Day 66: New Zealand Cancer Society

Today is a sad day for my family as we lost a family member to pancreatic cancer this morning. It was sudden and swift and heart wrenching. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of cancers as it is difficult to diagnose and usually not found until it has metastasized.

The New Zealand Cancer Society is NZ’s equivalent to the American Cancer Society. It is dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand. They have a yearly fundraiser called Daffodil Day that just took place a few weeks ago. During the fundraiser, people are given a daffodil pin for their lapel if they donate — Auckland was a sea of yellow daffodils for the day.

During Daffodil day, I joined my colleagues and stood on a corner with a yellow Cancer Society vest and a basket of daffodils collecting donations. It was a sad but beautiful experience – beautiful because passerby after passerby stopped and put money in the bucket without being asked – coins, bills, whatever they could manage. And sad because I knew that many of them were doing it because they had been touched by cancer in some way.

I don’t have any daffodils to share anymore, but Daffodil Day is still taking donations:

http://www.daffodilday.org.nz/

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