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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout organizes 5K for cancer patients to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS (April 4, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Amanda C. organized a 5K walk and fun run supporting ovarian cancer patients to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that even though the project took a lot of work, time and effort, it was all worth it after I saw the look on the patients’ faces when they received their baskets,” says Amanda, a senior at Cypress Woods High School.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because ovarian cancer awareness is very important to me, since ovarian cancer runs in my family and has taken some relatives,” explains Amanda. “I also think it’s good to educate people, specifically women, on the subject.”

To enter the 5K, participants had to donate either a $10 gift card for any restaurant, two magazines or a homemade card. With the donations, Amanda made more than 50 gift baskets for the ovarian cancer patients at Gynecologic Oncology of Houston, containing magazines, $30-$40 worth of gift cards, homemade get-well-soon cards and a letter from Amanda.

“I think she learned that an event this size takes a lot of hands, but that people really like to support cancer patients,” says Cynthia Cedeno, Amanda’s mother. “She was also able to give joy to the recipients of the baskets.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, she has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and participates in cookie sales and Habitat for Humanity. At Cypress Woods High School, Amanda is involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and more. She is also a commended National Merit Scholar and a National Hispanic Merit Scholar. Following graduation, she plans to study physical therapy to become a physical therapist and eventually own her own practice.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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