Memory of the Month
Welcome to the Ranch
Ranchwood Elementary School hosted a special surprise for a family in the Yukon, OK School District. Emma Cortese, a 3rd grade student at “The Ranch” was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at just 5 weeks old. Williams Syndrome is caused by a deletion of genes within the patient’s chromosomal makeup. Because of this abnormality, those with Williams often have medical and developmental problems including cardiovascular disease, intellectual disabilities and distinctive facial characteristics. Emma’s trip was sponsored by Panera Bread’s Round Up Fundraiser in the Oklahoma City Area
Memory Makers 2017
For the last 5 years, Baking Memories 4 Kids has taken over the kitchens of BOCES. For many, this has become an annual tradition where they can bring their families and reconnect with old friends. And yet each year we see more and more new faces eager to join our Memory Maker team. For just a few days a year, hundreds of local members of the community dedicate their time to bake, package and ship hundreds of thousands of cookies. It is only because of their tireless dedication and tremendous hearts that we are able to continue creating memories each year. Together, we are Baking Memories 4 Kids.
Baking Memories 4 Kids on Dr Oz
The Dr OZ show welcomed Frank to his TV studio in NYC. For the first time on his show, Dr Oz recommended a sweet treat to his audience handing out samples of our delicious chocolate chip cookies. After briefly speaking with Frank about the foundation, he brought the Goff family out on stage and in front of his national fans surprised Sean and his brothers and sisters with a trip of a lifetime. Sean has Severe Aplastic Anemia and requires a bone marrow transplant to defeat the disease. Unfortunately, there is no familial match. So Sean is currently on an experimental treatment to keep his disease at bay.
Give Me an “A” for Aiden
Aiden Simones has severe cerebral palsy which makes him unable to talk, eat, sit or walk. Along with many other things, Aiden suffers from seizures and is nearly blind. Even with all his daily struggles, he is a smart 7-year-old who loves to color, listen to music, and is a HUGE Minnesota Vikings Fan. On Tuesday, November 14th, with the help of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and the Vikings Organization, Frank and his delicious chocolate chip cookies headed to the Eden Prairie Practice Field and surprised Aiden and his brother and sister with a trip of a lifetime
Panera’s “Round Up” Reveal
Guests who visit Panera Bread bakery-cafes within the Traditional Bakery, Inc. /Oklahoma City Bakery, Inc. franchise (TBI/OKC) have been hearing cashiers ask the question, “Would you like to round up your total to support Baking Memories 4 Kids?” Through a partnership, that launched April 3, 2017, Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Southwest Missouri, Northwest and Central Arkansas, and Oklahoma have given guests the opportunity to round up their purchase total to the nearest dollar. Proceeds from rounded-up transactions have been donated to Baking Memories 4 Kids, where they will be used to help send local children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, and their families, on an all-expense-paid trip to Florida theme parks. To date, Panera has raised $125,000 and we surprised 4 families on our tour of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK.
The Biviano’s at the Ballpark
On September 19 th , Frank, with the help of NY Yankees’ pitcher Adam Warren, surprised Billy Biviano and his brothers with a trip of a lifetime. Billy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor back in November of 2012. Since then he has undergone many months of grueling chemotherapy and countless procedures to slow and hopefully, ultimately stop the progress of his cancer. This was the 3 rd year in a row that the NY Yankees opened up the doors of Yankee Stadium to allow Baking Memories 4 Kids to provide a local fan the opportunity to experience an unforgettable surprise. Billy has one more year of scheduled treatments and then he is off to Orlando, Florida with his family in what we pray will be a cancer free celebration.
St Louis Surprise
On August 8th – Frank flew into St Louis, MO to surprise a local Cookie Kid with ties to the Baking Memories 4 Kids family. As a testament to the impact BM4K has on the lives children and their families, often our trip recipients will nominate other families who they recognize as in need of some special memories. Justin Van Schaik, one of our previous Cookie Dads went one step further for his friend and co-worker. He arranged for their company, World Wide Technologies, to sponsor a happy hour fundraiser at the O’Fallon Brewery as a way to host Baking Memories 4 Kids’ amazing surprise. Arie Oler, due to a virus contracted before she was born, has CP, a condition that affects the brain’s control of muscle function. Because of which, Arie requires a wheelchair and cannot communicate verbally. But without a doubt, she loves princesses and thanks to our Memory Makers’ support, Baking Memories 4 Kids will be introducing Arie. big brother Austin and baby sister Addison to a few this fall.