Genesee Community College’s annual daffodil sale to benefit the American Cancer Society has kicked off with the help of several faculty, staff and students. This year, an alumnus and cancer patient, Suzanne Smith, is also assisting with the sale that runs through March 12, 2010. Suzanne recently graduated from Genesee in May 2009 with a Travel and Tourism degree and was diagnosed with cancer this past fall.
Daffodil orders will be taken February 9-March 11 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 12:30pm -2:00pm in the Forum at the Batavia Campus. Suzanne, along with other Genesee staff members will be available to take orders that will be delivered the week of March 22. There are three different bouquets to choose from: a potted daffodil plant for $10, fresh cut daffodils (10 per bunch) for $10, and a Bear and a Bunch (10 per bunch with a 2010 limited edition Boyd’s Bear) for $25.
Suzanne graduated in May and when she walked across the stage to get her diploma she had a slight back pain. After graduation she enrolled in Empire State College to complete a bachelor’s degree but during the summer back pain increased to the point where she could not even walk. Doctors could not find anything until around Thanksgiving when she was diagnosed with myeloma, a rare form of cancer. She commenced radiation, and now hopes to be the "voice" that encourages the College community to support the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days.
“On the day I graduated, I was healthy. In November 2009, I was diagnosed with myeloma,” Suzanne said. “That is how quickly cancer can change one’s life.”
Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society's oldest and most beloved fundraising programs. As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents hope and renewal. Each spring, the Society offers daffodils to donors in appreciation for a contribution. By ordering bunches of daffodils for friends, family members, and people touched by cancer, donors share a message of hope and raising funds and awareness to help defeat cancer. For more than 35 years, the Daffodil Days program has empowered people to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Supporting the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program helps give strength and hope to the millions of Americans.
All daffodil orders and payments are due by March 12, 2010. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. For further information or to place an order please contact Valerie Hale at 343-0055 x6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Berneda Scoins at 343-0055 x6270 or email@example.com and Jackie DiBella at 343-0055 x6255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editor’s Note: A photograph of Genesee alumnus and cancer patient, Suzanne Smith.