Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog


Filed under: Events,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:48 pm October 19, 2015

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Every day, 36 families will hear the words “your child has cancer”. These four words turn whole worlds upside down. With your help, Cookies For Kids’ Cancer gives hope to children diagnosed by raising funds for research to develop new, less toxic, more effective treatments for the disease that claims the lives of more children than any other. In honor of every child diagnosed, we invite you to join the #36aDay campaign to raise money to fund a new research project.

What is #36aDay?

Never forget – 36 is the number of kids diagnosed with cancer each day in the US. And now with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, #36aday is a campaign that will get you moving while also raising money for research. What does “get moving” mean?

  • Simple: lace up your ASICS sneakers then run, walk, bike, or take a class for at least 36 minutes.

  • Don’t want to lace up? Lie down! Take a yoga or pilates class that’s at least 36 minutes long and dedicate your time to children battling cancer.

  • Like to swim? That counts, too. Jump in, swim laps and make it count for kids by going at least 36 minutes.

Truth: it doesn’t matter what you do, just get moving to honor the 36 children being diagnosed with cancer every single day.

How does #36aDay help kids?

In a word: fundraising. Through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s #36aday campaign, you can be a part of a national campaign of people who are on the move to make a difference for kids battling cancer. Join the overall campaign, start your own personal fundraising page, and then inspire your friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to donate in support of your efforts and in honor of kids. What are the next steps?

  • Register to join Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s #36aday fundraising campaign.

  • Set two goals – first, set a personal goal. Do you want to get moving EVERY day for a month? Or maybe 3 times a week while training for a race? Are you trying to lose weight/get healthy/stay fit? Whatever the reason to get moving, don’t be afraid to name your personal goal and then do it for kids!

  • Second goal – fundraising. The way to help kids is by funding research, so inspire everyone you know to give. The more you raise, the bigger the difference you will make. Want to match dollar for dollar what the Federal Government gives for Phase 1 Clinical Trials? Raise $2,000. Or make your fundraising symbolic – perhaps raising $36 a day for 100 straight days. These are just two ideas – Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is happy to help you set a goal. . .and reach it.

  • Final step: share, share, share. Use your goals to educate your friends about childhood cancer and inspire them to support your goals. Send emails to everyone explaining why you are committed to #36aday, and don’t forget to share how close you are to meeting your goals. Even have fun with your updates – post pictures on social media that show your sneakers laced up, your yoga mat on the floor, or your elliptical timer at the beginning of a 36 minute workout. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will help you with sample social media posts and reminders to keep going to meet your goals.   

Learn more and  register to start your #36aDay here

How to Host a Pint Challenge

Filed under: Events — The Good Cookies @ 6:12 pm October 9, 2015

Hosting your own Pint Challenge is a great way to get the community involved in raising funds for pediatric cancer research! Not everyone can be America’s next Betty Crocker and make enough treats to host a bake sale, without the fear of burning down the kitchen – some members of our team included! That’s why we are so excited about the idea to host a Pint Challenge because you don’t need to go near a bag of flour to make a difference.

Go to as soon as you decide to host an event

We want you to register so that we can provide you with personalized help to make organizing your event as easy as possible!

Reach out to local breweries (or wineries)

Ask as many local venues if they want to Be A Good Cookie and donate a portion of a certain beer or wine to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Check out the templates on our website for how to ask a business to get involved.

Promote your event

Now it’s time to brag about your event to all of your friends, family, and community! Make sure that everyone knows about the Good Cookie brewery or winery and that they are ready to drink during the Challenge days.

Drink for a cause!

Now, wasn’t that easier than breaking out the flour and eggs?

Thank You Taste Buds Kitchen

Filed under: Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 5:52 pm September 16, 2015


“Ain’t no mountain high enough” was the thought process of one 4-year old baker selling his creations at a bake sale this summer. His selling strategy of shouting this quote at people walking on the street helped Taste Buds Kitchen raise $7,048.56 for childhood cancer research this summer.

Taste Buds is a kid-friendly culinary experience by day and a BYOB Adult Kitchen by night with seven locations around the country. It has been a supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer since 2011 and they have raised $22,893.25 to date for childhood cancer research.

This summer they encouraged the kids in their cooking camps to host bake sales to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as a part of the cooking camps in New York, NY, in Southlake TX and North Anover, MA.

The students baked chocolate chip cookies, brownies, sugar cookies and oatmeal cookies for the bake sale but some of the older kids had creative control over what to bake. Some whipped up special treats like mint chocolate chip and coconut cardamom.

We want to THANK the Good Cookies at Taste Buds Kitchen for all of the hard work they do to help us end childhood cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.

Inspired to host your own bake sale? Head to to find out more!


Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 7th Anniversary: Letter from Gretchen Witt

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Good Cookies,Team Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 8:21 pm September 13, 2015

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Sunday, September 13th is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Seven years ago this weekend, on 2008’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer launched as a national non-profit.  Since that day, nearly 7,000 fundraisers have been held in all 50 states and 18 Countries. And as the support has increased from Good Cookies like you, so have the funds going directly to researchers – from a few hundred thousand dollars given in the first two years, to two million dollars last year alone. How much money has been granted so far? Over $7 million dollars has funded 6 dozen critically needed childhood cancer research projects. From those projects, more than two dozen new therapies have moved from the lab to the bedside. By the end of the year, that number will be cresting a total of $10 million granted. Thanks to you.  
We look back now and time looks so different. For those of us here today, we count the years with memories and milestones. At the exact moment our 2 ½ year old son Liam was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007, my husband Larry and I were shocked to learn of the paucity of treatments available to children. When we asked why there weren’t many treatment options, the answer was so simple it was stunning: children’s cancers get the short end of the funding stick for research. So, not enough money equals not enough research which equals not enough treatments. Not enough for our children. Not enough for our future. Not enough for the generation with the most promise in front of them, the most life left to live. As incredulous as we were, we had one job to do: to help Liam fight back this insidious, cowardly disease.
We had no idea that 7 short months after Liam’s diagnosis, we would rally 250 volunteers to bake and sell 96,000 cookies for the first-ever Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie sale that would raise over $420,000 for one promising treatment. We also had no idea that less than a year after the ovens cooled from that first massive baking effort we would launch a national non-profit that would inspire so many individuals to Be a Good Cookie. And we certainly had no idea that despite our best efforts, that the life of our wonderful, amazing son would be cut short – a few months shy of his own 7th birthday – due to lack of effective treatments.
At times it has seemed unimaginable to march on, but we have and we must. Not only in honor of Liam and his life, but also in honor of all children and the lives they deserve to live – fully and free from fear of this terrible disease.
As we begin our 8th year, a year Liam never saw, we are more determined than ever to do everything we can to help the 40,000 children who are battling cancer today. We hope you will continue to join us on this journey. Host an eventsend cookies or simply make a donation. Every dollar counts and together, we are making the world better for generations to come.


Love Like Liam. 
Gretchen Witt
Founder, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer


Anguilla Good Cookies

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am August 17, 2015


At the Chefs for Kids’ Cancer event in NYC in February, two dedicated Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters – Joel and Robin Globus – generously donated a week-long Carribbean getaway to their vacation home in Anguilla. The home, Tequila Sunrise Villa, is a little slice of paradise that comes complete with sweeping views of the bay, an infinity pool, and the cutest STUFFED billy goat mascot you’ve ever seen.

The winners of the week bought it in support of childhood cancer research and then booked their week in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. The highlight of their trip was having meals specifically prepared each night in the kitchen at Tequila Sunrise Villa by notable chefs.  NYC Chefs Marc Forgione, owner and executive chef of Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut, and Keh-Yo, and Alfred Portale, owner and executive chef of Gotham Bar & Grill, both flew to Anguilla to prepare dinners for the Simpsons. Three of the top restaurants in Anguilla generously volunteered their chefs for the remaining nights – Marc Alvarez of Straw Hat Restaurant, Carrie Bogar of Veya Restaurant, and Dale Carty of Tasty’s Restaurant jumped at the chance to support this worthy cause. The Good Cookies at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa generously donated rooms and services for the visiting chefs.

Nori Evoy and her staff at were on hand taking photos each night and capturing the once-in-a-lifetime moments for the Simpson family. She has written a blog about the experiences each night. Click here to read more about these amazing Good Cookies!



Cookies Visit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am August 7, 2015



It’s time for another #factfriday, and this week, the fact is clear: our team was moved and inspired by a tour of one of our partner centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during a recent trip to New York City.  On July 20th the Cookies Team was joined on this after-hours tour by Christina Tosi, a member of our Board of Directors who is also the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and a judge of Master Chef, and Karlie Kloss, a Good Cookie supporter and supermodel. The visit to the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering included meeting nurses, doctors, and families. . .all while delivering cookies to the kids who inspire us daily


We always say these are the kids who inspire us. . .and this experience only amplified that sentiment. 

Read below to hear about what the experience meant to each team member.

“Though it wasn’t my first visit to Sloan Kettering or the 9th floor pediatric day hospital, I had not been in nearly 4 ½ years and definitely came in with fresh eyes. This time I noticed how every inch of the floors, walls, and ceilings were designed with kids in mind. I also noticed how energetic every member of the staff was – even late in the day. They all work tirelessly to create a happy, engaging atmosphere for kids and families who would rather be just about anywhere else. The tour reminded me how important every person is who is part of the mission to help kids battling cancer. We’re fighting for kids to be able to simply be kids.” — Emily Fowler, Executive Director

“There were many moments being on the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering that will stay with me for a long time. Like the way hours and hours went by without anyone noticing. The way so many people in the halls seemed to be smiling when it seemed like they should’ve only been sad. The moment that has stuck with me each day since though, was the moment we met Lena. Lena had been cancer free for a couple of years until a recent discovery of the cancer returning. Lena is the face and the name of who I work to support each day. Meeting kids battling cancer— talking to them, listening to them— it reminded me to keep going— to keep believing that the work Cookies is doing is working.” — Nicole Fiehler, Business Support and Donor Relations

“The visit left me with an even greater sense of purpose in why our work is so important and how there is still so much more to be done.” — Stephanie Chin, Director of Special Events and Development

“The majority of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team has a personal connection to childhood cancer but had never visited a pediatric cancer floor before. The innocence of the children stood out to me most – even while battling cancer, they did it with smiles on their faces and positive attitudes. Each making the best they could out of the hospital stay. I think about these smiles and work with more passion than ever to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. These children need us.” — Jamie Gentry, Corporate Relations and Special Events

“Prior to going to MSKCC, I felt I had to mentally prepare myself for all the sadness I would feel while walking those halls. To my surprise, sadness was the last thing I felt. I witnessed more smiles and laughter and most of all, hope! For some of those families, a glimpse of hope is all they have. I strongly believe that our work here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer gives those families hope; even if it’s an ounce of hope, all the hard work is totally worth that and much more!” — Amanda Troya, Finance

“From the moment I walked through the doors, it was quickly apparent how every single person at MSKCC becomes part of a child and their families lives. From the security guard who greets you, to the person who runs the cafeteria, the pharmacist who prepares the needed drugs to the world renowned doctor who saves lives every single day, these people become part of a families story every day.” — Michelle Riddle, Supporter Relations




ASICS Joins Cookies For Kids’ Cancer this September

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am August 1, 2015

For the third year in a row, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is excited to be partnering with ASICS in bringing awareness to childhood cancer. Show your support for children battling cancer everywhere and purchase your ASICS today! See below for the official press release.


Portion of Sales Proceeds to Benefit Pediatric, Breast and Prostate Cancer Education and Research

Irvine, CA – July 30, 2015 – ASICS America Corporation is proud to announce its continued support of cancer research through the ASICS Accelerate Hope™ collection. Now in its fourth year, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the collection will support three leading education and cancer research organizations: Cookies for Kids’ CancerRight Action for Women, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“ASICS America is incredibly proud to partner with these three amazing organizations and admire the work they do to raise awareness, education and aid in the fight against cancer,” said Shannon Scott, ASICS America Corporation Senior Director of Marketing. “Supporting the mission of these organizations through our Accelerate Hope collection is something that we are deeply passionate about.”

The Accelerate Hope™ collection offers a wide variety of vibrant products for men, women and children, including performance gear, t-shirts, socks and accessories. Each partner has a dedicated footwear line for men, women and children with patterns and colors that are inspired by each of the organizations. Each footwear item in the collection comes in a customized box and the apparel and accessories line each have a dedicated hang tag. New this year, the entire line will be available starting August 1, 2015 at and various sports specialty retailers.

ASICS America has expanded its commitment to raising funds for each of the charity partners with a guaranteed donation of $10 per pair of footwear sold, $2 for each apparel item and $1 for each accessory purchased within the designated time frame with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000 per organization, up to $150,000.

From September through November, ASICS America will focus on each of the various charity partners each month, including:

ASICSSeptember: Childhood Cancer Awareness with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the United States, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raises funds through community events across the country. To show support for the cause, ASICS America is launching its third annual product collection for men, women and children during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September 2015.

October: Breast Cancer Awareness with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women (RAW): For the fourth consecutive year, ASICS America will launch a specialty collection of footwear and apparel to benefit Christina Applegate’s initiative, Right Action for Women. This charitable program provides support for women who are at an increased risk of breast cancer and helps to reduce financial barriers many women face when accessing advanced breast screenings.

November: Prostate Cancer Awareness with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF): Utilizing unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most innovative and results-driven research programs, PCF has generated life-saving results in the fight against prostate cancer. In the past five years, research supported by the Foundation has helped deliver six new FDA-approved medicines for patients with advanced disease. ASICS America will support the cause with a bold, bright blue product collection in November 2015.

To hear personal testimonials and see inspiring photos from those who have benefited from the support of these organizations, please visit ASICS America’s dedicated webpage:

For more information on ASICS America, please visit:

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Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” is an old Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit


For Your Fact Friday: Meet Momcology

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:29 pm July 24, 2015

Momcology pictureThis week, Fact Friday is brought to you by our friends at Momcology, a group of women bound by one thing – being the mom of a child diagnosed with cancer. These women are caretakers, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, inventors, world-class entertainers, teachers, philanthropists, psychologists and advocates every single second of their lives after the moment they hear the words, “your child has cancer. 

We are beyond excited to announce we are teaming up with Momcology, starting this September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hear directly from their Founder, Kim Buff.  


“Your child has cancer.”

These four words devastate the path of a family’s future.

Momcology’s mission is to facilitate critical information sharing and peer support for pediatric cancer families as they begin to navigate life after diagnosis while caring for a very ill child.

Today 1 in 5 children will not survive childhood cancer. Momcology has partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to change these statistics by focusing on the most promising collaborative research in the world through directly funding the Children’s Oncology Group Phase I & Pilot Consortium at the top 21 peer reviewed research hospitals across the country.

Children are diagnosed and treated with cancer in every community. Momcology believes in collaboration, transparency and aggressively working with others toward our ultimate goal to eradicate childhood cancer so that every child has the chance to simply grow up and experience a healthy life.

Thank you for being a Good Cookie and supporting our Tough Cookies.


Kim Buff and all the Moms of Momcology

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Facts For Your Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am July 17, 2015

On this Fact Friday, we introduce you to Dr. Charles Roberts, Director of the Research Program in Solid Tumors and Physician at one of our 5 partner centers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Roberts is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  In 2003, he launched his own laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where his research focuses on the role of aberrant chromatin remodeling in cancer development. Currently in clinical trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a treatment targeting Cdk4 signaling in pediatric Rhabdoid tumors with $100,000 in grant money coming from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Thanks to Dr. Roberts and all of our Good Cookie doctors for their hard work and dedication to finding new, essential treatments for pediatric cancer. Read below for what Dr. Roberts himself has to say about funding from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Together we can make a difference in the fight for children battling cancer.

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Denny’s LOVES Good Cookies!

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:21 pm July 15, 2015

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Denny’s across the US help raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this July.

Since 2011, select Denny’s in Arizona and New York have held an annual month-long campaign to raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This year we are pleased to welcome Denny’s stores back! Throughout the month of July, nearly 100 stores are joining the cause and hosting events to help children battling cancer.

How it Works:

DSCN5838In exchange for a donation of their choice, customers will be offered paper cookies, where they can write their name or personal message. The cookie will then be added to the collection displayed throughout the restaurant. Every dollar raised will go to research for childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.

To date, the AZ and NY Denny’s have raised $250,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This year, with the increased support, customers could help more than DOUBLE that total amount in July alone! Stop by a participating Denny’s near you to help make a difference for children fighting cancer.

Participating Stores

Scroll down for a complete list of all Denny’s stores participating in the July campaign.


City Address
Anthem 4121 W. Anthem Way
Buckeye 441 S. Watson Rd
Camp Verde 1630 W. Highway 260
Casa Grande 1851 E. Florence Blvd.
Cottonwood 2211 E. Hwy. 89A
Eloy 1005 S. Sunshine Blvd.
Flagstaff 4650 N. Highway 89 C-32
Flagstaff 2306 E. Lucky Lane
Flagstaff 2122 S. Milton Road
Fountain Hills 17053 E. Shea Blvd.
Gilbert 3971 South Gilbert Road
Gilbert 1368 N. Cooper Road
Glendale 9856 W. Camelback Road
Glendale 5161 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale 4303 W. Peoria Ave
Goodyear 1218 N. Litchfield Road
Holbrook 2510 Navajo Blvd
Kingman 3255 E. Andy Devine
Kingman 3300 E. Andy Devine Ave
Mesa 1330 S. Power Road
Mesa 1210 E. Main St.
Mesa 1150 S. Country Club
Page 669 Scenic View Drive
Payson 312 S. Beeline Hwy
Peoria 8131 W. Bell Road
Pheonix 4120 N. 51st Ave
Phoenix 3205 E. Bell Road
Phoenix 6700 West Latham
Phoenix 3160 W. Carefree
Phoenix 2120 E. Cactus Road
Phoenix 1401 N. 75th Avenue
Phoenix 2801 N. Black Canyon
Phoenix 9030 N Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix 5002 North Seventh Street
Phoenix 3456 W. Bethany Home
Phoenix 2717 W. Bell Road
Prescott 1316 Iron Spring
Prescott Valley 7925 E. Hwy 69
San Tan Valley 1758 W. Hunt Highway
Scottsdale 9160 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale 7605 E. McDowell Road
Scottsdale 3315 N. Scottsdale
Show Low 4471 White Mountain Road
Surprise 14799 West Grand Ave
Tempe 825 S. 48th Street
Tempe 1994 W. Baseline Road
Tempe 650 N. Scottsdale Road
Tempe 1343 W. Broadway
Tempe 4403 S. Rural Road
Thatcher 2875 W. Highway 70
Tuba City 2 Legacy Lane
Winslow 400 Transcon Lane
Youngtown 11121 Grand Ave.

New York

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Amherst 3920 Maple Rd.
Auburn 176 Grant Ave.
Batavia 364 W. Main St.
Buffalo 2215 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo 4445 Main St.
Camillus 5300 W. Genesee St.
Canandaigua 160 Eastern Blvd.
Cheektowaga 4610 Genesee St.
Cicero 7873 Brewerton Rd
Corfu 8484 Allegheny Rd
Depew 4757 Transit Rd
Fairport 4 Perinton Hills Mall
Fredonia 10390 Bennett Rd
Geneseo 4240 Lakeville Rd
Geneva 813 Canandaigua Rd
Hamburg 5092 Camp Rd
Horseheads 950 Chemung St.
IthicaLockportNew York 323-25 Elmira Road5699 Transit Rd150 Nassau St.
Niagara Falls 8020 Niagara Falls
North Syracuse 201 Lawrence Rd
Orchard Park 3165 Southwestern Blvd.
Painted Post 118 Victory Hwy
Rochester 2890 W Ridge Rd
Rochester 911 Jefferson Rd
Syracuse 6591 Thompson Rd
Syracuse 103 Elwood Davis Rd
Syracuse 3414 Erie Blvd.
Victor 7503 Main Street Fisher
Watertown 1142 Arsenal St
West Seneca 1881 Ridge Rd
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