Daffodil Month continues to inspire this volunteer to support CCS

22 March 2018

April is Daffodil Month and CCS is asking Canadians to either volunteer or donate to help fund life-saving cancer research

Shubha Dasgupta’s commitment to the fight against cancer began over two decades ago when he lost his grandmother to the disease. At just 14 years old, Shubha became a caregiver to the woman who had raised him when she was diagnosed with advanced stage colorectal cancer.

“My grandmother raised me and was my heart and soul,” Shubha says. “After her cancer diagnosis, she became my inspiration to give back so others don’t have to go through this.”

Shubha is now a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and is committed to raising money to support CCS's research and support services.

“During Daffodil Month there’s a sense of involvement and community to really make an impact on the lives of those living with cancer. What brought me here was my grandmother, but what keeps me here are all the amazing survivors I’ve met along the way,” Shubha says. “It’s a testament to the fact the money raised is making a difference — there are more cancer survivors now than ever before.”

Sylvain Poissant, from Montreal, Quebec, knows that he is alive today thanks to CCS supporters who fund research, treatment and support services. After being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, he’s seen exactly what donations to CCS can do.

“Since my diagnosis, I’ve seen researchers make great progress – new treatments and better medications with few side effects,” Sylvain says. “I know firsthand that this work needs to continue. With 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, thousands of people like me are relying on CCS donors to help.”

April is Daffodil Month and CCS is asking Canadians to either volunteer or donate to help fund life-saving cancer research, support services and other important work that means fewer Canadians will be affected by the disease.

When you donate to CCS this April, you can proudly wear a daffodil pin as a sign of your commitment to the fight against cancer. Visit cancer.ca/daffodil for more information and to donate.