The Greenwood chapter of the Girl Scouts held their annual Cookie Kickoff Friday night and invited a special guest, Boston Whisenhunt.


It was about two years ago after his first baseball practice of the year that his parents noticed a lump on Boston’s neck. Nearly a month later the lump was identified as cancer and even later it was diagnosed as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.


Each year the Girl Scouts choose a community service project and for the rest of the year they will be focusing on Boston and his family. “Any donations of food or supplies that we get as a result of food drives and fundraisers will go to the cancer support house,” said Rachel Yates Director of the Service Unit with the Girl Scouts. Yates covers Greenwood, Hartford, Hackett and Mansfield.


Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow was on hand and proclaimed Jan. 21, 2017 as Boston Whisenhunt Day in the City of Greenwood. Whisenhunt also received a key to the city from the mayor. Kinslow stated that this was the first key to the city he has ever given. Boston was taken for a ride with the Greenwood Police Department and rode the ladder truck with the Greenwood City Fire Department.


At the kickoff money was collected to help the family with medical expenses.


Girl Scout Cookies are on sale now and will be available until the middle of April. To order cookies you can contact Yates at 479-629-3244.