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Posted on February 2, 2012

Cal U again will participate in one of the American Cancer Society’s oldest and most beloved fundraising programs, Daffodil Days.

As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents hope and renewal. To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil symbolizes the hope for a rapid cure.

Last year, Washington County raised $108,000 through the Daffodil Days campaign. This year’s goal is $112,500.

American Cancer Society supporters can order a bunch of 10 cut daffodils for $10; a pot of mini-daffodils for $12; a vase with daffodils for $15; or the “Shar N. Hope” collectible Boyd’s Bear with daffodils for $25. Daffodil yellow or chocolate lollipops are available for $1 each.

In addition, donors can make anonymous gifts through two initiatives: for $25, Project Care will send a bear with daffodils to a child; or for $10, Gift of Hope will send a bunch of daffodils to a treatment facility. The American Cancer Society also accepts general contributions to support its mission.

Order forms were distributed on campus Feb. 8. Additional copies are available at University Printing Services in Azorsky Hall, Room 103.

Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. Orders are due by Feb. 24; send them to campus coordinator Julie Kingsley, of Printing Services, at Box 111.

Flowers will be ready for pickup after noon on March 21 in the Azorsky Hall lunchroom, or you can ask to have them delivered to an office.

On March 22, the student group STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) will be selling individual daffodils during the common hour at the Natali Student Center. STAND also will help to deliver flowers on March 21.

An Employee Dress Down Day will take place on March 23 for faculty and staff members who make a $5 donation to Daffodil Days.

In the past 14 years, Daffodil Days has raised more than $240 million in gross revenue to support the work of the American Cancer Society.

For more information, e-mail or call 724-938-5518.