Cure SMA is calling all future bakers and pastry chefs to help us bake a difference for individuals with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Baking a Difference was created by kids for kids with sweet hearts and a love of sweet treats. From a red wagon selling treats outside a local grocery store to full-fledged enterprise called Cookies4Cures that raised more than $50,000 for Cure SMA over the past three years, Dana Perella and her mom, Alexis, have made it their mission to fund research for a cure.

Check out this video with Dana!

This year, in partnership with Cookies4Cures, we’re aiming to go bigger than ever! We’re inviting all kids aged 18 and under to bake and fundraise for Cure SMA.

Households that register to participate will receive sweet perks, including:

  • A free kit of baking tools and supplies provided by Raddish Kids, the original cooking club for kids and Rubbermaid®
  • Invitation to a baking party with the Perellas and Molly Wilkinson, an American baker, pastry chef, cookbook author, and Instagram influencer living in Versailles
  • Opportunity to earn exclusive fundraising rewards—t-shirts, chef’s aprons, and chef’s hats
  • Offer to send in an original recipe to be featured in a Cure SMA holiday cookbook

Baking a Difference is an excellent opportunity to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists to give back while earning rewards and having plenty of fun in the name of a worthy cause. Kids can sell treats through fundraisers at school, in clubs or sports teams, in their neighborhoods, or anywhere else they can think of prior to or during the holiday season.

“The hardest and scariest part of getting involved in something like this was getting started,” said Dana. “When I began, I was super shy, and I didn’t even know how to bake. Now, I can make cookies all by myself and give speeches in front of large audiences. Anyone can do it!”

Parents or guardians must register children to participate, and children must be aged 18 or under at the time of registration. Complimentary baking kits are limited to the first 250 participants (one per household) who register, so don’t delay.

Register here!

For questions on Baking a Difference or interest in sponsoring the Baking a Difference program, please contact Amy Thomasson, [email protected].

We can’t wait to see what you and your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews will whip up!

About Cookies4Cures: Cookies4Cures is an organization run by kids for kids. Dana Perella and friends raise money to fund research into rare pediatric diseases. Cookies4Cures funds research because, for kids with rare diseases, research is hope!

About Molly Wilkinson: Molly Wilkinson is a pastry chef living in Versailles. Originally from Dallas, Texas, in 2013 she changed careers to follow her passion by moving to Paris and studying pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. After working at several bakeries in both France and the U.S., she now teaches pastry out of her 18th century apartment just a five-minute walk from the Versailles Chateau and on Zoom. She released a cookbook called French Pastry Made Simple, in June 2021Her method is all about making French pastry easy by breaking down recipes and showing you lots of tips and tricks to help any baker achieve extraordinary results.