Andrew’s Cookie Cup Fights Pediatric Cancer
Andrew’s Cookie Cup, held on June 22, in Millburn’s Taylor Park, raised more than $11,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research. The fundraiser was hosted by Garden State Good Cookies, the local chapter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in honor of Andrew Shan, a Short Hills first grader battling cancer.
More than 200 elementary and dozens of pre-school age children from Millburn and Short Hills joined together in the hot sun to raise money, display community spirit and show outstanding sportsmanship. Special participation awards were given for sportsmanship, kindness and hard work to: Sam Scheck, Isha Ghiya, Jesse Bosselman, Alexandra Bunch, Patrick Birnbaum, and Sophie Zangara. Andrew Shan received the “Bravest Boy in Short Hills” award. And, big sister Kayla Shan received the “Highest Fundraiser” award.
“We have been hosting fundraisers and bake sales since 2010 to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer,” said Stacey Tavel, pediatrician and co-founder of Garden State Good Cookies, the local chapter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “I continue to be amazed by the power of the youngest members of our community to make a difference. Andrew’s Cookie Cup was our most successful fundraiser to-date. We hope to make it an annual event in honor of Andrew’s bravery and resilience, and that of so many other children fighting cancer.”
Elyse Dub, co-founder of Garden State Good Cookies added, “We are so fortunate to have amazing sponsors that make events like Andrew’s Cookie Cup possible. The Sports Academy organized the fantastic sports activities and coordinated coaches and assisted in recruiting volunteers, Splurge donated delicious treats for the bake sale, and Willow Lake Day Camp provided additional funding