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Daffodil Days help raise money for Cancer Society


A new season of hope has arrived in Allegheny County with the American Cancer Society's 2007 Annual Daffodil Days campaign from March 19 – 25.

Volunteers throughout the Pittsburgh area will distribute thousands of daffodils to homes, offices, hospitals, churches and synagogues. These are the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days, the event that has been bringing the first flower of spring, the flower of hope, to thousands of local residents for the past 34 years.

The goal for the 2007 campaign is to raise $420,000 throughout the Pittsburgh area, and a total of $1,131,000 throughout Western Pennsylvania.

“The community's support of Daffodil Days over the past 34 years has been tremendous,” said Amy Ross of Whitehall, chairperson for the 2007 Daffodil Days Campaign in Allegheny County.

Last year's Daffodil Days raised $385,000 in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The Greater Pittsburgh Unit of the American Cancer Society has been number one in the nation in daffodil sales for four years running. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy and service programs.

A bunch of ten daffodils can be purchased for a donation of $8. In addition, a specially chosen vase is available with a bunch of daffodils for a donation of $15. A case of daffodils (50 bunches) is $400. This year also marks the addition of “Hugh R. Hope”, the third in a series of special edition Boyds ä Bears created exclusively for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign. The bear can be ordered as part of the “Bear and a Bunch” for a donation of $25.

Finally, as a way of recognizing cancer patients as well as those in need in the community, Project Hope enables the American Cancer Society to deliver daffodils to local cancer patients, treatment centers and nursing homes throughout Allegheny County. The requested donation for Project Hope is $10 and includes an acknowledgement card recognizing the person who sent the gift.

Local sponsors for Daffodil Days include FedEx Ground, West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network, Quest Diagnostics, Dominion, UPMC Cancer Centers, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Wilke & Associates, McKesson, Marc USA, and School Wires. In addition.

Daffodils will be available for individual sale on Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Place, USX Tower, PPG Plaza Building 2 and Dominion Tower in Downtown, Pittsburgh, and Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, during various times at South Hills Village, Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall, Century III Mall and The Mall at Robinson.

Flowers can also be purchased by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-ACS-5445, or by stopping by the Society's headquarters at 320 Bilmar Drive in Kennedy Township, just off of Route 60. There is a $100 minimum order for deliveries.

The American Cancer Society also recognizes the month of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is preventable through screening. Contact the American Cancer Society for more details, and talk to your doctor to determine a course of action that is best for you.

All proceeds raised from the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign benefit the society's programs of cancer research, education and patient services. Donations help to support services such as transportation to outpatient appointments, school health programs, helping patients and families through support groups, and 24 hour access to cancer information via 1-800-ACS-2345 and

To order daffodils in Allegheny County as well as all of Southwestern Pennsylvania, call the American Cancer Society at 1-888-ACS-5445.


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