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Local Girl Scout Helps Cancer Patients to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Local Girl Scout Zaneta R. put smiles on the faces of pediatric cancer patients to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death in children ages one through 14, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The center’s number one goal is helping kids beat cancer with the help of the world’s leading specialists and innovative procedures.

Zaneta recognized how emotionally difficult it can be for a child in the hospital. She and more than 15 volunteers spent two weeks stuffing 45 bears that were donated to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. “I wanted to show the patients that someone cared for them,” said Zaneta.

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.

Zaneta not only learned valuable life skills like organization and working with a group though the completion of her project, but she also took away something deeper. “Sometimes the simple things in life have the most positive influence on patients,” said Zaneta.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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