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October is Bake It Happen for Breast Cancer

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If you met me 10 years ago you would have seen a whole bunch of pink stuff I’d be buying to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Well times have changed and I want to see more than awareness. I want research. I want a cure. Soon I will lose my 3rd friend to Metastic Breast Cancer. Not to mention knowing so many others that have died too or have received earth shattering diagnoses; all while we buy pink shoe laces or eat yogurt thinking that we’re helping.

Since knowing more about what Metastatic Breast Cancer means for the 40,000 women that will die this year from it, and knowing that there just honestly isn’t that much money put into research compared to marketing and CEO salaries from the giant pink machines, I am forever committed to not being pink washed.

This month I am participating in #BakeItHappen to raise money for Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) research that can actually save lives. And you can help too! It’s as simple as baking and sharing your results on social media.

Bake It Happen started by two sisters that had lost their mom to MBC. The campaign was first introduced on Shari’s blog My Judy the Foodie, which has an incredibly loyal following, and is dedicated to her mom and her amazing recipes. In its first year, the campaign was shared by influential parenting and food bloggers across the country who lent their support and digital influence to the fundraising effort. Over time, thousands of supporters across the country began to pass on Judy’s culinary legacy and hope for a cure. After five years, the Bake it Happen campaign achieved its goal: to build the baking campaign into a national fundraising movement where supporters would bake and share Judy’s recipes or donate to the cause. To date, the Bake it Happen campaign has raised over $60,000 for breast cancer research and this year, Shari and Stacy are determined to raise even more.

This year, Bake It Happen will be donating all of the funds raised by its fundraising efforts to The Cancer Couch Foundation – a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera (an amazing woman who has also been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer). Rebecca is a neuropsychologist who, upon diagnosis, quit her private practice to dedicate ALL of her time to raising as much money as she can to fund metastatic breast cancer research.  The Cancer Couch Foundation, in just the first six  months, raised over $500k for cutting edge metastatic breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Cancer Couch Foundation is privately funded allowing 100% of donations and event proceeds to go directly to these carefully chosen research projects to accelerate treatment for MBC. Furthermore, every single dollar is matched and this year they are on track to put 1 million dollars toward this life saving, critical research.

“I will never forget what it felt like to have been initially diagnosed at Stage 4, knowing there is no cure, and I will not leave behind those who are still living with this,” commented Founder Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, PhD.

When I mentioned that soon I will lose my third friend to MBC, I was talking about my friend Beth. She’s a mom of two kids, a wife and a fierce co-founder and advocate of MetUp, a non-profit dedicated to changing the landscape of how we see breast cancer and the people that are dying from it. I am so proud of Beth and all her work.

Right now she is dealing with the shitty effects of brain radiation to keep the mets in her brain from killing her before Christmas. Beth doesn’t sugar coat. Beth is very forthcoming about what her future is. And frankly, she’s pissed she won’t be there for her kids and husband. But her legacy will be that of hopefully saving other women, and men, too.

I got to take Beth to the hospital for her platelets infusion yesterday. Her platelet count is devastatingly low and radiation can’t be done when it’s so scant. So she gets an infusion to fortify herself before her radiation sessions. It takes a couple of hours. I took my #BakeItHappen Pumpkin Oatmeal Chip Cookies to her when I got to her house. This girl likes her baked goods!

If you want the recipe, go ahead and check out the link to

They were super easy. Did I mention they’re pumpkin? Uhm, hello? It’s October. No brainer!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients are simple. And hey, maybe even, healthy? Sure.

Bake It Happen Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Fresh out of the oven. Watch out. The family will gobble these up!


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Beth and her cookies! I love her face!

I hope I’ve inspired you to do some baking. And maybe I inspired you to do some donating and checking out the organizations I listed. Thank you!

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  1. I really like that recipe, its appealing both for its promised good taste and its ingredients.
    Thank you Frugie.