Canvassers with the Campbell River chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society will be out in force this month to collect money for cancer research and fund local services. April is Cancer Month and the Daffodil Campaign is the annual funding drive.

Cancer canvassers hit the bricks

You may be seeing daffodil pins all over Campbell River

You may be seeing daffodil pins all over Campbell River.

During the month of April every year, the Canadian Cancer Society holds their Daffodil Campaign. This is in recognition and support of people dealing with cancer, and to show them that they are not alone. Unfortunately, too many of us know someone who has cancer, has had cancer,  or has succumbed to this awful disease.

Events will be happening all month. From April 1-30, volunteers will be canvassing your neighborhood for donations. These donations are used for cancer research and the many support programs available right here in Campbell River and on the Island. They also have daffodil pin boxes in various businesses in Campbell River. There will be two Tag Days, one on April 18 and one on April 25 at various locations throughout the city. Cancer Society volunteers will be easily identified. They will be wearing a blue lanyard with their name badge.

Also, the Canadian Cancer Society, in partnership with the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, will be having a Cancer Prevention Breakfast. This is on Friday April 24 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Center. There will be one MD, four resident doctors, a dietician and an exercise specialist. This is a free event, and there will be a healthy, nutritious breakfast provided. Come and learn more about ways to reduce your risk of cancer, and how to lead a healthier lifestyle through a healthy diet and exercise. Register in advance by picking tickets up at the Rec Complex, or phone Debra Wilson at 250-287-9234 ext #236.

The local Unit office of the Canadian Cancer Society is located at 1423B-16th Avenue and the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday (11-1 July/Aug). They have a ‘wig room’ where people undergoing chemotherapy can borrow wigs, scarves, hats and prosthesis. They also provide rides for cancer patients to their cancer related appointments, whether it’s in town, or down to Victoria. There is also a Lodge in Victoria patients can stay at while undergoing radiation.

For more information on our local services, call 250-286-1955. New volunteers are always needed and appreciated!