Local Scout Ethan Fishel builds youth cancer support network through Eagle Scout project

Life scout Ethan Fishel beat cancer and now looks to help others in the same fight Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.
Life scout Ethan Fishel beat cancer and now looks to help others in the same fight Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Last year, Ethan Fishel, a 15-year-old Boy Scout from southern Utah Troop 0509, was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Fishel and his family spent the summer traveling to Las Vegas for treatment and eventually beat cancer. And now that he’s back at home, he’s working on a project to help others in the area to fight their own battles with the disease.

Through Ethan’s treatment programs, he and his family gathered strength from an experienced and supportive network of other survivors. The only problem was that this network was located in Las Vegas.

One of the resources that provided the Fishels with access to this network was a youth-focused cancer support system called Candlelighters, an organization that raises awareness and provides outings for families affected by cancer to spend time with others who are fighting the same fight.

Upon returning home, the Fishels were unable to find anything like the Candlelighters based in Washington County.

Life scout Ethan Fishel, and his mom Angela, prepare for his upcoming project which will help young cancer patients find support Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

“There are a lot of kids who will find themselves in this situation, who are seeking medical care outside of the area, but it would be nice to have the social aspect available here for them,” said Angela Fishel, Ethan’s mother.

So, Ethan and his family got to work.

Ethan was already a Life Scout, the second-highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve, but needed to develop a project to earn his Eagle Scout, the highest rank. Knowing what he knew about the need for cancer patients to get support, he decided to try to set up a local support network.

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