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Daffodil Days flowering in Eudora for American Cancer Society

February 1, 2007

In March, a different kind of flower power will bloom in Eudora.

Marilyn Laws Porter and her daughter Julie Stewart are organizing a local celebration of The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.

For the next two months, Porter and Stewart will offer daffodils to contributors who donate to the society. The event has been celebrated across the country since 1973 to coincide with the coming of spring, Laws Porter said.

"The daffodil is the official flower for American Cancer Society," Laws Porter said. "It's the symbol of hope because it's spring."

The flowers will arrive in March in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

The event marks different fund-raising tactics for Stewart and Laws Porter who are former organizers of the Relay For Life.

"Because we don't have the Relay (For Life) anymore, Mom and I wanted to bring something to the community," Stewart said. "We have had so many people asking us on a weekly basis, 'What are we going to do for the American Cancer Society?'" Stewart said.

When a representative from the society in Topeka called Laws Porter with the suggestion to bring Daffodil Days to town, the two at the opportunity.

"We said, 'Sure we can do this,' and we've already sent out letters and received four responses," Stewart said.

The society will offer the flowers in three different packages for donations ranging from $10 to $25. For $10, the contributor receives 10 stalks. For $15, the patron receives the stalks and a vase. For $25, contributors receive the stalks and a stuffed bear.

"We did not set a goal for ourselves," Stewart said. "We will just be happy with anything. Anything is a little bit closer to a cure, that's how I see it."

The fact the Daffodil Days is less intensive than the Relay For Life could help its chances, Stewart said.

"I think it's something new, it's something other than the Relay. It's not like it's a huge commitment," she said. "The amounts we believe are very reasonable."

Again this year, Eudora will not have a Relay For Life, instead it will join an event in Lawrence, which will draw teams from the entire county.

Last year, two Eudora teams joined a Relay in Baldwin. Along with a coin drive at the Eudora Nursing Center and a community block party, the Eudora teams and the local fund-raising efforts brought in more than $5,300 for the cause.

"I kind of see this as a thing for the American Cancer Society, but I do see it as something completely different than the Relay," Stewart said.

It should be an easier overall drive, Stewart said.

"There's just no middle man and no event we're setting up," Stewart said.

Laws Porter shares her daughter's philosophy with the event.

"Whatever we raise I feel it's just a little bit more hope for them to continue their work," Laws Porter said. "That's why I'm still adamant about being a volunteer."

To purchase flowers or learn more about Daffodil Days call Laws Porter at 542-3406 or Stewart at 542-3379.

Delivery day will be March 6 or 7.

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