Rhode Island baker, 12, honored for work raising money for cancer research

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A young Rhode Island entrepreneur used his love of baking to raise money for cancer research and ended up with iced tea named after him.

Porter Schapiro, 12, of Portsmouth, wants to be a baker when he grows up.

In 2020 when COVID came about, he began baking carrot cake.

Using some secret ingredients sprinkled with a lot of love, he started a business called Nothing But Carrot Cake.

Porter was inspired by his dad’s best friend, 63-year-old Mark Bistline, who had been battling brain cancer. Porter would make carrot cake for him. Sadly, Bistline lost his battle.

Shortly after, the same disease took Porter’s grandmother, Dianna Emory, too.

That’s when Porter decided to donate all of the money he made from the cakes to Dana Farber and Mass General Hospital, the facilities that helped to treat his loved ones.

Many months went by, and on one random day, Porter drew a picture of a Granny Squibbs iced tea he’d dreamt up.

After all the work that Porter did for others, Schapiro’s dad, who used to be an employee of the company, surprised Porter by helping turn his dream into a reality.

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