Fresno girl's bake sale raises money to fight brain cancer

Mariah Lopez has held this bake sale to raise money for cancer research for the last three years. She does it in honor of Isabel Anderson, who passed away from a rare brain cancer known as DIPG.

A Fresno girl is making a difference in helping find a cure for cancer -- one cookie and cupcake at a time.

Mariah Lopez began holding bake sales outside her great-grandmother's house three years go.

She wanted to help, after meeting Isabel Anderson.

Isabel had been battling an aggressive and rare brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.

Fox26 News followed Isabel's cancer fight.

DIPG affects about 300 children nationwide every year.

Isabel passed away in May of 2013.

Mariah knew she wanted to help raise money for cancer research.

She decided to hold a bake sale, with 100% of the profits going to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where Isabel was treated.

Her first year, Mariah raised $700, honoring Isabel's memory.

Two years later, the 11-year-old has raised well beyond $1,000.

"I'm blown away," says Jennifer Anderson, Isabel's mother. "An 11-year-old girl could be selfish and obsessed with being on a phone or tablet-- but she gives back. Children like her are an inspiration."

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