Every Eagle Scout parent knows how much time and effort goes into a good Eagle service project. It takes determination, planning, help from lots of people and of course, plenty of hard work. Because of its scope, many boys put the service project off to the 18th birthday deadline. A few years ago one Scout repeated this common problem on the trail to Eagle.
In 2013, James Aldredge of South Jordan, Utah, was up against his 18th birthday deadline, but his was not the usual procrastination. Two years earlier he was diagnosed with cancer, but that did not keep him from helping others.