Bolingbrook – Members of Neuqua Valley High School’s Girl Scout Troop 1705 donated to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital a quilt they created to raise awareness of breast cancer. The troop dropped off the quilt Feb. 5 as part of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s “In the Pink Interest Project,” which helps teenage girls develop a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of early breast cancer detection. Squares on the handcrafted quilt combine to form the design of a large pink ribbon, a symbol of breast cancer awareness.
“Early detection of breast cancer saves lives,” said Kathy Mitchell, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, who accepted the quilt on behalf of the hospital. “We are grateful to these Girl Scouts for learning about breast cancer and promoting early detection through the creation of this quilt. These young women are to be commended for sharing their passion with their community.”
The quilt will be displayed at the Women’s Imaging Center at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Located in the medical office building adjacent to the hospital, the center offers digital mammography, ultrasound and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) bone density tests. The center is located at 396 Remington Boulevard, suite 235.
Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouting, died of breast cancer in 1927. Girl Scout Troop 1705 includes: Eileen Brister, Grace Capiccioni, Brittany DeVito, Sarah Frachey, Niki Jagoe, Wenel Jais-Cross, Paige Peterson, Katelyn Piotrowski, Caitlin Skrbec, Briana Smith, Lauren Somogyi, Meredith Staub and Kayla Wehrli. All are sophomores at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. It is part of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204.