Cancer Affects Kids Everywhere

CAKE’s Mission

Not only did Glory know there was a critical need everywhere to stop cancer before it began, but she also knew from first-hand experience, the difficult, daily challenges for the well-being of those who suddenly find themself battling cancer. Cancer treatments are a tremendous challenge to anyone, but especially to young people. Glory brought to our attention the great need for having a “happy day”—a time where she could focus on other things besides cancer. Family and friends recognized the importance of Proverbs 17:22: A cheerful heart good medicine, but a crust spirit dries up the bones. RACE has recently organized another initiative called CAKE for Charity. Because Cancer Affects Kids Everywhere, RACE is combining Glory’s desire to encourage cancer kids with the love for her Mother’s icing on cakes to create some cheerful hearts in the lives of those with crushed spirit.

CAKE’s Vision

Glory grew-up with her Mother baking cakes for every occasion. After Glory graduated from the University of Arizona, she had a vision to market her Mother’s special icing. Cakes seemed to make life seem better and always put a smile on everyone’s face. While battling cancer, the smell of cake baking and icing mixing brought Glory comfort and the association of many happy times. Glory’s mottos during cancer were to BE A WARRIOR and FIGHT FOR LIFE, but her Mother’s motto for everyone was EAT CAKE, since homemade cake gave family and friends normalcy at a time when life was turned upside down. Because Cancer Affects Kids Everywhere, one of Glory’s last wishes was to give children with cancer the gift of having something to smile about so that their days would be a little bit happier.

How are CAKE’s donations being used?

While funds for Glory’s foundation, RACE Charities, are beneficial in the area of early cancer detection and prevention, funds for CAKE for Charity are used for the encouragement of kids fighting cancer during treatments. CAKE for Charity’s mission is simply to provide activities that would give some children reasons to smile during their very long, difficult FIGHT FOR LIFE. RACE desires to help them have happy days with laughter, smiles, and a sense of normalcy in the midst of a medical world that lives and breaths the “C” word. Teachers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer School implement special projects with cancer students that are receiving treatments and their siblings who have been uprooted from their homes across the nation to temporarily move to Seattle for treatments at the FHC. Child Life Specialists in some Pediatric Oncology Hospital departments also engage children with projects/crafts/art therapy who are connected to bags, tubes, poles. Supplies are continually being needed. Hospitals are not funded nor are they able to prescribe a medicine for a crushed spirit.

In Glory's words-

If just one life is saved, the sacrifices we all make will be worth it.

-Glorianna Gensch (June 2007)