Cancer survivor uses cookies to spread cheer to families going through hard times

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( — A New York man used chocolate chip cookies to send deserving families on vacation in Florida.

Founder of Baking Memories for Kids, Frank Squeo, was diagnosed with stage three cancer 11 years ago. Squeo won his battle with cancer and decided to pay it forward by selling chocolate chip cookies for a great cause.

The cancer survivor uses all of the proceeds from the cookie sales to send children battling illness and their families on a Florida vacation. The families sponsored by Baking Memories for Kids get an opportunity to visit all of Florida’s amusement parks for a week.

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How a Little Change Can Go A Long Way

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. It may be nothing but pocket change to you.

But at Panera Bread, all that change added up to changing lives.

For a while now employees have asked customers if they would round up their payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change going to “Baking Memories 4 Kids”, a non-profit foundation that provides children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses and their families a free vacation to Orlando, Florida.

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Panera Bread & Baking Memories 4 Kids Surprise Local Families with Dream Vacations

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Panera Bread’s “Change 4 Children” program joined with “Baking Memories 4 Kids” to send four local kids and their families to Orlando for some special vacations.

We were there Sunday as one teen and her family celebrated the upcoming trip to Disney World. 15-year-old Sarah Chapman is living with Type 1 Diabetes and Rett Syndrome, a developmental disorder that leaves her unable to speak and in a wheelchair.