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May 25th, 2010 - Heide Brandes

Local small businesses get generous to help causes

From cupcakes to lawn care, businesses contribute awareness and donations to health causes

Sara_Sara-favorite_cupcakes_and_employees_08mh_5-29x7-90cmSara Sara Cupcakes. photo/Mark Hancock
Cupcakes were a sweet passion for 18-year-old Sara Brinson.

Every holiday, she would stir batter, concoct icing and bake cupcakes of every kind for family members and friends. On Easter morning, April 9, 2007, Dana Brinson snapped a photo of her daughter wearing a light blue sweater and grinning widely over a white-topped cupcake. Nothing in Sara's face indicated she would be gone the very next day.

"She passed away the next morning of a cardiac dysrhythmia," Brinson says, "which we never even knew she had."

A senior at Heritage Hall, Sara was just six weeks from graduation. Although she planned to attend Oklahoma State University, Sara and her aunt tossed around the idea of opening a cupcake shop. It was a sweet dream
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