Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bake Sale for Japan: Final Total!!

This quote from Audrey Hepburn sums up my bake sale. I was hoping to raise $50. My friends & family blew me out of the water!!!!
Our final bake sale total: $1,435.00!!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! I appreciate you all so very much!!

Two stories from the bake sale that stand out & both involve the same person: Christina Bonazelli. Christina has been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer since August.

Christina at her last chemo appointment.

I didn't know Christina very well - just as an acquaintance at school events. When I heard that I could help with dinners through Lotsahelpinghands.com, I signed up before Christmas. I have gotten to know Christina little by little. She is an amazing lady! As of her last MRI visit on March 24th, her tumor is GONE! YAY! Power of Prayer!!!

The first day of the bake sale, I was scheduled to deliver dinner to Christina & her family. Christina was so, so kind and gave me $40 for the dinner I delivered!!! I was supposed to be helping her and instead, she helped me!!!

Second story involving Christina: Christina posted a message on her Facebook status announcing my bake sale. An hour after she posted her status, her friend Lisa in CA contacted me. Lisa said she would donate & wanted the baked goods delivered to Christina. I said, "Thanks so much & no problem!" I baked & delivered caramel fudge brownies to Christina. She wasn't home, but I tied her brownies with a gift tag signed from Lisa. Christina was a little confused to say the least. The next thing I know, Christina's FB was updated with this message:

Ok, try to follow this... Lisa L. donated money to Erin's bake sale for Mercy Corps to help the people of Japan, then had Erin deliver the most amazing chocolate carmel brownies to me! That's Stockton to Camas to Portland to Japan. :) Are my friends awesome, or what? ♥ No, Christina - YOU are awesome! Thank you so much for supporting my bake sale. You show me how to be a better person everyday!! PS- Did I mention Christina did a 5K on Saturday? Oh yeah!!


Laurel said...

:) Awesome fundraising. Awesome people. Awesome paying it forward.

Laurel said...

And....AWESOME that the tumor is gone!!!!!!

Christina said...

Erin, you are such a wonderful person, and I am so grateful to know you! Congrats on that total, you should be proud of all your hard work!! Thank you for your kind words, your help, your prayers, and your support. Again. :) ~Christina
**NOTE: I did not RUN that 5k. I walked it. Slowly. :)