Bake sale raises funds for cancer research

A Confirmation sponsorship for a young woman at St. Martha Church and School has grown to include a fund-raising effort for an organization called “Cookies for Kids Cancer.”

Michelle Rapp, a parishioner at St. Martha Church, is Confirmation sponsor for eighth-grader Katie Arnold.

“We were looking for a service project to get involved with, and came across ‘Cookies for Kids Cancer’ online,” she explained in a telephone interview earlier this week. “They are a non-profit agency that raises money for pediatric cancer research, and we thought it would be a good fit, because Katie said she wanted to be involved with helping children.”

The pair organized a bake sale with the help of My Gym at 11800 Shelbyville Road. The event was held Jan. 13 at the gym and Rapp said she was “amazed” by community support for the effort.

“We had so many baked goods donated that we’ve put some in a freezer and will have another bake sale at St. Margaret Mary next Thurday (Jan. 24),” she said. “We had about 100 people show up and on that Sunday night we raised about $800.”

Since “Cookies for Kids Cancer” will match funds raised dollar-for-dollar, it means the Confirmation service project has raised $1,600 so far. “With the additional bake sale, we’ll raise even more,” Rapp said.

Baked goods were donated for the effort by more than a half-dozen local bakers, including Plehn’s Bakery, W. W. Cousins, Breadworks, and Cookies by Design. In addition, Rapp said, Middletown restaurant Salsarita’s donated chips and salsa to those attending the event.

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