The Two Whos on "Cookies Can Cure Cancer?"

Many of you know that Yun and I ride our bicycles and raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We raise money that goes to fund cancer research. We do this by riding 100 mile bike rides. Currently, we have a friend Catherine who is doing this for the first time. She is getting ready to start her training and preparation for this journey. Her sister has cancer. You can view her web site here and make a donation if you wish.

Last year, when I was riding, I would occasionally make my chocolate chip cookies and bring them along for a post ride treat. Someone told me they were so big they were "love cookies." They became very popular with the team and people begged me to make them. So, I know a thing or two about cookie making and the importance of eating cookies to soothe. I wrote a blog post about cookie making recently. "It all started long ago when my mom would bake literally hundreds of cookies that we would give away as gifts to our family and friends. As kids we loved to help my mom bake these cookies and assemble the tins with the cookie papers that separated each type of cookie. AND we made layers of cookies that we took pride in presenting. AND ....lest you think they were just pretty....they were also delicious! Cookies are love!

I have a lot of time on my hands now that I am recovering from shoulder surgery, and I happened to be watching the Oprah Show on Thursday. There was a wonderful story about boys who were twins. One twin died suddenly of cancer. That left the surviving twin very depressed and listless. His mom took him to see his pediatrician who knew that this was not the little boy that she knew. He seemed quite depressed. She asked him what he liked to do and he said "Cook" so the pediatrician told him that "we are gonna cook for your brother." She gave him $20.00 out of her pocket and told him that she was his first investor and that she wanted a business plan for his cookie business so that he could raise money for the charities that helped his brother. The little boy, Aaron, perked up immediately. He had a new mission in life! He would make cookies and sell them and raise money to help other sick kids. He knew his brother would be proud of him!

Whether we are making cookies or riding our bikes it helps us to do something positive to shed light on the darkness that is cancer. We all have been touched by cancer in our lives and it soothes us to do something positive to find a cure, mend a heart or soothe a soul.

"Bye For Now" From the Two Whos

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Comment by cathyray on January 19, 2010 at 11:40am
I saw that show & felt so heartbroken for Aaron, then the shine of his smile made me happy again. Such a simple solution to a complex problem. Hooray for the Doctor. Hooray for Aaron. Hooray for cookies.
Comment by cece evola on January 19, 2010 at 11:57am
Thanks Cathy! Yes, I was so impressed by the doctor and her abillity to "see" what the cure might be besides drugs! Having worked with kids and adults with mental illness and emotional problems, it is so refreshing to see another perspective that is both creative and soothing and provides hope and a purpose at the same time!


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