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Greenbrier Elementary holds 'Cupcakes for a Cause' fundraiser

October 05, 2009

BOONSBORO -- On Sept. 19, Greenbrier Elementary School held a bake sale and teamed up with a national nonprofit organization, CancerCare, for the sixth annual Cupcakes for a Cause, supporting children affected by a cancer diagnosis.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Greenbrier Elementary participated with its cupcakes event.

Many parents baked cupcakes to donate to the cause along with Safron Bakery of Hagerstown, which also donated cupcakes.

The children loved the designs of the various cupcakes, and of course, enjoyed each little bite.

The event raised more than $300. Last year, the organization raised more than $120,000 for CancerCare for Kids nationwide.

"'Cupcakes for a Cause' is a great way to have a sweet treat while helping children affected by this devastating illness," said Diane Blum, executive director of CancerCare. "Children diagnosed with cancer, and those who have a parent or sibling with cancer, face very difficult emotional questions and concerns that most kids their age don't have. Our oncology-trained social workers help children understand cancer, talk about their feelings and become less afraid."

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Starting this month, parents and kids visiting the Web site can help raise awareness and additional funds for the program by decorating their own virtual e-Cupcake and sending it to a friend.

For each of the first 5,000 e-Cupcakes sent, corporate sponsor 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will donate $1 to the program. Go to www.cupcakesforacause.org.

For more information about CancerCare for Kids, which provides free professional support services, age-appropriate counseling, financial assistance, education and practical support to children affected by a cancer diagnosis, whether their own or that or a loved one, go to www.cancercare.org/get_help/special_progs/cc_for_kids.php.

About CancerCare and CancerCare for Kids

CancerCare is a national non-profit organization founded in 1944 that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Children and teens affected by cancer have special needs and concerns. CancerCare for Kids offers practical support, education and advice to parents, and counseling to children and teens to help them understand cancer. All services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. For more information, call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org.

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