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County Executive Leopold Promotes Cancer Awareness

Annapolis, MD (Jan. 11, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold joined cancer survivors today asking everyone to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Community Kickoff.

Participants can purchase a bunch of daffodils for $10, or add a Hugh R. Hope stuffed bear for a total of $20. Proceeds benefit cancer research, education programs and patient services.

"I made a contribution myself, and I urge county workers and residents to do the same," County Executive Leopold said. "Early detection saved my life."

Last year, residents, school system employees and county workers contributed $84,844. This year, the goal is to raise $100,000. The program, which runs through the middle of February, raised nearly $350,000 statewide last year in the three biggest regions.

"Daffodil Days not only increases cancer awareness, but also brings hope to cancer patients around the region," said Gloria Jetter, regional executive director for the American Cancer Society. "Through donations made for Daffodil Days, the American Cancer Society will help more than 4,300 cancer patients and their families in Maryland by providing programs and resources at no cost to help them through their cancer journey."

Cancer detection and prevention is especially important in Anne Arundel County, where the rate of disease is higher than the state average and the leading cause of death. The County Executive said he plans to expand the county’s Learn To Live program, which provides outreach to the community encouraging residents to quit smoking, exercise and see a doctor regularly.


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