When my late husband and I started BCAN in 2005, we never imagined the strong community that now works together to cultivate a community of hope and support for people impacted by bladder cancer. I am so proud to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers across the country who devote their time, energy and resources to support BCAN’s mission. My new year started in the most wonderful way with news of the success of Scout Troop 2’s 51.2 mile, 6-day hike in the Palmetto Trail in South Carolina. These young boys chose to spend their Christmas vacation hiking to raise awareness about bladder cancer and raise funds for BCAN, in memory of Beverly Justis, a former Den mother, who died of bladder cancer last January. I felt such deep gratitude when I received this note from Troop Leader Glenn Justis:
“It was an amazing adventure. The transformation that occurred in the scouts as the week went by was nothing short of amazing. They bonded more and more each day and by the final morning of the hike they were up and easy to go ahead of schedule. Despite blistered and sore feet and legs they raced through the last four miles and finished strong. I know my mom and others were watching over them and pushing them along. Hopefully those currently battling this disease and those who have lost a loved one can share a smile knowing that their troubles were shouldered for a week by these children.”
As we start the New Year, I am inspired by Troop 2 and know that with volunteers like these, we will have a big impact in 2014.
You can watch Troop 2’s homecoming here: http://www.abcnews4.com/story/24338720/boy-scouts-complete-512-mile-hike-for-bladder-cancer.