EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
For the eighth year in a row one MSU baker and her team of students wear pink and bake special bagels, cakes and cookies.
Rita Lyon has been a baker at MSU for the last 18 years.
And every year she uses the month of October to highlight a cause near and dear to her heart.
“I think she would be totally amazed, I really do it’s really special,” says Lyon.
Rita lost her mom to breast cancer in 1972.
And to honor her memory Wednesday’s at MSU Bakers are called “Gwen’s-day Wednesday”.
Lyon adds “every year it’s very exciting and I just can’t explain what it means to myself and my family.”
Rita personally created a pink cranberry bagel recipe.
Every bagel is made from scratch and baked fresh by Rita and her team of eight students.
And every year the team adds a little something more.
First it was ribbon-shaped bagels, then they created pink t-shirts and even brought in Sparty himself.
Baker Sydney Cronkhite says it’s more than baking. “It does kind of bring everybody together and creates a culture at the bakery and it’s kind of spread across campus, so I always feel proud to wear my pink shirt.”
Sydney Cronkhite has been a part of Rita’s team for five years.
Even after graduating she still continues to come back.
“It’s really cool to like see them, when I do go to the Spartys and when I see other people eating them,” says Cronkhite. “Because you feel like you’re part of something bigger than just making bagels.”
And it is bigger than the bagels as one dollar from every order goes directly to the American Cancer Society.
If you would like one of Gwen’s Bagel’s they are available throughout the month of October.
You can find them in any Sparty convenience store, cafe, or dining hall on campus.