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The Bucket List Bake Sale

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,kids fighting cancer — Tags: , — The Good Cookies @ 9:01 pm July 11, 2017

 

Hello, Good Cookies! Today’s blog was written by fellow Good Cookie Rachel Kirkham, who put her own spin on the classic bake sale. 

The Bucket List Bake Sale

Not long after Liam Witt’s passing, I stumbled upon his mother’s blog. I was a new mother, and my heart instantly broke as I read about their journey. If possible, my heart also pieced itself back together when I saw that they were working to help kids like Liam through their charity, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It was from that moment on that I decided I’d follow Gretchen Witt to the ends of the earth if it meant that children like Liam could get help battling this horrible killer.

I have since met Gretchen and her family and have done anything and everything I can to help when they need it — be it volunteering at their annual Chef’s for Kids gala, or educating people about this amazing organization. The one thing that I was always too afraid to do was what Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was known for — the very roots of their foundation: a bake sale.

I am three years away from my 40th birthday, and I have managed to create a hefty bucket list of things I want to accomplish before that big day. Many of the items on my list are superficial and silly: meet Julie Andrews, run a sub 2-hour half marathon, successfully make a meal my children will eat. And some goals are lofty: plan and execute a big-city race benefiting charity, travel through Greece with my husband, take my kids to Austria. But, at the very top of my list is to finally conquer my fear of having a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Don’t ask me why I have been afraid to do it. I’m sure it is because I’m worried I will fail in some way. I don’t want to ask people for help, I don’t want to beg for donations…. blah, blah, blah. My list of excuses was miles long, but my list of reasons to do it was even longer. I knew that this year was the best time to do it because it would kick off my bucket list and my kids are finally old enough to help and truly understand the purpose. My daughter Lucy is the same age Liam was when he lost his battle to cancer. I look at her and can’t imagine my life without her, and I would be remiss if I didn’t help this cause in some small way.  

I have rallied my neighborhood pals and begged for baked goods. I have talked to city council. I have secured a location with major foot traffic. I have nailed down donations from local vendors. I have gathered a gaggle of cute kids, and even have friends and family from afar who can’t be here, but have donated to our fundraising page online. I have put myself out there, and have grown so much from this journey that I’m not sure who is winning more, me or the kids we aim to help. 

When asked what my inspiration was to add this bake sale to my bucket list, I was able to instantly answer with one person’s name: Gretchen Witt. I look and her and see hope for so many kids. I often face hard days and think of her and her strength and know that if Gretchen can get through a day, so can I. I want to do this bake sale to thank her in a small way for being such an integral part of my life. If she could do it, I could do it. 

The best part about this whole journey has been teaching my kids what it means to truly give back. I feel like they have a connection with Liam somehow and have taken in his story so deeply, and I am grateful for that. I now know why it took me so long to get the guts to have this bake sale: I needed my kids to help me be brave.

So, if you see our bake sale in New Jersey, we will be the loud ones with green balloons and orange shirts giving our hearts to Gretchen, Larry, Ella, and Liam, and everyone we have met on this journey.

– Rachel

Inspired? You can still make an online donation to Rachel’s Bucket List Bake Sale fundraising page here, OR you can register for you own bake sale or other fundraising event.

 Visit our Facebook page for more fundraising event ideas!

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