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On January 19, 2012, Beverly Justis (pictured above with grandson and Scout Joe Justis) passed away from Bladder Cancer. A former Den Mother and Adult volunteer in Scouting, Beverly raised three sons with her husband Bill. In May 2012 her husband of 55 years had a massive heart attack followed by a massive stroke. While Bill was in the hospital and later a nursing home trying to recover, Beverly was diagnosed with bladder cancer. On August 4th, former Scoutmaster Bill, passed away. Beverly underwent a radical cystectomy three weeks later. She recovered from the surgery and began the journey of a cancer survivor. On January 10, 2013 she received the news that the cancer was back and had metastasized in her liver and spleen. Nine days later she was gone.
She left three grown sons and four grandchildren to include 12 year old Joe, a Boy Scout with Troop 2 in Summerville, SC. Before she passed, Troop 2 had started to plan to conduct 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. When Beverly passed on January 19, 2013, the Scouts decided to make that charity 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.
It is important that we work together to raise awareness and find a cure. 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 recurrence rate (50-80%), it requires life-long surveillance and is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis.
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) was founded in 2005 and its mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer; to advance bladder cancer research; and to provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.
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"
|Boy Scout Troop 2||5/21/2013||$786.00|
|Jeff and Christy Lister||5/21/2013||$25.00|
|John and Betty Jones||5/21/2013||$50.00|