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Think Pink Ribbons posted: 9/20/2004
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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 survival.

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.

Thank you,

Kim Elicker
46 Hemler Drive
Hanover, PA 17331

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