Use your powers

Dear Mike:
I hear that a friend of a friend has cancer. Inoperable, they say. In for a battle, they say. And I am saddened.
I don’t know this person well; only to say hello and small talk. But I look down, sad to hear the news.
I remember just over two years ago when I heard those things before. I lost my mother to cancer—inoperable, they said; in for a battle. But at the time, the feeling was disbelief, and panic.
Before then, I didn’t react as I did today. Since then, I react with sadness and caring, regardless of the person being spoken about.
How many of us—my family, my friends, my co-workers, my social groups—have been affected by cancer? As I get older, the number gets higher.
Upsetting, isn’t it? And I offer up a small prayer for this person who has cancer.
What can I pray for? How about strength, peace, guidance, and wisdom to make the best possible choices? What else can I do?
I may not be rich, or a miracle worker, but I can do my little bit. This March 30, I will buy daffodils. In past years, they symbolized my mother, my mother-in-law, my uncles, and my friend’s mother.
This year, they will be for him.
You see, I have cancer-fighting powers. My donation in purchasing daffodils helps the Canadian Cancer Society fund programs for support, transportation, and research.
It seems simple; that one little bunch of yellow flowers could make a difference. Who knew those little flowers could help me feel so good?
This March 30, exercise your cancer-fighting powers. Buy daffodils from your local Beta Sigma Phi member and show your support. Pre-order forms are being distributed now.
Remember, hope blooms when you buy daffodils.
Arlene Georgeson
Chairperson, 2007
Daffodil Drive