It's Spring, and flowers are a-bloomin'! One such flower? Daffodils.
Daffodils represent HOPE for cancer patients, and cancer is something I've become quite passionate about. As many of you know, during my first year of college, my father was diagnosed with cancer. When we found out about it, it was already late in Stage III, and we were advised to go under the knife ASAP. My family has always been a low-income family, and by the time my father's HMO insurance finally let him get surgery to remove the cancerous parts, the cancer had metastasized. For those of you who have no idea what that means, it means the cancer had spread, and after that point, the cancer is terminal. Since they weren't able to remove the cancer, they just removed the most cancerous part, and my father was left with using a colostomy bag for the rest of his days. The doctors said my father maybe had a few months to live, if he was lucky. Luckily, my father has lived far longer than a few months, and for that I am always grateful, but there needs to be a better system for cancer patients to get help, regardless of income. I remember calling and yelling at a customer representative for our HMO insurance to let my father get his surgery. I remember weeks later, I had to call again and remind them that his situation only worsened because of their lag, and my dad needed their approval for medication ASAP. I remember asking the scared customer service representative (pretty sure she was new) if she was willing to take all responsibility if my father dropped dead because of lack of medication. She cried and put me on hold; it took three supervisors to look into the case, and my dad finally got his approval during that 4 hour phone call. Those were the low days.
Though Daffodil Days is no longer an ongoing fundraiser due to costs, daffodils still represent for me hope. I don't know if later on, my sister or I will end up with the same predicament as my father; if my future husband will fall ill to lung cancer, if my children may be riddled with pain from chemotherapy. I don't know the future, but I do know this: my family struggled, and is struggling because of cancer; there are many other families are are going through the same (and perhaps worse) struggles. Cancer is very real, and I know I'm not the only one who is passionate about finding a cure. I'm not a very science-y person, and I am 99.99999999% sure I'm not going to be the person who finds the cure, but I am going to do what I can to support research for the cure.
My dear friend, @bycocoandco recommended me to use Society6, so I created this design for a little fundraiser. Throughout Spring, all proceeds from products of my Daffodil Daze design will be donated to the ARC; I will also be taking part in Relay for Life, (still trying to figure out when and where based on my schedule), so if you'd like to support my fundraising that way, I will have my link posted up soon! I really hope that my friends and family here can join me on this journey~
These are the things that are currently for sale, so please check it out! :)
Thank you for reading my super long post about why daffodils are special to me, and why I would like you to join me in fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Hope you all enjoy and please help in supporting! :)