April is Daffodil Month

15 March 2012

Charlottetown -

April is Daffodil Month


Islanders unite behind those with cancer.

Mack Campbell knows first-hand that cancer doesn’t discriminate. And that’s why he’s joining the fight by wearing a daffodil pin this April.

“I know what it’s like to live with cancer. I’m wearing a daffodil pin to show Islanders living with cancer that they are not alone,” says Mack Campbell. 

Campbell has been battling cancer for the past four years  “First it was cancer of the esophagus, followed by three surgeries for brain cancer. The last two had me celebrate 2011 Christmas day in a Moncton hospital. My family got me through it and back to normal life.”

Campbell has not let cancer slow him down.  The former CBC broadcaster recently retired from his position with Department of Fisheries and Oceans but he continues to actively involved the East Coast Music Awards and the Festival of Small Halls.

Every April for Daffodil Month, volunteers on Prince Edward Island work together to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society by selling fresh daffodils and by knocking on doors in their community to collect donations.

For a second year, the Society is promoting the wearing of a daffodil pin as part of its annual campaign. By making a donation and wearing the yellow daffodil pin, you are uniting behind those living with cancer.

“To some, the daffodil is just a flower,” says Lori Barker, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division. “To us daffodils fight cancer by funding research and clinical trials for better treatments and cures and by supporting community services right here on the Island.”

On Prince Edward Island, daffodil pins are available by donation at all Credit Unions, at all Murphy’s Pharmacies, the Pharmasave in Souris and at the Canadian Cancer Society office, 1 Rochford Street, Charlottetown. 

Mack Campbell is hoping to see daffodil pins springing up all over the Island.

“The daffodil is reminder of a warm seasonal change and eternal hope to try and defeat the emperor of all maladies,” says Campbell.

The money raised during Daffodil Month helps the Society fight back against cancer by funding research to outsmart cancer and empowering, informing, supporting and improving the lives of Canadians living with cancer.

For more information about Daffodil Month, visit www.fightback.ca or call The Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division,  1-866-566-4007

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