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Desmoid Research Foundation Charitable Organization

1stNumber of Years Fundraising with Otis Cookie Dough

120Goal Tubs To Sell

155Tubs Sold

Ottawa, ILLocation of Fundraiser

Annabelle Threadgill’s parents got a piece of news that every parent fears - before her second birthday, Annabelle was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, a desmoid tumor. Julie Threadgill, Annabelle’s mother had never heard of a desmoid tumor before her daughter’s diagnosis. Because this type of tumor is so rare, even many of the doctors that they saw were not familiar with Annabelle’s condition.

For several years, the Threadgill family had to spend long days traveling for doctor’s appointments and chemotherapy treatments, always searching for information about the tumor they were fighting. Luckily for the Threadgills, after all their hard work, Annabelle is recovering and her tumor is shrinking. Now, they hope to help support research to ensure that other families won’t have to go through the fear and uncertainty that they experienced.

She learned about Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraising from her mother-in-law, and knew right away that it was going to be a great match for the fundraiser she wanted to run. In their small town of Ottawa, Illinois, everyone knows about Annabelle, the sweet, funny little girl with the rare form of cancer. When people found out they had an opportunity to help kid’s in Annabelle’s position and get delicious cookie dough and other goodies in the process, it made fundraising a breeze.

Julie started her fundraiser to help the Desmoid Research Foundation reach a goal that would allow them to test promising new drugs to fight cancers like Annabelle’s. She gathered a small, well-organized team, and they spread the word through Facebook and their social connections.

A lucky coincidence let her make even more of her contribution - Rosie O’Donnell was also raising funds for the Desmoid Research Foundation, and matching donations. Julie recognized a great opportunity to give back, and to make every penny count.

Julie set a goal to try to sell 120 tubs of dough, and she and her team surpassed that, selling 155 and raising more than $1100 for the Desmoid Research Foundation. For such a small team fundraising, Julie attributes their success to two things: organization, and the great products and support provided by Otis Spunkmeyer. Working with a partner that really cares about the people who are raising funds makes a world of difference.


Julie Threadgill
Key Organizer
Annabelle’s Mother





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