Nikki Ross

Helping others one daffodil pin at a time

Nikki Ross
Volunteering during Daffodil Month is a fun way to show your support.

In 2014, Nikki Ross lost her grandfather to leukemia, and it took a great toll on her close-knit family.

“Losing my grandfather was really hard. We were very close, but I figured if I can’t bring him back then at least I can try to help others from losing their loved ones,” she says.

Niki was walking on a downtown street when she was stopped by a reporter doing a live news segment who asked why she bought a daffodil pin. She answered, “Why wouldn’t you donate to the Canadian Cancer Society? Cancer affects everyone, and I’m proud to support the cause.”

Shortly after, the 16-year-old decided that she wanted to get involved as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. In April 2015, Nikki signed up to be a Daffodil Month volunteer and raised more than $800 selling daffodil pins.

Nikki also recruited some of her friends to join her in selling daffodil pins. She even created a video to showcase her experience as a volunteer.

“Volunteering during Daffodil Month is a fun way to show your support for cancer patients and survivors,” says Nikki. “My friends had a great time too – we figured, the more the merrier and the more money we can help raise, the greater the difference we can make for generations to come,” she adds.

“People of all ages should sign up for a volunteer shift this Daffodil Month. If you don’t have time, then consider buying a pin and wearing it for that special person in your life that’s been affected by cancer. It’s such a beautiful thing,” she said.

This April, by volunteering just a few hours of your time selling daffodil pins in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month campaign, you can save lives and help people who are living with cancer now.