Local Mom Sponsors Cancer Bake Sale in Honor of Brother
2010-09-10 · By Editor
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.
The bake sale is being held in Long Beach at The Wine Bar on 250 West Ocean on Friday, September 17th from 4:00PM to Midnight.
Previous to September of 2009, Pediatric cancers or really any cancer affecting young people were no where on Kelly Sisler’s radar. She had grandparents battle the disease but never thought it would strike her younger brother. After receiving a positive testicular cancer diagnosis at only 24, while trying to complete law school at Cal Western, she watched her brother fight through chemo and all of the sickness and frustration that comes with it. Doctor visits became the norm, trips to the pharmacy happened regularly and instead of running up and down the basketball court like he had throughout High School- he expended a majority of his energy just getting up and down the stairs. Kelly took to the internet to learn as much as she could about testicular cancer and childhood cancers in general and that is when she found Cookies For Kids Cancer.
“I may not be able to cure cancer by baking cookies, but if I can raise some money to help someone find a cure, well…what better way is there to do so?” says Kelly
September is National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone should be more informed about Pediatric Cancer and the opportunities that exist to help out those who are already all too familiar with this life altering disease.
The first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale was held in December 2007, when the mom of a young child with cancer decided to have an enormous bake sale where she and others would sell 96,000 cookies to raise money to help fund a pediatric cancer treatment in development. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, all 96,000 cookies were baked and sold in just three weeks. The bake sale raised over $400,000. From the support the first bake sale received, the idea to create an organization for people to hold their own bake sales came to life with the creation of a national organization.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is not about one child or one type of pediatric cancer. It is about changing the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and pediatric AIDS combined. Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Survivors of childhood cancer face a broad range of physical and psychological challenges imposed by the disease, and some will suffer its long-term effects for the rest of their lives. Despite all these statistics, there has not been a new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer in 20 years.
Together we can raise the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer research and to provide more families and children with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising the funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Make the future of pediatric cancers something more than a scary statistic. Join the fight because every child deserves a chance to live their dreams.
For more information on how you can help visit the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website.