Girl Scout Juniors from Wyoming, MN are raising money to fight cancer in honor of one of their troop members. In support of Emma, who has been battling cancer since kindergarten, troop members and their moms formed a Relay For Life team called Emma’s Troop.
To raise money, they’ve organized garage sales, held fundraisers at Dairy Queen, sold raffle tickets, set out collection bins at local gas stations, and sold luminarias (white paper bags with candles inside that are illuminated at the Relay For Life event). Last year, the troop raised $3,500 for the American Cancer Society, and they are raising even more money this year.
In March, a second girl in their class was diagnosed with cancer, so they have broadened their goals. Now they are raising money and fighting for Emma, Megan and every kid who has cancer. Troop leader Kari Berg explained, “Originally, we started this for Emma, but the thought is to give every kid another birthday, every kid the hope that they can survive this.”
At the Relay For Life event in early August, the troop camped out at Forest Lake High School and members took turns walking around the high school track in honor of Emma. Luminaria bags were placed around the track in honor of and in memory of people touched by cancer. Nineteen of the bags were created by the girls in Emma’s Troop.
Raising money and participating in Relay for Life gives the Girl Scout Junior troop hope, and it lets them know that they can do something to help. By raising money to fight cancer, they are taking action and turning some very grown-up experiences into a positive force. Thank you for sharing your powerful story with us, Troop #53737!
If you’d like more information about Emma’s Troop, you may contact troop leader Kari Berg.