Macarons bake up donations for cancer research

Sugar Fixe Macaron donating some of proceeds to cancer research during the month of February.

by Stephanie Golden

A Lincoln Park French bakery is turning a customer’s sweet tooth into donations for cancer research this month.

Sugar Fixe Macaron is donating 15 percent of the proceeds for cancer research from their sale of their purple and green macarons. You may know the treats as macaroons.

“We really wanted to be able to give back to the research community and finding a solution to that problem,” said Bridget Smith, the general manager of the bakery.

For each cassis, earl grey, pistachio and mint chocolate macaron sold the French pastry shop is giving the share of the proceeds to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

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The cause is personal for Smith. “My father-in-law recently – just in the past year – passed away from liver cancer, something that we hoped would have been prevented. Unfortunately, it wasn’t,” she said.

Because cancer has touched the lives of each employee at Sugar Fixe Macaron, they all agreed giving to cancer research would be a perfect way to participate in National Cancer Prevention Month.

”It is definitely a rewarding experience to know that we are making a difference in whatever way we can,” said Alex Lavelle, head shift leader at Sugar Fixe Macaron.

“Cancer will soon become the leading cause of death in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Breast and lung cancer remain the leading cancer killers in the U.S., though research has made them far more curable. Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases, with more than 100 types of cancer. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Many cancer deaths can be prevented through screening and early detection, according to the CDC and the American Cancer Society. Research shows that screening for cervical and colorectal cancers as recommended helps prevent these diseases by finding precancerous lesions so they can be treated before they become cancerous. Screening for cervical, colorectal, and breast cancers also helps find these diseases at an early stage, when treatment works best.

Sugar Fixe Macaron is located at 958 W Armitage Ave.

Photo at top: Sugar Fixe Macaron is donating 15 percent of the proceeds of macaron sales to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. (Stephanie Golden/MEDILL)