Using Cookies and Cupcakes to Fight Cancer

Originally Published at Calabasas Patch by Arin Mikailian

Calabasas High students sell baked goods to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Calabasas High students sold homemade treats outside of Jersey Mike's in Woodland Hills during the weekend in hopes of raising money for pediatric cancer research.

The volunteers are members of the school's chapter of Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a 501(c)(3) started by the parents of Liam Witt, a 6-year-old boy who lost his battle with the disease in January.

Students brought goodies such as cupcakes and sugar cookies and sold them for any amount one wished to donate.

"It's a great cause, I hope more people contribute in the future," said Chandler Polakov, a freshman and president of Calabasas High's Cookies for Kids' Cancer club.

Approximately 10,400 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in 2007, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"More people need to be aware of the amount of kids that have cancer and the effect it has on their families," said Alyssa Weakley, a ninth grader and vice president of the club.

Calabasas High students have raised more than $10,000 from two bake sales held earlier in the school year, Chandler said.

He added that Jersey Mike's would donate 20 percent of its weekend profits to Cookies for Kids' Cancer and that GLAD Products Company plans on matching donations up to $225,000.

Chandler said he expects the next fund raising event to be held in November.