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Berlin, Md. On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Cadette Girl Scout Troop 736 presented cancer care kits for patients at the John H. ‘Jack’ Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Center.

The young ladies of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 736, in a team effort, have worked over the last six months as Juniors to develop a three-fold plan to benefit those of our community that have been diagnosed with cancer. Each of these girls have in some way been affected by cancer. Some have been caregivers for loved ones, several participate in local cancer events such as Relay for Life, and one has even eulogized her godmother as she had succumbed after a 14-year battle with breast cancer. In the pursuit of the Bronze Award, the highest award that may be achieved by a Junior Girl Scout, the troop began taking action in May.

The girls started by brainstorming a list of ideas of what to include in a cancer care kit. Since then, they contacted the Cancer Center through their friends at the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life of North Worcester and the AGH Foundation.

The girls developed a flyer to solicit donations of items to be included in each kit. Care kit items include tooth brushes, toothpaste, ginger candies, teas, puzzle books, and more. Troop 736 split into teams and went on a mission to talk to business owners in the community and participate in area events to encourage community support for their project.

“The newly bridged Cadette Girl Scout Troop 736 of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is pleased to present 75 small care kits, 15 lap blankets, and a coloring station to patients of the John H. ‘Jack’ Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Center of Berlin,” stated Bronze Project Troop Advisor Colleen Rutzler. “These young ladies will be honored as a troop at the On My Honor ceremony in January in achieving the Girl Scout Bronze Award.”


Photo 1: Girl Scout Troop 736 with AGH oncologists, Dr. Manoj Jain (on left) and Dr. Rabindra Paul (on right), and AGH vice president of public relations, Toni Keiser (in middle).

Photo 2: Delmarva’s Model Miss 2019 presenting the coloring station basket to AGH vice president of public relations, Toni Keiser.

Photo 3: Girl Scout Troop 736 presenting a lap blanket to AGH cancer patient, Nancy Riggins.

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md., combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit