A group of second- and first-graders will get to stay up all night long on May 18 as Girl Scout Troop 2289 participates in the 2012 Relay for Life of West County MD.
The troop, which consists of 15 girls from different elementary schools around the area, will camp out and walk around the track at Old Mill Middle North School to raise money for cancer.
“We’re walking all night because cancer never sleeps,” said 7-year-old troop member Alyssa McGuigan.
The girls talked about why raising money for cancer was important for them.
“My great-grandfather, Dzia-Dizu had lung cancer,” Alyssa said.
Added Anika Coleman, 7, “Lots of people I know had cancer and they have to take a lot of medicine. So we need to raise money so they can keep getting better.”
Several of the girls mentioned the sister of a friend named Caitlyn, a 5-year-old who has Ewing‘s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. In October, Troop 2289 worked at the Caring for Caitlyn 5K.
“We want to help Caitlyn by fighting cancer,” said 7-year-old Molly Orzano.
The girls are very excited that they will get to stay up all night on May 18. A few moms questioned if they would make it, but the girls seem determined.
“I’ve stayed up until like 11-something before, so I think I can do it,” Anika said.
While they are walking, the girls will be selling homemade hair ties and bracelets with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Troop leaders Kelly Coleman and Niki McGuigan participated in Relay for Life last year.
“We thought it was so rewarding and we wanted to get the kids involved,” said Coleman. “We want our girls to do things for other people and give back.”