Baking for Awareness


“I love to bake, and the blue ribbon helps raise awareness,” says Marissa Chavez, a gastroenterology technician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “March is colon cancer awareness month. Two years ago I wanted to make a cake, so I made it in the form of colon, with intestines that had polyps. It’s become a tradition now that I make that cake, and throughout the year I bring in cupcakes or cakes with the blue ribbon. My mom got colon cancer when I was 13, and when I started working in the medical field I realized what gastroenterology was and wanted to get into it. This Thanksgiving will be her 24th year cancer-free, and baking is my way of spreading the word.”