Premier declares April Daffodil Month on PEI

01 April 2014

Charlottetown -

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Photo: (Left to Right) Lori Barker, Canadian Cancer Society, cancer patient Dylan Bingley, Premier Robert Ghiz, Erma Rose, Dylan’s grandmother.

Photo Credit: Brian Simpson

Premier declares April Daffodil Month on PEI

Charlottetown –   Premier Robert Ghiz has signed an official Proclamation designating April as “Daffodil Month” on Prince Edward Island.    The Proclamation recognizes that people on Prince Edward Island are touched by cancer every day and acknowledges the work of the Canadian Cancer Society in its efforts to improve their lives.

Twelve-year-old Dylan Bingley from Mermaid, P.E.I., is one of those Islanders. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011.  Dylan receives an oral form of chemotherapy every day. His treatment involves regular visits to the I.W.K. in Halifax and will continue for another year.  Despite that grueling regime, Dylan manages to keep up with his grade six classmates at Stratford Elementary.

“It’s important to show our support for people like Dylan because he’s been through a lot,” says Premier Ghiz.  “There continue to be significant advancements in the treatment of cancer and Dylan is proof that more people are surviving than ever before.”  

Wearing a Canadian Cancer Society daffodil pin throughout the month of April is a visible way to show people living with cancer, including their families and caregivers, that they are not alone in their battle.

Dylan’s grandmother, Erma Rose, wears her pin with pride. “I wear it in honour of Dylan’s brave battle and in memory of my parents, both of whom lost their lives to cancer,” says Rose.

Daffodil pins are available at all Murphy’s Pharmacies, Credit Unions and PEI Liquor Control Commission outlets across P.E.I.

Also in April, volunteers with the Society will be collecting donations during the annual door-to-door campaign.

The executive director of the P.E.I. division assures Islanders that their donation will make a direct impact in the fight against cancer.   “Every day we extend support to Islanders who are living with cancer.  We also conduct leading-edge research and strive to prevent cancer and advocate for changes that will improve the health of all residents,” says Lori Barker.

This past year, the Canadian Cancer Society helped more than 2,200 Islanders through its programs and services.  

The PEI Division also spearheads campaigns on cancer prevention by promoting the importance of getting screened for colon, breast and cervical cancers and encouraging Islanders to quit smoking.

“With your help, we know we can continue to increase survival rates and save more lives,” says Barker.

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Photo Caption: Cancer fighter Dylan Bingley (second from left) and his grandmother, Erma Rose, (right), present daffodils to Premier Robert Ghiz. Lori Barker (left) displays the Proclamation signed by the Premier declaring April as Daffodil Month on PEI. This is in recognition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s efforts to improve the lives of Islanders living with cancer.

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