Danica Bunnett, a member of Girl Scout Troop 92 in South Lake Tahoe, recently earned her gold award.
Danica earned the award, which is the Girl Scout equivalent of a Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Award, by making what she calls “pain-guins,” according to a press release. The idea for her gold award project was motivated by Danica’s younger sister’s experience with a rare nerve disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She wanted to develop a way to save children from continued embarrassment about their physical therapy routines and help ease their symptoms. After extensive research on what would help children suffering from this disorder, she created a design for cute stuffed animals that the children could carry with them and that incorporated all the different textures needed for them to stimulate their affected body parts. She called them “pain-guins.” Danica recruited and educated a team to help her make them for the children at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital’s Pain Program and then created a website so that people around the world would have access to information about the disorder as well as a full pattern and instructions to make the therapy tools themselves.
Four local girls have earned their gold award in the past year, the release stated.