The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days are soon to be underway. This year bunches of bright yellow blooms will be available for purchase at various Crookston locations the week of March 10-16. Not only does each $10 bunch of daffodils bring a bit of spring into your home or office, it helps the American Cancer Society (ACS) save lives by "helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back."
On-site daffodil sales will be conducted at the following locations:
• Various local churches: Sun., March 10, following morning services
• RiverView Gift Shop: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Willow & Ivy: Monday through Friday, during store hours
• M&H Gas Station: Tues., March 12, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Villa St. Vincent: Thursday, March 14, during day hours
• Crookston Hugo's: Fri.,, March 15 and Sat., March 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Knight's of Columbus Fish Fry, Cathedral: Fri., March 15, 5-6:30 p.m.
Coming as a bit of a surprise, this will be the final year for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days fundraiser. While daffodils are popular in parts of the country with cold winter weather, they are proving to be a less successful fundraising opportunity in warmer climates. Tina Starkey, a community relations specialist for the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society has asked that "supporters focus their much appreciated efforts on the Relay for Life, as it is also a ACS sponsored event."
New to the Crookston Daffodil Campaign is the selection of an ACS honoree. Daffodil Days committee chairs Judy Dragseth and Loralee Taylor, along with other volunteers, selected Evonne Wold, a breast cancer survior, wife, mother and employee of Eickhof Columbaria, Inc.
Wold was diagnosed in October 2011, received daily treatment throughout the winter of 2011-2012 and is now cancer free. She composed a letter about her experiences saying, in part:
"Cancer impacts people every day in every community. It's a rare person who doesn't know someone who has had cancer or has personally been affected by cancer. The statistics state that one out of three women will have cancer in their lifetime. I didn't give it much thought as my family has been affected more by heart attacks and stroke. But, my world changed in October 2011 after I scheduled my appointment during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"After confirmation in early November that I had cancer, the next step was to tell my children, which I found to be the most difficult. This is where I once again came to rely on the "Three F's" - Faith, Family and Friends."
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Wold's letter concluded with these words, "Daffodils are the symbol of hope. As one of the first flowers of spring, they represent the hope we all share for a future where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease."
The American Cancer Society offers a toll free number for 24/7 cancer support (1-800-ACS-2345) and encourages anyone facing this serious illness to call at anytime.