Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Remembering Girl Scout Abby Furco

Join us in remembering Girl Scout Abby Furco from Troop 308 in Virginia Beach who passed on October 19. She was a proud student at Kellam High School but struggled with cancer and complications from cancer treatments for many years. Abby first became ill when diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four and immediately started treatment at that time. Throughout her life, she experienced many treatments and hospital stays, including a bone marrow transplant. While keeping up with doctors’ visits and medical tests took time and energy, Abby was determined to have a normal life. She joined Girl Scouts at the age of five and became a Girl Scout Daisy. The positive attitude ingrained in her spirit, along with the love of her parents, helped many of Abby’s dreams come true.

Girl Scouts was an important part of her life. It was a place where she made friends and had a chance to make a difference in her community. With her troop, she did a number of community service projects that included making pet toys for the SPCA and doing a food and clothing drive for those in need. Her desire to make a difference and help people led her to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award earned by a Girl Scout Junior. The troop’s Bronze Award project included creating a menu and then cooking three meals for Virginia homeless through a partnership with PiN ministry. The troop also sewed stuffed toys for the children served by PiN. Girl Scout Troop Leader Carolyn Castano said Abby loved planning and leading badge work and camping.

Abby Furco at the 2016 Cookie Kickoff

Abby also enjoyed earning badges, particularly the cooking badge, as cooking was one of her favorite hobbies with dreams of becoming a chef. Abby’s warm and approachable personality made her popular among troop mates and at school. She was quick to laugh and to try new things. In 2017, she became a Cookie Captain and was proud of the cape she wore to the Cookie Kickoff held at the Children’s Museum in Portsmouth. She was recognized as a cookie champion at the 2017 Girl Fest event held at the Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

Abby lived the Girl Scout Promise and Law each and every day, helping others and finding ways, no matter how small or great, to make a difference in the world. She will be greatly missed.

Service details: https://bit.ly/2Zjt7GS