COLUMBUS - Over 100 years ago, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America on a staunch belief in supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development; so that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills. It is a belief that permeates throughout the organization's more than 100 councils nationwide.

Recently, the local troops had an opportunity to celebrate Low's rich life with a 'Pink Birthday Party'.

Low was born on Oct. 31, 1860, and passed away from breast cancer in 1927. Low developed breast cancer in 1923, but kept it a secret. She caught the flu after an operation to remove the malignant lumps, leaving her bed-ridden until February 1924. When she recovered, she resumed her work with the American Girl Scouts and the International Council. She secretly had two more operations to try to cure her breast cancer, but was informed in 1925 that she had about six months to live. She continued to do work for the Girl Scouts, and even sneaked away during her recovery from surgery to make a speech at the Girl Scouts' regional conference in Richmond.

On Monday, Oct. 30, Girl Scouts from Cherokee County gathered at the Scout House in Columbus to celebrate Low's life by holding a pink birthday party in her honor.

Angie Saparito, Director of Mercy Health in Columbus, talked to the girls and mothers about breast cancer. She told them of the importance of women getting regular exams. Mary Burke brought the mammography van and the girls were given a tour and had questions answered concerning mammograms.

For a snack, the girls decorated pink ribbon cookies and had pink lemonade. Crafts consisted of pink ribbon bead dangles for their backpacks and pink ribbon prayer boxes.

Each girl brought donations of fuzzy blankets and socks, hard candies, ginger teas, journals, puzzle books, lip balms, and other items useful to women going through chemo therapy. These items were donated to the Freeman Cancer Center.

The girls each earned a pink ribbon patch celebrating the life of Juliette.