A sign of hope was in full bloom at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Each March, the American Cancer Society delivers daffodils to schools, clubs and organizations that participate in its annual Daffodil Days fundraiser, and last week members of the Ebensburg school’s student council were busy collecting, sorting and delivering the flowers.
Money from the sale is used to fund cancer programs and research and to raise awareness to help beat the disease.
The school has been active in the campaign for many years.
Students sold more than 100 daffodils this year.
“Our members are happy to sell the daffodils as a way to support the American Cancer Society, and they really did a great job this year,” said Joe Skura, student council adviser.
The flowers were delivered Friday to teachers and staff at the school and members of the community.
“We felt like it was the least we could do to show our support to those who have been stricken with cancer and their loved ones,” student council member Haley Krug said.
“We hope the blossoming flowers portrayed new life and hope to those suffering, and we did this to let the affected know they are not alone.”
But this year’s campaign was bittersweet for students because it was the last one.
The 15 divisions of the American Cancer Society became one unit at the end of last year.
Because only three divisions still had Daffodils Days, it was decided to end the campaign and focus more effort on other events such as Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
“It’s a shame because I think many people buy (the flowers) and are happy to have them delivered,” Krug said.
Even with the end of the Daffodil Days, Skura said the school will continue to throw its support behind community projects.
“I’m sure, since the campaign won’t happen next year, we will contribute our efforts to other American Cancer Society causes,” he said.