Special to SW Rankin News
Since 1912, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
Madison Terrell of Troop 5149 in Pearl, was one of nine young Mississippi women who received “Gold Award Girl Scouts” designation.
Terrell's winning entry, Comfort through Colors, focuses on explaining the disease through art. As she describes it, “[c]ancer, at any age is devastating. But for children, a cancer diagnosis can be particularly scary and confusing. Through my own personal experience, I know that understanding can make the treatment process less intimidating. My project used art to explain cancer and its impact on children through the development and distribution of a coloring book with colors. The book, which is now copyrighted, was also upload online and is available at www.storyjumper.com/book/index/76998145. Distribution sites included local oncology and cancer centers, UMMC, Ronald McDonald House, St. Dominic and Baptist cancer center as well as many others. I also created a social media blog entitled Comfort through Colors on YouTube so that others could view my story and the coloring book. My takeaway from this project is that time is a precious jewel.”