Daffodils sales successful for American Cancer Society

Daffodils sales successful for American Cancer Society Daffodils signal a beginning of spring, bringing hope that a cure for cancer will be found soon. During the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days 2004 campaign, March 8-12, nearly 340,000 bunches were purchased and 15,200 cancer patients received anonymous "Gifts of Hope" bouquets in the Midwest Division (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) of the American Cancer Society raising over $2.3 million.

Although the bright yellow flowers have all been distributed, the flower of hope can still be delivered � through cyberspace. Log on to www.cancer.org/daffodils to order a "Virtual Daffodil." Select and send bright daffodil e-cards to honor and remember special people and occasions, simply by making a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Funds raised through the Daffodil Days will help eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

More than 700 American Cancer Society funded scientists across the nation are studying possible cures for cancer, identifying the causes of cancer, discovering ways to reduce one's risk of cancer and searching for new and better treatments, as well as improved detection methods.

Throughout the state, volunteers have come together to identify the burden of cancer in their community.

Known as American Cancer Society Community Action Teams, these volunteers have developed strategic plans to decrease cancer incidence and mortality rates through educating the public on the importance of scheduling age-appropriate cancer screenings and ways to reduce cancer risk through eating right, exercising and avoiding tobacco.

In South Dakota, volunteers helped the American Cancer Society accomplish several legislative initiatives this past session.

Volunteers helped secure increased funding for the state tobacco prevention program, added inpatient hospice programs to the state's drug redistribution program, defeated attempts to weaken South Dakota's clean indoor air law, supported the establishment of a "Do Not Resuscitate" protocol for first responder emergency personnel and supported increased funding for research in the state.

An American Cancer Society Navigator, at 1.800.ACS.2345, can connect those currently battling cancer to information, resources, wigs, prostheses, local support groups, medical equipment and much more.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. With national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society is active in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers.

across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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