Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division

Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division

February 19, 2015 14:10 ET

Canadian Cancer Society Seeking Volunteers for Daffodil Month in April

Volunteers Needed for Annual Fundraising Campaign

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2015) - The Canadian Cancer Society is asking BC residents to join the fight against cancer this spring.

Almost half of all Canadians are expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes and it is the leading cause of death in this country. In 2014, it was estimated that more than 24,000 British Columbians were diagnosed with cancer and over 9,500 people died from the disease.

"Cancer has touched far too many British Columbians. When loved ones are diagnosed with or pass away from cancer, we often want to do something to help or honour them," says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division. "This April, we want people to know that there is something they can do," she adds.

To help those touched by cancer, the Society needs volunteers to help throughout Daffodil month in April. By volunteering just a few hours of their time selling daffodil pins in support of the Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Month campaign, British Columbians can save lives and help people who are living with cancer. Other volunteer opportunities include door- to-door canvassing, selling fresh cut daffodils and more.

Money raised through Daffodil Month helps tens of thousands of British Columbians living with more than 200 different types of cancer, through life-saving research, support services and funds other important work so that fewer people are touched by the disease.

Mike Diack of Port Coquitlam knows first-hand the importance of volunteering, especially during Daffodil Month. A retired RCMP Superintendent who served for 35 years and a cancer survivor, Mike volunteers his time to help the organization that helped him during his cancer fight.

"Everyone is affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. Volunteering for, or donating to the Canadian Cancer Society allows you to join the team that is working to eliminate cancer and support those who are fighting cancer," says Diack.

In British Columbia, the Canadian Cancer Society is looking to recruit 8,000 volunteers to support this campaign. "Volunteers are essential to the success of the Daffodil Month campaign. We only need a few hours of a person's time," says Kaminsky. "This small contribution of time makes a big difference."

Those interested in signing up as a volunteer can register today at www.cancer.ca/daffodil or call their local Canadian Cancer Society community office.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

Website: www.cancer.ca/daffodil

Twitter: @cancersocietybc

Facebook: CanadianCancerSocietyBCY

Hashtags: #DaffodilMonth #volunteer

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Contact Information

  • Alisa Cooper Gloag
    Manager, Media Relations and Communications
    Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division
    778-879-7459
    agloag@bc.cancer.ca