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Boy Scouts focus on breast cancer awareness

By From staff reports
Published in News on November 2, 2011 1:46 PM

Boy Scout Troop 8, sponsored by New Hope United Methodist Church, conducted a breast cancer awareness event on Oct. 25 for the troop's "scouting family."

The event was in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and a breast cancer survivor to help promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The breast cancer awareness event was the brainchild of Scouts in the Killer Cobra Patrol as part of the National Honor Patrol requirements they are working toward.

Many options for a service project were thought of, but the Scouts unanimously chose to help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Instead of the patrol joining an event and helping raise awareness with a non-affiliated organization as they did last year, they chose an event to benefit the entire Troop 8, both Scouts and families alike. The Scouts invited the guest speakers to provide valuable and insightful information regarding breast cancer and how we can help to make a difference.

Ashley Couch, Wayne and Johnston County American Cancer Society Manager provided information regarding Relay for Life and specifically education regarding breast cancer to all those in attendance. Handouts with valuable information were also provided for the families to take home and share with other family members, friends, and co-workers.

Francis Creech, a Wayne County volunteer and breast cancer survivor who often speaks on behalf of breast cancer, was also in attendance. She shared her personal story of going through the ordeal of being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, how she coped with living with it and then becoming a breast cancer survivor.

The message the Boy Scouts wanted to get across about breast cancer is simple -- ensure you conduct self exams regularly and notify your doctor at the earliest possible moment if you notice anything abnormal.