Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer: May 3-9

Make Mother’s Day special this year by treating the important women in your life to fabulous desserts while also helping fight breast cancer. During the week leading up to Mother’s Day, May 3–9, more than 150 restaurants, bakeries, cafés and chocolate shops throughout Massachusetts will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer by preparing unique desserts. Desserts will cost around $8 and 100% of sales will benefit breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with only lung cancer resulting in more deaths,” say Eric Winer, MD, director of the Breast Oncology Center and Chief of the Division of Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber. “However, as more women detect breast cancer early and treatments continue to improve, the odds of surviving are excellent. That said, every year more than 40,000 women in the United States will lose their lives to breast cancer. Funds raised from Boston Bakes will help Dana-Farber to conduct basic research, translational research, and clinical trials with the hope of eliminating all deaths from breast cancer, and, ultimately, eradicating the disease entirely.”

The 11th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is dedicated to Pat Nasson. Pat was a 23 year breast cancer survivor and the late mother of Leslie Hewson, pastry chef and owner of The Mediterranean Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer began in 2000 by Carol Brownman Sneider to pay tribute to her mother, Eva Brownman, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1973 at age 44. Since its inception the event has raised more than $370,000.

Check out this list of participating restaurants.

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