Boy South troop hikes for cancer research
Boy Scout Troop 2 - “The deuce” - will head out on Dec. 26 to embark on a 51.2 mile hike starting in Awendaw and ending up at Camp Moultrie on Dec. 31.
They are doing this to raise money for bladder cancer research in honor of their Scout Master’s mother.
Troop 2, “The Deuce,” is a Boy Scout Troop chartered by Knightsville Baptist Church in Summerville. On Jan. 19, Beverly Justis, mother of Scoutmaster Glenn Justis and grandmother of Boy Scout, Joe Justis, passed away from bladder cancer.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for bladder cancer research, the Scouts of Troop 2 decided to embark on a 50-mile hike to raise awareness and funds for the disease. In addition, Joe Justis contacted state legislators to seek their help in raising awareness.
As a result, a joint resolution was passed declaring May 2013 as Bladder Cancer Awareness month throughout the state of South Carolina.
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (www.bcan.org) is an organization that is committed to raising awareness and raising much needed funds for research of bladder cancer.
Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the U.S., but receives very little support in the way of research and awareness.
More than 75,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year and 14,000 die of the disease each year. Bladder cancer has the highest recurrence rate of any cancer, which is 40-80 percent. It is also the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 2 have committed to raise $51,200 by the end of this year. On Dec. 26, the scouts, ranging in age from 11 to 16, will rise before dawn and travel to Awendaw to begin their hike.
They will hike 51.2 miles of the Palmetto Trail through the Francis Marion Forest. They will complete the hike at Boy Scout Camp Moultrie in Berkley County on Dec. 31. During the six-day, five-night hike, the Scouts will have to carry all of their gear in backpacks and will camp along the trail. They will hike rain or shine. The Scouts have been preparing for this hike all year.
When they arrive at Camp Moultrie around noon on Dec. 31, they plan to have a huge rally celebrating their accomplishment and bringing awareness to their cause.
The Scouts have created a fundraising page at https://bcan.myetap.org/fundraiser/2013walk/team.do?etapCacheBuster=1379969386109&participationRef=4834.0.80031166&shareMedium=label.facebook. Donors can also go to www.bcan.org and donate, making sure to let them know they are supporting Troop 2’s 50 mile hike.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Scoutmaster Glenn Justis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-367-5551.