Daffodil Place will provide more support for people living with cancer

19 September 2012

Halifax -

The Canadian Cancer Society is supporting Nova Scotians facing a cancer diagnosis thanks to the Daffodil Place capital campaign. Daffodil Place will ease the burden of cancer through an expansion to The Lodge That Gives as well as additional community programming that will support all Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotia has some of the highest cancer rates in the country and the number of new cancer diagnoses is expected to increase as our population ages. Today 40% of women and 45% of men are affected by cancer. “Daffodil Place will ensure more cancer patients have a comfortable place to overnight when coming to Halifax for cancer treatment as well as offering all Nova Scotians access to additional supportive care programs,” Shannon MacDonald, Daffodil Place campaign cabinet chair.

Daffodil Place capital campaign is a $15 million dollar fundraising initiative, which was launched on September 19, 2012 at an event held at Pier 21 in Halifax. “We are delighted to announce that we are at 75%, well on the way to goal with more than $11 million committed for Daffodil Place,” says MacDonald. “On behalf of cancer patients and their families, thank you to the generous donors who have shown their support of this very important cause. I invite all Nova Scotians to help us meet our goal by making a donation to the campaign,” she adds.

As part of the Daffodil Place campaign, the Canadian Cancer Society is working cooperatively with new partners, such as Wellspring, a highly recognized national charitable organization. Wellspring provides a wide range of programs and services to people who are living with cancer, and will complement and enhance current supportive care programs.

“Through our partnership with Wellspring and thanks to the generosity of Nova Scotians, we will be able to significantly expand the range of program options for cancer recovery and wellness,” says Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “Wellspring programs include individual and group support, coping skills, expressive therapies, and educational workshops and presentations,” she adds.

The Lodge That Gives at Daffodil Place will increase capacity for overnight stays from 34 up to 76. The Daffodil Place capital campaign includes a $3 million endowment for The Lodge, ensuring a stable and secure future.

For more information about Daffodil Place, go to www.daffodilplace.com

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:

Barbara Johnson

Communications Manager

Phone: (902) 423-6183