CUPCAKES FOR CANCER
was created by 13 yr Blakely Colvin
in the fall 2007.
Blake's vision began with the desire to
help a fellow eighth grader who had just
been diagnosed with Leukemia. Her inspiration came from her love
of cupcakes-eating them, baking them, drawing them (even her dog
is named Cupcake) and her desire to make a difference in the life a
child battling cancer. The icing on the (cup)CAKE is Blake is a
chemo survivor herself & knows first hand how long and hard that
road to recovery is.
Blake's plan was simple- bake and sell homemade cupcakes for $1
after school and at other local events to raise funds towards Kevin's
treatment. Not only did Blake & her cupcake crew raise $5,000 in 6
weeks, during the onset of her endeavor,
but she succeeded in infecting her home
town with Cupcake Fever. Blake did not
stop there! Now a nationally recognized
non-profit, Cupcakes for Cancer
continues to raise funds for The Teddy
Bear Cancer of Santa Barbara,
Make-a-Wish of the Tri-Counties & CureSearch-a national pediatric
cancer research foundation. In the past 3 1/2 years, Blake, with the
help of her family and friends, has raised an amazing $70,000,
granted 7 wishes for ill children for Make A Wish of the Tri-counties,
donated funds to TBCF and has designed a national outreach called
"Frosting Hope Across America"-inspiring others to host cupcake
sales and donate too! All funds raised by these out of state
Cupcake Angels are donated to CureSearch!
Blake received the 2008 Spirit Award from the Santa Barbara Board
of Education. She received the 2009 Chris Greisius Society of Joy
Award from The Make-a-Wish Foundation of America and the 2010
Soroptimist International of Santa Barbara-Violet Richardson Award
at both the local and regional levels. January
of 2011 Blake was invited to appear on NBC's
The NATE BERKUS show to share her
inspirational story! Spring 2011 Blake was
selected as the Top State Honoree for California
for the Prudential Spirit of Community
Awards 2011-honored in D.C.! Both Spring of 2010/2011, Blake
selected two deserving graduating seniors to receive $1,000 college
scholarship's from Cupcakes for Cancer upon graduation from
Blake's high school. Currently, Blake is a junior at Santa Ynez Valley
Union high School, involved in leadership in her church group, and
participates on the varsity golf, track & cross country teams.
Her goal is to donate $100,000 before she graduates high school 2012
and to have at least one Cupcake Angel from each of our 50 states!
- for more info and photo's of kids in cupcake action!
- Cupcake HOTLINE 805.448.7336