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Special delivery for cancer patients


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The mix of cancer treatments and cold winter weather may take a toll on patients' spirits. 

So Regis Catholic Schools elementary students brought in a bit of sunshine and energy to an Eau Claire hospital Tuesday.

Cancer patients responded well to the power of flowers as they take a stand against cancer.

"I think they smell good," says St. Mary's Elementary student Ella Blaskowski.

"They" are dozens of daffodils breaking free of winter's frigid grasp and helping cancer patients through treatment.

"This fall I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and after the surgeries they found that it was also in my lymph nodes.  So my treatment was chemotherapy," says patient Darcy Hayden.

Hayden says she has some dreary days...but not this one, "I'm hoping that people are listening to this and they're hearing about the wonderful things the children are doing and they start to think about what they can do to make a difference."

"I did this to help because I wanted to help people feel better and to brighten their day," says Blaskowski.

"I felt like there was flies in my tummy, but it was fun," says Immaculate Conception Elementary student Kendon Krogman.

Regis Catholic Schools elementary students also raised more than $4,600 to donate to the American Cancer Society.

"The money goes towards finding a cure, which is what we're about, as well as providing the great services that the American Cancer Society does here at the cancer center, like the wigs and prosthesis," says Roberta Christensen of the American Cancer Society.

"I asked my family for it because I wanted to deliver the flowers to the cancer patients," says Krogman.

Those patients are appreciative and can't wait for the hard work to bloom.

"I just think it's a wonderful lesson to learn early on and I think they'll do incredible things as they continue to grow," says Hayden.

Because these kids have also planted the seeds of hope.

"Well the daffodil is the first flower of spring so it's hope.  A new renewal and bringing hope to people, so that's why we've had the daffodil days," says Christensen.

Cancer can take a lot away...it can't destroy emotions though.

"Daffodil stands for hope," says Krogman.

This is the second year Regis students have participated in the program and they will be delivering more flowers to patients at Sacred Heart Hospital Wednesday morning.

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