April is Daffodil Month, when Canadians traditionally rally together to support and remember those affected by cancer.
But this year the far reaching COVID-19 health crisis is impacting people across Canada and around the world, and with more than one million Canadians living with – and beyond – cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society wants to support them and minimize today’s stress and uncertainty that adds to the burden of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
To honour social distancing measures, for the first time ever Canadian Cancer Society has suspended all face-to-face fundraising activities across the country until the end of the summer, asking nearly 30,000 people who would typically be involved in fundraising this month and in the coming months to stay home.
GREAT RIDE N STRIDE
In Oxford County, this includes the postponement of the Daffodil Campaign and daffodil pin sales; the annual door-to-door campaign; three Great Ride ‘n’ Stride events, including the April Ride n Stride in Tillsonburg which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year; as well as Relay For Life, resulting in a significant estimated drop in donations during a time when over $407,000 was planned to be raised to support Canadians affected by cancer.