Help hope bloom for cancer sufferers this Daffodil Day
YELLOW has long been a symbol of hope and one that will be abundant today as about 500 volunteers sell daffodil flowers and merchandise to raise money for the Cancer Council.
South Lismore Daffodil Day team leader Vickie Youngberry has been helping to raise funds for the council for 10 years.
It's a cause close to the heart of Ms Youngberry who has lost "countless" friends, her brother and brother-in-law to cancer.
"I do it because I'm passionate about it and really believe there's hope if we support it and one day there'll be a time when we're cancer-free," she said.
"It was just a matter of trying to do something to raise awareness and support."
Ms Youngberry has raised about $25,000 for the Cancer Council - a sum she said she couldn't have achieved without the tireless support of fellow volunteers, family, friends and the generosity of strangers.
She will be selling daffodils at Lismore Centro today, which is one of the 80 Daffodil Day sites this year on the Far North Coast.
Daffodil Day coordinator Sarah Royall said the day allowed people to show how much they cared about each and every person facing a cancer diagnosis.
"Daffodil Day provides funds to support vital cancer research, develop cancer prevention programs, advocacy programs and provide both practical and emotional support services for people affected by cancer," she said.
CANCER FACTS & FIGURES
- One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
- With about 360,000 Australians currently living with cancer and a further 350 people told they have cancer every day, it's likely most people will know someone affected by the disease in some way.
- In New South Wales it is predicted that more than 45,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 14,000 will die from the disease in 2016.
- In the northern NSW region it is predicted 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 749 people will die from the disease by 2016.
SOURCE: NSW Cancer Council