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Girl Scout Promotes Preventative Health Measures and Earns the Prestigious Gold Award

After seeing her father suffer with melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer, Senior Girl Scout Sarah M., dedicated herself to promoting skin cancer awareness. Her significant efforts led her to reach out to more than 45,000 people to bring awareness of this deadly disease.

"I really wanted my message of prevention to reach as many people as possible at one time. So, I decided to set up a booth at the Katy Urgent Care Center and at the Katy Rice Harvest Festival," said Sarah. "I wanted to raise awareness about skin cancer and prevention methods among children as well as adults."

Sarah recognized that children needed a constant reminder. So, she created a bracelet with UV-sensitive beads for them to wear. When the colors of the beads change, the child would be reminded of the power of sun and its ability spread skin cancer.

At the Katy Rice Festival, Sarah passed out sunscreen along with pamphlets to thousands of people. However, she had a lot of help from contributors who donated supplies and from cancer organizations that helped her obtain booth space.

Overall, this Senior Girl Scout learned a lot about skin cancer while earning the Gold Award, including how to organize such a substantial community focused project. "I had to identify resources in the local medical community and non profit cancer organizations," said Sarah. "I am now more comfortable approaching people to help with or donate to a worthy cause."

Sarah is currently a senior at Cinco Ranch High School and plans to attend a college or university and is looking forward to becoming a Registered Nurse.

It is a significant honor to earn Girl Scouting's highest achievement, 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 Girl Scouts and/or the community.

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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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