Local 9-Year-Old Raises Thousands of Dollars from Fundraiser “Cupcakes for Cancer”

Ava Melasecca from West Chester, PASubmitted Image

WEST CHESTER, PAFor Pete’s Sake and Dunkin’ of Greater Philadelphia yesterday teamed up to honor local nine-year-old Ava Melasecca from West Chester, PA, with a special outdoor celebration.

Ava recently raised a total of $8,000 with her fundraiser “Cupcakes for Cancer,” where she baked and sold treats to family and friends to help raise donations for local nonprofits, including For Pete’s Sake.

For Pete’s Sake and the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser visited Ava and her family outside of their West Chester house to provide a well-deserved afternoon break sampling hot chocolate, Dunkin’ Munchkins® Donut Hole Treats, and coffee to Ava’s family, friends, and neighbors (with social distancing measures, personal protective equipment, and safety precautions in place).

Cupcakes for Cancer

In 2019, Ava and the Melasecca family lost their father, Jeffery Melasecca, to cancer. Since then, Ava has made it her mission to give back to the charities that supported her family during her father’s battle with cancer. For Pete’s Sake holds a special place in Ava and her family’s life. In 2015, For Pete’s Sake provided Ava, Jeffery, Ava’s mother, Meredith, and Ava’s brother, Jeffery, with a respite experience where the family enjoyed a trip to Disneyworld and created lasting memories that will comfort them for the years to come. Recently, Ava raised over $3,000 from her Valentine’s Day bake sale and donated the proceeds to local charities, including For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.

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For Pete’s Sake is also honoring Ava at their Virtual Experience on March 25th, 2021 hosted by Julie Chen Moonves (CBS, Big Brother) and featuring Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and many other performers. Learn more at LoveFPS.org.

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