Carri Dixon, a volunteer manager for hospice care specialist Odyssey Healthcare, recently asked Acacia's Country Florist owner Jane Wolf about a possible floral promotion to benefit Relay for Life.


"I thought it's a great idea," Wolf answered. "Have you ever thought of Daffodil Day?"


So Dixon and Wolf came up with "Blooms for a Cure," a week long promotion with all proceeds going to benefit the relay sponsored by the American Cancer Society.


According to Dixon, those wishing to help out can purchase a vase of yellow daffodils from the florist for $9.95 during the week of March 15-21. (The cost is for in-store purchase only; delivery is extra.)


The reason for daffodils?


"Daffodils are the first flower of spring," Wolf said. "And it's like a burst off spring coming into your house."


But daffodils also are a symbol of hope, which makes the promotion especially fitting, they said.


The Hesperia Relay for Life will take place on April 10-11 at Hesperia Civic Plaza. The annual event features a survivor lap, which starts the 24-hour event, and an opening lap for all teams to walk together. The Luminaria Ceremony honors those lost to cancer. And in the process, money is raised to help fight the disease.


One of the largest private hospice provides in the nation, Odyssey is dedicated to helping people peacefully transition through their final chapter of life, Dixon said.


"We help people be as comfortable as possible and serve all people during the end of life's journey."