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Daffodil Dan volunteers to make a difference

(NC) Volunteering your time to help a local charity can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Just ask Daffodil Dan Baxter.

Dan Baxter calls himself a natural salesman. Putting away his walker, the 51 year old stands outside a hardware store for a few hours at a time and stops every shopper coming through the door. “It takes three seconds to ask, 'Have you got your daffodil pin yet?'” explained Dan. “If you don't ask, you don't get.”

For the past three years, Dan has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society every April, selling their easily recognizable yellow daffodil pins, and he has loved every minute of it. The money that Dan and other volunteers throughout Ontario raise during Daffodil Month helps to fund cancer research and support services for patients and their families.

Dan, who contributes up to 25 hours of his time as a volunteer every April, has experienced first-hand the difference that fundraising can make. A cancer survivor himself who battled his way back from a leukemia diagnosis in 2008, he knows the struggle that many experience as they go through the various stages from diagnosis to treatment.

After first undergoing chemotherapy, Dan was referred for a stem cell transplant in Toronto, some 1,400 km away from his home in Northern Ontario. But as the former locksmith had been on disability pension since his diagnosis, he got help from the Canadian Cancer Society to do the necessary paperwork, as well as arrange his flights, accommodation and even his transportation to and from the airport.

His enthusiastic volunteer work in selling daffodil pins is his way of saying “thank you” – and it earned him the nickname Daffodil Dan. “I want to do what I can so that others can be helped in the same way that I was,” said Dan. “I'm out here to raise as much money as I can.”

April is Daffodil Month and the Society is looking for volunteers to dedicate just two hours of their time to sell daffodil pins. Chances are you know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. Volunteer this April and support Canadians living with cancer. Visit to sign up today.

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