March 2, 2018 - 6:01 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Daffodils are one of the first flowers of spring and represent hope. That’s why they’ve been popular with those who support the American Cancer Society. In O’Brien County, daffodil sales have wrapped up and they will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, March 13th at Cook’s Cafe. But in Osceola County, they’re just getting their daffodil sales underway.

In Osceola County, daffodil sales are a fundraiser for Osceola Community Hospital’s “Team Hope” Relay For Life Team. Becky Krogman says that years ago when the American Cancer Society sponsored “Daffodil Days,” the hospital was the pickup point for the flowers. She says “Team Hope” decided to continue the tradition.

She says while there may be daffodils left over for you to purchase the day of the event, they’d like you to pre-order your daffodils.

The number at the hospital is 712-754-2574, and again you can ask for extension 216 or 316 to pre-order your daffodils, and you need to do that by Friday, March 9th. Also, she says if you don’t pre-order, it would be a good idea to call ahead on March 14th and see if they have any left if you’re just going to show up that day. Again, they’re $10 for a bunch of 10.

She says the symbolism of daffodils is pretty amazing.

She says money raised through Relay For Life in Iowa goes to the University of Iowa for research to find cures for cancer, to the Navigator program, which is a 24/7 support hotline, and to “Hope Lodges,” which give cancer patients and their caregivers a place to say while the patient is receiving treatment. There is a Hope Lodge in Iowa City, and Krogman says they are building more all the time.

Osceola County’s Relay for Life in 2018 will be Friday, August 3rd at the Sibley-Ocheyedan School.

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