March 29, 2017

ValleyCare Health System of Ohio Sells $7,430 in Daffodils to Benefit the American Cancer Society

(YOUNGSTOWN– MARCH 29, 2017) In just over one week, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio employees, physicians and volunteers joined together by selling $7,430 worth of daffodils to benefit the American Cancer Society. The sale is part of the American Cancer Society’s “Daffodil Days Hope by the Bunch” Fundraiser. According to the American Cancer Society, the daffodil fundraiser represents the first flower of spring and a symbol of hope. During the final cold and dreary days of winter, the daffodil flower begins blooming reminding us that spring is coming and warmer days are ahead in the same way that hope reminds us that better days are to come.

“It’s so important that the entire community comes together in the fight against cancer and we are grateful that ValleyCare is on board,” said Kaitlin Irgang, community manager at the American Cancer Society. “When someone hears the words “you have cancer” we want them to know that there are options and treatments and most of all hope.”

Each time a daffodil bunch was sold, participants had the opportunity to receive the flowers or donate them to a patient in the hospital or cancer center. “Last week, when the daffodils arrived on campus, many of our patients, not just cancer patients received a bouquet of flowers delivered by our hospital volunteers and students from Howland High School National Honor Society,” said John Walsh, CEO of Trumbull Memorial Hospital. “I was overwhelmed with not only the number of bouquets our team sold in a short amount of time, but the amount of bouquets that were donated to patients, that added a little unexpected brightness to their day and their room.”

ValleyCare Health System is the Title Sponsor for all Mahoning and Trumbull County Relay for Life events in 2017. All proceeds from the daffodil sale will benefit the American Cancer Society and go towards cancer research, education, advocacy and patient support groups.