HIGHLAND | Highland resident Sarah Hoffman pursued the highest achievement in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award – while educating and inspiring others along the way.
A new Cancer Ribbon Tree stands on the grounds of Lincoln Center with branches adorned with colorful bows representing the different shades of cancer awareness. Proceeds from the project benefit the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.
“It’s a flowering dogwood. The ribbon tree is a project that started with an idea that I knew I could use to inspire others,” Hoffman said. “It has taught me that you can never do enough to help your community.”
Besides the ribbon tree, her Girl Scout Gold Award project had other components that were designed to inspire and educate the community.
“A couple of my relatives had passed away from cancer and my friend’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, but everyone’s family is affected by cancer at some point in their lives,” she said. “Awareness colors have helped to bring attention to the different types of cancers: Bladder = Yellow, Brain = Gray, Breast = Pink, Colon = Royal Blue, Prostate = Light Blue, Head & Neck = Red/Burgundy, Kidney/Leukemia = Orange, Gallbladder = Green, Lung = White, Bone = Yellow, and Uterine = Peach.
"The Cancer Ribbon Tree has a box in front with a chart and residents/visitors to the park can purchase a ribbon in the color of their choice.”
The Cancer Resource Centre is a program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care in northwest Indiana and the south Chicago suburbs. All services – support groups, mind-body-spirit classes, educational offerings and a resource library - are free to those in need.
A tree dedication ceremony and check presentation was held in June with representatives from both Girl Scout Troop 10171 and the Cancer Resource Centre.
Hoffman said the $650 presented that day represents contributions to her project remaining after purchase of the tree, ribbon box and brick pathway around the tree.
Hoffman is hoping to earn her Gold Award after meeting with a Girl Scout Committee for evaluation of the completed project.
For more information about the Cancer Resource Centre, visit cancerresourcecentre.org.