Girl Scout works to fight cancer

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 09:04

Cheyenne Young, who began sixth grade at Middle Lake Middle School this fall, worked to achieve her Girl Scout Bronze Award the weekend of Aug. 10-11 during the Eagle River chapter of the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life’ event by selling her hand-made duct tape hair ties, ribbons and hair accessories. During the two-day event, Cheyenne raised more than $200 for cancer research and awareness.

Cheyenne, who made each and every duct tape item herself, created this community service activity in honor of her third grade teacher at Homestead Elementary, who recently lost her life and battle with breast cancer, and her grandfather, who passed away a few years ago from bladder cancer. Many of the duct-tape colors on the hair accessories matched the colors associated with various types of cancer — for example, pink duct tape for breast cancer awareness. Funds raised by Cheyenne through the sale of these hair accessories were donated to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society for her Girl Scout Bronze Award.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes a girl’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. Cheyenne is a member of Girl Scouts Alaska Troop 647. Cheyenne’s parents are Lynne and Drew Young of Eagle River.

“She worked really hard,” Lynne Young said last week.

Cheyenne’s troop leader is Heidi Miles of Eagle River and the troop co-leaders are Lynne Young and Melinda Wilson, all of Eagle River.

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