Teen with cancer couldn’t go to homecoming game, so Girl Scouts brought homecoming to her
Most 16-year-olds are busy worrying about getting their driver’s licenses, or if their crush likes them back, or procrastinating about a big essay coming up. For Elissa Longoria, though, high school has been packed with more concerns than any teen should have to face.
Band member Elissa received her first cancer diagnosis when she was a freshman at Carroll High School in Texas. After a hard fight, she’s been diagnosed with brain cancer once again. Her condition made it impossible for her to go to her school’s homecoming game. And that’s when a local Girl Scout troop swooped in to the rescue.
Elissa is not a Girl Scout, but that didn’t stop the Girl Scouts from conducting the sweetest random act of kindness: coming to her neighborhood and giving her a homecoming game of her own. They decorated her front yard in full school spirit. But there was one color that they added. . . gold. “I really want to see gold in September for childhood cancer awareness so it’s pretty neat to see a lot of the community trying to make that happen,” Elissa told KiiiTV.
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to “[build] girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” This year, perhaps more than any year, they’ve been doing just that – by fighting transphobia, turning away massive donations because they don’t align with their mission, and lifting up girls everywhere. And evidently, it’s not only the organization making waves, but little troops all around the country who want to make the world happier, especially for those who have struggled through more than anyone should ever have to.
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