The local American Cancer Society chapter is taking orders for cut daffodils to raise money for Utah cancer research and education programs.

The flowers, which will be delivered in March, not only beautify the environment but also carry a message about early cancer detection. Event coordinator Maureen Tracy says each bunch of daffodils comes with a card listing the seven early warning signs of cancer."The American Cancer Society chose the daffodil as its symbol because it is the first flower of spring and it symbolizes hope and renewed life," she said.

The society is selling daffodils for $3.50 per bunch. Early orders (a 25-bunch minimum) for the flowers are due by March 1. After March 18, individual bunches of flowers will be for sale at various locations in Utah County. For more information, call 373-5886.

Tracy encouraged businesses to purchase daffodils for their employees and to take advantage of free cancer prevention programs and literature offered at the local office at 315 N. Freedom Blvd.