On Daffodils and the Elephant in the Room, by Sarah Wilson

Today is Daffodil Day in NZ. This post talks about how to support people suffering from cancer. Though not specifically about child cancer, cancer affects many children and families, and many of these strategies will apply for families with children.

Daffodils and the Elephant in the Room

Cancer. The giant C word. It’s an awful business. And it’s often been described as the ‘elephant in the room’. I know so many dear people who are battling the cruelty of cancer right now. We all do. Sadly it’s everywhere. Today in New Zealand it is Daffodil Day. Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society’s most important fundraising and awareness campaign in the country. As well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand, Daffodil Day is a major source of funding for the Cancer Society. Yes this fundraiser is a little controversial due to the testing of cancer drugs on animals. But whether you are against this fundraiser or you would happily shake a bucket on Daffodil Day, we all want to support those who are going through cancer. And their loved ones.

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