Give daffodils, give hope

Winnebago County will see spring bloom a week early during the 5th Annual Daffodil Days campaign as local volunteers hand-deliver bright, yellow daffodils, the first flower of spring, to those touched by cancer at hospitals throughout Winnebago County.

Daffodil Days is the sale of fresh cut daffodils from January to the beginning of March. Daffodils are the first flower of spring and a symbol of hope for cancer patients.

New this year is the first-ever “Bear and a Bunch,” which includes “Flowers R. Hope,” a plush, huggable, 10-inch BoydsTM Bear designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society.

Daffodil Days helps fund programs such as the Society’s unprecedented Patient Navigation Services, which is designed to fill a critical void in health care and social services by acting as a full-service navigator to anyone touched by cancer.

To date, Patient Navigation Services has had more than 20,000 encounters with Illinois patients, families and caregivers through visits to regional offices, phone calls to 800-ACS-2345 and face-to-face meetings at Patient Resource Centers and Comprehensive Navigation Centers.

In Winnebago County, 1,754 rides were given to patients in the last 12 months through Road to Recovery, a volunteer program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments.

The American Cancer Society is looking for pre-sale coordinators in Winnebago County. Pre-sale coordinators volunteer to sell daffodils to friends, family and co-workers. For more information about how you can sell daffodils and fight cancer, call your local American Cancer Society office at 1-800-9296.

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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