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"Daffodil Days" to help fight cancer

January 18, 2013
Traer Star-Clipper

Giving daffodils can save lives. One of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil is the symbol of hope. Celebrating "Daffodil Days" is about much more than sharing beautiful flowers. It is about creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays - where cancer never steals another year from anyone else's life.

In the United States, about one in every two men and one in every three women will develop cancer. More than 17,000 people in Iowa will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. That is more than 46 people every day hearing the words "You have cancer."

Participation in the American Cancer Society's "Daffodil Days" supports the fight against cancer, helping people stay well with early detection; helping people get well with around-the-clock guidance thru their cancer experience; finding cures through funding and conducting ground-breaking research into cancer's causes and cures; fighting back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer; and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatended by every cancer in every community. Thanks to this work, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year.

You can participate in "Daffodil Days" by making a donation to receive beautiful daffodils or share them with someone special. The 2013 volunteer coordinators in Tama County are: Judy Holst, Traer at 319-478-2729 or 319-239-1968; Beulah Upah, Tama-Toledo at 641-484-4700; Kay Lowery, Gladbrook at 641-473-2625; Deb Oliver, Dysart at 319-476-3031; Deb Kupka, Vining at 319-231-3124; and Marcella Caslavka, Clutier at 319-479-2714.

Daffodils will arrive the week of March 11-15, weather permitting.



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