|Frosting For The Cause|
Hi! I recently was featured on Frosting For The Cause and I wanted to share my post here with you! Enjoy! :-)
When I first stumbled across Frosting For The Cause, I knew I wanted to contribute in some fashion or form but I wasn’t exactly sure how that would play out. I signed up for a date anyway and knew that when the time grew close, my story would come together and I would have an organization to support.
In September, I started CupcakesEverywhere.com to bridge together two of my favorite things, cupcakes and helping people. Oddly enough, I have found the perfect outlet. Many people ask where my obsession for cupcakes came from and while it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where my baking, sprinkle, frosting obsession kicked in, I can remember a special day that made me truly want to create this site and do all I can to help make a difference in the world around me.
Via the internet and e-mail, I meet the mother/daughter duo, Stephanie and Blake who founded Cupcakes For Cancer. When I heard their story, it not only tugged at my heart, it also caused me to want to go into action and do what I can to help in the same manner Blake and her friends do. Blake is a cancer survivor and she was only in her early teens when diagnosed. But, after Blake became cancer free, she decided to do something to help other children who are battling cancer so she created Cupcakes For Cancer. Her plan was simple, bake homemade cupcakes and sell them after school and at local events to raise money towards helping children who are going through treatment. Not only did she raise $5000 in 6 weeks but she got her community involved as well. Blake's determination has paid off as her non-profit, now 3 years later, has raised funds for The Teddy Bear Foundation of Santa Barbara, Make-A-Wish of the Tri-Counties, and CureSearch – a national pediatric cancer research foundation. Blake has raised over $65,000, granted 6 wishes for Make-A-Wish and has created a national outreach called “Frosting Hope Across America," where other children can host cupcake bake sales and donate, too! And the best part is, Blake is STILL in high school! Her accomplishments are numerous including: 2008 Spirit Award from Santa Barbara Board of Education, 2010 Local Hero award from Santa Barbara, CA and the 2011 Prudential Spirit Community Award. Blake has inspired me and many others to do something to help make this world a better place.
After meeting Blake and Stephanie, my wife and I raised over $300 to donate to their annual Cupcake Camp and we ventured up to Santa Barbara and participated in the event, too. They are such remarkable people and they have made me want to use my passion and talents to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
I’ve had many friends deal with cancer, whether it’s the treatment process or sadly losing the battle, and thanks to Blake I’ve been inspired to do all that I can in the fight against cancer. CupcakesEverywhere.com, since beginning in September 2011, has helped raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Movember.org, and The Prostate Cancer Foundation. To date, we have partnered with over a dozen organizations and have baked thousands of cupcakes to raise money. I’m so excited to dedicate our Vegan Vanilla Cupcake recipe and this post to Blake and Cupcakes For Cancer. Thank you Blake for inspiring me to join the fight against cancer!