My favorite week of the year when I was working in the Oncology Center at UCLA was the week of Daffodil Days. Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring and symbolize hope and renewal. The American Cancer Society would drop off boxes and boxes of fresh daffodils and vases to be distributed free to all cancer patients. From eight in the morning to well into the evening we had the pleasure of bringing smiles to patients' faces. Instead of telling them the doctor was running late or their disability form wasn't yet ready, we had the joy of watching the patients light up when they were given a bunch of daffodils. Not only did the flowers cheer the patients, they cheered the staff as well.
While on their website the American Cancer Society writes that daffodils are given to donors, it is the fact that they are distributed free of charge at cancer clinics that I appreciate the most. Please consider making a donation today to the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days at www.cancer.org.