RAYS of golden hope shone through dreary winter weather in Orange yesterday as the community got behind Daffodil Day.
The annual Cancer Council fundraiser was held across the country with fresh daffodil blooms and merchandise on sale.
Cancer Council events administrator Tarah Syphers said while it was too early to know how much was raised locally, they did receive great community support.
“Everyone you saw walking down the street was carrying daffodils or merchandise,” she said.
There were 50 volunteers at 12 fundraising sites in Orange for yesterday’s event.
“Everyone had a great day, all the volunteers absolutely love it,” Ms Syphers said.
Forgotten and underfunded cancers were a particular focus of this year’s fundraising efforts.
“Many cancer types are grossly underfunded and under-resourced, yet they are among the most common causes of cancer deaths in Australia,” Cancer Council NSW associate professor Freddy Sitas said. “We call these the forgotten cancers.”
Among the forgotten cancers are pancreatic, liver, brain and also cancers of an “unknown primary”.
An unknown primary is where doctors are not sure where the initial cancer started and it has now spread throughout the body.
On average, 40 people die from forgotten cancers each day in Australia.
“That is why Cancer Council NSW has made many of these cancers a key focus for new research,” Associate Professor Sitas said.
Through this year’s fundraising efforts the Cancer Council hopes to raise $8.25 million nationally to continue to help fund vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
For support with your cancer diagnosis, or that of a friend or family member, call the Cancer Council helpline on 13 11 20.
For more information on Daffodil Day or to register your support visit www.daffodilday.com.au.