SCAF News

Oct 22 2020

Taking cookie sales to heart: T-Rex Cookie Company donates 10% of October sales to support Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Taking cookie sales to heart: T-Rex Cookie Company donates 10% of October sales to support Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: Carlo Castillejos with T-Rex Cookies

Tina Rexing, founder of T-Rex Cookie, has announced that her company will donate 10% of all October cookie sales to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. T-Rex Cookies, known for their unique, gigantic cookies, was named the “Best Cookie in America” by Time Out Magazine.

This pledge aligns with October’s Sudden Cardiac Awareness month and will be made in memory of Ms. Rexing’s younger brother, Carlo Castillejos, who died from sudden cardiac arrest in August. Carlo, 44, had been playing pickleball in a local park when he suddenly collapsed and appeared to be having a seizure. Since his fellow players thought he was still breathing, the 911 dispatcher advised against giving him CPR. Although EMS and hospital staff worked to save him, their efforts were unsuccessful.

Carlo Castillejos with his wife Megan and their children

“Carlo leaves behind many friends who loved him and his smile so much,” said Ms. Rexing. “He leaves behind his parents who are beyond devastated. He leaves behind a little brother that looked up to him. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys. He leaves me behind, his big sister. I have made it my mission to carry the torch of Sudden Cardiac Awareness, heart health and CPR education. The best way I can honor Carlo's memory is if I can prevent another family’s pain and tragedy.”

“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It can strike anyone at any age, often without warning,” said Mary Newman, SCA Foundation President. “Only 10% of people who experience a sudden cardiac arrest event, survive. With immediate action, including calling 911, performing CPR, and using an AED, we can triple the odds of survival.”

“We extend our condolences to Ms. Rexing and her family for the loss of Carlo, and we express our gratitude for her generous support,” Ms. Newman added. “We urge our fans and followers to buy T-Rex cookies in Carlo’s memory. The proceeds generated from these donations will help support our education and awareness initiatives to increase bystander action and possibly save a life.”

See Tina Rexing's blog post.

About T-Rex Cookie Company, LLC

Tina Rexing launched T-Rex Cookie Company in February 2015. In the five years T-Rex Cookie has been in business, her enormous cookies have gained national recognition, including on NBC’s Today Show in December 2015. She has made local visits to Fox’s Jason Matheson Show, Twin Cities Live and Kare11 as well as WCCO, KFAN & The Current radio shows. In May 2016, her 1/2 pound Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie was named #1 Cookie in the Country by TimeOutMagazine and the New York Post. Insider Food featured the making of the giant 5-pound T-Rex Cookie with over 6 million views across the web. The US Bank Stadium has named her one of the 20 inaugural local food vendors for the stadium and is currently sold in the Club Levels and Suites and were sold during Super Bowl LII. T-Rex Cookie is a staple at Orchestra Hall and has made appearances at the MN Wild (Xcel Center) and Timberwolves (Target Center). In 2019, Rexing had the honor of filming an episode of Shark Tank and had the opportunity to get feedback from Mark Cuban and Mister Wonderful himself! In March 2020 T-Rex Cookie opened a second location in Minnetonka, MN in Ridgedale Mall.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives. Our programs include education initiatives that increase bystander action—from CPR training to public awareness campaigns; research that not only saves lives but aids survivors and families; and resources that support thousands of families impacted by SCA, and communities in their efforts to increase survival—including AED donations to churches, schools and other locations.

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Contact Information

Mary Newman
President & CEO
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
724-612-2191
mary.newman@sca-aware.org