January 25 Marked Public Launch of 2013 Annual Daffodil Days Campaign

Topsham, ME – The American Cancer Society is celebrating the hope of spring today with a public launch of its annual Daffodil Days fundraising campaign.  Today commences as the official period for daffodil order-taking, awareness of daffodil products available this year, promotion of the www.cancer/daffodils interactive website, volunteer recruitment and delivery of the blossoms in time for spring.

“We are excited by the hope and spirit that Daffodil Days bring to those who have supported the campaign year after year,” says Allan Rowe, VP of Development for the American Cancer Society.  “This year, we are working toward expanding that reach into each New England community, alerting them of the opportunities to get involved and how even a $10 dollar donation can make a tremendous difference for neighbors and friends faced with a cancer diagnosis this year,” he added.

Daffodil Days offers a bouquet of products: 

-For a $10 gift, donors receive a bouquet of ten fresh daffodil blossoms. 

-Three mini-daffodil bulbs in a soil filled pot are available for a $15 donation.  

-A bouquet of ten daffodils and a Boyd’s collectible stuffed bear for a $25 donation.

- Gift of Hope: daffodils are delivered anonymously to a cancer patient undergoing treatment for a $25 donation and up.

-Bear Hugs for Hope: special edition, collectible bear is delivered anonymously to a child impacted by cancer. $25

Flower and product orders can be placed now through March 1 by calling the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or making an online donation to a coordinator you know at www.cancer.org/daffodils.

Delivery occurs the week before spring, beginning March 19.

According to the Society, this longstanding program, which historically coincides with the coming of spring, is expected to raise $100,000 in Maine to support the fight against cancer.

For more than 35 years, the American Cancer Society has, through its Daffodil Days program, been sharing hope for a world with less cancer and more birthdays by really helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer.  Although Daffodil Days involves offering daffodils to donors every spring in appreciation for their contributions, it is about more than just giving beautiful flowers; it is an opportunity to share hope for a world free of cancer.

Volunteer opportunities abound -- from school children to corporate CEOs – to assist in taking daffodil orders, sorting and packing the bouquets for order fulfillment and/or delivering daffodils in your community during the week of March 18.  Supporting Daffodil Days as a volunteer or a donor provides the knowledge that you are helping fight cancer, and what a poignant thought that is as we welcome spring.

Dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the Society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism, while it provides day-to-day help, emotional support, and 24-hour information to help ease the cancer experience. Additionally, daffodil contributions provide the Society with much-needed dollars to fund groundbreaking cancer research, educate people about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection and advocate for meaningful public health policies that benefit the community.

For more information about Daffodil Days, to request flowers, or to get involved with the program, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or www.cancer.org/daffodils

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.