Good Cookie Spotlight: Three High School Students Making a Difference

Filed under: Inspire — admin @ 11:17 am March 4, 2013

Stefanie Scott, Official Good Cookie Ambassador

Hi Everyone!  My name is Stefanie Scott. You may know me as Lexi on the Disney Channel show, A.N.T. Farm! I’ve always loved to bake – especially chocolate chip cookies for my brother.

So, when I heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, I had to get involved. Right now, more than 40,000 kids across the country are battling cancer. And I want to do my part to raise awareness and funds to help give each of those kids hope for a bright tomorrow.

I know that kids and teens want to make a difference, and with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, it’s easy and fun. One of the things I love about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is they offer ways to support the cause that anyone can do!

The most important part – Being a Good Cookie. What does that mean? It means that you find a way to help raise money for pediatric cancer research that works for you. I like to bake, so a bake sale makes sense for me. But kids across the country are getting involved in lots of ways. Some are running 5k races – others are organizing entire 5ks in honor of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. From kickball tournaments to penny drives…No matter how you do it, BEING a Good Cookie makes a difference.

That’s why I want to do everything I can to help Cookies for Kids’ Cancer spread the word, and to show people my age that there is something we can do. I’m asking you to join me in becoming a member of the Good Cookie Club. Gather friends, family, classmates and neighbors, and host an event at your school, church or local business. Together we can, AND WE WILL, make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Chandler Polakov, Calabasas, CA

I’ve always heard people telling stories about how a significant event or person changed their life. For me, it was the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Charity. Let me explain. My mom showed me a magazine ad about the charity. It explained how Gretchen Witt inspired people to have bake sales to raise money for pediatric cancer research. I thought, “I can do that!” So, I contacted my friends and had my first bake sale in 2009.

I couldn’t believe how many friends came out and even brought their friends and families to help. That little bake sale turned out to be a huge success. So much that when I started high school 3 years ago, I formed a club at my school to benefit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.

It was easy; I just asked one of my teachers to sponsor the club and filled out the required forms. After the 1st club rush, we had over a hundred sign-ups, and I knew the club would be a success.

Now, the club is one of the largest at the school, and every year we have several bake sales to raise money for the charity. It’s hard to believe that reading a magazine ad about raising money for pediatric cancer would have such a profound effect on my life, but it did. I’m always thinking about new ideas for bake sales and how to inspire others to help. Just as Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has become a big part of my life, I encourage you to have a bake sale and see how it will change yours.

Abbey Rogers, Charlotte, NC

As a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Myers Park High School, I was asked to complete a project that gave me the opportunity to research and create a product on the topic of my choice. I wanted to do something that would make a difference, so I chose to start a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 5K Race and Bake Sale.

I was inspired by a family friend, Grier, who was diagnosed at 2 ½ years old with stage-four cancer. Since his diagnosis, Grier and his family fight hard every day to battle this terrible disease. Grier is an amazing little boy, enduring endless rounds of chemo, needles, medicines – and keeps on fighting each day. His determination and spirit inspired me to do what I can to help raise awareness and find a cure for pediatric cancer so other families do not have to endure this difficult circumstance.

The first annual Cookies for Kid’s Cancer 5K and Bake Sale took place on St Patrick’s Day 2012. On this glorious spring day, we had over 350 runners and raised more than $14,000. Young and old came out to support the cause by opening up their hearts and their wallets.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of local businesses, volunteers, friends and family – this event was a success because of their concern and support for children like Grier. The event required countless hours of planning, follow-ups and organization for 6 months, but I can say that the life lessons I take with me from this experience are invaluable. I look forward to this year’s event being even bigger and better than the last.

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