Cancer-Surviving Girl Scout Sets New Cookie Sale Record
An 8-year-old Californian Girl Scout set a new record for most boxes sold in a single season.
Lilly Bumpus, 8, overcame Ewing's Sarcoma when she was a toddler. This year, she set up outside her San Bernardino home and collected online orders as well. Many of her orders came through as donation orders for patients at children's hospitals.
"A lot of people approached us saying we must have gotten big businesses or sponsors to buy from us, or big donations," the girl's mother, Trish Bauer, told the San Jose Mercury News. "The biggest order placed was 100 boxes. Lilly reached 32,000 boxes out of everyone seeing value in buying one box, two boxes, four boxes, and everybody working together to try to be a small piece of a really big puzzle. That, to me, is magical."
Lilly's Girl Scout troop is mostly made up of cancer survivors, girls undergoing treatment and children who have lost loved ones to cancer. The entire troop showed up outside her home last week to unveil the sales total: 32,484 boxes.
A week before the cutoff, she was short of the record 26,086 boxes.
"She sold her freaking heart out till the last day of Girl Scout cookie season," Bauer said. "We boothed 11 hours straight outside our house and sold 500 boxes in one day. It's Lilly being Lilly. She does not like somebody telling her something is not possible."