2012-01-13 / Community

Daffodil Days offer hope, support for cancer patients


BOYD’S collectible stuffed bears are available with some American Cancer Society Daffodil Days packages. For information on how to place Daffodil Days orders, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or 373-3726. 
COURTESY OF AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BOYD’S collectible stuffed bears are available with some American Cancer Society Daffodil Days packages. For information on how to place Daffodil Days orders, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or 373-3726. COURTESY OF AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TOPSHAM — The American Cancer Society will accept Daffodil Days orders through March 2.

Daffodil Days is an annual fundraiser based upon the hope that comes with the blossoming of flowers in spring.

“We are excited by the hope and spirit that Daffodil Days brings to those who have supported the campaign year after year,” Crystal Derocher of the American Cancer Society said in a release. “This year, we are working toward expanding that reach into each every Maine community, alerting them of the opportunities to get involved and how even a $10 donation can make a tremendous difference for neighbors and friends faced with a cancer diagnosis this year.”

Daffodil Days offers a bouquet of products:

— For a $ 10 gift, donors receive a bouquet of 10 fresh daffodil blossoms.

— Three mini- daffodil bulbs in a soil-filled pot are available for a $15 donation.

— A bouquet of 10 daffodils and a Boyd’s collectable stuffed bear for a $25 donation.

— Gift of Hope: Daffodils are delivered to a cancer patient undergoing treatment; $25 and up.

— Bear Hugs for Hope are special edition, collectable bears that are delivered to a child affected by cancer; $25.

For more information or to place a flower or product order between now and March 2, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227- 2345, call the Topsham office directly at 373-3726, or make an online donation at www.cancer.org/daffodils.

Delivery occurs the week before spring, beginning March 19. This long-standing program, which historically coincides with the coming of spring, is expected to raise $150,000 in Maine to support the fight against cancer.

“ Dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism, while it provides dayto day help, emotional support, and 24-hour information to help ease the cancer experience,” the release states. “Additionally, daffodil contributions provide the society with much-needed dollars to fund groundbreaking cancer research, educate people about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection and advocate for meaningful public health policies that benefit the community.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to seek help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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