Girl Scout educates public about fibromyalgia, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Elizabeth S. educated the public about fibromyalgia to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned that the impact education can have is phenomenal,” says Elizabeth, a senior at the Woodlands College Park High School. “Now that I have done this project, many people have come to me with stories of discovering that they or someone they love was able to be diagnosed as a result of my project.”
Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.
“I have fibromyalgia and wanted to help individuals also suffering from the disease,” explains Elizabeth as to why she chose the project. “It is hard to detect and affects a larger part of the population than many people realize.”
To teach members of her community about fibromyalgia, Elizabeth held two seminars to educate. She also made an informational Web site and held a walk-a-thon at her high school. At the walk-a-thon, she collected allergy-friendly foods for those who have fibromyalgia, as many are allergic to common foods.
“Working on the Gold Award has reinforced Elizabeth’s persistence and her public service ethic,” says Scott S., Elizabeth’s father. “She is a very giving person and truly has a servant’s heart.”
At Woodlands College Park High School, Elizabeth is a member of basketball, varsity mixed choir, National Honor Society, president of Impact and executive board coordinator of student council. Following graduation, she plans to attend Brown University to study neurosurgery.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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