MSU Bakers Gwens Bagels supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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MSU Bakers, the on-campus bakery at Michigan State University, is celebrating its ninth consecutive October of supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Gwen’s Bagels.

These pink bagels with dried cranberries help recognize breast cancer survivors and honor the memory of victims.

Every bagel is made from scratch and baked fresh by MSU Bakers' Rita Lyon. She has been a baker with MSU Bakers for 19 years. Lyon developed the recipe in honor of her mother, Gwen, who passed away in 1972 of breast cancer.  

Our team is really committed to making this program a success each year, and we need your help to further support the cause,” said Cindy Baswell, MSU Bakers manager. “In addition to raising awareness and spreading the campaign across campus, our goal is to sell 200 dozen bagels throughout the month.”

A half-dozen bagels is sold for $6.50 and $1 from every order will be donated to the American Cancer Society. On-campus delivery is available as well as pickup from MSU Bakers' new customer service area at 220 Service Road.

Gwen’s Bagels will also be sold daily at Sparty’s and served in residential dining halls.

Every Wednesday, deemed “Gwensday Wednesdays,” additional pink bakery items will be served in the dining halls, including cupcakes with ribbon sprinkles.

Also on Wednesdays during the month of October, MSU Bakers’ team members wear pink shirts in support of the campaign and in memory of Gwen Lyon. Rita Lyon is grateful for the opportunity to continue honoring her mother through this campaign, and appreciative of those who have purchased bagels over the years. 

“Every fall, it’s exciting to be a part of this experience with the bakery team, and I can’t find the words to explain what it means to myself and my family,” Lyon said.

Oct. 1-31, Gwen’s Bagels can be purchased online or by calling (517) 353-9310. For more information, visit here and here.  

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