Rais­ing the flag and rais­ing aware­ness

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - Alaya Ri­ley helped Mayor Les­lie O’shaugh­nessy raise the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety flag at City Hall on Thurs­day, April 19.

April is Daf­fodil Month and the City raised the flag in recog­ni­tion and sup­port of those who are fight­ing or have fought can­cer.

“From the cities per­spec­tive, we know fairly few peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who have been im­pacted, maybe them­selves a fam­ily mem­ber or friend,” said Mayor O’shaugh­nessy. “So cer­tainly, the con­tri­bu­tions through the Daf­fodil cam­paign go a long way hope­fully to pro­vide some sort of re­lief.”

Alaya Ri­ley is a sur­vivor of child­hood can­cer and said that it is im­por­tant for those who have had can­cer to feel the com­mu­nity’s sup­port.

“Just the whole idea that peo­ple who do have can­cer they for the most part live nor­mal lives,” she said. “Just to know they’re sup­ported in the com­mu­nity is the big­gest thing.”

During the month of April, vol­un­teers from the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety have been knock­ing on doors sell­ing daf­fodil pins and rais­ing can­cer aware­ness.

On April 25, the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety will be hold­ing an evening at Bos­ton Pizza. Reser­va­tions can be made be­tween 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 10 per­cent of the pro­ceeds raised will go to sup­port can­cer pro­grams and sup- port ser­vices in the com­mu­nity.

“We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port from the City of Corn­wall to rec­og­nize our ef­forts in the fight against can­cer in our com­mu­nity,” said Al­li­son St. Jean, Com­mu­nity Fundrais­ing Co­or­di­na­tor with the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety of SD&G and Prescott-rus­sell. “Daf­fodil month is an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents of our city to play a part in ad­vanc­ing the can­cer cause be­cause to­gether we are stronger”.

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