Katie McCann, 13, Ana Kruger, 14, and Izzy Anton, 13, have been working all summer to raise enough money to purchase 100 books for the new room known as Rebecca's Book Nook at CHaD.
Though she was fighting for her life, Tabat turned her attention to the children around her in the hospital who were also struggling and began thinking of ways to make their lives better.
"She started selling T-shirts and bracelets and bears to raise money," said Kruger.
Since Tabat's death, her mother, Charlene, has taken the lead with the charity, which has pledged $75,000 to help the hospital create a centrally located play area in the pediatric inpatient unit, according to the group's website, www.curewithope.org.
So far, according to McCann, they've brought in about half the money they need by selling book plates that will be placed in the new books, as well as selling magnets and thank-you cards that McCann designed. But they only have until Sept. 30 to raise enough money for 100 books and to qualify for the Silver Award.
"The Silver Award is the second highest award you can get in Girl Scouts," said McCann. "It's like practice for getting the Gold Award which is like the equivalent of an Eagle Scout."
The girls have to perform 50 hours of work on a project that gives back to the community and is sustainable in the long term, and though going for their Silver Award is an optional exercise, the girls are motivated to get the fundraising part done before they leave the rank of Cadette for the senior level in Scouting at the end of September.
Izzy Anton, who is a year behind the other girls, will continue the physical part of the project, to help install the reading nook, once construction on the play area is completed, McCann said.
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