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Volunteering becomes a yearly family affair

(NC) Over the years Marietta Carriere's life has been touched by cancer in two very important ways.

First, her 18 month old niece Stephanie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. To make matters much worse, two years into young Stephanie's chemotherapy treatments, Marietta's sister Patricia received a diagnosis of cervical cancer.

The long road to recovery was not an easy one, but both Stephanie and Patricia were eventually declared cancer free. After both Marietta's family members had been diagnosed with cancer, she found herself feeling like she was unable to help her family. Having sourced information from cancer.ca, the Canadian Cancer Society's website, she contacted them and asked if there were any opportunities for her to volunteer and make a difference. “They told me there was a need for Daffodil Month volunteers and I have been one ever since,” said Marietta. “It is a great way to fight back against cancer.”

After Marietta became a Daffodil Month volunteer, her family decided to join her in selling daffodil pins at the local mall. Every April, she teams up with her husband and two kids; her sister Patricia and her son Julian; and of course her niece Stephanie, who is now a healthy and vibrant 14 year old teenager. “There is satisfaction in helping others and knowing that you are making a contribution to a great cause,” stated Marietta. “Volunteering during Daffodil Month has become one of my family's most rewarding yearly rituals.”

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.

Join the Carriere family and volunteer this April in support of Canadians living with cancer. Visit cancer.ca to sign up today. 

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