August 20, 2014

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Paulding Boy Scout troop makes young cancer patient an honorary Scout

PAULDING – Christian Michael Niese, a 4-year-old resident of Miller City, is suffering from a rare kidney cancer. He has already undergone one operation to remove one kidney, undergone radiation treatment, and now has to go through six months of chemotherapy in the hope of destroying other cancerous cells that have appeared elsewhere.

The Citizens of Miller City have rallied around the family to help them with the growing medical bills. An article appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of the Progress where those citizens asked our citizens to help with the Benefit that was held on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Scouts of Paulding Troop 315 are currently working on their Citizenship of the Community Merit Badge. One of the requirements for earning the badge is to do something for the community. (Scouts do a lot of that already!) So when the Scouts heard that the good folks of Miller City were asking for help, the Scouts in the troop decided that a good portion of the money they earned from the annual popcorn sales should go to the Niese family.

The troop attended the benefit for Christian on Saturday. The Scouts presented to the parents a check for $200. And to Christian, they presented a certificate making him an Honorary Boy Scout of Paulding Troop 315 for living the Scout Law by being kind, cheerful, and brave.

The Scouts also presented him with a Scout Tiger cap in the hope that he will join the cub scouts in two years.