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I am excited to start our blog …. what I am going to refer to as my Savvy Notes.  Simply because I am not a blogger … As you can see I am already breaking every grammatical rule in the book!  I do love to write about my thoughts, my inspirations, and my passion and I am hoping that a few of you might want to read about it.  Well, atleast it will be a cool “notebook” for Savvy to look back on one day.  Speaking of Savvy..she is the love of my life!  She is also the CEO of this wonderful company that we have created … Yup!  A real task master at the age of 7.  She is sassy, honest (sometimes a little tooo honest when I ask her my opinion of a certain design…and yup…I do listen! Afterall, she is the boss!) and a Warrior Princess!

Savvy earned her nickname as the Warrior Princess when she was just a few months old.  I looked at this beautiful happy baby whose body was failing her and just saw happiness.  She was tougher then I could ever imagine being and yet she was just the most delicate little princess…. a mom’s dream!   She had no idea that you were not suppose fight so hard on a daily basis just to stay alive.  Savvy was born with a rare disease named Biliary Atresia.  She spent the first year of her life in liver failure and needed an organ transplant in order to live.  We were lucky…she received a liver transplant at the age of 1 year and 24 days …..but who was counting?!

I am a huge advocate of organ donation.  It is the reason I began this company.  It is the reason I am able to breathe today.  It is the reason our CEO and Warrior Princess is alive today….7 years old!  I am a mom.  It is the reason I began this company.  It is the reason I am able to breathe today.  I am an accidental baker and decorator!  Accidental baker?  Yup!  I was actually attending graduate school to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology (I have a passion for helping others and thought that this was to be my calling)….then my Warrior Princess was born and she was sick … very sick.

For the first year of her life … I did everything in my power to keep her alive.  Sounds simple? Well, it wasn’t so I dropped out of life….  You see once I gave birth to Savvy I had a piece of me…my heart living outside of my body and I knew that if she stopped breathing … so would I.  We had a lot of challenges but after waiting 8 months with all of the odds against us (1 in 3 pass away simply waiting for an organ) … we received the Gift of Life … the Gift that I will forever be grateful for.  This Gift was given to our family by strangers…they had never met our Warrior Princess…never kissed her…never held her … they said YES to organ donation in the mist of their tragedy and they saved my babies life.  I have tried for the past 6 years to find the words and I have come to the conclusion that the words of gratitude simply do not exist.

One day, back home I was giving my baby girl one of her many post-transplant medications and I turned on the Martha Stewart show and I was stuck…you see the adorable woman was doing a segment on cake pops!  This was Angie Dudley, better known as “Bakerella” or as Savvy calls her “The Cake Pop Queen”!  I looked up her blog immediately and contacted her…. I had to share with someone my frustration about the lack of awareness about organ donation … over 100,000 people are waiting daily for their chance at life….that is not just a statistic … that was my baby!  Through the kindness of her heart, Angie contacted me and we shared our tears.  What I did not know was that Angie was a recipient of a kidney … she too was one of 100,000 and understood!  She took our conversation and created a cake pop … Here is the link to the cake pop …. Pops For A Purpose: http://www.bakerella.com/pops-for-a-purpose/

I didn’t immediately start creating cake pops.  I had a baby that just had a liver transplant … I didn’t immediately start doing much of anything except care for my child.  As time passed I realized that if I made amazing cake pops…truly amazing in taste that people would want to come back and eat them again…I realized that I could use {Sugar} to share Savvy’s story and in turn maybe … possibly…if you are still reading this … you might have a conversation that is not easy to have but one that is so necessary…a conversation about organ donation.

I have made it a mission to create sweets that taste amazing … they have to be Savvylicious in flavor and that look amazing because let’s be real … if it is pretty it will catch your eye and who doesn’t want pretty around them?  If I make these amazing treats I can have a platform and with this platform I will use my voice to advocate…to honor the Gift that we have received!

xoxo,

Ana

 

 

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