WEDDINGTON – Girl Scouts across Union County and the surrounding region will get out this weekend to go Scouting for the Cure.
The annual program, now in its 10th year, teaches Girl Scouts and their families about breast health and breast cancer through fun, creative activities. Scouting for the Cure was created in Charlotte by Margaret Stothart, a local troop leader and breast cancer survivor.
This year’s event is expected to bring in about 2,000 participants. Girl Scouts will get to make bookmarks with educational messages on them to give to family and friends and bead key chains that show the sizes of lumps found in early and late stages of breast cancer. They’ll also play Breast Health Bingo to learn facts about breast-health awareness and create special bags to give to newly-diagnosed patients at area hospitals. The bags will include pink bandanas, a journal to use to document their thoughts while going through treatment, a pink ribbon fan with a message from a Girl Scout and a mastectomy pillow that girls also will write special messages on.
There are four local events Saturday, March 24. The Union County event is at the Weddington United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 13910 N.C. 16 in Weddington, from 1 to 4 p.m. The other three events are in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, and York County, S.C.
Find more information and register for one of the events at the Girl Scouts’ website, www.hngirlscouts.org.