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RCS Freshman Honored with a Youth Impact Award

If you haven’t heard about Galaxy Cookies, you’re missing out. Daniela Ortiz, a freshman at Resurrection Christian School in Loveland, started baking cookies for kids’ cancer research when she was in the 3rd grade. Since then, her fundraising efforts have exploded, and she has raised nearly $42,000 and counting. Keep reading to learn more about her story, and if you’re interested in donating to her cause or purchasing cookies, visit her fundraising page today!

Daniela Ortiz and her mother

Small Beginnings

In 2nd grade, Daniela used to spend her recess indoors with a classmate who was suffering from cancer. It was here that she came up with the idea to start baking for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. After a few successful bake sales, she met with the founder of Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, who challenged her to raise enough money to fund a grant — $100,000 — by the time she graduates in the Spring of 2026. Now, every September, Daniela hosts a bake sale to continue raising money for pediatric cancer research in hopes of reaching her goal.

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Exceeding Expectations

With a goal of raising $18,000 at this year’s bake sale in September, Daniela blew past that, hitting nearly $23.5k so far. Donations are accepted year-round and often matched by local businesses supporting her cause and the mission of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. With three more annual bake sales to go before her graduation, Daniela is on the right track to hit and possibly surpass the challenge set for her by the organization’s founder, Gretchen Holt Witt.

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Recipient of a Youth Impact Award

On October 17th, 2022, Daniela was honored by The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented with a Youth Impact Award for her fundraising efforts. At RCS, we couldn’t be more proud of the way she represents our community and serves others through her baking. Daniela and her mother are an amazing example of how Christ calls us to serve, let our light shine before men, and love others.

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About Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer™ is a national non-profit organization committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved, and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer — the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. With more than 14,000 grassroots fundraising events in all 50 states and more than $18 million granted to the leading pediatric cancer research centers across the country, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is making a difference in the lives of children and families nationwide.

To donate to Daniela’s cause, visit her fundraising page today:, and be sure to watch out for her annual bake sale next September!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16