A Good Cookie Story

Filed under: Bake Sale — admin @ 10:54 pm January 8, 2010

Donation jar.

So much about pediatric cancer is out of my control. I’m not a scientist who can develop treatments and eventual cures. I don’t have an endowment or trust to donate and fund new therapies. And I absolutely cannot stop the hands of time, so I know tomorrow close to 50 more kids will be diagnosed with pediatric cancer. But I take comfort in the things I can do – like sharing the stories of Good Cookies who host bake sales. Like the Good Cookie story from Tisha Soladay in Redondo Beach, California, whose words and pictures bring to life the wonderfully ordinary and uniquely extraordinary elements of her Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. . .in Tisha’s words. . .

Tisha and her daughter Daphne

Tisha and her daughter Daphne

“I saw Joan Cusack on Martha Stewart and stopped what I was doing to learn about the cause she was supporting. I immediately knew that a bake sale was something I could handle. I had been looking for an organization to volunteer for, especially one that had to do with children and health, but hadn’t yet found one that was personal to me. I have always wanted to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House since my parents needed their services when I was little, but there is not a location near me. I was very sick at age 10 and was in and out of hospitals and doctors offices for years. Although it wasn’t cancer, it was a very scary time for my family and I and I almost died. I still suffer from two other autoimmune diseases today, so I felt like this was the field I wanted to volunteer for. When I saw the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer segment, I got very excited and immediately went to my computer to learn more. I started calling my closest friends and sending out emails the next day.

Tisha Soladay with her team (from back) Julie Slusser, Florence Messenger, and Candace Weber with their kids during the bake sale.

Tisha Soladay with her team (from back) Jenny Slusser, Florence Messenger, Candance Verdugo, and Cassie Weber with their kids during the bake sale.

I was psyched that Glad was matching funds, and I really wanted to get the bake sale done in December! I decided we should have our bake sale on December 13th during the Manhattan Beach Fireworks Festival since it was a high traffic event that thousands of people come to watch. Of course it was pouring rain two days prior, and I was a nervous wreck that the rain would ruin everything! But it cleared up, and we were able to go through with our bake sale. It was windy and cold but most people in town don’t miss the fireworks, so I knew there would still be lots of people.

We set up at 3pm and shortly after a nasty motorcycle cop tried to shut us down. I explained that I had permission to be there from the city, but he definitely wasn’t in the Christmas spirit and threatened to check it out. Thankfully he never returned! Some of our kids helped out and did a great job selling cookies and holding signs.

Early on, I was frustrated because it didn’t seem like many people were stopping on their way down to the show. I worried we were going to have tons of baked goods left! Our plan was to sell until the fireworks started then join our families on the beach, but a friend and I decided to stay and see if we could sell what was left as everyone walked back to their cars. Well, that was a great decision. We were bombarded with people after the fireworks and ended up selling almost everything. After 5 hours of standing and yelling some form of “Come buy cookies and support children’s cancer research!” we were beat! I couldn’t wait to get the kids in bed and count the cash!

Our goal was $500. My husband kept saying, “You have at least a thousand here,” but I just didn’t believe him until he said, “Look just his stack of twenties is $600!” Our total from the bake sale: $1069!! A friend’s husband sold leftover brownies at his work the next day plus my parents who couldn’t be at the sale donated money. So our GRAND total is $1135! I think we did pretty well for 5 hours out in the cold!” 
What a spread!

What a spread!


Stories like Tisha’s highlight some great ingredients of successful bake sales – inspiration, motivation, determination and fun! Her bake sale story also reminds me we don’t have to control every little aspect of pediatric cancer to make a difference. We can’t all be scientists, and we definitely cannot stop the hands of time. But if each of us contributes what is in our control by hosting a bake sale, ordering cookies, or making a donation, then together, we will raise the funds needed to make the biggest difference of all – we’ll save lives.  

 

 

Please register your Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale today!

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