BOSTON – Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc., the non-profit organization that raises funds each year for breast cancer research, will donate funds from this year’s event, the 19th, to Dr. Shom Goel, MD, physician scientist with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The event this year will be in memory in Toni Berry, mother of Tom Berry, the culinary director of COJE Management, operators of Yvonne’s, Ruka, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar and Matadora. He was a longtime supporter and participant in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.
Restaurants, bakeries and retail stores across Massachusetts can sign up now to take part in this year’s week-long dessert fundraiser, May 7-13, and offer a special dessert or sweet on their menus from which the proceeds will go to the cause.
“Through our partnerships with so many establishments, we make it easy for anyone to contribute: simply purchase or order a sweet at one or more participating locations or even online,” says Bakes for Breast Cancer founder and president Carol Sneider. “We have raised nearly one million dollars for breast cancer research and care.” This year, for the second year now, will be used to fund important research by Dr. Shom Goel,” she adds.
Dr. Goel notes that in the current climate,
“it is becoming increasingly difficult to support cancer research using federal dollars alone. For me personally, much of this support has come from Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. The money last year was used to help fund a critical project in which we are trying to find ways to make immune-based therapies more effective for breast cancer.”
The past year, he adds, has seen significant progress and he’s excited to be moving his discoveries from the lab into clinical trials, and thanks BB for BC for its support.
Tom Berry, whose late mother’s too early death was from breast cancer, adds that he participates for the opportunity to contribute funding for research, doing something we really enjoy, and perform daily. It’s an incredible opportunity to raise awareness, and let thousands of diners help the cause.”
In addition, Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer is set for May 13-19 this year and the third annual Cape & Islands event will run from June 4-10.
The Bakes for Breast Cancer events help everyone do their part to find a cure “one sweet at a time,” says Sneider, who thanks Boston Magazine and WCVB’s Channel 5 for their continued media support. Visit www.bakesforbreastcancer.org/ and follow Bakes for Breast Cancer at http://www.bakesforbreastcancer.org as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.