CHICAGO — For the past four years, a nonprofit group has been baking up a phenomenal way to help families with sick kids.
Baking Memories 4 Kids sells cookies and then uses the profit to send kids and their families on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
The man behind it all, Frank Squeo, is a cancer survivor himself and says he vowed if he made it through he would devote the rest of his time to helping others battling life-threatening diseases. In four years’ time, he’s single-handedly sold enough cookies to send 60 families to Disney World for a week.
A Chicago family marked trip number 61 Wednesday. Doctors gave 12-year-old Aoife Gallagher two years to live after she was diagnosed with a rare disease that robbed her of the ability to walk and talk. That was eight years ago, and while she has beat the odds, it has been a difficult road for her family.