An 8-year-old cancer survivor sold over 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. She's using proceeds to help 'fellow childhood cancer warriors'

An 8-year-old cancer survivor in San Bernardino, California, is using some of the proceeds from her Girl Scout cookie sales to give back to others fighting c...

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 11:07 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2021 11:15 PM

An 8-year-old cancer survivor in San Bernardino, California, is using some of the proceeds from her Girl Scout cookie sales to give back to others fighting cancer.

Lilly Bumpus, who has been a Girl Scout for four years, said she sold 32,484 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, crushing the previous record of roughly 26,000 boxes sold within three months.

In an email statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of America said the organization applauds 'Lilly's entrepreneurial efforts, awesome sales goal, and donations!'

The Girl Scouts of America said it doesn't track official top cookie sellers at the national level. However, 'there are so many impressive cookie bosses throughout the United States, and our 111 councils, which handle their own sales tracking, may track their top sellers locally' like Bumpus, the spokesperson said.

Bumpus' troop, which includes other childhood cancer survivors or family members of someone who has battled cancer, is allocating a majority of the funds they raised toward cancer research and feeding the homeless.

Of the more than 32,000 boxes sold, 5,200 boxes are also being donated to 'fellow childhood cancer warriors in the hospitals,' Bumpus, who posted the record on her Facebook page on March 23, said.

'It's just so crazy,' Bumpus told CNN about her record number of sales.

Bumpus was born with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. She has been cancer-free since just before her first birthday. But Trish Bauer, Bumpus' mother, told CNN it's been a 'long road' for her daughter, who started a treatment made for adults at three months of age.

'Dear world, childhood cancer isn't rare and they can't fight alone!' Bauer wrote on her daughter's Facebook page. 'It remains the lowest funded form of cancer research and because of that kids like my little girl who was born with it and is now a survivor fights to sell cookies to try to fix it. They can't fight alone!'

Bumpus' initial goal was to sell 5,000 boxes -- and as she sold more, it increased to 20,000. Bauer wasn't sure they would be able to reach that goal.

'We thought 20,000 would be a miracle,' Bauer said.

With the continuation of the pandemic, the Girl Scouts of America had to get creative for cookie season. Besides safe in-person sales, the cookies were also sold online for a second year and, for the first time, through food delivery service Grubhub.

But Bumpus ended up surpassing her 20,000 boxes goal before March 21, which is when cookie season ended. Bauer said she didn't reveal the final box tally so it would remain a surprise until Bumpus' gathering with her troop on March 22.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Bauer wrote that the world is 'showing my 8 year old cookie hustling cancer survivor that together we can and will end cancer. That nothing is impossible when you make it possible!'

The Girl Scouts spokesperson described Bumpus as 'a true entrepreneur and a go-getter' who 'embodies what the Girl Scout Cookie Program is all about.'

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 775686

Reported Deaths: 14025
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1066871814
Lake572681031
Allen43500701
Hamilton37653427
St. Joseph37508568
Elkhart29882471
Tippecanoe23732232
Vanderburgh23634405
Porter19690327
Johnson19020394
Hendricks18271323
Clark13730199
Madison13719348
Vigo12949256
Monroe12691180
LaPorte12645225
Delaware11218198
Howard10832237
Kosciusko9851124
Hancock8855150
Bartholomew8343157
Warrick8216157
Floyd8128183
Grant7457181
Boone7289105
Wayne7273201
Morgan6988143
Marshall6376117
Dubois6327118
Cass6130112
Noble607391
Dearborn605878
Henry6001111
Jackson520977
Shelby514898
Lawrence5020128
Gibson471697
Montgomery464792
Clinton462755
DeKalb461485
Harrison459277
Huntington429082
Whitley421045
Steuben414561
Miami411573
Jasper403957
Knox397291
Putnam388762
Wabash373884
Adams358956
Ripley354571
Jefferson351487
White341854
Daviess3110100
Wells305981
Greene298485
Decatur294393
Posey288235
Fayette287764
Scott285458
LaGrange278873
Clay277649
Washington257638
Randolph248583
Jennings243349
Spencer240531
Fountain239050
Starke231559
Owen226759
Sullivan224143
Fulton210446
Jay204132
Carroll200623
Orange194456
Perry193139
Vermillion183444
Rush179127
Tipton174348
Franklin173935
Parke157816
Pike144034
Blackford138732
Pulaski124748
Newton124137
Benton111615
Brown106743
Crawford106716
Martin92715
Warren88715
Switzerland8568
Union73910
Ohio58711
Unassigned0429

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1132798

Reported Deaths: 20530
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1312911496
Cuyahoga1180592268
Hamilton830231263
Montgomery541901064
Summit491891018
Lucas43982835
Butler40324615
Stark34056941
Lorain26232511
Warren25125312
Mahoning22881614
Lake21602397
Clermont20592261
Delaware19295138
Licking16977227
Fairfield16959207
Trumbull16940493
Medina16019278
Greene15721254
Clark14439309
Portage13548219
Wood13411201
Allen12124245
Richland11870214
Miami11140229
Wayne9344228
Columbiana9282236
Muskingum9207137
Pickaway8796123
Marion8774140
Tuscarawas8756257
Erie8220166
Ashtabula7318180
Hancock7080135
Ross7070165
Geauga7032153
Scioto6887108
Belmont6261179
Lawrence6033106
Union595149
Jefferson5787162
Huron5678122
Sandusky5536130
Darke5476131
Seneca5391128
Washington5391111
Athens528660
Auglaize510587
Mercer492885
Shelby487798
Knox4678112
Ashland450198
Madison450066
Defiance444599
Fulton443275
Putnam4366104
Crawford4152112
Brown414163
Preble3988107
Logan396379
Clinton395667
Ottawa378281
Highland370768
Williams361878
Champaign351760
Guernsey334054
Jackson324954
Perry300550
Morrow298544
Fayette291350
Hardin280465
Henry279067
Coshocton275161
Holmes2735102
Van Wert254465
Gallia254150
Adams253658
Pike247137
Wyandot236557
Hocking224163
Carroll203349
Paulding181542
Meigs153940
Monroe139446
Noble138739
Harrison115738
Morgan112024
Vinton88217
Unassigned04
Fort Wayne
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 81°
Angola
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Huntington
Partly Cloudy
78° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 79°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 79°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 80°
It will be another cool Wednesday morning.
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events