Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pops for a purpose

A couple of months ago, I received an email from a reader. She told me the story of her baby daughter, Savannah, and how she received a liver transplant when she was one. She explained how much she and her husband want to raise awareness for organ donation. And, when she asked me to create a cupcake pop for fundraisers to honor Savannah’s 2-year-old donor, I knew what I had to do.

I called and told her I would and then I told her my story, and we both cried.

You see, today is my sweet sixteen. It’s what I call my second birthday. Sixteen years ago I received a phone call asking me to come to the hospital right away. The voice on the other end said they had a possible “match.” I was sick, both of my kidneys had failed and I was on dialysis. But, later on that evening I was in surgery for a kidney transplant. And, the next day I no longer needed dialysis – I was the recipient of the greatest gift that can be given.

I don’t have the words to describe all the feelings I had then and still have now. But Savannah’s mom reminded me how I was given a second chance and how I can do more myself.

So maybe, you’ll read this and take a minute to think about organ donation. Or, the next time you renew your license, you’ll remember these pops or Savannah, or me and change a life.

Here’s Savannah’s story (have a kleenex handy)

Cupcake Pops

Above: cupcake pops with the green ribbon (a symbol for organ donation) Below: Some other combinations with the same color scheme.

Cake Pops

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morgana said...

Beautiful pops… And a very very good purpose. Indeed, I think there is no better purpose than this.

Thanks to everyone who save anotherone’s live making a difficult decision at a very hard time. Their gift is the most precious one: live.

I have to write this in spanish cause I’m not sure of my english.

Hermosos dulces para un propósito inmejorable.

Gracias a todos aquellos que salvan la vida de otra persona tomando una difícil decisión en el momento más duro. Su regalo es el más precioso que se puede dar: la vida.

July 31, 2008 08:27 AM
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Rachel said...

Bless your heart.

July 31, 2008 08:30 AM
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HoneyB said...

What a touching story and how sweet of you to create these pops for Savanah. God bless you both!

July 31, 2008 09:40 AM
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Katie said...

Bakerella,

Thank you so much for this beautiful post. It really touches my heart. My father in law (near and dear to my heart) is in the end stages of kidney failure. He is only now revealing it to us. My husband is rushing to take all the tests he needs to be able to donate his kydney. Yesterday we got the word – he’s the same blood type – great news!

It’s a scary road, but we’re on it and going full speed. Hopefully we can get him what he needs in time. I love hearing your story and how it worked out for you. I just hope and pray it all works out for our family too.

Thank you again,
Katie

July 31, 2008 11:49 AM
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Bridget said...

What a perfect “partnership.” Thanks for sharing your story!

July 31, 2008 12:28 PM
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Jade said...

Oh my, I’m in tears (then again, I’m overly empathetic). That was a very beautiful story, and a wonderful way for you to share not only your gift, but your life as well.

I had two blood transfusions when I was a baby (1 week old, and one month old). Those transfusions saved my life 26 years ago, so I am an organ donor. I can’t donate blood (low iron and really low blood pressure), but I can give back another way.

Now, if only my husband would be an organ donor too.

July 31, 2008 12:30 PM
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Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, darling, this is truly beautiful. I’m so glad to hear your story – there’s hope, after all. I intend to donate all my organs when I’m gone and I have made sure my family do as I say.

July 31, 2008 12:32 PM
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The Carrolls said...

Thank you for telling your and Savannah’s stories and raising awareness of this very important cause.

As usual, the pops are look so good I want to lick the screen!

July 31, 2008 12:37 PM
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Anonymous said...

What a great story! Thank you for sharing.

July 31, 2008 12:50 PM
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Cherie said...

What a wonderful story! And thank you for helping to raise awareness.

July 31, 2008 12:59 PM
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landa said...

Thank you for this. I have been an organ donor since I was 16 years old. I used to have issues with my kidneys as a child and miraculously the issue cleared on its own. Beautiful story and thank you for sharing.

July 31, 2008 01:07 PM
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candesintx said...

*gulp* Not easy hiding tears when the front of your office has glass walls. Beautiful story.

Happy Sweet 16. I’m glad you’re here and Savanah too! I’m an organ donor.

July 31, 2008 01:49 PM
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Jennifer Burgett said...

Bakerella,
You have to take a look at this blog if you are supportive of organ donation

http://www.cfhusband.blogspot.com/

July 31, 2008 01:58 PM
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Ana Anselmo said...

Thank You! These pops are amazing but they honor an amazing Gift…the Gift of Life! Our donor angel’s family gave us this Gift and there is not a day that goes by … not a moment that we are not grateful for it…for without this Gift of Life Savannah would not be here today.

Almost 100,000 people await an organ transplant on a daily basis as you are so keenly aware .. this is not JUST a number but a life represented behind each number…a family…friends…

If you are not an organ donor .. please consider becoming one…one donor can save 8 lives! Savannah is a testament to the wonder and miracle of organ donation!

To see Savannah’s amazing journey please visit her site at http://www.CotaForSavannahA.com – she is simply one miracle amongst many.

Happy Sweet 16!

XOXO,
Ana Anselmo
Proud Mami of Savannah (Warrior Princess!)
http://www.CotaForSavannahA.com
“Don’t Take Your Organs to Heaven. Heaven Knows We Need Them Here!”

July 31, 2008 02:17 PM
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Anonymous said...

This post did make me tear up a bit. If you had the chance to save at least one life, AFTER you have left this earth, why not do so. I used to say that I didn’t want to be an Organ Donor. It was just the whole idea of it that kind of creeped me out. But now, knowing people who are in need of organs and seeing the struggles they go through it changed my mind. What am I going to need them for after I am gone?

July 31, 2008 02:28 PM
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Sharon said...

Thank you for sharing your story and letting us know about Savannah. Beautiful pops for a very worthy cause.

July 31, 2008 02:29 PM
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Tucker, Jess, and Brian said...

What a touching story!!! Organ donation is so incredibly important … I wish everyone would sign up to be an organ donor. I have been one since I turned 16, and I will happily share all of my viable organs when it is my time to go. I know several people whose lives have been saved by the selfless gift of life from organ donors. I am in nursing school, and I am hoping to work in a transplant unit once I am a nurse.

By the way, as someone else mentioned, you should definitely check out that CFHusband blog … I read it regularly, and it has brought me to tears many, many times. Such a touching story.

You are amazing, Bakerella!!! :)

July 31, 2008 02:44 PM
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Jamie said...

This post made me tear up. Your pops are beautiful. It makes me proud to be a registered organ donor.

July 31, 2008 02:46 PM
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emily said...

Thanks for sharing those stories, they’re amazing. My cousin-in-law’s sister lost her baby recently and they donated her organs, and it changed my mind about organ donation. I’m a donor now, and I wasn’t before. You can read their story here:

http://jacksonparkcity.blogspot.com/

July 31, 2008 03:02 PM
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hoLLy said...

what an awesome thing you are doing. thanks for sharing those amazing stories. cool pops!

July 31, 2008 03:13 PM
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Terri Brown said...

Thank you so much for creating these beautiful pops! We know Savannah and what a blessing it is to know her and her family. My daughter, Allison, also received the GIFT OF LIFE. We must never stop getting the word out about organ donation. It is truly the only way we can honor our donor angels. Thank you again and Happy Sweet Sixteen!

Love,
The Browns

July 31, 2008 03:24 PM
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giz said...

Absolutely gorgeous and very near and dear to my heart. I was a kidney recipient in January ’07 and we just finished an awareness campaign on our blog.

July 31, 2008 03:33 PM
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Anonymous said...

WOW those ‘pops’ are awesome, happy 16th birthday to you! The need for organ donation is wayyyyy more common that we would like. my daughter recieved her liver at age 12, she is now 19 and doing fine.
thank you so much for making just one more person aware of the need to be an organ donor!
patti

July 31, 2008 03:37 PM
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Angie P said...

you’ve brought tears to my eyes…what a small world it is, for 2 people to be touched by the same thing. Your an amazing woman!!!

July 31, 2008 03:50 PM
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Phoebe said...

Thanks for the beautiful pops! My Son Mario is also an organ recipient. Thank you so much for helping us raise awareness for organ donation!

July 31, 2008 04:22 PM
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Urmston Family said...

What a sweet and touching story. The pops look great too.

July 31, 2008 04:26 PM
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Colby Kids said...

Wow! These look yummy and so beauitufl. What a wonderful idea, Ana!!

My son, Xander, is to be an organ recipient soon. I have always been an organ donor myself but I never realized HOW important it was until my son was born. I dream of the day he recieves his GIFT. I know it will be a true miracle.

Thank you so much for getting the word out and Happy, Happy Anniversary!!

July 31, 2008 05:03 PM
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Josephine Milkweed said...

Hi Bakerella: You continue to surprise and inspire me! Bless your sweet cuppy-loving heart!

July 31, 2008 05:12 PM
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Dawn in CA said...

Thank you for sharing two very touching stories. I do hope your blog inspires people to become organ donors. I am, regretfully, unable to donate blood or organs due to past health problems, a fact that makes me so sad. But my husband is a designated organ donor – yay! Thanks again for the beautiful stories and the adorable pops.

July 31, 2008 05:24 PM
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Laurie said...

Recipe saved for my son’s five-year transplant anniversary in March. I can’t wait to make these for his “second chance at life” party!

Happy 16th Anniversary!

July 31, 2008 05:28 PM
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Sarah said...

They’re lovely pops and for such a great purpose. The gift of life is truly the best gift of all.

A truly touching story.

July 31, 2008 06:14 PM
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mirandajones803 said...

This is so touching…my little cousin died just over a year ago from heart/lung failure. There was no donor available in the short time he had left.
I became an organ donor immediately after he passed. He was 9 years old. Bless you for reaching out!

Miranda Jones

July 31, 2008 06:26 PM
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Tracey in WA said...

WOW!! Fabulous pops and CONGRATS to you and your 16th birthday!! I have always been an organ donor and am so happy you had one to help you!!!

July 31, 2008 06:30 PM
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The Roper's said...

WOW! You are such an inspiration! Happy 16th birthday to you! I am so happy for you and being the recipient of the kidney donation. The cupcake pops are awesome! Thanks for sharing not only your story, but Savannah’s, too! They help me be so grateful for all I have!

July 31, 2008 06:40 PM
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Carole R said...

I am going to try these in pink. I am a breast cancer survivor and need a treet for a survivor’s get together

July 31, 2008 06:49 PM
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wendy said...

i am a donor. and when i read your story and hers, it reminds me exactly why i made that choice.
beautiful pops!

July 31, 2008 07:25 PM
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Anonymous said...

Okay you made me cry so very early in the morning, but appreciate you bringing awareness to this cause. I have a cousin who died at the early age of 28 due to a car accident and by being a donor, his heart saved a dying father of 4. All totalled he helped 28 other people through his organ donations. God bless Savannah and you on your Sweet 16.

July 31, 2008 07:26 PM
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gingela5 said...

So, pretty and they look yummy…PLUS they’re for a good cause! Awesome!

July 31, 2008 07:56 PM
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Dee said...

You are soooooooooo thoughtful.

I am a resisted donor via driver’s license and I remind my family of my wishes very frequently.

I work w/people infected w/Hepatitis C and often speak of organ donations and transplants when I train medical personnel.

July 31, 2008 08:37 PM
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Mom of Natalie Bear said...

Thanks for making the beautiful pops!! We love sweet Savy so much… we met her through a support group http://www.liverfamilies.net – see 3+ years ago I gave part of my liver to my little girl.

The need is so great, as I know you know…thank you.

July 31, 2008 08:39 PM
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bflick said...

I’m an organ donor and have never thought twice about not being one. Its a great thing, that costs you nothing… but gives someone EVERYTHING.

July 31, 2008 08:53 PM
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Jessica said...

Honestly, just yesterday I renewed my license and for the first time I checked the organ donation box. I don’t know why it took me so many years to do it, but I am so glad I did! And now I read this post… how timely. Happy Sweet 16!

July 31, 2008 09:17 PM
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Anonymous said...

Happy Sweet 16-what a gift and an inspiration!

July 31, 2008 09:17 PM
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jackieo said...

What great awareness pops. My son has autism and I was thinking of doing something with the pops with the puzzle piece symbol. We should all remember to count our blessing each day and be grateful for what we have.

July 31, 2008 09:27 PM
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fawnjenee said...

Yeah!!! My father in law recieved a kidney last fall from his niece and that gift has changed his life forever. These pops are beautiful. Thanks for being willing to share your story ands Savananhs also!

July 31, 2008 09:31 PM
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Isa said...

What a great cause… My aunt’s both kidneys aren’t working either. She’s first on the national list of kidneys request and I only hope that she gets as lucky as you did, and as Savanaah did… she has three children.
I think I’ll make something to support this cause too… was your pick the green/white combo or it’s like the actual colors of a campaing or something?
Beautiful pops by the way!

July 31, 2008 11:07 PM
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www.adorn-jewelry.blogspot.com said...

My best friend’s one year old recently drowned. It was extremely tragic and you can read her inspiring story at http://www.adailyscoop.blogspot.com
They hoped they would be able to donate her organs, but were only able to donate her heart valves. Still, it is comforting to know that her tragedy helped save the lives of 2 other infants. I am a strong believer in organ donation and want to have all of my body parts that can be donated if I die early. Thank you for making these and i hop they are a huge success!

August 1, 2008 12:21 AM
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Anonymous said...

wow- what a great cause to support! Thanks for this post and your cute way of supporting!

August 1, 2008 01:00 AM
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Marisa said...

Thanks for helping raise awareness!
I received a life saving liver transplant at the age of 11…20 years ago!
http://www.marisasmiracle.com

Happy 16yrs to You!

August 1, 2008 01:08 AM
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Shannon said...

These are adorable! Happy Anniversary!! My 5 year old daughter will be celebrating her 4th Liver Transplant Anniversary in November 2008. These may be going to school with her on that day! We know Savvy and Ana from http://www.liverfamilies.net Thanks for making these for Ana!

August 1, 2008 01:43 AM
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Inside A Book said...

When my nephew was killed in an accident 4 years ago we had the privilege of having his organs donated. The only way to make his senseless death meaningful was to think of 5 people who now had a chance at life! We met two of the organ recipients and loved being a part of their lives. The double lung and heart recipient just passed away in January. He had 3 extra years that his family is forever grateful for!
Thank you for championing this great blessing!
Gaye

August 1, 2008 01:52 AM
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BigMamaCassie said...

This is incredible! I still have tears in my eyes! You did a beautiful job on those pops!

August 1, 2008 01:58 AM
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Kim Pirri said...

This is my very 1st comment to a blog…. but this is close to home for me. Blessings to you, Savanah and your families and thank you all for bringing more awareness to organ donation.

My mother is a liver recipient – she received her gift of life 5 years ago from a beautiful young woman named Jill. Jill's generosity gave my family the most precious of gifts and we are so grateful. Read about it at: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/11/quite-by-accident/

There's a quote that I learned from a young man, Connor – a 2-time heart recipient that says it all, "Spread the word, don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows we need them here."

Folks, please register in your state and remember, if you move across state lines, you need to reregister! (The databases are not nationwide!) As someone else said, a single person's organs can save up to 8 lives and their tissues (corneas, bones, tendons & ligaments, heart valves, skin, etc.) can help up to 100 people! Learn more at http://www.donatelife.net/index.php

Blessings to all those that continue to wait, those that have received, and those that donated and all their families!

August 1, 2008 02:04 AM
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SarahHub said...

Heartwarming!

August 1, 2008 02:13 AM
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sharyl said...

you are such a blessing in so many many ways! Two of my very good friends back in the homeland had kidney transplants as well. But hey were lucky that one of their family members were a match. I couldn’t imagine if they weren’t and if they had to wait for a donor…

thank you for sharing your story and for continually sharing your talent and creativity to us. You are a blessing and I pray that you will be blessed even more!

August 1, 2008 02:38 AM
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cc said...

There’e a reason why you do what you do – it’s not always about the baking – it’s about connections. It’s just not often that we are able to witness such an extraordinary coincidence and physical event. Kudos to Savannah’s mom for getting in touch with you and kudos to you for acting on the story and probably re-affirming something special in you. Beautiful!

August 1, 2008 02:51 AM
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LaDue & Crew said...

Bakerella, you are a walking testimony, and you came to us over pops! The Good Lord is using you for so much more… Hugs in Health, Janet

August 1, 2008 05:51 AM
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cookemila said...

donations in spain know much .. congratulations on the pops for the purpose better life ..

August 1, 2008 06:14 AM
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Michelle said...

Wow, what a story. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been an organ donor almost as long as I’ve had my license. I’ve always believed in it.

Oh, and cute cupcake pops as always :)

August 1, 2008 06:59 AM
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Anonymous said...

They are beautiful! It was wonderful of you to share your story and Savannah’s.

August 1, 2008 01:42 PM
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Christine said...

I am going to try to make your pops! They are so cute!

August 1, 2008 02:59 PM
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The Gomes Family said...

What a sweet story and a sweet thing to do. I love them! I love the act of kindness as well. I wish we all would do more random acts of kindness!

August 1, 2008 03:12 PM
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Shirley said...

I have been following your blog for weeks now and have not left a comment yet…..even on the sprinkles give-away.

But I just have to comment today…..

I am a nurse and worked in inpt/outpt dialysis for 10 years……I saw my patients more than my own family!! I loved each of them and felt bad for each of them!! We celebrated EACH and EVERY transplant!!!

I have told my husband to give away all my organs: eyes, ears, hair, skin, ovaries, pancreas, anything that can help someone else….geez TAKE IT, for goodness sake!!

Big HUGS to you and your family!!

PS your blogs ROCKS!!

Shirley Rossetti
Hillsboro OR

August 1, 2008 04:33 PM
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Anne said...

Such an awesome reminder of how we should live and cherish each day. My father donated his kidney to a friend about 6 years ago, so this just makes me remember how precious and wonderful life is! Thanks for sharing!

August 1, 2008 07:36 PM
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silverfilings said...

Thanks for this post and your story!
I work for an organization called Donate Life Northwest and our mission is to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.
As a person with a liver disease which may require me to have a transplant someday, this issue is very dear to me.
If any of your readers are in the state of Oregon or Washington, besides signing up at the DMV, they can sign up on the online registy at http://www.donatelifenw.org.
Thanks again for all your wonderful posts and support of this important cause!

August 2, 2008 02:19 AM
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sinked said...

These are beautifully made, and the story behind them makes them all the better! My best friend is alive today because of a heart transplant she received 3 years ago, so these stories really hit close to home.

This is my first time commenting here, but I wanted to tell you how wonderful your blog is! I’m 17 and plan to major in Baking and Pastry Arts in college, and this website has been such an inspiration. (:

Thank you!
Molly

August 2, 2008 04:55 AM
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Sandra Romfo said...

Love your site, and those pops:)

August 2, 2008 09:21 AM
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Jeanine said...

The pops are beautiful, and for such a great purpose too. Well done. And congrats on your sweet 16, that is wonderful!

August 2, 2008 11:36 AM
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Elizabeth said...

Just when I thought I couldn’t love your blog any more than I already do, you use cupcakes to save the world! I hope pops for a purpose inspire people who are not yet organ donors to register and talk to their families. It’s a simple, painless way to make a huge difference. One organ donnor can help dozens of people, and if you count the recipients familly and friends, that becomes hundreds if not thousands of lives touched. Thank you Bakerella, and happy sweet 16!

August 2, 2008 01:37 PM
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Pecos Blue said...

Lovely pops. I am an organ donor too. Glad I found your site.

I am doing my first giveaway. Hope you can drop on by.

August 2, 2008 02:48 PM
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teejay said...

Bless you bakerella, Organ donors rock!!!!

August 2, 2008 04:17 PM
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Stella said...

Great pops!

AWESOME story…yours and Savannah’s! Thank you for sharing!!

August 2, 2008 11:05 PM
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Brittany Parker said...

i love your blog so much i featured it on my blogger!!! thanks for all the yummy things you share!!

August 3, 2008 02:53 PM
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Patty said...

Happy Sweet 16 to you! The cupcakes are great. My friend Tess got a kidney the other day after being on dialysis for years. I’m in the early stages of kidney disease myself but my organ donor card is signed. They can take whatever they need after I’m gone!

August 3, 2008 03:54 PM
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jakey said...

Oh wow… look at these… I think i’m hooked. GOT to try some of these out :-)

jk x

August 3, 2008 06:46 PM
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Kevin said...

Those look great!

August 3, 2008 06:47 PM
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Anonymous said...

My brother is a kidney transplant survivor..he is in his 60′s..I wish we were closer.

Beautiful post.

August 3, 2008 11:01 PM
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SwishDesigns said...

What a wonderful gift. Happy Sweet Sixteen!

August 4, 2008 03:48 AM
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Cakelaw said...

What a wonderful post – thank you for sharing yours and Savannah’s stories.

August 4, 2008 10:53 AM
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BMoreSweet said...

Powerful stories for both of you. This month marks my own 1-yer anniversary of a near-brush with death. And it’s literally quite true that moments like that can provide you with extreme clarity and help you to re-purpose your life (if you need re-purposing). After a lot of soul-searching, I’ve decided to move from my high-powered, hard-charging, for-profit lifestyle into the nonprofit sector, and do some good in the world while I’m still here. In that way, my illness was a gift.
Thank you for sharing your story, and Savannah’s story as well, Bakerella. Now you are a favorite website not just for the awesome cupcakes and pops and things, but because of the awesomeness of you!

August 4, 2008 02:48 PM
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Jaina said...

What a beautiful use of those pops. Thanks for the link, and for sharing your own story. My good friend is currently training for a triathlon with Team in Training. A little different, but they raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. It’s really neat. Here’s the link to her page there if you’re interested in reading about what she’s doing. She can always use prayer support, and fundraiser help if you’re so inclined. http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/pactri08/bleach

August 4, 2008 05:32 PM
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Bakerella said...

I am overwhelmed. It’s remarkable to me how many people have been touched in one way or another by an organ transplant. All of your stories are so moving. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to share.

And,

for the donors who gave unselfishly;

for the donor angels who will never know how many people their gift has helped;

for the recipients who work every day to keep that gift alive;

for the family and friends who were there with love and support;

for the sick who are still waiting…

and for the medical professionals that are there to help them…

Thank you so much and bless you.

August 4, 2008 09:35 PM
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Cakespy said...

What a wonderful story and cause. Having a relative who has received a transplant, I can attest to how much it will affect not only the person receiving the organ but also their entire family. Happy birthday to you Bakerella!

August 5, 2008 01:49 AM
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SwellCakes said...

Your pops are gorgeous and the story is even better. After working on a hospital kidney transplant unit for over five years, I understand the huge need for organ donation. I saw so many hurting, particularly from kidney failure. What a blessing that you are able to help raise awareness after having been the recipient yourself.

August 5, 2008 03:39 AM
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Latifa said...

i like the new look of your blog.

August 5, 2008 04:56 PM
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Bakerella said...

Cakespy – Wow… thank you. I know your family appreciates your sweetness, too.

SwellCakes – and thank you for your work with transplants. I can say I actually enjoy going to the hospital because I know how good the care is on the transplant floor.

Latifa – why thanks!

August 6, 2008 12:46 AM
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Heather said...

How beautiful. It is amazing how many people are affected when there is a need for donation. The truly incredible fact about donation is that one donor can impact so many lives. I have spoken on behalf of organ donation and it amazes me how many people are “afraid” of it. To anyone reading these comments I urge you to learn more about organ donation and how you can save lives at http://www.donatelife.org

August 7, 2008 06:36 AM
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Bakerella said...

Heather – I second that.

August 8, 2008 11:35 PM
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Bridgett said...

What an amazing and heartwarming gesture you did in making these adorable pops. Best wishes to you and also to little Savannah.

August 11, 2008 05:34 AM
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mary said...

I know I’m a little late on this post, but you’ve just reminded me to update my registry on my state’s organ donor database. Happy sweet sixteen!

August 12, 2008 03:04 AM
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Bakerella said...

bridget – thanks!

Mary – That’s awesome.

August 15, 2008 02:12 AM
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Anonymous said...

What a story!!! I carry a donor card and have done since I was 12. I used to have it pinned to the inside of my schoolbag incase something was to happen to me on the way home from school. I now carry one each in my children’s names.

August 19, 2008 11:09 PM
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Bakerella said...

Anonymous – Wow, to think that way when you were 12. So sweet. Thank you!

August 21, 2008 02:27 AM
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Jen said...

I’m so glad you had this post. I’m a dietitian at a dialysis center and there’s nothing like being present when a patient gets a call because a kidney was found for them! Organ donation should be a no brainer. Bless you.

August 27, 2008 02:09 AM
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Bakerella said...

Thanks Jen. I did peritoneal dialysis for nearly a year.

August 28, 2008 03:44 AM
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story.
My husband is 38 years old and has end stage renal failure due to lupus. He’s now having dialysis 3 times a week. NOT fun but we are so grateful that it can be done.
I am so happy to hear that you had a transplant so long ago and it worked for you. Have you ever written about your expierence with recovery, etc? My husband may soon apply for a transplant. We will see what happens!!
Thanks again for sharing,
Amy

August 29, 2008 05:09 AM
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Bakerella said...

Amy – I haven’t really written about my recovery. But I can tell you, that it’s probably the one surgery that you look/feel better when you wake up than before you went in.

August 31, 2008 02:00 PM
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Julie said...

When my best friend and I were 16, she went into very sudden renal failure and had to be put on dialysis for a number of years while waiting for a kidney transplant. I’ll never forget her suffering or struggle. And too, I will also never forget being in college and coming back to my dorm room one afternoon and by chance, just before walking out the door to work, I caught a phone call and it was her saying “I couldn’t tell you earlier, they called in the middle of the night — I just got my kidney.”

We are now 24. Both graduated from college; she is married and has a career in journalism.

But when I got my license at 16 – I said I would be an organ donor then, and to this day I still am: because someone out there saved her life by that choice and I would hope that someday I should be so lucky as to save someone’s too.

Thank you for bringing attention to this. :’)

September 18, 2008 02:00 AM
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Sarah said...

What a great story. It brought tears to my eyes. I got married just about two weeks ago (on 9-13) and, after the day was over and my new husband and I were winding down, he told me that my grandmother had died early that morning and that’s why she wasn’t at the wedding. My whole family kept the news from me so I could have a happy day. This was devastating news, just five months after the loss of my other grandmother, but one thing that brings comfort to my family in this trying time is that her last wish was to be a tissue donor. Due to diabetes and hypertension, her organs weren’t in condition for donation, but her skin and tissue was. We found out shortly thereafter that her passing and subsequent donation helped 50 people. 50 people! That would mean the world to her, and I wear the green ribbon with pride to honor her memory.

September 26, 2008 07:39 PM
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Bakerella said...

Sarah – I loved reading your story. Thank you for sharing.

September 29, 2008 03:46 AM
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