Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), I would like to thank the Columbia Valley for supporting Daffodil Month during April. Perhaps, partly due to our long winter this year, the fresh-cut daffodils flew out the door as folks were delighted to take home a little spot of sunshine to brighten their tables and support the CCS at the same time. The Daffodil Pins also sold well and wearing them on your lapel showed support to those who have had cancer and those presently fighting it.We are very grateful for our many volunteers, both in our CCS membership and in our community, who assisted Sheila Bonny, Lynda Fleming, Diane Critchley and Jacqui Leduc with another successful campaign.

As many of you are already aware, our valley has chosen not to have a Relay for Life this year. But to replace that event, Sheila Tutty has organized a Giant Garage Sale and Bake Sale at the Cenotaph Park in Invermere for Saturday, May 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be barbecue, hot dogs, chips and pop available with payment by donation. Then, on June 21st, the Summer Kick Off Party at the Invermere Community Hall will feature dinner, live and silent auctions, and an evening of dancing. Advance tickets only will be available shortly for entry.

The money raised during Daffodil Month will move us one step closer to preventing cancer, detecting it earlier, improving treatments and helpingall of uslive longer, healthier lives. We are very grateful for your support and wish to thank you for joining us in the fight for life.

Rosemary Clarke

President, Canadian Cancer Society

Columbia Valley Unit