WYCKOFF, N.J. – Wyckoff got a little brighter this week, thanks to a group of kind-hearted first-graders and the leaders of their Daisy troop.
The group spent Monday afternoon tying rainbow ribbons around trees throughout the township to show support for those affected by all types of cancer.
They were inspired by another Wyckoff Girl Scout, 8-year-old Becca, who is fighting cancer and counting down to her last chemotherapy treatment – what she refers to as her “rainbow day.”
“It is about celebrating a little girl and it gives everybody a little bit of hope,” said Stefanie Vidaic, a leader of the Daisy troop.
The 6- and 7-year-olds started their “Rainbow Tree Trail” by tying ribbons around trees at Becca’s school.
Then they piled into cars and traveled around town to tie ribbons outside the homes of those who have supported Becca and her effort to raise awareness and funds for research and treatment for pediatric cancer patients.
Becca has a goal of raising $100,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, an initiative out of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she receives her treatment. As of Wednesday, she has raised more than $8,300.
The ribbon project was not a fundraiser, but a way to show support for Becca and others affected by cancer.
“It is a great way to lift everyone’s spirits in town and brighten Becca’s spirit,” said Lauren Kavanagh, another troop leader.
Kavanagh said when leaders asked the girls what they learned, many said, “they really want to meet Becca and they hope she feels better.”
The Daisies attached tags to each ribbon and colored the rainbows on the tags. On the back each tag, the troop gave people the opportunity to write how they have been impacted by cancer. They are asking people to keep the rainbow ribbons up until Nov. 13 – Becca’s “rainbow day.”
“It is a good lesson for the girls to be mindful of others and to be thoughtful,” said Ann Walsh, another leader of the troop.