National Park Medical Center is pleased to announce the return of the Garland County American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days to Hot Springs. This 29th annual event will take place from Tuesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 18. NPMC Employees and volunteers will cut, bloom, sell and deliver around 20,000 daffodils to area residents and businesses during that time period to help raise awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Daffodil Days has become a tradition for all parties involved—the Hot Springs community, area businesses, the American Cancer Society, NPMC and Oaklawn Park. All proceeds from Daffodil Days directly benefit the American Cancer Society for research and education along with support for those living with cancer. “The daffodil is the first flower of spring and therefore has become the so called ‘flower of Hope’,” says Pat Herrin, NPMC’s director of materials management and Daffodil Days Co-chair. “It’s a beautiful symbol for the cause of cancer research, education, programming and awareness.”
Daffodil Days is also seen as a kick-off to another great season of fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event which is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena. Many businesses and community members proudly display their daffodils to show their support for the ACS, and many others send them to cancer survivors, caregivers, and others that they love. “One of the most heart-warming things we see is when businesses purchase the daffodils to be delivered to area nursing homes,” said Herrin. New this year, in addition the cans of flowers, daffodils will also be available in glass vases.
Orders of 50 or more daffodils will be delivered throughout the Hot Springs area on Tuesday, March 14th. Smaller orders may be picked up that day from the NPMC Maurice Room from 8:00 to 10:00 am that day. Volunteers will be on hand selling daffodil bouquets, crowns, leis and boutonnieres at Oaklawn Park’s live race meet on Saturday, March 18, which will also feature the annual Daffodil Days Classic Race. Daffodils will be sold from 11:00 am until they are sold out.
“I am so proud of the way that our co-workers come together to make this event happen every year.” said Herrin. “Our employees and volunteers stay late and work extra during the entire week of Daffodil Days to cut the daffodils, make the bouquets, leis and boutonnieres, make the deliveries around town and volunteer at the track. It’s such a worthwhile event, and it is so encouraging to see the way that the Hot Springs community comes together in the fight against cancer.” For more information about Daffodil Days, please call Mandy Golleher at 501.620.2705.