Caleb Haugen has been baking up a storm over the past month in an effort to help a sick classmate.
Just six years old, Haugen began baking, freezing and selling cookies on March 11 to friends in the community through garage sales and special orders.
“He has even received orders from grandparents and aunts and uncles in Quebec and has express-posted their cookies to them,” says Micheline Hanson with Ecole Mer et Montagne where Haugen attends school.
The Grade 1 student is raising money to help his friend Lola Audet, 6, who is battling cancer at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
The french-language school has held several fundraisers since Audet was diagnosed with leukemia last September to help ease the financial burden living away from home has created for Audet’s family of four. Not only that, Audet will be on several different medications once she has been released from hospital and will have to make follow-up trips to Vancouver for years to ensure she remains healthy. In the school’s most recent fundraiser, Audet’s teacher Kristiane Sormany Albert promises to cut her hair for the first time in 29 years.
Albert will cut about eight to nine inches of her long, curly locks off once the school manages to raise $2,000. So far, the school sits at $1,750.
Haugen has raised $85 of that total through the sale of eight dozen cookies.
Albert says she hopes to have raised enough money to have her hair cut by the end of April but if not, she will shed her locks at the end of the school year (June) and donate the hair to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.