HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A program is adding a bit of sweetness into a child's life.
Icing Smiles is an organization allowing bakers to use their talents to bake cakes for local sick children.
Planning a child's first birthday party is an exciting time for many parents. For the Tamberrino family, their focus was on keeping their daughter Ava alive for many more years.
"We didn't know if we would make it to her first birthday party. So, it was great to have this wonderful cake to celebrate making it a year," said Tamberrino.
Shortly after birth, Ava had to face the diagnosis of a congenital heart defect. Having trouble getting the oxygen she needed, she had two open heart surgeries before she was 6 months old.
As a way to give back, Cathy Steward, a baker with Icing Smiles, rolled up her sleeves to make a difference.
"I spend more time on my icing smile cakes than I do on some of my wedding cakes. They are so special and you want them to be as perfect as possible.
The Tamberrino family said something as small as a cake can make a big difference, especially when medical expenses are so high.
"Money is tight and being able to provide this cake, it may not seem like a lot to some people, but spending thirty or forty dollars on a cake can be a lot," said Tamberrino.
Stewart said she may not be a doctor or a nurse, but she can still bring a smile showing everyone can made a difference, big or small.
The group not only makes cakes for sick children, but members also make them for siblings.
Organizers said, providing something to a family who can celebrate another year of life, is an amazing gift.
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