BAM Joins Cancer Society to Kick-Off Daffodil Days Fundraising

PHILADELPHIA — Bell Atlantic Mobile, the first "Official Corporate Partner" of the American Cancer Society in Southeastern Pennsylvania, today presented the Society with a check for $45,000 during the planting of a "Garden of Hope," at the Saul School in Philadelphia. This donation represents the second half of Bell Atlantic Mobile's two-year commitment to the organization.

Bell Atlantic Mobile employees, including the company's Regional President John Stratton, joined the American Cancer Society and students at the Saul School today to plant a "Garden of Hope" on the school grounds, as a celebration of the Society's Daffodil Days initiative this month.

"As Bell Atlantic Mobile's new regional president, I'm personally proud to help plant this year's Garden of Hope for the American Cancer Society," said Stratton. "We will continue to direct our resources to the cause and we hope that others will join us." The garden of daffodils will not only help to beautify the school, but also remind the community of the importance of Daffodil Days and the cause of the American Cancer Society.

In addition to the cash contribution, Stratton presented the Saul School , a Philadelphia public high school dedicated to educating urban students about the arts and sciences of agriculture, with three Bell Atlantic Mobile pre-paid wireless phones and service. The phones will be used when agricultural classes visit Wissahickon Creek in Fairmont Park to plant trees or clean trails, allowing teachers to maintain contact with the school in the case of student injuries or other safety concerns.

Randy Linduff, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society noted that "Bell Atlantic Mobile has been a valuable partner to us over the past year, and we look forward to continuing the relationship in the years to come. The financial contribution the company has made, as well as its ability to mobilize resources and reach consumers in the Delaware Valley, has been, and will continue to be, a tremendous boost in our efforts to make a difference in the health of Greater Philadelphians."

The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days are held each year as a celebration of hope and as a reminder that cancer is survivable. This year, Daffodil Days are being held from March 16 - 22. People who wish to purchase Daffodils should call 215-JOIN-ACS.

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The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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