Bakery selling “Pretty in Pink” cupcakes for breast cancer awareness

— Tasty Layers Custom Cakes is using one of the things they do best to raise money for a good cause.

During the month of October, the business, located at 5515 Davison Rd., is donating $2 from every sale of six packs of their “Pretty in Pink” cupcakes, available in very cherry chip or fudge frenzy, to the Awareness for Life Breast Cancer Fund & the Breast Cancer Support Fund through Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute.

Kori Roberts, office manager and cousin of owner Rhonda Touchette- McKee, said she was recently listening to an advertisement for a Susan G. Komen walk and thought of approaching the institute to set up some way of giving back. October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the cupcakes, specially designed with pink buttercream and edible pink fondant ribbons, will be available for purchase until the end of the month.

“We just want to be able to help people locally with their medical bills and other needs,” she said. Roberts noted along with the cupcakes, available for $10 a six pack, Genesys Hurley also provided informational pamphlets on breast cancer and services offered to residents interested in learning more for the business to give out.

Roberts said her husband’s mother is a cancer survivor, and she commented things done for those suffering with breast cancer at Genesys Hurley, from reconstructive work to providing wigs is valuable to the community.

“It moves all of us, because it could be any of us,” Roberts said. “We just want to help the community in any way we can.” She mentioned a recent Pink event at Genesys Hurley enabled her to see and put a face to breast cancer patients and their struggles. “That gave me a whole different appreciation for what they have to go through,” Roberts said.

Lorrie Husted, a cake designer and Touchette-McKee’s sister, said her husband, Mark Husted, suffered intimal aortic sarcoma, a rare cancer in his aeorta. Husted commented the doctors said they only usually found out about the disease “during an autopsy.” Mark underwent six months of chemotherapy, and Lorrie said his recovery has “been nothing less than a miracle.”

She hoped the cupcakes and breast cancer awareness month would not only spread the word about cancer, but the help needed by patients without medical coverage.

Touchette-McKee, who opened the shop last October after working from her home for four years, and has done work with other organizations, such as the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, said “Most people have been touched by cancer in some way. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in their life.” The “Cupcakes for a Cure” are available during the shop’s operating hours, running 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call Tasty Layers at 810-743- 0123, visit their website at www.tastylayers.

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