FedEx Springs Forward in Fight Against Cancer
Daffodil Days has become synonymous with a message of hope and courage—and for the 16th straight year, FedEx is helping the American Cancer Society deliver this message.
Messages are not all that will be delivered. FedEx Express and Ground team members will help prepare, package and deliver millions of daffodil blooms to donors and cancer patients in dozens of cities across nine states nationwide, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Boston and Philadelphia.
“We take much of the logistics burden off of the ACS,” said Paul Viccaro, Managing Director of Facilities and Material Handling at FedEx Ground.
Employees from the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh corporate headquarters will box up Daffodil Days orders at a local FedEx facility, load them into a trailer and then delivered to local businesses. FedEx and the American Cancer Society work as a great team, with FedEx offering its expertise in logistics and packaging.
Putting it in perspective, though, logistics is a small part of FedEx’s involvement. Like many, Viccaro and his family have been affected by cancer: he lost his mother and sister to the disease, which prompted him to get involved in the Daffodil Days campaign 10 years ago.
“The reason we get involved is simple,” Viccaro said. “Cancer affects everyone.”
No one understands that better than Luis Rodriquez, Assistant Hub Manager for FedEx Ground in Industry, California. He is a cancer survivor and has participated in Daffodil Days for six years.
“As a cancer survivor I felt it was time for me to do more than just donate my money,” Rodriguez said. “It was time for me to give the gift of hope and inspire others to come forward with their own stories or do what they can to support the American Cancer Society fight back against this disease.”
The California Daffodil Days campaign grossed over $850,000 this year. Many of these packages will be processed at the FedEx Ground hub in the City of Industry, Calif. This year, the packages will be taken from the hub to the local FedEx Ground facility and then to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility in the L.A. area. Luis, doctors from Kaiser Permanente and representatives from the ACS will be on hand to deliver packages to cancer patients in the hospital.
“This upcoming event will be emotional and especially rewarding for me because I have been on the other side looking for answers and for a sign of hope,” Rodriguez said.
In Indianapolis, FedEx Express employees will sort and deliver over 100,000 daffodils throughout the state of Indiana. According to Paul Aust, dispatcher, the program hits home for him and so many of his fellow team members. “Daffodil Days is especially meaningful to me because cancer touches all of our lives,” said Aust. “It makes me very proud to work for a company that gives us the support to do this.”
The entire FedEx team is honored once again to empower the American Cancer Society to continue its lifesaving work.
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