Update on Troop 40 scout Chris Hardesty
Nathan Mann (ndmann@TACL.DNET.GE.COM)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 10:13:02 EDT
It's been a while since we've posted an update, so here goes:
Chris Hardesty is a scout in our troop. Just after summer camp three years
ago, he was diagnosed with cancer. Neuroblastoma. Chris was 12(?). His
father, John Hardesty, an active scouter (den/pack/troop/district) has devoted
his energies towards Chris and his treatment. Through friends both inside and
outside of scouting, Chris and John have held together.
When Chris was undergoing chemotherapy and then bone marrow transplant, many
scouts and scouters sent Email which we plastered all over Chris's hospital
room. It really helped keep his spirits up. Many thanks for all the thoughts,
prayers, cards and email.
Following Chris's bone marrow transplant last winter, things looked better.
No signs of cancer for months. It did come back, though. Further treatments
of an ever more experimental nature have not been successful.
Through all of this, Chris and John have remained devoted to scouting. Two and
a half years ago, John made the scoutmaster PROMISE to keep him involved, even
if Chris didn't make it. We all hoped and prayed he would make it. Chris
has continued to be active in scouting, as troop guide as well as going on
almost every outing and activity over these past three years. Only a couple
scouts in the troop have better attendence or participation. Even if he
couldn't camp, he'd at least come out for a few hours. (anything to get out!!!)
Chris planned his Eagle project from his hospital bed this summer. He stayed
in contact with his 4 crew leaders (past eagle scouts) via phone to cell phone.
Chris passed his Eagle Board of Review a few weeks ago, and we're planning his
Eagle Court of Honor
Tuesday, 10/8/96 at 7pm,
St. Paul United Methodest church
2000 Douglas Blvd.
Louisville, Ky. USA
Email can be directed to
Chris's cancer is at a very advanced stage. We've kept the scouts informed
all along. Last night we brought in two bereavement councelors, and they
met with the scouts for almost 2 hours, then with parents and leaders for over
another hour. We'll have a session with the Pack's Webeloes Thursday. Chris
was their Den Chief as long as he was able. John's still pack Committee Chair.
Chris is now home and on pain control only. Chris's prognosis is 2 to 4 weeks,
+/- anything. We'll hold a Court of Honor in his bedroom ifthings advance
faster than next Tuesday will allow. His Eagle Court of Honor is special for
Chris, John, the whole troop, as well as the community. His spirit and
determination have shown many others in simular situations they can be active
and cheerful rather than withdrawn and tearful. We know Chris's Eagle Court
of Honor may be the last scout function for Chris, and we invite your cards
and email of congratulations for Troop 40's newest Eagle Scout!
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