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51.2 Miles for a Cure

Troop 2- "the Deuce"

The Journey Behind the Journey
A former Den Mother and adult volunteer in Scouting, Beverly Justis raised three sons with her husband and Scoutmaster, Bill. In May 2012, Bill Justis, her husband of 55 years suffered a massive heart attack followed by a severe stroke. Shortly thereafter, while Bill was in a nursing home recovering, Beverly was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Bill passed away on August 4th, 2012, three weeks before Beverly underwent a radical cystectomy. She recovered from the surgery and began her journey as a cancer survivor.

Planning for 51.2 Miles
Troop 2 had started to plan a 50 mile hike during Christmas break 2013. Beverly looked forward to seeing her son, Glenn, who is Scoutmaster for Troop 2, and her grandson Joe accomplish this adventure. It was planned that the Scouts would hike 51.2 miles in 6 days, perform 10 hours' worth of service projects along the trail, and raise money for a worthy charity.

The Final Step Before the Start
On January 10, 2013 Beverly received the news that the cancer had returned and metastasized in her liver and spleen. Nine days later she was gone. She left three grown sons and four grandchildren including 12 year old Joe, a Boy Scout with Troop 2 in Summerville, SC.

On January 19, 2013, the Scouts decided to dedicate their fundraising efforts to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

51.2 Miles for Bladder Cancer Research
In cooperation with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) the Scouts are committed to raising $51,200 ($1,000 per mile) for Bladder Cancer Research. While most boys their age will be enjoying their new Christmas presents on December 26, 2013, the Scouts of Troop 2 will be rising before dawn, donning 30 lb backpacks, and beginning a journey that will take them through 51.2 miles of the Palmetto Trail in South Carolina. They will battle the elements and sleep under the stars. They will arrive at their destination six days later, on December 31, 2013. Their reward will be a $2 patch and the satisfaction that they did a good deed.

About Bladder Cancer
Although it is not widely discussed, bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States – 4th among men and 11th among women. There are over 520,000 bladder cancer survivors in the United States.

Because bladder cancer has a very high recurrencerate (50-80%), it requires life-long surveillance and is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis.

All of the proceeds raised from this hike are going directly to support BCAN’s efforts. At least half of the money is going directly to research, and the rest is going to support BCAN’s programs such as patient support, webinars, information, and outreach.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.

On behalf of all the scouts of Troop 2 and Beverly Justis, many thanks for your support.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
Troop 2 "The Deuce"
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