Every three minutes, another Canadian will be told “You have cancer.”
Last year in B.C. alone, 23,700 people heard those words and another 9,700 lost their fight.
This is why the Canadian Cancer Society is asking everyone to buy a daffodil pin and wear it during the month of April – Daffodil Month. The pin is a symbol of support and encouragement for those living with cancer.
For Brenda Matthews, the daffodil pin took on personal meaning after her sister Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram.
“When my mother called me and said that Bev was diagnosed, it hit so hard I went numb. I just went ‘no, that doesn’t happen to our family,'” said Matthews.
Matthews looked for ways to support her sister, even shaving her head to show Bev that she wasn’t alone.
Matthews’ sister turned to the Canadian Cancer Society for support services and information during her cancer fight. She says they were an invaluable part of her journey. Matthews’ admits that prior to her sister’s diagnosis she didn’t know much about the Society, except that the organization funded life-saving research.
“What I learned through my family’s experience is that the Canadian Cancer Society provides a wide range of support services, including reliable information for patients, transportation to cancer treatments and the opportunity to talk to a cancer survivor,” said Matthews.
Matthews will wear her pin this April in honour of her sister, who is now a cancer survivor. She encourages others to do the same in order to show support to those who are fighting cancer and remember those who have lost the fight.
“The daffodil symbolizes hope and the belief that cancer can be beaten,” added Matthews. “This is something we have to do; we have to show support by wearing this pin and donating to save lives, bring hope and move us even closer to better treatments and more cures.”
Today, more than 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis, thanks in large part to Society-funded cancer research. In the 1940s, survival was about 25 per cent.
Find out more about Daffodil Month, and where to get a pin, by visiting cancer.ca or join the conversation online #mydaffodil.
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