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Help fight cancer by buying daffodils

While spring may still feel weeks away, the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign is in full swing. Scores of dedicated volunteers have been hard at work for months planning the annual campaign.

While spring may still feel weeks away, the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign is in full swing. Scores of dedicated volunteers have been hard at work for months planning the annual campaign.

Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society's oldest and most beloved fundraising programs that celebrate the Society's mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease. Since 1973, Daffodil Days has empowered people - everyone from school children to corporate CEOs - to make a difference in the fight against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease.

Although Daffodil Days involves offering daffodils every spring to donors in appreciation for their contributions, it is about more than just giving and receiving beautiful flowers - it is everyone's opportunity to share hope for a world free of cancer. By giving daffodils to friends, family members and even cancer patients, donors are really giving hope by enabling the Society to offer free information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to improve the lives of people fighting cancer.

The American Cancer Society is introducing a new program for its 2009 Daffodils Days campaign. Bear Hugs for Hope will send comfort to a child or adult experiencing cancer. For a minimum $25 donation, the American Cancer Society will make a special delivery of the 2009 BoydsTM Bear, Carrie N. Hope, to those going through cancer treatments at your local cancer centers and hospitals. For a minimum $10 donation to the American Caner Society, you will receive a bunch of approximately 10 daffodils. This year also marks the addition of Carrie N. Hope, a special BoydsTM Bear designed exclusively for American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Bear and a BunchTM that can be ordered for a donation of $25.

Another new and exciting spring gift idea is the Dainty Daffodils. For just $15, it's a meaningful way to thank those special clients, customers, employees or vendors, or decorate an office, lobby or church. These potted, mini daffodils feature a lovely potted daffodil that can be enjoyed now and later. What a great way to show support for cancer patients and their loved ones for years to come.

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Carlton County residents will have the opportunity to pre-order daffodils through Feb. 13 by contacting Holly Peterson at 218-879-1549 for Carlton and Cloquet OR Janet Larson in the Moose Lake area at 218-391-6573. Daffodil Days is set for March 10-13 this year, so make sure to "send spring early."

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