudly wearing our pin to show their support for people with cancer. United by the daffodil, we will be saying that no one has to face cancer alone and that we won’t give up until this disease is defeated.”

Events will be taking place in communities across Nova Scotia during Daffodil Month. Contact your local community Canadian Cancer Society office to find out more.

“During Daffodil Month the province invites Nova Scotians to reflect upon the thousands of people in this province who are facing cancer and to think about ways that their family, friends, and neighbours can help them in their journey,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “During Daffodil Month the province is proud to work with organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society to show that our province is united together in winning the fight against cancer.”

The Canadian Cancer Society has had Daffodil Days in the past where daffodil flowers have been sold on various designated days in communities across Canada in late March and April. This year’s Daffodil Month in April will have a different focus. The Society wants to create one special month for Nova Scotians to visibly show their support for those on a cancer journey. Daffodil flowers will continue to be sold in many communities throughout Canada.

“We are thankful for  Nova Scotians’ contributions to our cancer fight year-round, but during Daffodil Month we want to create a groundswell of hope and activities that will make a difference to both cancer patients and the fight against this disease,” says Barteaux. “Wearing a daffodil pin throughout April will be a visible symbol for people with cancer that thousands of Nova Scotians are standing with them as they go through their cancer journey.”

To find out where you can get a daffodil pin contact your local Society office or go to fightback.ca . The pins are also available at outlets of Scotia bank, Curves Canada, First Choice Haircutters, Laura Canada and WirelessWave. The Society encourages Nova Scotians to make a donation to help support the fights across the province.

By supporting the Canadian Cancer Society during Daffodil Month Nova Scotians will be joining a team that works hard to fight cancer in Nova Scotia. Your donation will help the Canadian Cancer Society:

  • prevent cancer
  • fund research to outsmart cancer
  • empower, inform and support Canadians living with cancer
  • advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians

 Cancer Statistics

  • An estimated 6,200 new cases of cancer and 2,750 deaths from cancer were expected to occur in Nova Scotia in 2010.
  • The five-year relative survival for all cancers combined in Canada is 62 per cent.
  • The death rate for all cancers combined is declining for males in most age groups and for females under 70.

 

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:

Jane Wilson

Communications

Phone: (902) 423-6183