Komen Race for the Cure 2010 bake sale

By Matt Butner - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Komen Richmond Race for the Cure is just a few weeks away. Teams are forming right now, and many are taking unique approaches for contributions. One team is asking Virginia lawmakers for money -- and giving them cupcakes in return.

Anna Hanback was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago. Not long after that, the idea came to her.

"Our very first bake sale I did by myself because I didn't realize what I was undertaking. However, I raised about $400," said Anna.

This February marked the 7th annual bake sale at the General Assembly. Anna's team has grown, as co-workers and fellow survivors have been added to the mix. There's Gwen Foley, 16-month cancer survivor and creator of the "Million dollar pound cake."

"It's what it tastes like. It tastes like a million dollars," Foley said.

Each year, the bake sale gets bigger. This year, Anna and her team added a clothing sale and silent auction to the fundraising event. On the appointed day, February 18, delegates, senators, and staff at the General Assembly crowded into a lobby to lay hands on the goods.

"I was trying to catch people before they're going to caucus, and then get their legislative aides who can come after they get their members off to session at 12. It was insane," Anna said.

What started as one woman's attempt to make a small difference has grown into an institution within these hallowed halls.

"It's become part of our organizational culture. People expect it- so if I were to drop it, I think I'd have a revolution on my hands," she said.

The event raises money in the run-up to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. And each May, "Anna's bananas" run the race as a team to further the cause. And their little bake sale- has come a long way.

"Just to know that our $8,000 that we raised in just a few hours that day- how many women we're helping- it's a great feeling," said Anna.

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