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Westfield Bake Sale Organizers Hope to Raise $3,500 for Pediatric Cancer Research at FestiFall

Jackie Lieberman

Sunday, August 25, 2013 • 10:34am

WESTFIELD, NJ — Kids get cancer, too.

That’s why, for the third year in a row, volunteers will run a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (CFKC) bake sale during Westfield’s FestiFall street fair, to be held Sunday, Sept. 22 in Downtown Westfield. Money collected will help fund research for pediatric cancers.

“Pediatric cancer research is grossly underfunded,” said Marilyn Atlas-Berney, the bake sale’s organizer and official CFKC “Good Cookie Ambassador.” 

Pediatric cancer research is important, in my eyes, for a host of reasons beyond the need for a cure: 1. Pediatric forms of cancer do affect the population as whole – either directly by laying dormant in the system until adulthood or affecting an entire family of the patient; 2. Researching pediatric forms of cancer can lead to general advancements in cancer research, as well; 3. People gravitate to helping kids and so this is a great way to direct money towards cancer research.”

Want to donate treats? All baked goods must be dropped off with Atlas-Berney by Saturday, Sept. 21, before 3 p.m. 

“People love to bake and be creative with their baked goods, preferably items that do not need to be refrigerated. This is a way to make a sweet donation of time, without feeling the need to directly open up the pocketbook,” said Atlas-Berney. “We always create a recipe booklet of the items we offer. Recipes are due by Sept. 15.”

Volunteers are needed to package the treats on Sept. 21 and to work at the FestiFall booth, as well. Monetary donations are most welcome.

“People can get involved or become a sponsor by contacting me at mabesq@verizon.net. I will be happy to include them in the process. Our fundraising goal is $3,500 this year,” said Atlas-Berney.

Already Liberty Realty of Hoboken, Faith Maricic of Coldwell Banker Westfield, Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, Staples Copy & Print Westfield, Bai5 Drinks and Vaccaro’s Bakery have signed on to be sponsors. Over the last two years, the bake sales raised over $6,500 for pediatric cancer research.

To learn more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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