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Chandler Polakov

Calabasas, CA - Cookies for Kids' Cancer School Club

I've always heard people telling stories about how a significant event or person changed their life. For me, it was the Cookies for Kids' Cancer Charity. Let me explain. My mom showed me a magazine ad about the charity. It explained how Gretchen Witt inspired people to have bake sales to raise money for pediatric cancer research. I thought, "I can do that!" So, I contacted my friends and had my first bake sale in 2009.

I couldn't believe how many friends came out and even brought their friends and families to help. That little bake sale turned out to be a huge success. So much that when I started high school 3 years ago, I formed a club at my school to benefit Cookies For Kids' Cancer.

It was easy; I just asked one of my teachers to sponsor the club and filled out the required forms. After the 1st club rush, we had over a hundred sign-ups, and I knew the club would be a success.

Now, the club is one of the largest at the school, and every year we have several bake sales to raise money for the charity. It's hard to believe that reading a magazine ad about raising money for pediatric cancer would have such a profound effect on my life, but it did. I'm always thinking about new ideas for bake sales and how to inspire others to help. Just as Cookies For Kids' Cancer has become a big part of my life, I encourage you to have a bake sale and see how it will change yours.

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