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Mother’s battle with cancer inspires Norman Girl Scouts

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: May 22, 2010
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NORMAN — Watching her mom battle stage-three breast cancer was scary for 7-year-old Kassidy Long.

Kassidy, who is now 9, turned to her fellow Brownies in Troop 232 for support as her mom underwent a mastectomy and aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They cut their hair to donate for wigs and used their cookie sale money to host a breast cancer fundraising event.

Thanks to that support, Kassidy also has some good memories from the experience. And more are to come.

Kassidy is looking forward to a trip to New York City on June 5. It will be the first visit to the Big Apple for Kassidy and her mom, Heidi Long, who today is cancer-free.

About 14 members of Troop 232 plan to attend the "For Good” Girl Scouts event on Broadway, hosted by StudentsLive. The program allows Girl Scouts to meet cast and crew members from the musical "Wicked,” learn music and choreography from the show, and much more.

StudentsLive is an organization that hosts interactive Broadway workshops and programs designed to promote a greater appreciation of performing arts. Kassidy was selected as one of five finalists in an essay competition for the workshop.

She wrote about a Passionately Pink fundraiser her troop sponsored last year. The girls decided to use all of their cookie sale earnings for that year to raise awareness and money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Some of Kassidy’s friends and troop leaders also cut their hair to donate to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Kassidy wrote about how that experience and the support of her friends helped her cope with her mom’s illness.


How to help
Zumbathon fundraiser


When: 10 a.m. to noon today


Where: Heartland Harvest Church, 6450 36th Ave. NW in Norman


• Cost:
$20 at the door


• Why:
To support members of Girl Scout Troop 232 and their trip to New York City

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