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Romona's Kids: Fighting cancer one cupcake at a time

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Maddie and friends baking cupcakes to help raise money for children's cancer research. Maddie and friends baking cupcakes to help raise money for children's cancer research.
WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -

Recently, we've been seeing adults and kids all over Northeast Ohio shaving their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease. Now we're meeting one of Romona's Kids in Westlake, who is doing something about it in her own way, one cupcake at a time.

Ten-year-old Maddie Gentzel has always been moved by the story of Maria McNamara of Avon Lake, who died of a rare brain tumor at age seven. Recently, Maddie came up with an idea inspired by her art teacher.

"We had a class art project where we had to draw an imaginary place and I came up with a 'Cupcakes for Cancer' shop, and I asked my mom if we could make it real and she said yes," said Maddie.

She takes orders at her school, Holly Lane Elementary, then Maddie and her mom hand deliver the made-from-scratch cupcakes to customers' homes.

Last month, Maddie got an order for 300 cupcakes for a teachers' workshop at Westlake High School. Maddie and her friends baked for two days to complete the order.

"People were so inspired by her that they just started donating money and she actually got more in donations than she did from our order," said Colleen Mudore, IB Coordinator, Westlake City Schools.

"My goal is to raise $1000, and I'm already at $800," said Maddie.

That money will go to the Prayers From Maria Foundation to help research children's brain cancer.

"I just couldn't be more proud, she's making a difference and that's what I hope all my kids can do and that's what I think any parent would ever want," said Lori Gentzel, Maddie's mother.

"Many of our students are trying to take action, coming up with projects to help others, and Maddie has really gone above and beyond, we're so proud of her," said Mimi Verdone, Holly Lane Principal.

"It makes me feel really good that I'm helping others, because ever dollar I make I know I'll make a difference to another kid," said Maddie.

To order from Cupcakes for Cancer, email Maddie at Mcupcake43@gmail.com.

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