My Edmond Outlook: Ruth Rickey

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Ruth Rickey, Super Star Sugar Artist

What made you decide to make the leap from lawyer to decorator?

It was a total accident. I always loved to bake. My mom and grandmother
were great bakers. I took a cake class to make a birthday cake and next thing
I know, I was working as a cake decorator during a six month hiatus from
working for the state and never went back!

What famous people have you decorated cakes for?

I was honored to do wedding cakes for several Governor’s daughters and
for Toby Keith’s daughter. I’ve done cakes for NFL and NBA families,
pro golfers and horse racing folks.

A year after opening Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, you were
diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Tell us about that.

Finding out you have an incurable, untreatable form of cancer
can stop you in your tracks. When I was diagnosed, I was given
two to five years. But six weeks after the diagnosis, the FDA
approved the first real treatment for CML. I was the first
person in OK to start Gleevec. Within a year, my bone marrow
was clean. A couple years later, I was in cytogenetic remission.
After 10 and a half years on the drug, my body was building