#Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale


My 3-year-old niece, Harleigh, has been transformed from a vivacious, energetic, happy little imp to an exhausted, partially paralyzed and overwhelmed little child whose home has been the hospital since November 22, 2013. On a routine medical checkup for a possible ear infection, doctors discovered a Glioblastoma tumor growing down through Harleigh's brain. She has undergone biopsy and sugary, suffered a stroke that crippled her right side and is currently undergoing chemo therapy to prevent future regrowth or spread of the tumor. Followup radiation and ongoing physical therapy will likely be necessary. And yet despite all this, Harleigh still smiles, still laughs - and somehow still makes us laugh.

You can read more about Harleigh and her story on her Caring Bridge page. You can also check out the Help 4 Harleigh Facebook and Tumblr pages for more photos and memories.

We're all hoping and praying for the best - and no one wants to think about financial troubles. Yet in reality, eventually the bills have to be paid. Mike's family has generously created a Give Forward page to collect donations to help alleviate the young family's financial burden and any contribution is greatly appreciated. But I hope there's more we can do.

Bake Sale

For those of us who can't be in Cleveland at Harleigh's bedside, the #Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale is our opportunity to make a financial and emotional impact. My niece's medical medical needs are expensive and even with medical insurance and both parents continuing to work, the bills are still piling up faster than they can get paid. Harleigh and her parents also need emotional support, to know they're not alone in this seemingly endless battle for their daughter. With your help and generosity, I know we can not only provide financial relief, but also lift their spirits by joining together to support them with this bake sale. My financial goal is to raise $3,000 for Harleigh, but perhaps even more important, to generate a tidal wave of encouragement and support. You and me - together - can do this!

To make the #Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale a success, I need YOUR HELP! It doesn't matter who you are or where you live - there are lots of ways to help!

Participate in the Bake Sale
  • Donate baked goods, new cookware or new cookbooks - sign up here by 2/16/2014
  • Bid on the items in the bake sale - starts 2/18/204, see below for details

Promote the Bake Sale
  • Tell your friends, friends, family and coworkers about the bake sale
  • Share the bake sale on your social spaces and/or blog - pledge your support here

Share Encouragement

Bake Sale Details
  • At 7AM EST on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the #Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale will begin on cookinwluv.blogspot.com.
  • Bidding ends on the same day at Midnight EST.
  • All proceeds from this bake sale will go directly to paying for Harleigh Noel's medical expenses and treatment.
  • Anyone, anywhere can participate by donating items, bidding on items and/or promoting the bake sale. Bakers/donators have the option to ship domestically or internationally and shipping restrictions will be noted for each item.
  • This is an ONLINE bake sale and donated items are NOT mailed to me. If you are donating an item, you will provide me with a photo and description of the item. Subsequently, all donated items will be listed in the bake sale with bidding information and photos provided for each item.
  • To bid on an item, you will send an email to help4harleigh@gmail.com with the item you are bidding on and your bid dollar ($) amount in the subject line. Minimum bids will start at $20 and all bids after must be at least $5 higher. The minimum buyout donation for any item is $200 (bidding will immediately end on this item).
  • Bids will be updated every hour throughout the day, so check back often if there is something you are really hoping to win!
  • The highest bid wins an item! All winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. I will email winning bidders to confirm instructions for payment and request their mailing address for their winnings. Payment must be made via PayPal using the Donate button on this page within 24 hours of confirmation. PayPal accepts credit cards and other forms of payment.
  • Once I have confirmation of payment, I will email the winner's address to the baker/donator and the baker/donator will be responsible for mailing the baked goods (or items) to the winner within one week (unless other special arrangements are made or noted in advance).

Questions? Email me:

Spread the Word

Even if you cannot participate in the Bake Sale by donating or bidding, you can help in other ways that are just as important and just as generous!
  • Spread the word about the bake sale on Twitter using the #Help4Harleigh hashtag. If people don't know about the bake sale, they can't bid!
  • Share the bake sale with your friends on Facebook by liking the Help 4 Harleigh Facebook page. You'll also stay up-to-date on what's happening with the bake sale and Harleigh's treatment.
  • Become a member of the #Help4Harleigh Pinterest board and then dedicate recipes and encouraging photos to Harleigh by pinning them to this board.
  • Write a blog post about the bake sale and encourage your subscribers to participate. The more people who know, the faster news will travel. If possible, please include the #Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale badge and a link back to this page.
  • Add the #Help4Harleigh Online Bake Sale badge to your blog - this is an easy way to visually spread the word.
  • Tell your family, friends and coworkers about the bake sale. Some people don't pay much attention to Twitter, Facebook and other social media spaces, so never underestimate the power of face-to-face conversation! Please tell everyone you know about this bake sale.

Questions? Email me:


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  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)January 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    This is such a wonderful thing you're doing for your niece, and I know what amazing care she's getting at The Cleveland Clinic (I assume that's where she is? I know many friends and family members who have had their own miracles wrought at that amazing hospital). I'll be thinking of her and praying for her! <3

  2. Thank you for the prayers, Kayle, I am very grateful. Harleigh is at the Cleveland Clinic and I'm hopeful the treatments will be successful. It's encouraging to hear that others have experienced great care from the Clinic...

  3. What a cute little girl!!! It just breaks my heart that she is so young and having to deal which health problems that most of us will never even come close to experiencing ourselves. A very nice thing that you are doing. I will definitely help spread the word and do some bidding. I will keep Harleigh and her entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind words, MJ! It's difficult to watch and it's true that many of use will never have to deal with cancer like this. But I'm hopeful for the best and the support from everyone has been amazing. Thank you for helping to spread this word - this is huge help and greatly appreciated!

  5. That is so tough - for all concerned. Your niece is gorgeous and I really hope she pulls through and comes out the other side still laughing. A bake sale is a great idea. Hope it goes well.

  6. I'm so sorry to know about your niece, Mark! I'm definitely with you in this! Prayers to Harleigh and your whole family during this tough time.
    I'll let you know by next week what I can donate for the bake sale...

  7. Thank you for the kind words and wishes, Choclette - I'm very grateful and we're all hopeful for the best for Harleigh. Although she's recently lost her hair, she is still smiling and laughing which is amazing to me...

  8. Thank you so much for the prayers and kind words, Cristina - they're greatly appreciated and I will pass them on to Harleigh and her folks... Thank you for your support of the bake sale as well and I look forward to seeing whatever you may be able to donate...

  9. Bintu @ Recipes From A PantryJanuary 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Good luck JV. Difficult for me to find and tweet info from my tablet. Plz can u tweet me a couple of separate links about this and I will retweet. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry.

  10. Thanks so much for offering to help retweet, Bintu - this is a big help and very much appreciated. I'll include you on some tweets :)


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