On Monday, August 27, Girl Scout Troop 4435 from Trempealeau made a special appearance at the Cancer Center in La Crosse, Wis. Six generous girls delivered 12 backpacks filled with thoughtful items to give to patients receiving cancer treatment.
The backpacks included homemade fleece blankets, puzzle and coloring books, gloves, socks, hard sugar-free candy, stress balls, lip balm and hand sanitizer.
Troop leader Melissa Richards said that this is a part of a program the girls went through to better understand what it would be like to have cancer. They had a cancer survivor recently met with their group to share personal experiences as well.
“This is a very special gift offered to our patients by these wonderful Girl Scouts,” said Susan Newman, social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center. “Each one of these backpacks will offer special comfort and support to those affected by cancer and will be put to good use.”