Boy scouts complete 51.2 mile hike for bladder cancer

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) - Tuesday morning, 10 Summerville Boy Scouts hiked the last leg of 51.2 miles. The journey was in awareness of bladder cancer.

"The hardest part for me was the waking up in the morning and having to pack all of our stuff up and get on the trail, said Keegan Dustin, a 13-year old Scout. "It was really cold, I couldn't do anything."

The Scouts carried 30 pound back packs filled with food and supplies on the trip.

"I almost told Mr. Glenn, I just said, 'Man, I can't do this because it was so hard,'" said Cotter Smith, also a 13-year old Scout. "My feet hurt, I had blisters."

Troop leaders say the second and third days were the hardest.

"We woke up and it was raining," said Mark Edwards, the assistant Scout master. "We had to pack up in the rain and then it started down pouring. Your hammock was wet. We were probably carrying an extra 5 to 10 pounds just in water weight."

The boys agreed to endure the hike after their Scout master's mom died of bladder cancer. Several troop members also lost their grandparents in 2013.

"My grandpa passed away in November and then I was like, you know, I'm doing this," said Smith. "This is a big cause and I need to help out."

When the hike became difficult, Scouts said they thought of their loved ones and those suffering from bladder cancer. Dustin said the hike was painful but he never gave up.

"I feel [the pain] and I'm just like well there's someone out there that's worse than this," he said.

The troop also raised money for bladder cancer awareness and hopes their sacrifice will encourage others to do the same.

"For bladder cancer, the only thing that they can really do is take out your bladder and hope and pray that it doesn't come back," said Smith. "I want to give all this money to them so they can research it better, find the causes and help that you can keep your bladder and still keep alive."

Eighteen boys were trained to hike; however, due to sickness, eight were unable to finish.

As of Tuesday evening, troop leaders say the boys had raised more than $10,000. All of the funds will donated to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.