Dig Deep for Daffodil Day

Miriam O’Callaghan has urged the people of Waterford to dig deep this Daffodil Day to help the record number of people being diagnosed with cancer. The RTE broadcaster, who lost a sister to cancer, was speaking at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 2018 Daffodil Day, which will take place on Friday, March 23rd.
“Tragically a person dies from cancer every hour in Ireland, but for so many people there’s also great hope,” said Miriam.

James Gilleran from Dublin is pictured with Miriam O'Callaghan at the launch of Daffodil Day 2018, proudly supported by Boots Ireland. Daffodil Day will take place on March 23rd.   								| Photo: Andres Poveda

James Gilleran from Dublin is pictured with Miriam O'Callaghan at the launch of Daffodil Day 2018, proudly supported by Boots Ireland. Daffodil Day will take place on March 23rd. | Photo: Andres Poveda


“More people are surviving cancer now than ever before thanks to lifesaving research. Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, is a day where we can all help fight back against cancer. Like so many Irish people, I have lost loved ones to cancer. I lost my precious sister Anne who was just 33 when she died. On March 23rd, the people of Waterford can help fund lifesaving research and crucial services to ensure cancer patients and their families are properly supported. Get involved now at www.cancer.ie.”
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society Averil Power appealed to the public to support cancer patients in the community.

“As the number of Irish people with cancer increases, record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for information, care and support. Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on the generosity of the public to fund vital services used locally.
“Last year, the number of people using our Volunteer Driver Service to travel to chemotherapy appointments increased by fifteen per cent. A total of 239 journeys were covered for patients in Waterford. Our Night Nursing service provided 212 nights of care to terminally-ill patients locally in their own homes. None of this would be possible without strong support for Daffodil Day from individuals and communities across Ireland.”
There are currently 165,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and over the past 12 months, 883 people in Waterford were diagnosed with the disease.

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