Pictou County Continues to Fundraise for Canadian Cancer Society Campaign

31 January 2013

Halifax -

Two Pictou County organizations are supporting the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Daffodil Place Campaign in a big way. Together, the Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Pictou County and the Women Alike Society & Abreast A River Dragon Boat Team have raised $77,000 over the last few years to help create a place of hope and healing for cancer patients and their families.

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. The funds raised by these Pictou County groups will help the CCS expand its current facilities and services in response to the increasing needs of cancer patients in our province.

The Lodge That Gives at Daffodil Place will provide more cancer patients with a comfortable place to stay when traveling to Halifax for treatment, by increasing daily capacity from 34 to up to 76. The expansion will also include more private and family bedrooms, a larger kitchen and dining room, an exercise room, dedicated computer space and quiet spaces for residents to find solitude.

Daffodil Place will also provide additional supportive care programs for all Nova Scotians through a new partnership with Wellspring, a highly recognized national charitable organization that offers a range of programs and services for people living with cancer.

“The Prostate Cancer Canada Network - Pictou County group is completely aware of the importance of the needed expansion of The Lodge. Due to lack of space, cancer patients from this area of the province could not always experience the comfort of this facility. We commend the members of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Daffodil Place Campaign for their diligent work on this needed expansion,” said Murray Gardner, Director/Treasurer, Prostate Cancer Canada Network - Pictou County.

To date, donors have raised approximately $11.5 million of the $15 million Daffodil Place goal.

“Since the very early stages of the campaign, these community based organizations have been by our side lending their support. They’ve been instrumental in raising awareness and support of the Daffodil Place Campaign and for that we are very grateful,” said Shannon MacDonald, Chair, Daffodil Place Campaign.

For more information about Daffodil Place or to donate visit 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.