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Daffodils and Desserts

For the first time the event was held on both campuses, and we rose to the challenge!

After a long hard winter, the arrival of Spring was eagerly awaited by all. The Auxiliary brightened the lobbies at the hospital’s main and Saints campuses with its annual Daffodils and Desserts Day held on Thursday, March 27. The event, which ran from 9:00am–4:00pm, was a huge success as patients, physicians, visitors, and staff responded generously to help raise money for our Cancer Center patients.

In addition to holding the sale at both the main and Saints campus, there was another important change with the daffodil sales. This year, The American Cancer Society announced that they were no longer sponsoring daffodil sales. In response, a decision was made by the Hospital Auxiliary to continue the tradition and daffodils were procured from another source. This resulted in all profits being directed to the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital for the benefit of patients and staff. The Philanthropy Department graciously offered to coordinate pre-sale orders and so all areas of the hospital and general public were given the opportunity to support this great cause.

Over the past 19 years, the Auxiliary has raised $14,500 dollars for the American Cancer Society through its daffodil sales and nearly $24,000 for the hospital and its Cancer Center through its bake sale, which enables the Auxiliary to donate items and equipment Daffodils and Desserts to help provide comfort and healing to cancer patients and their families.

In previous years, proceeds from this event has funded some wonderful features for the Cancer Center and patients as well, including the puzzle table and chairs on the Radiation Therapy floor, Bose speaker systems, and special guest chairs for the chemotherapy infusion room. Last year, we were also able to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for those in need.

Auxiliary members and hospital staff generously donated baked goods, novelty chocolates, gift baskets, wreaths, silk floral arrangements and a raffle item for each campus. The raffle winner on the main campus was Peggy Palm of Tyngsboro. The Saints campus winner was Kerrie D’Entremont of Lowell.

Hospital staff and visitors responded generously to our offerings. To date, total income for the day was close to $7,000, of which we expect a net profit of close to $6,000. This is over double the proceeds from last year’s event, so we are so excited to brighten the lives of cancer patients as we make the donation at this year’s annual meeting in June.

The daffodil, a symbol of hope for cancer patients, provided sunshine color and opportunity to enhance friendships for all Auxiliians who participated.

 

 

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