SOMERS, N.Y.-As it has every year for four years, the annual Cookie Swap for a Cause brought people from all over the area this past weekend to eat, drink and do some good for the community.
“I think it’s just as amazing as every year,” said Nicole Roublick, whose mother, Laura Roublick, is one of the co-founders of the event. “Seeing how much my mom does and seeing it all come together is really cool.”
As an infant, Nicole was diagnosed with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), a blood disorder affecting fewer than 300 people in the entire world. Her mother co-founded the Cookie Swap as a means of helping to raise funds and awareness for ALPS, as well as to give back to the organizations that have helped their family over the last 18 years. Last year’s swap raised money for Cures Within Reach, a group that uses repurposed medication to combat disorders that don’t have treatments readily available. Thanks to a new drug called rapamycin, created through Cures Within Reach, Nicole has been doing much better.
Co-founded by Hope Mazzola and Donna Martone, the Cookie Swap helps raise scholarship money for Somers High School seniors and also gives back to causes that help children with rare illnesses. In addition to Cures Within Reach, the event has supported such organizations as Ronald McDonald House and Camp Sunshine. This year, the swap helped generate funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helped out the Roublick family when Nicole was 8 years old, sending the family to Disney World, where they stayed at the 84-acre Give Kids the World resort. All told, the Cookie Swap helped raise $3,000, in addition to a heavy haul of Disney-themed toys to be donated to the Wish House, making the fourth swap the biggest yet.
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