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Daffodil Days now taking place in Delano
Feb. 7, 2011

Program honors Sandy Althoff locally

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – The American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days program is now taking place.

As one of the society’s oldest and most beloved fund raising programs, Daffodil Days provides everyone with the opportunity to join the fight against cancer by raising funds and sharing hope for a future where the disease no longer threatens those we love, according to local organizer Jeanie Pilarski.

Everyone from school children to corporate CEOs are encouraged to sell and/or purchase beautiful daffodils to help defeat cancer and bring a touch of spring to the community.

“I have called the Delano campaign Daffodils for Sandy,” Pilarski said. “Sandy Althoff was the representative for Daffodil Days for many years in the Delano area. She always came to local businesses and asked with her cheerful smile if you would like to purchase some daffodils. Sandy fought her own battle with cancer courageously. I would like to see the campaign continue for Sandy and also to win the fight to find the cures.”

Contact Pilarski at (763) 972-3360 or email Jeaniediva@msn.com, if you would like to place an order.

“Let’s celebrate spring and help save lives by painting our community yellow with daffodils from the American Cancer Society,” Pilarski added. “Proceeds from Daffodil Days will support the society’s life-saving cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.”

Cancer information and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org, she added.

“Please support the fight against cancer by ordering your daffodils,” she said. The deadline for ordering is Friday, Feb. 11. Daffodils will be delivered the first week in March.

Daffodil Days in your community

Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society’s oldest and most beloved fundraising programs.

As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents hope and renewal.

To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil symbolizes the hope we all share for a world with less cancer and more birthdays — where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.

The Daffodil Days program involves offering daffodils every spring to donors in appreciation of their contributions, but it is about more than just giving beautiful flowers — it is everyone’s chance to share hope for a future where cancer no longer threatens those we love.

By giving daffodils to friends, family members, local businesspeople, and even cancer patients, you are really giving hope by helping the Society save lives from cancer.

For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate another birthday this year.

Together with supporters like you, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by:

• Helping you stay well by taking steps to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it is most treatable.

We offer tips, tools, and online resources to help you live a healthy lifestyle to reduce your cancer risk, and we help you understand which cancer screenings are right for you.

• Helping you get well by guiding you through every step of a cancer experience.

We provide information to help you and your loved ones make decisions about care, help you find moral support from others who have faced cancer, and offer free services like transportation to and from cancer treatment or a free place to stay while receiving treatment far from home.

• Finding cures by funding and conducting groundbreaking research into cancer’s causes, cures, and treatments.

As the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United States, having spent more than $3.4 billion on cancer research since 1946, we’ve played a role in nearly every major cancer breakthrough in recent history.

• Fighting back by working with lawmakers everywhere to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities around the globe to join our fight.

If you or someone you love is facing cancer, or for more information, call 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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