Daffodil Days — a sign of solidarity

June Santee buys a bunch of daffodils from Shari Hansen to show her support for people diagnosed with cancer. Daffodil Days will run through April with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.


The numbers are astonishing — this week more than 3,300 Canadians will be told they have cancer.

Daffodil Days took place March 31 to April 1 and on March 30 residents of Ponoka met at Sunrise Village and bought bunches of daffodils to show their solidarity in the fight against cancer.

Irene Rausch has seen first-hand the devastation cancer can have on our lives. Rausch’s son-in-law, Peter Maas, died at the age of 44 from cancer and left behind his wife, Darlene and five children.

“I don’t think there is a family who hasn’t been touched by cancer. It’s such a dreadful disease,” said Rausch. “That’s why it’s so important to show your support.”

Rausch admitted the disease took its toll on the people closest to Peter but that family and friends rallied to support each other through the process.

Lily month is the first fundraiser of the year for the cancer society said Nancy Kumm, co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society.

“We offer support and information for people who have been affected by cancer. The money helps go towards funding our help line, where people can call and receive support as well as our wig program in Red Deer,” said Kumm. “Everyone is touched by it and that’s why we see so much support in the fight against it.”

The number of people diagnosed with cancer is staggering but the Canadian Cancer Society believes they can make a difference and reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer and those who are taken by the disease.

Kumm is asking everyone to wear the Canadian Cancer Society’s new daffodil pin for the month of April and make a donation that will help those living with the disease.

For more information on Daffodil Days or to volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, please visit www.cancer.ca

Just Posted

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

ELECTION DAY: Lacombe-Ponoka heads to the polls

Voters came out to the Lacombe Memorial Centre to pick the next MLA of Lacombe-Ponoka

‘Open for business:’ Jason Kenney’s UCP wins majority in Alberta election

The UCP was leading or elected in 63 of 87 seats Tuesday night

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans how to be ‘egg-stra’ safe this Easter

Put away phone while driving, plan for a designated driver

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22

Precautionary evacuation for Red Deer, Alta., residents due to industrial fire

City officials are advising people to close windows and doors and to turn off air intakes into homes

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

Most Read