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Over the past year, The Max Cure Foundation has had the honor of working very closely with The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Troop 26 on their Take Action program. They selected Max Cure’s Dunk Your Kicks campaign to raise money for Arizona families who have a child battling cancer and have gone above and beyond what we could have ever expected.

Girl Scouts Ice CreamIn addition to collecting over 1,500 pairs of sneakers, this amazing Troop decided to take part of this years cookie sale money and purchase gift cards for the Arizona Roar Beyond Barriers program. As a thank you for all they have accomplished, Max Cure’s Marketing Director, Erica Bailey, created a Certificate of Philanthropy for each Troop member and took them out for some ice cream.

“Over the past year, I have grown very fond of these remarkable girls and their Troop leader, Nicole. They have inspired and moved me in ways I cannot describe. It has truly been an honor to watch these young girls as they grow into our future philanthropists of America. Being honest, I did not know much about the Girl Scouts before I met Nicole. After working with them I see the remarkable significance this organization offers to Troop members and especially our community as they are raising young girls to make the world a better place. The accomplishments they have achieved with our Dunk Your Kicks program is a prime example of what I hope to achieve with other troops and organizations moving forward. Every one of the girls in Troop 26 will always have a very special place in my heart,” said Erica.

When we asked Nicole if she could give us some feedback as to how the program inspired and educated her Troop, she stated:

This year of working with Max Cure has been an amazing experience for the girls of Troop 26. Sometimes it is very difficult for young ladies to understand how the Girl Scout Law applies to their lives. By connecting with this organization, the girls could better understand several parts of the law: being friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, use resources wisely, and make the world a better place. This theme was easily carried over to our cookie season, where we were able to sell enough cookies to purchase over $1000 in gift cards for Max Cure Families in Arizona.

The girls have also been able to connect with other troops who have assisted with their Dunk Your Kicks campaign. The ease of the program and it’s application to various parts of the Girl Scout Law have made it a wonderful teaching tool for other leaders in the area. Troop 26 will continue to collect shoes through the year, and will work with other troops to ensure sustainability of the project moving forward (which is part of the Take Action Project plan).

Many of the girls in Troop 26 are bridging to the Junior level next year, and the hope is to allow for a Bronze Award to be given to the girls due to their continued effort with the Dunk Your Kicks program. They would like to raise awareness of this program on a national level through the Girl Scout Program, and are currently planning how to best broadcast this to other troops in Roar Beyond Barriers states.

“We must remember that one determined person can make a difference and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history” Sonia Johnson

We want to thank Nicole and Troop 26 for everything they have done for the foundation and these families. Their efforts will provide a road map for other troops and organizations to integrate Dunk Your Kicks into their service projects.

You can start your own Dunk Your Kicks collection and make a difference in the lives of families in need who have a child battling cancer. The process is simple, just follow this link to get started.