This Mom Is Saving Kids' Lives With Bake Sale Funded Cancer Treatments

by Alison Bucalo

Gretchen’s son Liam was only 2 1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. After many rounds of treatment, he was declared cancer-free. But during Liam’s time in the hospital, Gretchen realized how underfunded pediatric cancer really was. After learning that it costs nearly $100,000 to get a cancer treatment off the shelf and into a clinical trial, she decided to take action. Gretchen set about to bake 100,000 cookies and sell them for a dollar each to give more kids waiting for a cure a chance at survival. With 250 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer volunteers, her dream was more than a reality. Gretchen held sales across the country and internationally, raising over $420,000. Two years later, Gretchen’s son Liam sadly lost his battle with cancer. In his honor, Gretchen continues her work toward making more and more treatments available for other families who have run out of time to wait for a miracle. Watch to see how you can help save a life.