It’s not too late to join the fight against cancer here in Williams Lake this month.
April is Daffodil Month, when the Canadian Cancer Society invites people to donate to the cause of ending cancer and helping patients currently undergoing treatment.
In exchange for these donations in April, businesses throughout Williams Lake have been offering bright yellow daffodil pins.
These pins show those affected by and dealing with cancer that their community supports them in their ongoing fight.
The CCS is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the country and supports researchers at the University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the BC Cancer Agency, to name but a few.
It’s because of the research of these and other institutions that cancer survival rates have more than doubled over the last 30 years due to greater knowledge and improved treatments.
In recent years the CCS has spent over $103.5 million on a variety of areas including: $51.4 million on information services and programs, $48.9 million on research and $3.2 million on advocacy.
The CCS also takes an active role in raising public awareness about the effects of radon gas, candy flavoured tobacco products, vaping and insecticide use through providing well-researched intervention policies designed to influence local government and community actions.
The CCS also operates the Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 and www.cancer.ca where more information on the fight against cancer can be found at the public’s convenience.
They provide financial assistance to patients who need it, as well as peer support programs and a wig and breast prostheses bank for those undergoing treatment.
“Locally our unit office offers all of the above services plus the personal touch,” CCS volunteer Jennifer Bazan said.
“Drop in for coffee, to view our resources or to seek help.”
Indeed, this April the local CCS was proud to receive a shipment of eight new wigs for their wig bank available to anyone who needs one.
The local CCS office is centrally located in the Williams Lake Senior’s Activity Centre on 176 North 4th Ave open from 10:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and can be reached at is 250-392-3442.