A decade ago, when Aldie resident Sarah Lee first read about the national nonprofit organization Cookies for Kids Cancer, she was amazed to learn about the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. She and her daughters decided to hold a fundraiser to see how much they could raise to contribute to the cause.
Since then, every September, in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, Lee and her daughters Ella and Rae bake a big batch of their favorite cookies - including sugar cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodles – and hold a bake sale in their neighborhood.
The first year, they raised $400. Over the years, they have moved from Massachusetts to Louisiana to Illinois, but every year they have held a bake sale and raised a little more money each time. In 2015, they moved to Willowsford in Aldie.
“It's a big neighborhood and very supportive,” Lee said.
Last year, they raised $2,400, and this year their goal is $3,000.
This year's event will be held Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 25002 Greengage Place in Aldie.
Aldie Fire Department firefighters will be on hand for the fun.
A few cookie businesses have donated their treats, including Sweet Delilah's Cookies in Aldie. Lee has also received support from other local businesses, and she said the national company OXO will match all of their donations up to $100,000.
Lee says the response she has received is inspiring, and she hopes their contribution from the bake sales will contribute to finding a cure.
“We are hoping for a big turnout,” she said.
For more information, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org/Fundraiser/ellandrae8thannual.