Ambassadors Whitney Shkuratoff

Buy a bright symbol to combat a dark disease

Nakusp Ambassadors have been knocking on doors, drumming up support for the Canadian Cancer Society’s national daffodil campaign.

Nakusp Ambassadors have been knocking on doors, drumming up support for the Canadian Cancer Society’s national daffodil campaign by taking orders for the flowers. The Village of Nakusp Council is doing its part, and has declared April as Daffodil Month and April 27 as Daffodil Day.

“We’ve all been touched by cancer. In fact, two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die,” said Gail Ponto, Canadian Cancer Society spokesperson.

Mayor Karen Hamling and the Ambassadors join Elsa Kennelly, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer and cancer survivor in the campaign. Kennelly has been giving her time to the Society for 15 years, and spreading awareness of the services it offers.

The Society is asking all Canadians to join the fight and wear the daffodil pin, a bright and hopeful symbol of support for those affected by cancer and a remembrance of those lost to the disease. On Daffodil Day, April 27, the Society is encouraging people to mark the day by doing something special living with cancer or to contribute in some way to fight against the disease.

Daffodils will be for sale at the Overwaitea as part of the fund raising effort. Ten stems of the lively flowers are being sold for $5. The funds raised will go toward support services for people living with the disease and their friends and family.

If you’re interested in more information, contact Rhonda Palmer, the program coordinator, at 250-265-3779.

A mobile screening mammography service is also coming to the Arrow Lakes Hospital May 1-3. Women are encouraged to call 1-800-663-9203 to book an appointment. No doctor’s referral is needed for women 40-79.