Cupcakes for a cure; 10-year-old donating to cancer research

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/19/2012 10:26 pm Published: 8/19/2012 9:54 pm

A 10-year-old from Broken Arrow has turned her passion for baking into helping in the fight against cancer; one cupcake at a time.

"I have tye-dye with tye-dye icing, lemonade with pink icing, cookies and cream with icing and red velvet with cream cheese frosting," said cupcake enthusiast, Sydney Wyre.

Despite the delicious taste and aroma of the cupcakes, ten-year-old Sydney isn't aiming for your stomach. She's aiming for your heart.

"Curing cancer one cupcake at a time," said Sydney.

Her business is called Syd's Cupcakes for a Cure' and she charges one dollar per cupcake. Sydney's sweet gesture is that she is donating her earnings towards cancer research.

"It gives me joy inside and happiness," Sydney said.

The fifth-grader has already seen the impact that cancer can have on a family and a community. Six years ago her dance teacher from Extension Dance Academy and Pom Zone in Broken Arrow, lost her father to lung cancer. Sydney's grandfather was also diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago. Her grandfather is now a cancer survivor and that is was spurred her on to donate to cancer research.

"I love Papa so much I wanted to help him out and I love my dance teacher," said Sydney.

Sydney's mother, Dana, is her baking partner. The baking duo set a goal to sell $500 dollars worth of cupcakes by September but they were able to accomplish that goal in less than a week.

"It's very emotional and very overwhelming," said Dana, "It makes me the proudest mom ever."

To date, Sydney has sold 800 cupcakes and has set a new goal. She wants to sell 5,000 cupcakes by the Dance for a Cure fundraiser in January.

Dana said that even when her daughter is covered in icing and cake batter, her heart and her desire to give shines through.

"As long as you have a heart you can make a difference," said Dana.

The fact that the donations taste delicious is just icing on the cupcake.

Click on the FOX BOX for more information on how to order cupcakes of to donate to Sydney's efforts.

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