Mother’s battle with cancer inspires Norman Girl Scouts
Monday, May 24, 2010
Posted by: jennifer punch
Retrieved from https://girlscouts.site-ym.com/admin/news/news_item_add.asp by Darla Skipke (Published May 22, 2010)
NORMAN — Watching her mom battle stage-three breast cancer was scary for 7-year-old Kassidy Long.
Kassidy, who is now 9, turned to her fellow Brownies in Troop 232 for support as her mom underwent a mastectomy and aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They cut their hair to donate for wigs and used their cookie sale money to host a breast cancer fundraising event.
Thanks to that support, Kassidy also has some good memories from the experience. And more are to come.
Kassidy is looking forward to a trip to New York City on June 5. It will be the first visit to the Big Apple for Kassidy and her mom, Heidi Long, who today is cancer-free.
About 14 members of Troop 232 plan to attend the "For Good” Girl Scouts event on Broadway, hosted by StudentsLive. The program allows Girl Scouts to meet cast and crew members from the musical "Wicked,” learn music and choreography from the show, and much more.
StudentsLive is an organization that hosts interactive Broadway workshops and programs designed to promote a greater appreciation of performing arts. Kassidy was selected as one of five finalists in an essay competition for the workshop.
She wrote about a Passionately Pink fundraiser her troop sponsored last year. The girls decided to use all of their cookie sale earnings for that year to raise awareness and money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Some of Kassidy’s friends and troop leaders also cut their hair to donate to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
Kassidy wrote about how that experience and the support of her friends helped her cope with her mom’s illness.
Long said she and Kassidy can’t begin to show troop members how much their support meant.
"This may be as close as Kassidy and I get to come to saying thank you to the Brownie Troop,” Long said. "There’s just no way we could ever express the gratitude that we feel.”
Long’s troop has been working for months to raise money for the trip. The girls are having their final fundraiser, a two-hour Zumbathon, today from 10 a.m. to noon at Heartland Harvest Church in Norman.
Zumba instructor Nathan Blake will lead the session, and half of the proceeds will go to Troop 232.
Girls also will sell water bottles and collect donations at the session.
Troop leader Andrea Marler said working to raise the money has helped her Girl Scouts realize that anything is possible.
"It’s a way to instill in them that there is no dream too big and no goal too big,” Marler said.
Long expects a few tears when Kassidy reads her essay in front of about 3,000 Girl Scouts at Gershwin Theatre next month.
"We’re so grateful to her Brownie Troop,” Long said. "They took a bad memory and made something good. We’ll always remember Passionately Pink and going to New York City.”
Kassidy added, "I think it will be a great memory.”
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