Local Teens Host "Cookies For A Cure" To Support Early Stage Breast Cancer Research

 
For Release: May 19, 2008
 
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Cami Carlomagno was six years old when she first came up with the idea to raise money for a cause.

"When I was a first grader I decided to set up a lemonade stand in front of our house," Carlomagno said. "We gave all the money to the Red Cross when we were done."

The idea of making a difference came again this year to Carlomagno, now a 12-year old seventh grader at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park. But this time, the cause was a more personal one.

Cami's mother, Theresa Carlomagno, was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in November 2007 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy at the Stanford Cancer Center and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In March, Cami talked to her mom about giving something back to the Stanford Cancer Center and breast cancer research.

"I approached mom and told her that I had a cool idea of doing a bake sale to give back to both the hospital and cancer research," Cami said. "We agreed that it would be a great thing to do."

Cami enlisted the help of her friend Becca Sanchez, also a 12-year old seventh-grader, to come up with a name for the event. They agreed to call it "Cookies for a Cure".

"I was excited when Cami came to me with the idea," Theresa said. "I was proud of her in showing the leadership to raise money for this cause."

The May 9 event raised over $400, and the money will be donated to Theresa's doctor, Dr. Robert Carlson, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology, as seed money for early stage breast cancer research.

"I was very touched and impressed that such a young person would identify such a positive way to support her mother during this difficult time, and in doing so help other women in the future," Dr. Carlson said. "Early diagnosis of breast cancer improves the success of treatment, results in more treatment options, and often makes the treatment easier."

To pull off the bake sale, Cami and Becca received permission from the administration at La Entrada Middle School to hold the sale during lunch period one Friday.

"The school was very supportive, and news spread through the staff quickly," Cami said. "Becca and I were definitely recognized around school because of it. We advertised around school by designing t-shirts and posters, and we also had it advertised on the school television station."

The advertising worked. Cookies for a Cure attracted more than half of the student body, principal Lawrance Thomas and several members of the faculty, and featured a variety of chocolate cookies, Madeleine cookies, brownies, and cupcakes.

For Cami, Cookies for a Cure was a chance to make a difference in two ways. Not only did the event raise money for a personal cause, but also might have moved her a step closer to her career aspiration.

That career? A baker.


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