Community Advisory Council president Tim Whalen and Sonia Del Missier, a longtime volunteer with the CCS, made signed monthly donation agreements at a news conference last Friday to kick off Daffodil Month in Sudbury.
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is introducing a new way of giving. Donors can now give on a regular monthly basis which can be charged to a credit card or made by direct withdrawal from a bank account. A pledge of just $5 per month adds up to $60 per year.
Community Advisory Council president Tim Whalen and Sonia Del Missier, a longtime volunteer with the CCS, signed their monthly donation agreements at a news conference last Friday to kick off Daffodil Month in Sudbury.
Daffodil Month is held every April. The fundraising campaign raises money for cancer research.
“Research works,” said Alyssa Vito, the guest speaker at the event. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer when she was 23. Now cancer free, she work as a researcher looking at non-invasive ways to better detect breast cancer using targets molecular imaging probes. Her research is funded by the CCF.
Over the past 20 years, close to $100 million has been spent on breast cancer research.
CCF was founded in 1938 and has raised more than $1 billion for cancer research. For some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, the survival rate is 90 percent. Today about 60 percent of people with cancer live at least five years after being diagnosed. That’s up from 25 percent in 1940.
Donations can be made at cancer.ca or by phoning 1-888-939-3333.’