Mina Ebrahimi’s Favorite Things: Dogs, Cupcakes and Baking for a Cure

Those who know me know that my dogs are a huge part of my life. If you’ve ever visited my Mina Ebrahimi Facebook page or spent more than a few minutes in my company, you’ve seen my impressive digital scrapbook featuring Suzy, Barney, Jack and Vinny in all their furry glory. I love food, and of course, I’m a huge fan of my extended Saint Germain family, but my four Labrador Retrievers hold a special drool-covered place in my heart. They’re also a huge reason why I’m proud to support an incredible cancer research program at Penn Vet.

Saving Lives With Penn Vet

Penn Vet (more formally known as The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine) is staffed by a stellar group of veterinarians dedicated to pioneering new oncology research that’s extending the lives of dogs with cancer. I gained firsthand knowledge of Penn Vet’s program when my own dog Jack needed a rare surgical procedure. I was lucky enough to meet the amazing Karin Sorenmo DVM, DACVIM, who serves as the Chief of Medical Oncology at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. The incomparable Dr. Sorenmo also leads the Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program, a program she created to help address the issue of shelter dogs who otherwise wouldn’t receive much-needed care.

I was instantly moved by the plight of these dogs, and the more I learned, the more motivated I was to help. For instance, did you know that mammary tumors in dogs share many of the same characteristics as breast cancer in women? There is significant overlap in terms of risk factors as well as biology, meaning that Penn Vet’s studies could have benefits far beyond the veterinary world. The more we understand about the horror that is cancer, the greater our opportunity to develop new protocols and more efficient drugs to treat — and maybe one day even cure — this awful disease.

Cupcakes for the Cure

I firmly believe that we can all use our innate talents and strengths to help those causes that are near and dear to us, and that’s exactly what our current fundraiser is all about. This October, I’m once again turning flour, sugar and lots and lots of butter into a heaping helping of awareness as we bake hundreds of cupcakes in pursuit of a cure.

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’re offering a special deal: one dozen cupcakes, in your choice of vanilla or chocolate and topped with a luscious buttercream frosting, for just $36.99. The best part? A whopping 100 percent of the profits from our cupcake-a-palooza will go to UPENN and the mammary tumor program. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this October, and I know that, with your help, we can meet, if not exceed, that goal!

Being a business owner is about more than dollars and cents. With success comes a huge responsibility to our community, and I take that very seriously. I don’t just feel obligated to help when I can, I also want to. What good is having influence and the ability to assist those who are in need if we don’t act on it?

If you’d like to support our initiative, you can head over to our Saint Germain site to place your cupcake order. It’s a wonderfully worthy cause, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.