Daffodil Days help survival rates flower

The American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, is raising awareness and funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services through the annual Daffodil Days campaign. Sales from the first flower of spring and the symbol of hope will support critical research that has made a healthy future possible for so many.

The 2004 Annual Report to the Nation shows cancer incidence and death rates are down, and cancer survival rates have improved. The data reflect progress in prevention, early detection and treatment; however, not all segments of the U.S. population benefited equally from the advances.

“We’ve made considerable gains in reducing the cancer burden, but much more needs to be done,” said Becky Behmer, American Cancer Society Volunteer. “Daffodil Days is one way to show support for anyone touched by cancer while raising critical funds in the fight against this devastating disease.”

Approximately 60,000 Illinois residents are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and an estimated 26,000 will die of the disease. Research will allow the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, to improve early detection, prevention and treatment options so it moves closer to achieving its vision of becoming the most cancer-free state in the union by 2015.

The Society offered advance sales of daffodil blooms from Jan. 1 to Feb. 18, with delivery the week of March 14. Though advance sales are now finished, some daffodils will be available for purchase at all three Rockford hospitals March 17 and 18. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (815) 229-1287.

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