Daffodils Brighten Wedding Day Celebrations

05 April 2012

Charlottetown -


To some the daffodil is just a flower.  To the Canadian Cancer Society it is a symbol of strength and courage.  It says we will fight back.  It says we will beat cancer.

April, known as Daffodil Month, is a time when hundreds of volunteers across P.E.I. work together to raise awareness and funds to support the efforts of the Canadian Cancer Society.

April is also a very special month for Melissa Perry and her fiancé Ryan Gillespie. The couple, now living and working in Halifax, is coming home to P.E.I. to get married this Saturday, April 7th, and daffodils will be prominent at the wedding.

The couple has purchased several thousand fresh daffodils from the Canadian Cancer Society to decorate the tables at their reception.   The Society sells fresh cut flowers for a few days every year to kick-off Daffodil Month.

“I love flowers.  They make me happy and I'm hoping that knowing where we got the daffodils will make our guests smile,” says Perry. “We are actually hoping people will take bouquets home to enjoy after the reception. We're also hoping they will serve as a tribute to the friends and family members we have lost to the disease.”

The couple has decided to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of favors at the wedding reception.  “My fiancé and I have both lost close family members and friends to various types of cancer and we realize that, unfortunately, most people find themselves in the same boat,” says Perry.

Perry has another important reason for choosing to support this charity. “I work at the IWK in Halifax and see first-hand the effects cancer can have on children and their families. It's not a lot, but I hope that the little bit we are donating will help,” says Perry.

“There are so many ways people can join the fight against cancer,” says Lori Barker, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division. “It is extremely thoughtful and generous of Melissa and Ryan to think of others on their special day.     We applaud their efforts and encourage all Islanders to be creative in exploring ways they might extend their support.”

“We send our best wishes to the couple on their wedding day and hope they enjoy a long life together, filled with good health and much happiness,” says Barker.

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything it can to prevent cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to www.fightback.ca to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at www.cancer.caor call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

Photo courtesy of Arlene Giddings Photography.


Claire Nantes

Prevention and Public Issues Coordinator                                                                                                       

Canadian Cancer Society, PEI  Division,                                                                                                               

902-566-1713, ext. 2240,  cell: 902-218-6385                                                                               


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