Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho’s Roselyn Halvorson heads to Dallas, Texas this week to participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She makes the trek halfway across the country to attend the world’s largest gathering of raising awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research because she has been named the event’s Grand Champion. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s calls on participants of all ages to join the fight against this destructive and devastating disease, which is nothing short of the truth in this case.
As second grade Brownie, Roselyn has earned $2,226.00 from selling lemonade and donated every penny to the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause that is near and dear to her heart. Having recently moved to Omak, Washington from Oklahoma City, she has spent almost every day this summer at her lemonade booth in her two hometown neighborhoods. Though it wasn’t always fun sitting in the summer heat to further her pint-sized business while her friends were riding their bikes, coloring, and playing at the park, Roselyn carried on due to her personal attachment to the cause. The driving force behind her efforts was motivated by the memory of her grandfather, who fought a tough battle against Alzheimer’s before passing away last year.
“She knows first hand how this disease robs families of so much,” said her mother, Valerie. “And for that,” she continued, “I am so proud of her for persevering to help others feel supported after a diagnosis.”
Perhaps one of the reasons Roselyn feels compelled to lend a helping hand to others and let them know they’re not alone, is because she has been fortunate enough to experience how important family is in her own life. She is the youngest of seven children and already has nine nieces and nephews. Roselyn is ecstatic to have moved to the west coast because now she’ll be able to spend more time with her loved ones, something she knows to never take for granted.
As if Roselyn hasn’t already accomplished enough during her first six years on this earth, she already has her sights set on her Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn! Once achieved, it has shown to be a token of demonstration of a girl’s ability to influence the world. If you ask us, Roselyn is well on her way to making her mark in history! After all, the possibilities are endless when you’re a G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader™).