No matter how you
slice it, $6,000 in five years is a lot of dough. Indiana
University of Pennsylvania’s Communications Disorders, Special Education and
Disability Services Department will offer its sixth annual “Confections for a
Cause” on September 21, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of IUP’s Davis
$6,000 has been raised during the last five years of the event, with the event
in 2015 raising a record-high $1,400. The event
raises funds for ovarian cancer education and research. September is Ovarian
Cancer Awareness month.
for a Cause” features hundreds of baked goods and sweets of all types, from
pies to chocolates, all made by members of the university community. Persons
may fill a small container for a $5 suggested donation or a large container for
an $8 suggested donation. All funds raised go to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian
Cancer Foundation Inc. based in Havertown.
The event got its
start because members of the department, including Shari Robertson and
Celia Barber, wanted to honor Vickie Johnson, administrative assistant in the
department, who had lost family members to ovarian cancer.
“This is not just a bake sale,” Robertson said. “This is about
community, a community that comes out each year not only to support Vickie, but
to support this cause. It continues to be successful because people not
only care about Vickie and her loss, but about others who will also lose loved
ones to this terrible disease.
“Ovarian cancer is under-studied and there are very few
events such as this to raise funds,” Robertson said. “We continue to be so
grateful that the IUP community cares enough to come together to help
support this cause.”
In addition to
individual students and faculty, a number of student groups help with the
project every year.