"Cupcakes BeCause" Benefits Local Family Who Lost Son to Leukemia

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

A family's dream to honor their son's memory is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the culinary efforts of an entire community.

Who can forget little Treyden Kurtzweil. The 1-year old Stratford boy who's fight for life inspired thousands in our area. Sadly, Treyden lost his battle with a rare form of Leukemia just days after his first birthday back in June, but his memory lives on in the community he left behind.

Edgar High School student Josh Nowak helped organize "Cupcakes BeCause," a cupcake baking competition benefiting "Treyden's Cabin." "Treyden's Cabin" is a charity raising money to redesign a pediatric oncology waiting room at the Marshfield clinic, where Treyden spent most of his short life, in his honor.

Mindy Urmanski entered her hot chocolate cupcakes in the contest. She tells NewsChannel 7, "We thought it would be good to help raise money and to do something good for a change."

Many of the cupcakes reflected the camping theme of the room. Some of Treyden's family even got in on the festivities entering cupcakes of their own.

While the competition was sweet, it was also fierce with volunteer judges like Nowak taking their jobs very seriously.

"It's very difficult being a judge, but overall it's amazing," Nowak gushes. "

Each cupcake was grouped according to how they were made, by an adult, by a family, or by high school and middle school students. Then they were judged on display, design and taste.

"They tasted awesome," Nowak reports. "I did have a favorite...Defintely the popcorn one. It had a very great design. It was original and you can't pull it out of a book."

While the sugar high is only temporary, the reason for all these sweet treats is not.

Nowak wants Treyden's family to know, "We are here to help you."

After the cupcakes were judged they were all sold. "Cupcakes BeCause" hopes to raise more than $1,000 for "Treyden's Cabin." The charity itself hopes to raise $50,000.

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