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Wednesday, August 6

Another Reason to Love Mary Alice

This brings a tear to my eye!

Mary Alice Yeskey, from Food Network's Ace of Cakes, was recently able to help a 17-year-old girl diagnosed with Leukemia check off an item on her "bucket list": meet someone who works at Charm City Cakes. And it's pretty amazing how it happened!

Liz Evett, a Washington state high school senior, was diagnosed with Leukemia three years ago. After she stopped responding to chemotherapy in June, doctors told her she had weeks to months to live.

Inspired by the 2007 movie The Bucket List, Liz set out to create her own list of things she hoped to do before she dies. Meeting someone from Charm City Cakes was on that list.

WELL--Mary Alice was in Seattle for a wedding and just happened to check her email, only to find an article mentioning Charm City Cakes in the local paper. She checked it out, read about Liz and her story, and "proceeded to freak out."

From the Tri-City Herald:
"I started to shake. I was just picking my jaw up off the floor," said Yeskey.

"I just couldn't believe that I read that when I was in Seattle," she added. "(I thought) 'There's a reason why I'm here right now.' "

Not only was Yeskey in the state, but she also had already planned to drive through the Tri-Cities to visit her family's old house about a mile south of Kennewick General Hospital. She's on a road trip to Austin, Texas.

"The universes imploded on another and everything aligned," Yeskey said. "I'm just super-excited to be here and couldn't believe the providence of all these things happening."

The Food Network, one of Liz's favorite channels, was playing in the background Monday afternoon while Liz and Yeskey got to know one another. They talked about their favorite Food Network shows and Duff Goldman, the bakery's owner.

Liz tried to explain how exciting it was to meet Yeskey, and Yeskey responded, "You've got nothing on my excitement, lady."


What a great right place/right time story! Mary Alice: you are awesome!

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At 8/06/2008 11:06 PM , Blogger Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

that ia an amazing story. i'm so glad that mary alice "got it". oh my, i think i kind of have tears in my eyes right now.

At 8/07/2008 2:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for Ace of Cakes and the truly interesting AND likeable folks on there, I'd all but give up on the FN at this point. Mary Alice rocks.

At 8/07/2008 2:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanted to add to the post I just made that I just clicked on the full story on tricityherald.com and I too have tears in my eyes now. That's an amazing story all around. Let me add that Liz Evett also really rocks.

At 8/07/2008 5:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul n Austin: If your a person who believes in the power of prayer, now, at this very moment is the time to pray for Liz Evett. Miracles can happen, indeed! Thank you Mary Alice !

At 8/07/2008 5:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul n Austin: If your a person who believes in the power of prayer, now, at this very moment is the time to pray for Liz Evett. Miracles can happen, indeed! Thank you Mary Alice !

At 8/07/2008 8:25 AM , Blogger Judith Kreindel said...

Oh my! Starting off the morning crying!

At 8/07/2008 9:53 AM , Blogger m. go. said...

what a sweetheart for giving up a part of her vacation to make a young lady's dream come true!!! where do i sign up to join the mary alice fan club???

At 8/07/2008 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats so sweet, it was just supposed to happen i guess!!!

At 8/07/2008 10:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Alice rocks the universe! It's so refreshing to see that there truly are (for lack of a better word) TV celebs who are still willing to keep it real and do some good for others!

At 8/07/2008 10:51 AM , Anonymous dagwood said...

It doesn't get any better than Mary Alice.

At 8/07/2008 1:01 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Good story. Good to know the folks at CCC still seem to be fairly normal in the wake of their popularity.

I hope it stays that way.

At 8/07/2008 10:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another reason to love Mary Alice.

At 8/11/2008 12:21 PM , Blogger Angela said...

Liz Evett's mom here. You are all awesome and we so appreciate the prayers -- lots of miracles in the last three years but this one was one of the most shocking! Mary Alice truly does rock -- we really had a great time and are honored to have met her. Divine providence I say! What a way to touch people's lives, huh?

At 8/12/2008 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story!

At 8/14/2008 10:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe Mary Alice was here in Seattle and I came >>>that<<< close to her awesomeness and missed it.

She seems like such a sincere sweetheart and this sounds totally like something she would go out of her way to do. [not missing me, seeing Liz].

At 1/07/2010 2:56 AM , Blogger Victoria said...

Liz Evett was an amazing person to know. She inspired a lot of people and i miss her like crazy. I'm happy she was able to check off most items off her bucket list.

At 5/11/2011 12:51 PM , Anonymous Viagra Online said...

is a deep admiration, this is the feeling that this women make feel, the desire to live, the will of keep going, no matter the circustance or the time.


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