Daffodil Days fundraiser starts this month
For over 30 years, the American Cancer Society has sold daffodils to raise funds for research projects and outreach programs nationwide. The daffodil is the first flower of spring, a symbol of hope, renewal, and, for the Cancer Society, the promise that one day the world will be free of cancer.
The society is the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer. In West Virginia, one of the current grants funds ovarian cancer research at the West Virginia University Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology.
Since their research program began in 1946, the Cancer Society has devoted $3.1 billion to cancer research. In addition, the group provides support programs and services such as the Cancer Survivor's Network, Man to Man and Look Good ... Feel Better.
More information on Cancer Society programs may be found at their web site.
Each summer, the Relay For Life encourages local businesses and private organizations to participate in a two-day event, raising awareness and much needed funds to fight all types of cancer.
The daffodils may be purchased in several ways. A pot containing bulbs for planting or a bunch of 10 cut flowers to be placed in a vase are available. And, again this year, a Boyd's Teddy Bear may be purchased with either a pot or bunch of daffodils.
Participation in Daffodil Days supports the American Cancer Society's lifesaving research, prevention, early detection and support programs.
Volunteers of the Morgan County American Cancer Society will be selling daffodils through February. The flowers and the teddy bears will be delivered in the second week of March.
To place an order or for price information, contact David Abner at 304-258-7817 or Barbara Bailey at 304-258-5084.