Not only has one Oklahoma City-area Girl Scout broken a record that has lasted for decades, according to a report from the Associated Press, but also she’ll be raising more than $60,000 for breast cancer research in the process.
If going by the $3.50 standard price for a box of Girl Scout Cookies, as listed on the organization’s western Oklahoma area website, 12-year-old Katie Francis will have raised $63,374.50 for breast cancer research by selling 18,107 boxes of the coveted treats –– a new national record.
The previous record had been held by a Girl Scout named Elizabeth Brinton, who sold roughly 18,000 during one sales period in the 1980s.
And the sixth-grader, who sold more than 12,000 boxes in 2013, isn’t finished.
Sales of the cookies had been set to end Sunday, but cold weather pushed the selling period deadline back a week until March 30.
Francis attributed her strong sales to three aspects: A lot of time, a lot of commitment and asking every person she meets to buy the cookies.
The Cadette will receive a media boost Tuesday, as she’ll appear on NBC’s Today to talk about her record-breaking sales.