April is Daffodil Month Support a Person with Cancer by Wearing a Daffodil Pin Daffodil Day is April 27

28 March 2011

Charlottetown -

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 is stepping up the fight against cancer by designating April 27 as Daffodil Day.

“During Daffodil Month we’re asking Islanders to wear a daffodil pin to honour the people in our lives affected by cancer,” says Betty Fraser, President, Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division. “Throughout April our hope is that thousands of Islanders and people across Canada 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.”

During Daffodil Month Islanders can show their support and make a difference by:

  • Buying daffodils, on sale March 29th to April 4th

  • Wearing a daffodil pin to show your support for people with cancer

  • Attending the Daffodil Day event at Province House

  • Donating to the Canadian Cancer Society when a canvasser knocks on your door

  • Signing up to participate in a Relay For Life event in your community

“We are thankful for  Canadians’ contributions to our cancer fight year-round, but on Daffodil Day 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 Fraser. “Wearing a daffodil pin throughout April and especially on Daffodil Day will be a visible symbol for people with cancer that thousands of Canadians are standing with them as they go through their cancer journey.”

Events will be taking place in communities across Canada during Daffodil Month leading up to Daffodil Day. In Prince Edward Island there will be a ceremony on the steps of Province House to recognize Islanders fighting cancer and to visibly show our support for them.

“On Daffodil Day we’re inviting Canadians to reflect upon the thousands of people in this country who are facing cancer and to think about ways they can help them in their journey,” says Dawn Binns, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division.   “During Daffodil Month, and particularly on Daffodil Day, we want those with cancer to know that they can turn to the Society for the support they need.”

In Prince Edward Island pins are now available at Credit Unions and Murphy’s Pharmacy locations across the Island and at the Society office at 1 Rochford Street, Charlottetown. While the pin is not being sold for a set price, the Society encourages Canadians to make a donation to help support vital research and services provided on the Island.

By supporting the Canadian Cancer Society during Daffodil Month and on Daffodil Day Canadians will be joining a team that works hard to fight cancer in Canada. 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

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:

Lori Barker

Executive Director

Phone: 902-566-4007