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Eat pancakes for a cause

Article Published: Oct. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Eat pancakes for a cause

It's a cause so sweet, you may not even need metaphorical syrup: The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA).

Since 2006, the Alliance has offered support to cancer patients and their families, both during diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Saturday, a Flapjack Pancake Breakfast happens that organizers hope will help them keep helping.
"Over 400 patients are treated annually at the cancer center," organizer Megan Ellis said, "and these services are available to all of them."

Services include a peer to peer program (where survivors can help those recently diagnosed) and arts programs and a wig band, and they're about to expand to other areas of support.

"We're in the process of restructuring ... we are surveying current patients to find out what services they are interested in us offering," Ellis said.

Since the hospital does not fund the program, the Alliance depends solely on grants and fundraisers like Saturday's breakfast to keep it helping.

Similar fundraisers in the past have netted around $2,000 for CRA, and it's a sweet deal, literally.
"These are, literally, the best pancakes I have ever eaten," she said.

For the fundraiser, Applebee's breaks out the spatula with low overhead. "Tickets are $7 and you're basically making a $5.15 donation to CRA," Ellis said.

And it's a delicious donation.

"They are almost like doughnuts," she said. "You get pancakes and a meat and juice and coffee."
Volunteers like Ellis act as servers, greeters and bussers.

It's no coincidence that the event happens during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"It's an important cause," she said.

Eating breakfast, promoting awareness and fundraising. What better way to spend your Saturday morning?

Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the door.
It all happens Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. at Applebee's (2036 Blowing Rock Road) in Boone.

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