The Ottumwa Courier

October 16, 2013

Girl Scouts help spread cancer awareness

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Cancer awareness can be spread in many different ways, with the ultimate goal being to educate about the terrible disease.

Young ladies from the local Girl Scout Juniors Troop 646, who are all in the fourth and fifth grade, came up with their own unique way to raise awareness about the disease and to help show that hair loss is not a bad thing.

With help from their troop leaders, the girls made their own caps to help show the beauties of being bald. They did their best to bring some light to the gloomy, cloudy day Wednesday by sporting their caps and walking around town making a video, which will be uploaded to YouTube after it is edited.

The idea for the video came from two of the girls in the troop who have children in their family that are battling cancer. The girls decided they wanted to help raise awareness of childhood cancer and came up with the idea to shoot a video. Each of the girls even dedicated some time out of their busy summer to work on the project, which usually doesn’t happen, according to troop leader Aprile Goodman.

“Usually we take the summer off from Girl Scouts, but they have been working on the project about every week this summer,” she said.

To go along with the caps, the troopers made their own signs on poster boards with sayings like “bald is beautiful,” and giving different statistics about cancer. In all, the girls were supposed to spend 20 hours on the project, getting them closer to earning their Bronze Award.

The ladies walked around town, making several stops at Ottumwa High School, City Hall and other places to add to their video and to show off their homemade hats and posters while promoting childhood cancer awareness. They are also raising money that will be donated to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

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