By Donna Thornton/News Editor
The best Christmas gift in the Gadsden area just might be this one: “Dancin’ in the Rain & Cookin’ up a Storm,” a book that shares recipes and the story of Bayleigh Phillips, a Gadsden City High School student who has inspired many since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006.
Bayleigh is giving people her cookbook in exchange for a $20 donation. Money will go toward ongoing medical expenses, so buying the book as a gift (even a gift for yourself) will be a double good deed for the holiday season.
“It’s recipes from family and friends,” Bayleigh said of the cookbook. She jokes that her requirement was that each recipe had to be easy.
Bayleigh was with her mom, Dixie, at Peppermint Pony on Rainbow Drive for a book signing. She offered up treats made from the recipes in the book as she signed copies and talked to store customers.
Bayleigh does not seem to let health concerns slow her down much. She is excited about the drama department at Gadsden City High School, where she serves as a Titan Ambassador, and was a member of the Homecoming Court.
Bayleigh and her family also are active in increasing awareness about childhood cancer and Bayleigh reaches out to other children facing illness.
According to web pages, the cookbooks are available at the following locations or from the following individuals: Fringe and Frills (Frankie Copeland) Auction Stars, Sassy Chic’s, Peppermint Pony, Town and Country Hardware, Dr. Jennifer Alverson’s office, Exchange Bank, Cadence Bank, Keystone Bank, Swanson Diamond Center in Auburn, Natural Illusions, Images in Golden Springs, St. James Catholic School, Central Valley Animal Hospital, Patty Word, John Carpenter, Sherry Williams, Phil Phillips Sr., Phil Phillips Jr., Carol Moon, Rainbow Pediatrics and at Gadsden City High School.