Monday, April 5, 2010

Karma Cakes: Please Give Me 5!

In Karma Cakes, I highlight an organization or individual that uses baking to make the lives of others a little better. If you know of a bakery, organization or individual that does this please let us know.Most everyone I know that bakes, including myself, do it because is makes people happy. Then there are those that use baking as way to reach people in other ways like...

I first came across Jakob's story through my wonderful group of flickr friends. Jakob's mom is a cake designer from Down Under named Kathryn and the following post is reprinted with permission from her blog 4 Goodness Cake. I actually sat in front of my computer for 20 minutes trying to write a blog post before realizing that I couldn't find words any better than Kathryn's. If you were touched as half as much as I was you'll click on the link above the "Please Give Me 5" logo and donate. It's $ 5 in New Zealand but only about $ 4 in the US. Also, please post on your own blog, facebook and twitter page. Jakob's halfway to his goal and there's only one week left!

Here's Kathryn's post, originally published on 3/27/10:

"For many of us Christmas is that moment in time when we focus on the people we love and we do everything in our power to make sure they feel it. We even extend part of that love and kindness to people who we don’t really know just in case they don’t have someone giving them that support.

Anyway, that ‘s how it should normally go but in the moments before Christmas 09 my friend Tracey was told that her daughter Kelcey aged 9 years had a disease known as T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. You don’t need Wikipedia to work out that this is a damned serious disease that has no right to be in anybody’s life especially someone so young and hungry for life like, Kelcey. As you can expect this was devastating news for Tracey, her husband Kelvin and all their family and friends.

The road ahead for Kelcey is a constant barrage of invasive treatments that will cha
llenge every physical and mental part of her being. She is a child with a whole bunch of dreams and wishes that have now been cruelly wrenched from her. It’s not fair. Tracey and Kelvin are determined to see their precious Kelcey overcome this disease and begin to enjoy the things that children are designed to enjoy. I will be fully supporting Tracey and her family in this campaign because she has done so much for me, my family and many other people who know her. I am confident she probably has no appreciation whatsoever of how much she has inspired and strengthened those around her.

Tracey has unwittingly done this as she waged her own battle against breast cancer a few years ago. Yes, it’s hard to believe that while she still has her own fight to finish she has found the reserves of courage to fight for Kelcey. That’s too remarkable for words.

My 9 year old son Jakob has developed a strong relationship with Kelcey through this time. Perhaps this had its beginnings when Tracey and I were two friends with three months between our pregnancies. Jakob has seen and understood how very different Kelcey’s situation is from his own so when he talks about her you can feel the powerful strength in his belief that she will be cured. He wants to help Kelcey so tomorrow he’s joining a “shave off” that will be staged by the Auckland Police Dog Section.

Yes, my son is going to shave his head to raise funds for Kelcey.

He made this decision himself and he already has set himself a target figure. Jakob’s theory is that if a 1000 people amongst the billions who live in this world sponsored him $5.00 each then he would have $5000 to give to Kelcey and her family. The mother in me wants to say to him “Son let’s keep it real. You don’t want to be disappointed” but he believes he can do it so I’m going to believe with him.

So this is where YOU come in.....

Please donate $5 to Kelcey’s fund and then PLEASE for
ward on to everyone and anyone you can think of!
We have about a week to get this thing ‘global’ and I will be updating his progress as the figure climbs and adding photos of the ‘Shave Off’ Fundraiser..... with the new look Jakob!
If you made it this far then I thank PLEASE go press that Donate button :O)"

** Jakob is a huge fan of the Ellen Show and has written to Ellen in the hopes that she will help him bring attention to Kelcey's cause by sending a tweet to her fans. Here is a link to send an email to Ellen. Maybe if enough of us email, she'll help!**

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