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The gift inspires a loved one to volunteer

(NC) Paul Newcombe felt he had been given a tremendous gift after being told that his wife Coleen had beaten breast cancer and was cancer free.

During one of his wife's treatments at their local hospital, he noticed a box of bright yellow daffodil pins that had been placed there as a fundraising effort by the Canadian Cancer Society. Wanting to know more, Paul called them as soon as he returned home.

After learning the daffodil pins were available for a donation and represented a symbol of hope and of fighting back against cancer, Paul asked if he could take 12 boxes of pins to distribute among local businesses around town. That same day, he not only placed the 12 boxes of pins in one hour, but he also went back to pick up even more boxes. During those first two days of Paul becoming a volunteer, he placed approximately 40-50 boxes of daffodil pins.

“Volunteering during Daffodil Month is an incredibly rewarding experience, whether you have been touched by cancer or not,” said Paul. “It brings out the best in people and creates a great sense of community, knowing we can all fight back against cancer together.”

Daffodil Month, held every April, is a national fundraising campaign of the Canadian Cancer Society. During the month, volunteers sell daffodil pins and are involved with numerous other activities to raise vital funds and cancer awareness. Funds raised throughout the month help the Society prevent cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer, empower, inform and support those living with cancer, and advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians.

Paul has recruited even more volunteers for this year's Daffodil Month and they have already put together a plan to divide up their city in order to distribute the daffodil pin boxes. “Through this experience, I have gained a great appreciation for what the Society does - their work, the money they raise and the research they fund - it is just truly wonderful what they do,” said Paul.

You too can volunteer this April and support Canadians living with cancer. Visit cancer.ca to sign up today. 

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