Kathie Lee & Hoda: SusanSnaps Supports Cancer Research
Every single day the mother daughter duo of Susan and Laura Carver are elbow deep in a batch of cookies. They do all the baking, all the slices, all the rolling, all the packaging and everything else that comes with owning a business. This small company has truly been a labor of love that started more out of a need for normalcy than a need for money.
When Laura’s daughter Susan was 22 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the same disease that killed Laura’s sister before Susan was born (Susan was actually named after her aunt). Laura was struck with yet another blow when her husband was diagnosed with the same disease.
Laura was overwhlemed. Cancer had taken her sister and now it was slowly taking her daughter and husband. She told Kathie Lee and Hoda she likes to be in control of all the situations in her life but this made her feel like she had lost control. She wanted to bring everything back to normal, bring it back to the days when everyone wasn’t sick.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: SusanSnaps Cookies
In a desperate attempt to make everything normal for her family again, Laura started to bake cookies. She would make ginger snaps for her husband and daughter because the ginger would soothe their stomachs after a round of chemotherapy. When her daughter started to pull through after her chemotherapy treatments were done, she and her mother decided to start SusanSnaps in the garage. Eventually they were selling enough cookies that they could open a store in their hometown of Atlanta.
When the store opened, the women decided to make ginger snaps for the sick children at the hospital. They would bake the cookies and deliver them to the hospitals where they would offer them to everyone. They even give a portion of their proceeds to their own cancer foundation, The Susan Carver Foundation. Susan said everyone in her family is healthy again and the business is doing successful. She said it only proves one thing: “When life gives you lemons, make cookies.”