Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 9, 2004

Friesens plan to offer daffodils to remember Dorothy Jensen, others

By Cindy Zitzloff

It's never too early to start thinking about spring and that is exactly what Stephanie and Merle Friesen intend to do, but in their own special way.

The two will be teaming up with the American Cancer Society for the Daffodil Days cancer fundraiser.

The Friesens will be taking daffodil orders Feb. 6 to 13, for delivery the week of March 8-12.

The fundraiser will not only generate much-needed funds for research, education, advocacy and service, but will show cancer patients that the community really does care about them and is willing to take that extra step in helping find a cure for cancer, Stephanie Friesen said.

Stephanie was inspired to take part in the drive by the death of her neighbor and friend, Dorothy Jensen.

Merle and Stephanie became acquainted with the Jensens when they purchased a lot for their business, Cattail Corner. Jensen lost her battle with cancer this winter.

"Dorothy was such a wonderful, cheerful and happy person who loved yellow flowers," Stephanie said.

The Friesens want to honor both courageous cancer patients and survivors and strongly encourage people to participate.

The Friesens feel taking part in this event, will not only keep Dorothy's memory alive, but others who have lost their lives due to cancer, and also the ones currently fighting cancer.

Anyone interested in the fundraiser has the choice of either making a $15 donation, which will include a cobalt blue vase full of blooming daffodils that will be delivered to an anonymous cancer patient, or a donation of $7, in which the buyer receives 10 daffodils. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For more information or to place your order, call 320-543-3511 or stop at Cattail Corner at Highway 12.

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