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Spreading smiles to sick and siblings, 1 cake at a time

Icing Smiles bakes cakes for children with critical or degenerative illnesses and their siblings.

WASHINGTON – Two years ago this May, 4-year-old Emma Baker of Germantown, Md., was diagnosed with Leukemia.

While receiving weekly treatments at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the head oncology nurse told the Bakers, who have five children, about a program that had the potential to bring a smile to Emma’s face and the faces of her four siblings.

The recommended service wasn’t an elaborate trip to Disney World or front row tickets to a big-name concert. It was much more simple: two birthday cakes for Emma’s brothers.

“What a blessing it was for my husband and I