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Matt Wiebe, MLA Concordia
April 20, 2017

Daffodil Month

April is Daffodil Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about cancer research and advancements in the fight against it. It's also an opportunity to support the individuals and families coping with this terrible disease. Every one of us in this Chamber and all of our constituents have been touched at one point in our lives or another.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, almost 7,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Manitoba last year, and an estimated 2,800 Manitobans lost their lives to the disease.

Research is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer, which is why investment in CancerCare Manitoba is crucial, along with investments in necessary infrastructure projects. Projects like the CancerCare project would have brought expanded clinical trials, genetic testing and other programs planned for the new site, which are now on hold. It also would have expected to draw in world-renowned researchers and specialists to improve cancer treatments and to save lives, which is what it's all about.

The Cancer Society is encouraging all Manitobans in April not only to wear a daffodil but also to consider doing something special on April 27th, Daffodil Day, for those living with cancer or to further the fight against it. It's simple to make a difference: tell a loved one or a friend with cancer that they are loved; let them know about the society's information and support programs; donate to the Cancer Society or sign up to volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society; join a Relay for Life team or sponsor someone who is participating.

As we approach the end of Daffodil Month, let us continue to support the fight against cancer. We must join together and continue to support the good work that's being done.

Thank you, Madam Speaker.