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Community: Awareness is main ingredient at Benefit Bake

October 29, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Glendale girls baked goodies and invited family and friends to enjoy the morning in Verdugo Park on Sunday while raising funds to help cancer patients who participate in the Glendale Adventist Free Cancer Support Services.
Glendale girls baked goodies and invited family and friends… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

A group of local teens came up with a delicious way to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They baked scrumptious cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and pastries and sold them at Verdugo Park on Sunday morning. Items were displayed beautifully on tiered plates and wrapped in cellophane tied with pink ribbon.

Cancer survivor Ella Boghossian said the idea for “Benefit Bake” came from her daughter Michelle Boghossian, 13, an eighth-grader at Wilson Middle School, and Michelle’s friend Sione Markarian, 13, who is in the eighth grade at a private school.

All the girls participating have had family members who have faced cancer.

Michelle wanted to do something to celebrate her mother's remission and help others battling cancer, she said.

Sione’s grandmother is also in remission from cancer, she said.

“Doing this kind of thing helps because we know a lot of other people are going through the same thing in other places and it's a great thing to have support for everyone else,” she said.

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They wanted to help the Glendale Adventist Free Cancer Support Services after going to visit the patients.

“It made me happy,” Michelle said. “It was nice to see them working together and laughing.”

Funds raised will go to Adventist's foundation to help Cancer Support Services provide patients with free group counseling, knitting classes, dance, yoga and art therapy, said Ella Boghossian, who is a member of Adventist's Cancer Care Guild and helped the girls organize the “Benefit Bake.”

“Being there and seeing these people come together as a family is really touching and fantastic,” Ella Boghossian said. “A lot of cancer patients don't have the luxury that we do being rich with family and friends, and it is amazing that Glendale Adventist has this fabulous thing for the patients.”

What impressed the girls and their moms most is that the services are available to all cancer patients not just those receiving treatment at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

City Council members Ara Najarian and Laura Friedman stopped by to support the event.

“This is a great group of young people now getting involved in helping make our community a better place and especially helping those who are less fortunate that are surviving cancer,” Najarian said.

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