Daffodil - A World Wide Symbol of Hope
Daffodil Hope Around the World
In 1957, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, Fran Shannon from Toronto decided to sell daffodils as a way to raise funds. 5,000 daffodils were flew in from an anonymous donor in Victoria, British Columbia. This was the beginning of what would become a worldwide symbol of hope for those dealing with the horrendous disease of cancer. Daffodil Day is April 27, 2013 this year with the whole month of April dedicated to the sale of daffodils and the effort to raise money in the the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society has raised more than $240 million over the last 14 years from Daffodil Days in a life giving mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease.
The Australian Cancer Counsel chose the daffodil as a symbol of hope for all those affected by cancer because of its reputation as a hardy annual flower. The daffodil pushes its way through the frozen earth after a long winter to herald the return of spring, new life, vitality and growth. As one of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.
The Irish Cancer Society celebrates its 26th year of the daffodil campaign for the fight against cancer. In 2011, Dell came on board as a primary sponsor and funds raised from this campaign provide free nationwide patient care services.
The Great Daffodil Appeal, set up in the United Kingdom and Ireland, by the Marie Curie Cancer Care Center also uses the daffodil to raise funds. They believe your final moments should mean as much as your first. The funds raised allow terminally ill people and their families make the most of the time they have together - when every moment really matters.
Fight Against Cancer - Daffodil Links
- Marie Curie Cancer Care - Blooming Great Tea Party
An annual event to raise money!
- Cancer Council Australia - Sign the World Cancer Declaration
Cancer Council Australia is joining cancer organisations around the world to call on leaders to commit to reducing the cancer burden.
- Daffodil Festivals Gardens and Fields 2013
Daffodil festivals, botanical gardens and daffodil parks, wild fields covered with golden blossoms - there are many places to enjoy the arrival of the daffodils and the heralding of spring.
Cancer Information Links
- Irish Cancer Society - Cancer Information
We provide the most up to date information about cancer, including cancer types, tests, screening, and treating cancer.
- Marie Curie Cancer Care - Resources for patients, carers and families
Marie Curie Cancer Care has developed a variety of resources for patients, carers and families of people with cancer and other terminal illnesses.
- American Cancer Society - Learn About Cancer
Find information and resources for a specific cancer type; breast, colon, lung, prostate, skin and more.
- Cancer Council Australia - Preventing cancer
Do you want to prevent cancer? One in three cancers can be prevented with a cancer smart lifestyle. Get tips and advice on preventing cancer.
Cancer Survivor Stories
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America
See the personal stories of several people who fought cancer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Learn about their experiences as cancer patients at our hospitals.
- National Children's Cancer Society
Meet some of the kids NCCS has helped throughout the years. View their pictures and read their stories. We're sure they will inspire you - just as they inspire us each and every day!
- Cancer survivor, peer support, cancer treatment stories, cancer stories
Read stories of cancer patients on MyLifeLine.org, stories from cancer survivors and cancer fighters. Find inspiration from other cancer survivors.
How to Make an Origami Daffodil
A Poem About Daffodils
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.