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Thank You: Cancer Society Daffodil Days thanks

April 30, 2002

The Imperial District of the American Cancer Society warmly thanks the people of the Imperial Valley communities for their continued support of our Daffodil Days fund-raising event. Hundreds of volunteers sold, wrapped, routed and delivered daffodils throughout the county on March 18 and 19. A total of $46,000 was raised during Daffodil Days, which will be used to support research and locally to fund education and service programs throughout Imperial County.

Many local cancer patients received the Gift of Hope daffodil bouquets during the American Cancer Society's 19th 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.

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We were most privileged to have selected volunteers in several communities organizing the event with unfailing determination. They are Marsha Cooley of Brawley; Bertha Myers of Calexico; Phyllis Corn of Calipatria; Retta Wilson of El Centro; Madeline Magin of Holtville; and Linda Shaner of Imperial.

Our special thanks are extended to the sponsors of the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days 2002 campaign: Media sponsors KECY-FOX 9 and Q96 KSIQ-FM/KROP-AM 1300; contributing sponsors Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, El Centro Regional Medical Center and Imperial Irrigation District; Sponsors Spruce Farms, Lucky Tire, Inc., A&R Construction, First Imperial Credit Union, Castillo Construction, Brawley Farms, Alford Distributing Co., Minerva Kelada, M.D. and D&H Body Shop, Inc.

Special thanks, too, must be given to Sahara Packing Co. and Super Shopping for providing cold storage for the flowers. Lewman's Floral prepared our spring and corporate arrangements, 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. Imperial Printers was once again a special Daffodil Days participant. A very special thanks to Frank Valenzuela, Norm Davis and Todd Thornburg, they were a tremendous help.

This year the American Cancer Society estimates 435 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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