Five years ago, then-Genoa Middle School students Alex Chudic and Amanda Lowery helped raised $9,000 for The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute through a "Cakes for Cancer" fundraiser, created by Genoa teacher Tina Bardwell.

Five years ago, then-Genoa Middle School students Alex Chudic and Amanda Lowery helped raised $9,000 for The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute through a "Cakes for Cancer" fundraiser, created by Genoa teacher Tina Bardwell.

Now seniors at Westerville Central High School, Chudic and Lowery have teamed up with Bardwell to resurrect the fundraiser, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 at Central, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

Bardwell said she was motivated to start the fundraiser after seeing too many friends and family members affected by cancer.

"That was the push," Bardwell said. "We've got to raise money for The James."

The idea for Cakes for Cancer stemmed from a baby shower gift Bardwell received: a "cake" made out of baby supplies, such as diapers.

"I thought it was the cutest thing that I had ever seen," she said.

For the Cakes for Cancer fundraiser, Bardwell asked people to donate inedible "cakes." An example: An OSU-themed "cake" with a helmet as the top tier.

Lowery had such fun helping organize the fundraiser that she's wanted to organize another one ever since.

"I always thought it could be something in Westerville that could be very big and something that we brought back every year to be a driving force for The James," Lowery said.

Chudic said Lowery approached her about working on the fundraiser, and she was eager to take on the charge, especially because her father was diagnosed with cancer last year.

"That kind of triggered me to want to do something," Chudic said.

Lowery said the goal is to make this year's fundraiser bigger than the original.

The people who were approached about donating really latched on to the idea, Lowery said, and members of Central's sports teams have contributed "cakes."

She said she is making a "cake" from soccer equipment, and she knows of a softball-themed "cake" and a princess-themed "cake" that will be donated.

A "cake-off" also was added to the event, for which parents from Central's sports teams have entered edible cakes for an entry fee. Those attending the fundraiser will be able to taste the cakes for free and vote on which one they think is best.

The winner will receive a prize.

There is no admission fee for the event, but there will be games that will carry a fee to play, Bardwell said.

"It's basically like a fun fair with the gift cake raffle and auction," she said.

There also will be booths for things such as Lia Sophia Jewelry and Mary Kay Cosmetics and booths providing information about different types of cancer.

From noon to 2 p.m., Raising Cane's will offer free food.

Lowery said she believes the fundraiser is bound to be a hit because it's a family-friendly event that everyone can enjoy.

"We hope we can bring it back every year from now on," Lowery said. "The fact that it brings the entire community in -- It's not just one school doing something and everyone in the school participates. It's a community event; we get everyone involved."

Bardwell said organizers are still accepting donations for the event, and anyone interested in donating can email her at bardwelt@wcsoh.org.