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8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Breaks National Girl Scout Record After Selling 32,484 Boxes of Cookies


Lilly Bumpus is an 8-year-old from San Bernardino, California. She believes that “cookies make people happy,” and she’s proven that with a record-breaking number of boxes sold this season.

In total, she sold 32,484 boxes of world-famous cookies — a number she can barely comprehend and a testament to her tenacity.

“I thought, ‘Wow I never knew I could do that,'” she told KABC-TV. “And it just meant so much to me to see all that huge number. It’s like the biggest number I’ve ever seen.”

Lilly has been involved with Girl Scouts for four years. This year posed some unusual difficulties as Girl Scouts couldn’t set up their usual stands in front of grocery stores — but that didn’t stop the ambitious young woman.

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Born with Ewing sarcoma cancer, Lilly is a fighter in more than one way.

“Let my Lilly remind you today, Don’t EVER give up on your dreams,” reads a post on her Facebook page from 2020. “No matter how big or small. No matter if it’s for your physical or mental Health… YOU ARE WORTH IT!

“Keep fighting and know when YOU prove the impossible is possible, you light a way for others to follow. Be the light. Always be the light.”

She beat the horrid disease, but it still weighs heavy on her mind and she wants to help those who are still struggling with it.

To that end, she was able to deliver 5,000 donated boxes of cookies to other kids fighting cancer, an impressive number all on its own.

“When it takes a moving truck to pick up your donated cookie boxes……..this…. this is how it makes you feel!” reads a post from Lilly’s Facebook page. “This is what 5,000 donated boxes looks like !!

“Time to now prep them to fill up the pediatric oncology units! We’re coming warriors. We’re coming!!”

Trish Bauer, Lilly’s mom, says this project has really helped Lilly come into her own.

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“Lilly has always been blessed with the community of supporters she’s had with her, but for the first time, the world saw she had her own voice, her own mission, her own site that is bigger than cancer,” Bauer told The Mercury News, according to People. “She just needed a space to do her own thing, and this was it.

“She does not like somebody telling her something is not possible. When I told her at the beginning of the season how tough it would be to sell this year, she told me, ‘Nothing is impossible if everybody chose to make it possible.'”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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