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Columbia Missourian

MU student plans bake sale to help Boston Marathon relief effort

By Abbie Wenthe
April 17, 2013 | 2:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — On Monday, MU student Ally Troiano received a phone call from a friend telling her to watch the Boston Marathon coverage.

Troiano, who grew up in Millbury, Mass., 40 minutes outside of Boston, was horrified. Her friend was running in the marathon, and many people from her hometown were spectators. 

She was relieved when she learned her friend escaped with only a few cuts and bruises and none of the spectators she knew were hurt. Still, she wanted to help those who were seriously injured.

“I knew as a citizen of Massachusetts I had to do something,” she said.

A Google search of "Boston relief" led her to USA Today's list of ways to help the relief effort. Troiano saw that Massachusetts General Hospital is accepting donations for emergency medicine and trauma. She decided to hold a fundraiser for the hospital.

With the help of her Kappa Delta sorority sisters, Troiano is holding a bake sale on Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. in Speakers Circle. 

Other sororities will help with baking and selling the goods. Cake pops, cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, cookies and brownies will be sold for $1.

The volunteers will also sell pinwheels, with proceeds donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital.

“It’s all very affordable and we’re planning for a massive amount of people in Speakers Circle,” Troiano said.

Troiano is expecting a successful fundraiser because she believes in MU’s students.

“Boston is strong, and so are its people,” she said. “Mizzou is behind Boston.”

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