DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois cooks whipped up some of their most tasty creations on Sunday to help find a cure for breast cancer.
With the stage set, competitors began setting up their displays. A few of the cooks knew first hand about the effects of breast cancer.
The 'Bake for the Cure' competition was all part of a nationwide bake off hosted by Fleischmann's using the company's Rapid Rise Yeast.
"I got involved because several of my family members have had breast cancer. My sister is a breast cancer survivor," said Tracy Hood of Zeigler.
Tracy's creation for the judges was sweet potato pecan cinnamon rolls. One of her fellow competitors, Elaine Bennell baked up her mother's recipe for whole wheat bread in honor of her daughter, who is in recovery.
"She's had both breasts removed and had plastic surgery. She's been through the chemotherapy treatments and radiation and now she is recovering. It's kind of sad for me because she is only 41 years old," said Bennell.
Both women say their efforts to help find a cure for the disease is a reminder to all women, to get tested.
"We need to keep looking for a cure, we have come so far in treating breast cancer. And my sister is a good example."
The judges decided that Hood's cinnamon rolls were the best entry in flavor and that Janell Williams' Strawberry Chocolate Haven was the best whole wheat entry.
Both women's recipes will now be entered in the nationwide competition. Fleischmann's will be donating $10 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for each entry in the competition.