The fourth- and fifth-graders of Girl Scout Junior Troop 21 are lacing up their sneakers for the North Shore Relay for Life on June 11 to raise awareness about shockingly low funding in the fight against pediatric cancer.
The Glen Head-based troop chose pediatric cancer as their focus for the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a junior scout can achieve, after Josephine Pedone, founder of the Nicholas Pedone Foundation, attended one of their weekly meetings. Pedone, of Glen Cove, discussed issues surrounding childhood cancer and what the girls could do to help.
Nearly 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet only 4 percent of federal funding is allocated to finding a cure for the devastating disease. Stunningly, only three drugs have been approved by the FDA for treatment of pediatric cancers in the past 20 years.
The troop intends to alert the public to these alarming statistics in its bid to earn the coveted Bronze Award and, more importantly, force elected officials to take action to help those children and their families fighting the biggest bully on the playground—childhood cancer.
To join the fight, visit Troop 21’s table at North Shore High School from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be offering baked goods, a slate of activities and information on how you can help raise awareness.
For additional information, visit the Troop’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Kids-Kick-for-Cancer-Girl-Scout-Troop-21-267015120318465/