April is Daffodil Month, a time when Canadians unite to show their support for people living with cancer and to remember those they lost to the disease.
Daffodil pins are also available at all Murphy’s Pharmacies, Credit Unions and P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission outlets across the Island.
Wearing the Canadian Cancer Society daffodil pin throughout the month of April is a visible way to show people living with cancer, including their families and caregivers, that they are not alone in their battle.
Also in April, volunteers with the society will be collecting donations during the annual door-to-door campaign.
“Every day we extend support to Islanders who are living with cancer. We also conduct leading-edge research and strive to prevent cancer and advocate for changes that will improve the health of all residents,” said Lori Barker, executive director of the P.E.I. division, in assuring Islanders that their donation will make a direct impact in the fight against cancer.
This past year, the Canadian Cancer Society worked with hundreds of Islanders battling addictions to tobacco through the Smokers’ Helpline service. The P.E.I. division also spearheaded campaigns that prompted many Islanders to get screened for colon, breast and cervical cancers.
Several hundred people on P.E.I. took advantage of the Cancer Information Service line that answers questions people have about cancer.
“I called the line myself just last month because a close family member was diagnosed with cancer and others were turning to me for answers,” says Barker. “Cancer is complex and I didn’t have the answers, but the trained professional I spoke with was extremely helpful and compassionate, and was a significant help to me and my family.”