Skip to main content

Cancer survivor & a real “trooper” for the Girl Scouts

May 31, 2017 09:59AM, Published by Today's Family, Categories: Family


Heidi Lee Cameron and her daughter MacKenzie



By Donna L. Robinson

Being a Girl Scout troop leader or service unit director can be a tiring task for someone in good health.  But, taking on those roles while battling breast cancer can be a daunting task.  That is, unless you are Heidi Lee Cameron.

In November of 2015, Cameron was diagnosed with breast cancer.  “At that time I was the ‘cookie mom’ for my unit and troop.  I was very excited to be a co-leader [someone who mentors a group of same grade girls who meet a few times per month] for 18 girls in Wickliffe, working and sitting at 10 cookie booths during the time I was going through chemotherapy.  It was typical for a troop to sit and work at two cookie booths, but I chose to work and sit at 10. People told me I was crazy, but I did it for the girls, and just kept pushing myself along,” said Cameron.

That dedication paid big dividends for her 8-year-old daughter, MacKenzie, who sold 2,249 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, which was a remarkable achievement considering that Wickliffe is a smaller unit.

“Chemotherapy was pretty rough for me.  I couldn’t walk more than 5–10 feet at a time and had to stop to rest often.  The more treatments I had, the more it wreaked havoc on my body” says Cameron.  “People told me to slow down and take a rest and not work so hard, but I felt that helping the Girl Scouts was what I was supposed to be doing.  I was also working full time during the day.  What was I supposed to do––sit home and feel sorry for myself?  No!  I pushed myself through.” 

She not only pushed herself through, but took on a greater role in April 2016 by becoming the service unit director––a role that has her working with all the troop leaders within her unit.  Her positive attitude and tireless work helped her to flip the entire unit around and get it pointed in the right direction.

On April 29 Cameron’s service unit won the President’s Award. There are 129 service units in the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio with only 11 winning the award –– the only one in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties. 

Cameron said, “This award is special to me because we are a small unit, therefore it is much harder to get volunteers and girls.  The President’s Award for the whole unit is based on our exemplary efforts in our area in reaching our goals in our membership of 2017, which includes training new members, and having every service unit position filled.  Renewal is a big thing.  Of course we had to keep promoting the Girl Scouts in a good way.” 

Cameron has a continuous thirst for knowledge about the Girl Scouts and has always sought out information about the organization.  An interesting fact that inspired her to become a service unit director was about Juliet Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.  “I learned that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1920.  When I was asked to take over the position that I have now, I just felt like it was a calling to me,” said Cameron. 

She concludes, “I am in remission now, but the Girl Scouts kept me going.  I really didn’t want to sit and think about my cancer.  I get so much out of the Girl Scouts and what it does for my girls.  I feel it has done more for me than I have done for it.”

For more information about the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, visit www.gsneo.org.  



Family


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Euclid Farmers' Market

    08/25/2017
    03:00PM — 06:30PM

    Market features locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, bedding plants, herbs, candles an...


  • Mentor City Fest

    08/25/2017
    04:00PM — 11:00PM

    Mentor's favorite family-friendly festival offers a full slate of entertainment, vendors, food, a...


  • Concerts and more at the Glen

    08/25/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. Snacks and beverages are ...


  • The Singing Angels Open Auditions

    08/26/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Be part of a professional group that performs for thousands of people, including at such prestigi...


  • Mentor City Fest

    08/26/2017
    12:00PM — 11:00PM

    Mentor's favorite family-friendly festival offers a full slate of entertainment, vendors, food, a...


  • 9th Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival

    08/26/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

    Featuring a celebrity chef competition, live music, kids area, parades and many more events and a...


  • Railroad Memorabilia Show

    08/27/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Collectors will show off their private collections of railroad related items like railroad signal...


  • 72nd One World Day Festival

    08/27/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Featuring parade of flags, guided trolley tours, family activities, beer garden, naturalization c...


  • 9th Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival

    08/27/2017
    12:00PM — 06:00PM

    Featuring a celebrity chef competition, live music, kids area, parades and many more events and a...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Senior Safari

    08/30/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Come out to Senior Safari Days where guests 62 and better get free admission to the Zoo. Tai Chi ...


  • The Singing Angels Open Auditions

    08/30/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Be part of a professional group that performs for thousands of people, including at such prestigi...


  • Wade Oval Wednesdays

    08/30/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Enjoy a FREE concert, food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are a...


  • Euclid Farmers' Market

    08/25/2017
    03:00PM — 06:30PM

    Market features locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, bedding plants, herbs, candles an...


  • Mentor City Fest

    08/25/2017
    04:00PM — 11:00PM

    Mentor's favorite family-friendly festival offers a full slate of entertainment, vendors, food, a...


  • Concerts and more at the Glen

    08/25/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. Snacks and beverages are ...


  • The Singing Angels Open Auditions

    08/26/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Be part of a professional group that performs for thousands of people, including at such prestigi...


  • Mentor City Fest

    08/26/2017
    12:00PM — 11:00PM

    Mentor's favorite family-friendly festival offers a full slate of entertainment, vendors, food, a...


  • 9th Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival

    08/26/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

    Featuring a celebrity chef competition, live music, kids area, parades and many more events and a...


  • Railroad Memorabilia Show

    08/27/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Collectors will show off their private collections of railroad related items like railroad signal...


  • 72nd One World Day Festival

    08/27/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Featuring parade of flags, guided trolley tours, family activities, beer garden, naturalization c...


  • 9th Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival

    08/27/2017
    12:00PM — 06:00PM

    Featuring a celebrity chef competition, live music, kids area, parades and many more events and a...


  • Senior Safari

    08/30/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Come out to Senior Safari Days where guests 62 and better get free admission to the Zoo. Tai Chi ...


  • The Singing Angels Open Auditions

    08/30/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Be part of a professional group that performs for thousands of people, including at such prestigi...


  • Wade Oval Wednesdays

    08/30/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Enjoy a FREE concert, food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are a...


  • Geauga County Fair

    08/31/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00AM

    Exhibits open daily at 10 am Rides open daily at noon Exhibits, animals, rides, music, foo...


  • Geauga County Fair

    09/01/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00AM

    Exhibits open daily at 10 am Rides open daily at noon Exhibits, animals, rides, music, foo...


  • Euclid Farmers' Market

    09/01/2017
    03:00PM — 06:30PM

    Market features locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, bedding plants, herbs, candles an...


  • Geauga County Fair

    09/02/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00AM

    Exhibits open daily at 10 am Rides open daily at noon Exhibits, animals, rides, music, foo...


  • Geauga County Fair

    09/03/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00AM

    Exhibits open daily at 10 am Rides open daily at noon Exhibits, animals, rides, music, food,...


  • Salute To Orange

    09/03/2017
    05:30PM

    Featuring entertainment, rocket car rides, fireworks, food & more.


  • Geauga County Fair

    09/04/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00AM

    Exhibits open daily at 10 am Rides open daily at noon Exhibits, animals, rides, music, food,...


  • Preschool Safari- Getting Around

    09/06/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Your little Zoo enthusiasts are sure to love these fun-filled programs designed for families with...


  • Euclid Farmers' Market

    09/08/2017
    03:00PM — 06:30PM

    Market features locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, bedding plants, herbs, candles an...


  • Lyndhurst Home Days

    09/08/2017
    06:00PM — 11:00PM

    Located at Lyndhurst Park, (behind city hall), this year's event will be filled with activities, ...


  • Doggie Dip 2017

    09/09/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Thornton Park Pool goes to the dogs. Owners are welcome to swim with their dogs in the unheated/u...


  • Lyndhurst Home Days

    09/09/2017
    01:00PM — 11:00PM

    Located at Lyndhurst Park, (behind city hall), this year's event will be filled with activities, ...


  • Bug Day: Backyard Bugs

    09/10/2017
    12:00PM — 04:00PM

    Insects are everywhere! They inhabit all the continents, roam your backyard and are even in the ...


  • Lyndhurst Home Days

    09/10/2017
    01:00PM — 09:30PM

    Located at Lyndhurst Park, (behind city hall), this year's event will be filled with activities, ...