Ellie Scott’s Pink Walk Supports Cancer Care Center
|Ellie Scott, left, and her aunt Caryn Jackson at June 5 Pink Walk.
When Ellie Scott decided she wanted to help those with breast cancer, she organized a Pink Walk with a goal of raising $500 for the Upper Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center.
By the time the June 5 walk ended and donations from walkers and supporters were added up, 11-year-old Ellie from Piqua had more than $2,700 to present to Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director, and Ronald Setzkorn, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.
Ellie, dressed in pink, presented the checks and toured the Cancer Care Center on June 9.
“I know two people who have breast cancer: my aunt and my mom’s friend. I felt I wanted to help others that had it too,” Ellie said. The daughter of Stacy and Benny Scott of Piqua, she will be a sixth grader next school year at Piqua Catholic School. She is the granddaughter of Louise and Ben Scott of Piqua and Pat and Alan Peck of Mt. Sterling, Ky.
When the fundraising idea was born, Ellie said she got a notebook and wrote down everything she needed to do. The tasks included making a hand-written flyer for Ellie Scott’s Pink Walk on June 5. The cost for participation was a $5 donation.
The flyers for the two-mile roundtrip walk from her house to a nearby park and back were placed in mailboxes around her Piqua neighborhood.
Ellie provided an added lure on the flyers and some suggestions for those participating: “When everybody comes back to my house, we will be having refreshments and you can make extra donations. Bring your friends and family.”
Ellie’s aunt, Caryn Jackson of Piqua, said she wasn’t overly surprised by Ellie’s project. “She was my number one supporter through the whole thing,” she said. “She was always very interested in what was going on … We are all very close.”
Ellie’s donation will be used to pay for Breast Cancer Treatment Handbooks provided to patients by the Cancer Care Center, Heath said. The donation will be recognized with a sticker on each handbook cover stating: Donated by Ellie Scott’s Pink Walk.