The Boyd’s Bears were included in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days campaign for several years beginning in 2005.

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by physicians and business men in New York City under the name, American Society for the Control of Cancer. The current name was adopted in 1945. The sword symbol was adopted by George E. Durant of Brooklyn, N.Y. According to Durant the two serpents forming the handle represent the scientific and medical focus of the society’s mission and the blade expresses the crusading spirit of the cancer control movement.

The daffodil has served as a symbol of cancer awareness since 1950 when volunteers used daffodils to decorate the table at fund raisers. The first Daffodil Days were in the spring of 1957 in Canada and 1970 in America.

The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program is a three-month campaign in which volunteer coordinators promote the Daffodil Days program and take request for flowers in January, February, and early March.

The Boyd’s Bears were included in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days campaign for several years beginning in 2005. The collectible Boyd’s Bears were made exclusively for the American Cancer Society and all have “Hope” as a last name.

The bears are varied in design. They are 8-10 inches tall. They are made of soft, plush fabrics in varied colors of brown, tan or cream. They also wear assorted clothing and have different accessories such as the bears wearing denim caps or daffodil collars. They may carry a tote bag or hold a cupcake with a daffodil on top. Others may have a bouquet of daffodils with a busy bee.

Look for the bears with the American Cancer Society logo on one foot and the embroidered daffodil on the other.

Some of the bear’s I have found available on the internet auctions today are Flowers R. Hope, Bea R. Hope, Liv N. Hope, Daffodil Days Hope, Shar N. Hope and Hugh R Hope. Prices range from $10 -$30 each.

Boyd’s Bears are a collectible with or without advertising. A nice addition to the collection is the colorful, silver anniversary album of Boyd’s Bears.