The former owners of a French bakery in North Raleigh are holding a bake sale Saturday to raise money for their son’s cancer treatment.
Isabelle and Denis Blanco are the former owners of Gourmandises de France, a bakery they owned on Creedmoor Road from 2000 to 2007. Their 20-year-old son, Sylvain, was diagnosed two years ago with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. With treatment, he got better. Last year, he got his GED from Wake Technical Community College and planned to study to become an oncology nurse.
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, doctors found that the cancer had returned; this time in his lungs, says his mom, Isabelle Blanco (who is pictured above in the couple's shop.) The family found treatment available in France, where they are from originally, and have sent him there.
The family’s friends and those in the Triangle’s French community are coming together to help the couple raise money with a bake sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday outside the couple’s Wake Forest home. Sosta Cafe is donating brownies. La Farm Bakery in Cary is donating pastries. And Denis Blanco, who was the pastry chef at the couple’s bakery, will be making crepes. There also will be face painting for children and a raffle.
“It’s going to be a big huge picnic in solidarity for a sick child,” Isabelle Blanco says.
The bake sale starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Blancos’ home at 3600 Trawden Dr., Wake Forest.