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Here's a bit more about Cookies4Cures!

Hi, I'm Dana! I'm 12 years old and I'm the founder of Cookies4Cures, a nonprofit that raises money to fund research into rare pediatric diseases.

I started baking on my 7th birthday to raise money for my friend, Mila, who has a rare disease called Batten. My first goal was $1000. Every weekend, I sold cookies around my neighborhood out of my red wagon. I taped a sign to it that said, “Cookies4Mila.” It took three months but I did it! Instead of stopping, I started a GoFundMe, recruited more kids, and held a bunch of bake sales (which I call "cookie pop-ups"). By the end of the year, my friends and I had raised $56,000, money that helped fund the first ever treatment for Mila’s form of Batten. 

After Mila started her therapy, my mom asked me, “Are you done?” I had just found out that my friend Ollie had been diagnosed with a rare condition called PANS (pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome). I decided to keep baking and my friends joined me. We started Cookies4PANS, and we raised over $30,000 to help the Stanford PANS Clinic hire a new postdoc researcher. 

While working on Cookies4PANS, I knew that I wanted to keep fundraising and advocating for rare pediatric diseases so I started my nonprofit, which I called Cookies4Cures. Right now, we have five rare disease campaigns and we are working on starting several more. My dream is to someday have a Cookies4Cures campaign for every rare pediatric disease. 

Money raised on this GoFundMe page will be distributed to scientists working on these rare diseases:
* Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) -- Cookies4SMA
* Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO) -- Cookies4Sophie
* Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) -- Cookies4VEDS
* SLC6A1 -- Cookies4SLC6A1
* Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) -- Cookies4PANS
* Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) -- Cookies4HAE
* Batten -- Cookies4Mila

Thanks for being a part of our journey to fund research into rare pediatric diseases!

We fund hope, one cookie at a time!


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Boulder, CO

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