Rensselaer girl surprised with 'chocolate chip' trip to Disney

November 21, 2017 02:46 PM

RENSSELAER – It’s usually not a good sign when First Response vehicles come rolling down your street with lights and sirens going and a bunch of people are gathered outside your home. But it was for the Harmon family.

A team from the city of Rensselaer and "Baking Memories 4 Kids" Non-Profit rolled up to deliver a surprise. Drea Harmon, 3, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was just two-weeks old. But the family has persevered. She turns 4 in January and in February, she and her parents Jesse and Nina, are going to Disney World.

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"Baking Memories 4 Kids," established in 2012 by cancer survivor Frank Squeo, sells chocolate chip cookies each holiday season in hopes of creating amazing memories for special families throughout the country.  A non-profit foundation, it uses the money from these sales to send children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses and their families on a weeklong, all-expenses paid vacation to the Orlando, FL theme parks.

In the past four years, BM4K has already sold over 30,000 containers of cookies and has surprised over 60 families. Last year, Monolith Solar bought 1,500 containers that helped six families. This year, the company is sending ten families from the area.


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