Cookies for Mila
★ Update, February 2018: Mila has raised enough money to start her treatment! Yay! I am now raising money to help another friend, Ollie, who has PANS. Come check out our new campaign, Cookies4PANS !
Hi, I’m Dana and I’m 7 years old. I am raising money to help save the life of my friend, Mila.
About two years ago, I had to go to speech therapy, and when I was there, I met a girl named Mila. We became good friends because we both had a stutter. We worked really hard at therapy. After a year, I got better and my stutter went away. But Mila’s didn’t. Mila kept getting worse.
I found out a few months ago that Mila was diagnosed with a rare disease called Batten. It’s a problem with her genes. She was born with it, and if she doesn’t get treatment, she will get super sick and then she will die. I feel heartbroken for Mila and her family, especially her little brother, Azlan. He is almost the same age as my brother, Carson. I imagine how sad Carson would be if I got sick and was going to die.
The good news is that there is a new treatment for Mila that could stop her disease and SAVE HER LIFE! And the research will help save the lives of lots of other kids who are sick like Mila. But it’s experimental so insurance won’t cover it and it is SUPER expensive.
I really want to save my friend. I asked my mom how I could help and she said we could bake cookies. So, we baked a bunch of cookies, loaded them and my brother in a red wagon, and sold the cookies all over our neighborhood. We started in the summer, and since then, we have sold so many cookies! We even started shipping cookies across the country because so many people want to help Mila.
My first goal was $1000 and we hit that right before Halloween. I was so excited, but Mila still needs more help to afford her treatment. I’m starting this GoFundMe so that I can reach more people. I want to inspire kids all over the world to join me by raising money (lemonade stands, bake sales, GoFundMes) to help save Mila's life with me!!
(That's Mila ^)
Can you help me save my friend? Any size donation will help. Thank you and please help us spread the word.
All funds raised will be withdrawn by Mila's family.
Here is Mila's family's campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/savingmila
You can learn more about Mila here:
I mailed a box of cookies to Mila yesterday. I hope they help her feel better.
I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us get to this point. If you want to know more about Mila's treatment, you can read about it in her mommy's blog:
I hope, I hope, I hope that Mila gets her miracle.
That is so amazing! Thank you to everyone for your incredible kindness and generosity. This means so much to Mila.
Specifically, we helped Mila meet her fundraising goal. And that means that she might get her treatment this January! I'm so excited. I can't wait.
The last big hurdle is the science. So, go, scientists, go!
With love and so much hope,
Doing this holiday cookie drive, we've made some great friends. And I want to thank them all. Thank you to...
The Colorado Pet Pantry, a food bank for family pets. They bought 84 boxes of cookies to send out as holiday gifts to their donors. You can read about their awesome work here: https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/
Lucky's Market, who donated ingredients for our cookies. https://www.luckysmarket.com/
Kim and Jakes Cakes, who helped us out with gluten free cookies. You can find them and their yummy GF treats here: https://kimandjakes.com/
And all the families who baked and bagged and boxed:
The Barnes & Wuhrmann Family
The Batchelor & Okraszewski Family
The Bowler & Rawlings Family
The Chamberlin Family
The Feiger Family
The Gardner Family
The Halsey Family
The Mara-Drita & Burger Family
The Olsen Family
The Penzkover Family
The Rao Family
The Rigg Family
The Tuerk Family
The Wild Family
The Yurk Family
And thank you to everyone who bought cookies. I hope you like them and they make your holidays a little sweeter.
My mommy went over some of the numbers with me:
1800 cookies baked by
17 different families
1500 cookies assembled today into
84 boxes and 15 gift bags
300 more cookies ready to be sold
$1060 raised, and counting!
Hope you are all having a happy holiday season! Thank you for helping to give hope to Mila for Christmas. It's the best present in the world!