Shelby D. and Olivia G. are current Girl Scout Cadettes who are in the 8th year of Girl Scouting with Troop #30005 in Gloucester city. These girls wanted to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award together and decided to put together a charity softball tournament to bring awareness and educate the public about cancer. Their former teammate’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and this triggered the girl's decision on what they wanted to focus their Silver Award project on.
With the sponsorship of Gloucester City Girls Softball/Little League, they were able to hold Gloucester City’s 1st Annual Catching Cancer Before It Hits Home Charity Softball Tournament. Sixteen teams participated in this two-day tournament.
Several organizations participated and supported this event. In attendance were representatives from the Clark Family Breast Cancer Service, MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center, and Penn Medicine/Virtua. Lots of free information was available to the public on preventative measures, free mammograms, early detection signs, insurance alternatives, and doctors from MD Anderson were on site providing free skin consultations. The American Cancer Society offered several brochures regarding cancer in addition to tips for early detection. The public received free information on the disease of cancer in addition to being able to watch and enjoy some great softball games. Both championship games went into extra innings, generating much excitement at the end of the event.
Three families in need were able to benefit from receiving assistance from this tournament. Overall, this Girl Scout Silver Award project was a big community service success!
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