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Daffodil Days are in full bloom

DETROIT LAKES - Spring is coming early this year -- and so is the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days. Becker County residents have until Monday, Feb. 11, to place their orders for daffodils.

"With Daffodil Days, the hope goes beyond the symbol of the flowers. You know that with every bouquet you order, you're making an actual difference in the lives of real people fighting cancer," according to Dorothy Poffenberger, Becker County Daffodil Days volunteer.

"The Gift of Hope is so special for that reason. Compassionate individuals and companies are not only cheering on these courageous cancer patients; they're saying that their community is behind them, that we're funding research that may someday find a cure."

Ordering daffodils for friends, customers and employees can brighten their days, desks or dinner tables, and the proceeds help fund the American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

Services and programs in Becker County include Look Good...Feel Better, At Home (durable medical equipment), Reach to Recovery, and of course access to support through the Cancer Resource Network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Make a minimum $8 donation to the American Cancer Society to receive a bunch of approximately 10 daffodils. For a $15 donation, the Gift of Hope bouquet is delivered anonymously to local cancer patients who are receiving treatment at medical centers and facilities in the community.

This year also features Bea R. Hope, a special Boyds Bear designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch that can be ordered for a donation of $25.

The new product this year is "Dainty Daffodils," which are miniature daffodils in a container, perfect for display on your desk or tabletop. These daffodils can be enjoyed now and later for a donation of $12. Easter is March 23, so save some of your daffodils to use for your Easter decorating.

Only pre-ordered daffodils will be available this year. There will not be additional daffodils for purchase at onsite locations.

Our volunteers are covering Becker County worksites. If you do not have access to a participating worksite, and would like to order online, orders are now being taken by contacting Susan Raftevold at A link will be emailed to you where you can place your order with a credit card, and your order can be picked up at Central Market on March 11.

Other pre-ordered daffodils will be distributed during the week of March 10. If your business would like to participate in Daffodil Days, contact the American Cancer Society at 847-4725.

Sponsors for the American Cancer Society's 2008 Daffodil Days will be listed on the care cards which are distributed with each bunch of daffodils purchased. The American Cancer Society wants to thank sponsors who donate $50 for each case of daffodils.

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. As a nationwide organization, the American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease, when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Daffodil Days are providing hope to people in Becker County. For cancer information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.