Mary Tipton Carter has been a member of troop 13550 since Kindergarten. She is an energetic, smart and compassionate young lady — a great all-around Girl Scout. On February 4, 2015, she went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with abdominal pain and fever. Soon after, she had surgery to remove an ovarian tumor identified as Ovarian Dysgerminoma. Mary Tipton’s friends and family were all thankful that this appeared to be a treatable form of cancer; however, this diagnosis meant that Mary Tipton would have to undergo chemotherapy and weeks in the hospital. She would miss school, Girl Scout meetings, softball, play dates with friends, and much more. Mary Tipton’s brownie troop quickly went into action and asked the question, “What can our troop do?”
The troop’s ambitions started out rather small. The girls wore turquoise bandannas, Mary Tipton’s favorite color, to show their support. They made cards to send to the hospital and agreed to participate in CURE’s Lauren’s Run. Then the troop leaders asked the girls if they would like to vote on an activity that they, as a troop, could do to raise money for CURE in honor of Mary Tipton. The girls were instantly excited to come up with their own ideas on what they could do to support their friend. The ideas kept coming, and they settled on a roller Skate-a-Thon. They found a church that was willing to host the event and went to work promoting the Skate-a-Thon to other troops, their school and community. But it didn’t stop there.
While planning the event, the troop found out that CURE needed toiletry kits to provide to patients who are admitted without notice or have to spend the night at the emergency room. With just a few phone calls the troop raised $650. And, within a few short weeks, they secured donations for toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and a gift card from Publix. The girls made more than 280 kits.
During the Skate-a-Thon, the troop worked hard to manage the assembly of the toiletry kits, run concessions, and accept monetary donations. By the end of the evening, they had put together a nine-month supply of toiletry kits and raised $900 for CURE! What’s even more amazing is that the day the Skate-a-Thon took place happened to be the same day Mary Tipton went back to the hospital for her CT scans. Everyone was thrilled to hear that her scans came back all clear. This event turned out to be a great way to show not only the scouts but all of the young people who attended just how easy it is to get involved with a very important cause.
Mary Tipton’s troop now has a better perspective on the question, “What can a girl do?” For starters, a girl can beat cancer! And together these girls are capable of doing truly amazing things that continue to inspire us every day.