Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flower Day

March 12th was Český den proti rakovině - Czech Day Against Cancer. Otherwise known as Květinový den (Flower Day). Volunteers, in yellow shirts, go around selling marigold pins for 20 Kč ($1). Each year the color of the ribbon changes and this year it's red.

This was the 20th year that Flower Day has been held. The emphasis this year is on prostate cancer since this has recently overtaken lung cancer here. The money raised goes towards prevention campaigns, supporting education, research and improving the quality of life of oncology patients.

According to the organization's statistics, every third Czech citizen becomes an oncology patient and of those, 75% die. These numbers seem really high to me.

1 comment:

  1. I know Czechs have the highest rate of colon cancer in the world.