11-year-old Girl Scout Kyra Delaney-Barton saw a need in her community and decided to do something about it. Kyra, a 2nd year junior in Girl Scouts of Colorado Troop 68100 and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, watched her great-uncle battle cancer twice, including undergoing chemotherapy.
She knew that the treatments were long and uncomfortable and thought she could do something to ease their boredom and discomfort. In August 2022, in order to earn her Girl Scout Bronze Award, she began a project to make kits to be given to Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.
Her goal was to create 100 kits full of items for patients to use during their chemo treatments. With the help of her grandmother and great-aunt, she reached out to her church, school, and scouting communities and received donations of items such as reusable water bottles, slipper socks, cards, and word games, small pillows and blankets, and sour and spicy candies which she will put in drawstring bags for the patients.
By mid-October, she had all the supplies she needed for 100 kits that will bless the lives of cancer patients in the Denver area. Kyra says that the best part of this project has been receiving community support to accomplish her goal of helping others.