Paul Newcombe

Proud Daffodil Month volunteer

Paul Newcombe
Volunteering during Daffodil Month is an incredibly rewarding experience, whether you have been touched by cancer or not.

Paul Newcombe remembers December 18, 2009, like it was yesterday. That is the day his wife, Coleen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis was absolutely devastating and started them both down a long road of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It wasn’t until April 2011 that they received the good news that Coleen was cancer-free.

During one of his wife’s medical appointments, Paul was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office when he saw a box of daffodil pins that had been placed on the counter by the Canadian Cancer Society.

After learning that daffodil pins were available for a donation and are a symbol of hope and fighting back against cancer, Paul asked the local Canadian Cancer Society community office if he could take 12 boxes of pins to distribute among local businesses around Ottawa. That same day, he not only picked up 12 boxes of pins and placed them in 1 hour, he also went back to pick up 12 more boxes. During those first 2 days of becoming a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, Paul placed 40–50 boxes of daffodil pins.

The following year, Paul and his wife recruited 8 volunteers, and together they distributed 400 boxes of daffodil pins across Ottawa. “Volunteering during Daffodil Month is an incredibly rewarding experience, whether you have been touched by cancer or not,” says Paul. “It brings out the best in people and creates a great sense of community, knowing we can all fight back against cancer together.”

In 2013, Paul recruited even more volunteers and put together a plan to divide up the city to distribute the daffodil pin boxes. “Through this experience, I have gained a great appreciation for what the Canadian Cancer Society does – their work, the money they raise and the research they fund – it is just truly wonderful what they do,” says Paul.

Money raised during Daffodil Month helps people with cancer and their families in communities across Canada. Donations fund life-saving research, support services and advocacy for public policies to prevent cancer.