Girl Scout bracelets to send messages of encouragement to Breast Cancer patients in Houston and Phoenix
HOUSTON (October 20, 2010) – Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low died of Breast Cancer in 1927 when the words “breast” and “cancer” were not often used in conversation, so the fact the Girl Scouts everywhere have taken up the cause is no surprise. However, their creativity to promote awareness is what resonates in the hearts and minds of patients around the world, each year. In The Woodlands over 50 Girl Scout Juniors and Daisies from the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Majestic Forest Service Unit hope to shed light on Breast Cancer as they develop beaded bracelets at this year’s Daisy Day, October 24th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Forestgate Park. The bracelets, along with encouraging cards will be given to Breast Cancer patients at hospitals in Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.
“Our Junior Girl Scouts, who are putting on this year’s Daisy Day, brainstormed ideas for projects that could make the greatest impact, but would be simple enough for the younger Girl Scouts in grades kindergarten and first grade to complete in a short period of time,” said Paula Neely, Troop Leader and member of the Majestic Forest Service Unit steering committee. “They decided to create bracelets made with Breast Cancer awareness beads, something co-leader Scott Wallach could hand out to other walkers taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, 60-mile walk, in Phoenix Arizona.”
For the past three years, Wallach, who is part of the Susan B. Komen Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona, has taken part in the walk to raise money to provide free mammograms to women who might not otherwise be able to afford them. He makes the trek in loving memory of his cousin who succumbed to the disease in 2009. This year’s walk takes place November 12 to 14. In addition, several of the girls participating in the Daisy Day have immediate family members who are battling the disease.
Daisy Day is a special day hosted by older Girl Scouts in grades second through seniors in High School and is devoted to the development of Girl Scouts’ youngest members in grades kindergarten through first grade. The older girls develop a number of activities that help the younger girls transition into their new role of Girl Scout, including how to perform a flag ceremony, recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law and make crafts.
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 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.
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