Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council Scouting for the Cure

The Tenth Anniversary of Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer

03.23.2012

Charlotte, N.C. - At four different locations throughout the footprint of Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council (GSHNC), over 2,000 girls and their families will be joining together to raise awareness about breast health through fun, creative activities.  Events will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, March 24th in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union and York Counties with activities planned to both ensure girls enjoy a learning experience and also create care packages to benefit those facing breast cancer.

This is the 10th anniversary of Scouting for the Cure (SFTC) in Charlotte, where it was founded by a Girl Scout and her mother, a troop leader, who is a breast cancer survivor.  SFTC is a partnership with Susan G. Komen of Charlotte and GSHNC and has reached more than 10,000 girl Scouts and their families.  Sally Daley, CEO of GSHNC explains, "Healthy living is one of our Council's program focus areas, and Scouting for the Cure is one of the keystone programs of that initiative."  Each event brings stories of participants learning the benefits of early detection; one troop leader in Union County credits this program with saving her life.  Founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, died of breast cancer.

Girls will have the opportunity to raise their breast health awareness through service projects such as making bookmarks with educational messages on them that they can give to family members and friends.  Girls also make special bags to give to newly-diagnosed survivors at local hospitals.  Other activities include making reminder bead key chains that show the sizes of lumps found in early and late stages of breast cancer, making pillows for recent mastectomy patients, playing Breast Health Bingo to learn facts about breast health awareness, and many other fun activities.

Scouting for the Cure will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in the following four locations:

  • Cabarrus County - Carolinas Medical Center NE; 10am-2pm
  • Mecklenburg County - Vance High School in the University Area; 1pm-4pm
  • Union County - Weddington United Methodist Church Family Life Center; 1pm-4pm
  • York County - Tirzah ARP Family Life Center; 1pm-4pm


Colleen Young - cyoung@hngirlscouts.org

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