by Kimberly Elicker
One in eight women will battle breast cancer in their lifetime.
My name is Kimberly Elicker, and I am a high school senior from Hanover,
PA, working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. My project is a breast cancer awareness campaign that is
designed to promote prevention and early detection. As a part of my project, I am creating pink ribbon
community quilts. People construct a single block from instructions given to them in a kit with material
and breast cancer information. They send me the finished block, and local quilting groups will assemble
them into quilts to be put in display
Breast cancer awareness information will be with the displayed quilts to
further spread the message. Once the quilts are finished being displayed, I will donate them to breast
cancer survivors and chemotherapy wards of hospitals for patient care.
The focus of my project is breast cancer prevention and early detection.
My mother had a lump removed very early on, so everything worked out fine. If it werenít for her yearly
mammogram, things could have been different. Instead of raising money to support a foundation searching
for a cure, I decided to reach out to the community level. A little education can go a long way. Eating
fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly has been shown to possibly prevent breast cancer along with
other cancers. Also, if you canít absolutely eliminate breast cancer, at least detect it early on to increase
While a cure may not yet be found, we can do simple things to spread the word.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please help me with my project. My Website explains the
project in more detail. The more people who receive the message, the more lives will be saved.
I am extending my project until June 2005. Currently, I am working on designing
breast cancer awareness tray liners for the McDonald's restaurants in my area. Please take the time to visit my
Website. Instructions for a patch are available for download. If you would like to make a block using donated
material, I would be happy to mail you a kit. There is no charge to participate in my project. Please feel free
to email me with any more questions or comments.
46 Hemler Drive
Hanover, PA 17331