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Thank You: Daffodil Days plaudits

April 07, 2001

The Imperial district of the American Cancer Society warmly thanks the people of the Imperial Valley for their overwhelming response to our recent Daffodil Days fund-raising event. Hundreds of volunteers sold, wrapped, routed and delivered daffodils throughout the county.

Many local cancer patients received the Gift of Hope daffodil bouquets during the American Cancer Society's 18th annual Daffodil Days campaign. Funds raised through the Gift of Hope donations allow the purchase of anonymously given bouquets of daffodils to be delivered to cancer patients at local medical facilities.

Daffodil chairpersons Sandra and Roy Austin of Brawley worked diligently to organize this tremendous enterprise. Imagine delivering 3,800 bouquets of flowers in just two days! We are deeply indebted to these individuals whose commitment and efforts are reflected in our outstanding success.

We were most privileged to have selected volunteers in several communities organizing the event with unfailing determination. They are Martha Hargrove, Bonnie Bellenfant and Marsha Cooley of Brawley; Bertha Myers of Calexico; Phyllis Corn of Calipatria; Retta Wilson and Dorothy Littrell of El Centro; Madeline Magin of Holtville; and Linda Shaner of Imperial. Jeannie West chaired our Gift of Hope program this year with great success.

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Our special thanks is extended to the official sponsors of the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days 2001 campaign. They are the Imperial Valley Press, Imperial Irrigation District, El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Alford Distributing Co. and First Imperial Credit Union.

Special thanks, too, must be given to Sahara Packing Co. and Super Shopping for providing cold storage for the flowers. Lewman's Floral prepared 42 spring and two corporate arrangements this year. This was an extraordinary undertaking and we are most grateful for their support.

We must add a note of thanks to M&M 4-H Club for their responsiveness by making Daffodil Days their community service project. Creative Settings and Imperial Printers were special Daffodil Days participants. Thank you.

Daffodils are the symbol of hope. On behalf of the cancer patients in Imperial Valley, we thank you for the hope you have provided by participating in this event.

This year the American Cancer Society estimates 465 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Imperial County. The money raised during the Daffodil Days campaign will support local cancer patient services like transportation to and from medical treatments and cancer education for early detection and prevention.

YVONNE MORDAH

President

Imperial Central Unit

JEFF PANTLE

President

Brawley Regional Unit

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