Cancer Society hopes to raise €3.5m through Daffodil Day

Eilish O’Regan Health Correspondent

Published 08/02/2013|12:33

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A cancer charity is hoping that flower power will raise €3.5m next month to ease the worries and anxieties of patients diagnosed with the disease.

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The Irish Cancer Society today launched its national Daffodil Day appeal which will take place on Friday March 22 ,allowing it to fund a free confidential service for patients.

Last year 200,000 people were helped by the organisation’s information service and it has now expanded into hospitals to make it easier for people to access.

Kay O’ Leary, who lives in the United States, told how she called the Daffodil Centre last March after her mother was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer in Galway University Hospital.

“I spoke with the nurse there, Olive, and she listened and understood how important it was that my mother was looked after. She promised to visit Mam and email me the following day.

 “ She did, I was so pleased when Olive told me that she had taken Mam for a coffee, and discussed her options with her. My mother bonded instantly with Olive. Mam commenced treatment in June,

" Olive reinforced how well she was coping. She also explained side effects and useful coping mechanisms for these. I sincerely appreciate Olive, her visits and advice to my mother were as important as those welcome emails to me.

“ It has been a long arduous journey for my mother but thank god she is healthy again. During those sad days it was so good to have Olive at the Daffodil Centre. She is forever appreciated by my entire family.” 

People can help in the following ways:

- Volunteer on Daffodil Day, Callsave 1850 60 60 60

- Organise a Daffodil Day event in your community or workplace

- Buy a daffodil or Daffodil Day merchandise on Daffodil Day or in our online shop www.cancer.ie

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