Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Breaking Records and Ringing Bells to Celebrate

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 7:25 pm November 23, 2016

Founder Gretchen Witt is joined by donor Janette Liptak, NYSE President Tom Farley, Milk Bar Founder & MasterChef Judge Christina Tosi, and 11 children to ring the closing bell of the NYSE.

Ringing in the holiday season has never been so sweet. Yesterday when The New York Stock Exchange hosted Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to ring the closing bell, it was a record-breaking day for many reasons. The Dow closed at an all-time high of over 19,000. A gang of children on the podium were joined by founder Gretchen Holt Witt, and at exactly 4:00 p.m. when Ari Schlanger rang the bell and Taber Cannon brought the gavel down, they set the record for youngest people to ever have that honor.

That’s not all we’re ringing bells about. We are also celebrating the record-breaking $250,000 Challenge Gift Campaign happening now. The Challenge Gift, our largest ever, was made possible by the generosity of loyal donors Janette and David Liptak, who have pledged to match all money raised this holiday season up to $250,000. All donations, cookie orders, and grassroots events will be matched until the end of the year. Let’s all work towards a common goal so that on New Year’s Eve we’ll be ringing bells and popping champagne corks!

And last, but certainly not least, we are celebrating the announcement of the record-breaking day in our efforts to fund research aimed at pediatric cancers: the 2016 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer research grants. This year’s 11 grants to tremendously talented researchers across the country bring our grant total to nearly $12.5 million. That’s a lot of Good Cookies.

We were proud to ring the NYSE closing bell in honor of you. With your generosity and continued support we hope to make the 2016 holiday season record-breaking as well.



$250,000 Challenge Gift Campaign

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:51 pm November 1, 2016

Rise to the Challenge Gift

Join our Challenge Gift Campaign. From November 1 through December 31, 2016, all gifts and donations to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will be doubled, up to $250,000. The Challenge Gift Campaign was made possible by the generosity of loyal donors Janette and David Liptak who have pledged to match all money raised this holiday season up to $250,000.

“We were inspired by the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer organization because their mission is primarily focused on funding research to find cures for pediatric cancers,” said the Liptaks. “It’s a very specific mission and it’s been a very effective approach. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is literally saving lives every day. So we are happy that we are in a position to be able to support their mission in a meaningful way.”

We offer many ways for everyone to join the campaign and double your donation for childhood cancer research this holiday season:

Host a Holiday Event

Gather friends and family to have fun and make a difference. From bake sales to cookie swaps, holiday events are great ways to spread holiday cheer while raising funds for critically needed research.

Send Cookies

Our delicious, all-natural cookies are the perfect holiday gift. With the 10 mouth-watering flavors and 100% of the profits going to pediatric cancer research, our cookies are the gift that truly gives twice.

Make a Donation

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you can select the type of pediatric cancer your gift supports. In time for year-end tax-deductible donations, give in someone’s honor, and see more ways to help. Cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S., but with your support, we can continue to make a difference.


Filed under: Team Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 8:43 pm October 19, 2016


Calling all Good Cookie Bakers! 

Beloved baker and longtime Good Cookie friend Dorie Greenspan is encouraging fans to get their bake on this holiday season to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Want to help? Here’s how:

1. REGISTER your event. 

2. In the dropdown menu under “How did you hear about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer,” choose “Dorie Greenspan” to receive a FREE Bake Sale Starter Kit with everything you need to brand your event from stickers, to treat bags, to donation jars and more!

3. Host a bake sale, cookie swap or other event in your community.  When you raise $1,000, you’ll receive a FREE signed copy of Dorie’s new book, Dorie’s Cookies and when you raise $2,500, you will receive a signed copy of Dorie’s new book AND be entered for a chance to win a day of baking with Dorie!

4. Make a recipe from Dorie’s Cookies (her new cookbook!) and post a picture to your Instagram page tagging @Cookies4Kids and using the hashtag #DoriesCookies to trigger a $5 donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. 

Added bonus: every dollar raised, up to $250,000, will be matched from now through December 31st!  

Cookies for Kid’s Cancer is a national 501(c)3 non-profit committed to raising funds for research to develop new, less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. 


Tough Cookie Levi

Filed under: Tough Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:04 pm September 27, 2016

As Told by Levi’s Mom… 

Whenever anyone met Levi as a newborn, they always told me how beautiful his eyes were. I couldn’t help but agree. He has my husband’s eyes—deep blue. They draw you into his wonderful soul.

Around his three-month checkup, I noticed Levi had a little bit of a lazy eye. His pediatrician told me there was no concern that she could detect. Still, she referred us to an ophthalmologist to discuss any lazy eye concerns. I made the appointment a week later.

On April 20th, 2015, I was rushing to get both kids and myself ready. The dogs were being obnoxious. I spilled my coffee. I couldn’t seem to get in my groove. It was a terrible morning, and I just wanted to get the day over with. Once we got to the ophthalmologist, my daughter found some toys for her and her brother to play with. She was good at distracting Levi. Once we went back to a room, the doctor looked at his eyes briefly and asked if I thought he was able to see out of his right eye. I was a little shocked and said I thought he could see fine. He brushed it off and told me he wanted to dilate his eyes and look a little deeper. Once the drops were in we had to wait 30 minutes for them to kick in.

My mind was running, how could I have a blind baby? How could I not have known? How did this even happen? I mean, I didn’t even know for sure if that was the problem, but why would the doctor have asked me if Levi was able to see anything? A little confusion, but I knew everything was going to be fine.

My daughter led the way to the room. She always likes to be the leader. I sat on the chair with Levi in my lap. The doctor turned the lights down and held up some toys to guide Levi to look in various directions. He was holding up these different items. They almost looked like crystals. He was looking through them to see Levi’s eye. This went on for about 3 minutes. It felt like an eternity. He turned the lights on and got pretty quiet.

“Does retinoblastoma run in your family?”

I froze.  All I heard was “-blastoma.” I know that means cancer.


“Well, I believe Levi has it, and he needs to be seen right away to figure out the treatment options.” 

I looked down at my four month old, calmly chewing on his teether. I cried, an ugly cry. My daughter ran up to me with tissues, rubbing my arm and telling me everything was OK. I was worried about Levi having a lazy eye, about him being blind. How I wish that was the problem, and it wasn’t cancer. Why was I so mad this morning? Take me back to that chaos. Throw all the nonsense and annoyance on me and just take the cancer away. There was so much I took for granted. Why does my baby deserve a diagnosis? Put it on me instead.

Long story short, Levi was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma. He had tumors in both eyes, but the ones in his right eye were fairly large. He had 5 rounds of chemotherapy, and he has had countless rounds of laser treatment to destroy the tumors. He is still fighting, and they are still watching the tumors to look for regrowth. He needs MRI’s every 6 months to watch for any activity in his brain. All in all, he is healthy. 

Retinoblastoma can be detected when you take a picture with a flash. If a child has retinoblastoma, a white glow from the pupils will appear in the photo (see photo of Levi, above right). A lot of parents aren’t aware of this, and they go years without noticing. When this happens, the child will most likely lose their eye. We got lucky, and we have been able to save Levi’s eyes. All I can hope for now is that we can continue to fight off the tumors and not let them win. Levi does so many things, all the things a “normal” 21 month old does. However, the worry never goes away. Childhood cancer is always in the back of my mind whenever he doesn’t feel good.

This is a battle for the rest of our lives.

We need a cure. All the children need a cure.


Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Marks 8th Anniversary, Rallies Supporters in All 50 States

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:28 pm September 13, 2016

During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Funds Raised to Support Nationwide Clinical Trials for Children in Need of Hope

For Immediate Release – Califon, NJ – September 13, 2016 – Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (CFKC), the national non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer treatments, is honoring National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September with its third annual 50 States Challenge, now underway across the U.S. Today, on the 8th anniversary of the launch of the national non-profit, CFKC has confirmed individuals and businesses in all 50 states will be hosting events throughout the month in a show of nationwide solidarity behind pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. Last year’s 50 State Challenge inspired 450 events in all 50 states, raising more than $210,000 towards childhood cancer research through bake sales, 5K races, spirit days, and more.

“When Cookies for Kids’ Cancer first started, our hope was that people would get involved and be ‘Good Cookies’ by having an event in their community. Now, eight years later, it really has become a national movement,” says co-founder Gretchen Witt. “Since 2008, we’ve had more than 7,000 events in 15 countries, and we’ve granted more than $10 million towards 80 research projects resulting in 34 new cancer treatments children receive today. And we’re not stopping there!”

This year, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will designate all money raised during September’s 50 States Challenge to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Phase 1 Clinical Trial Consortium, which is considered the premier children’s cancer research organization in the world. Clinical trials work to identify and develop effective new agents specifically for children and adolescents with cancer. Nearly 13,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year, but when divided into the many different kinds of children’s cancer, the number of children with each is relatively small. In research, large numbers of patients are critical to ensuring that study results are meaningful. By enrolling patients from many hospitals in the same trial, the results become statistically significant. This approach is called cooperative research and is how the COG functions.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer donates two times more money than the federal government to children enrolled in the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase 1 Clinical Trial Consortium. The alarming lack of federal funding that goes to pediatric cancer research was the impetus of the CFKC foundation. Less than four percent of the US government’s multi-billion budget is directed towards children’s cancer research. In other words, only $3 in every $100 of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancers. Yet, the facts of pediatric cancer make it clear that this is nowhere near enough:

  • Childhood cancer is the most common disease to kill children in the United States.
  • Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide; every day 36 children are diagnosed in the U.S.
  • One in five kids diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive.

Furthermore, two out of every three children who survive pediatric cancer will develop long-term side effects as a result of the treatments, including hearing and vision impairment, learning delays, disabilities and secondary cancers. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s mission is to fund research into less toxic treatments that will help change the statistics and ensure that children diagnosed with cancer not only survive, but also aren’t impacted by life-threatening risks and long-term side effects.

Friends of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:

Also kicking off in September, OXO, the manufacturer of innovative housewares and kitchen tools, is pledging to match, dollar for dollar, funds raised from grassroots events hosted by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters. This match will continue through National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month until the year’s end. OXO has pledged to donate up to $100,000.

ASICS America Corporation has designed a collection of sneakers to raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of its 2016 Accelerate Hope™ line of running shoes. Now in its fourth year, the program has raised more than $350,000 toward pediatric cancer research. Asics will donate $10 for every pair of sneakers sold between now and November 30th, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000, up to $150,000. The collection features a gold ribbon stitched on the heel, the official color of childhood cancer.

To learn more about the 50 States Challenge or the Be a Good Cookie™ movement, visit the website:

Follow Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on Facebook, Twitter (cookies4kids), Instagram (cookies4Kids) and Pinterest (cookies4kids).


Tough Cookie Abby

Filed under: Tough Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 3:35 pm September 7, 2016

Remembering Abby

On September 7th, 2015, Abby Shapiro’s parents said goodbye to their beautiful, vibrant daughter after her valiant battle with cancer. Today, one year later, we stand with them to honor Abby’s life and share her indomitable #ToughCookie spirit.

In the past 365 days, 40,000 children have been in active treatment for childhood cancer. In that same year, 14,000 families have heard the devastating words “your child has cancer” for the first time. And during every moment of those same 365 days, Abby has been immeasurably missed by her family, her friends, her class- and teammates and community. 

Join us as we send love to the Shapiro family today and every day. . .and as we fight for all children battling cancer. To learn more about Abby, follow the link – her story was beautifully told by The Washington Post.


Tough Cookie Bailee

Filed under: Inspire,Tough Cookies,Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 12:20 am

Bailee’s mom shares her Tough Cookie’s story

Bailee was born with Down syndrome as well as a congenital heart defect.  At five months of age she had open-heart surgery to correct the heart defect.  We were aware that children with DS are at a slightly higher risk for leukemia but never thought it would happen.  Last fall, our family was busy with work, daycare, and daily life when, on October 6, 2015, three weeks before her third birthday, Bailee was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In the weeks leading up to her diagnosis, she experienced severe bruising, unexplained illness, nose bleeds, and petechia (spots caused by bleeding into the skin). The past year has been tough on Bailee, as well as our family.  It’s been hard to see her sick from the disease and treatments. We spent her birthday and her sister’s birthday in the hospital. In some ways it feels like our lives stopped and the rest of the world went on without us. Fortunately, we were able to be together, as a family. Bailee is approaching one year in treatment and doing well. She will start preschool in a few weeks, and she’s happy to be able to do the things she loves again. Bailee enjoys going to the park, painting, playing with her little sister JoJo and her doggie Lucy. Our family is hopeful that the hardest part of our battle is over, but we realize we still have a long way to go.

Last September our family knew very little about childhood cancer. Today, we want to do what we can to spread awareness and make a difference. 

Read more about Kids Who Inspire Us here.

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September 1 2016

Filed under: Good Cookies,Tough Cookies,Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:20 pm September 1, 2016



Join the Good Cookie Movement

Good Cookies across the country are honoring this important month by participating in our 50 States Challenge. Supporters from coast to coast and even across the border in Canada are holding events from bingo nights to bake sales. This is the 3rd year of the challenge which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for critically needed research into the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. With less than 4% of cancer research dollars directed towards children, efforts like this one are vitally important to make up the funding gap. It’s not too late to join us!






Starting Today, OXO to DOUBLE Funds Raised!

There’s no better time than NOW to host an event. Beginning today, OXO is doubling funds raised through grassroots events up to $100,000! OXO has been a true champion of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer since the very first days, but they want YOU to be a partner in this effort. Can’t host an event in September? No problem. The match period lasts until December 31st. Or, look for an event in your area and join forces. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”





ASICS’ Sole Impact

The 2016 Accelerate Hope™ collection of sneakers benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is available! Buying a pair not only triggers a donation, but also raises awareness by sporting a limited edition sneaker designed specifically to honor childhood cancer. Each and every pair features a gold ribbon, the official color of childhood cancer, stitched on the heel as a show of support for the thousands of children battling cancer. You don’t have to run a marathon to wear these sneakers – but if you do, make every stride count for kids’ cancer and send us a picture!




Free Shipping on Cookies Honoring Children

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, shipping is FREE when you send Cookies in Honor of Kids Who Inspire Us . These baked-to-order custom-packed boxes include a hand-picked ribbon color and an insert with the story of an inspiring child. Surprise someone who deserves to know they’re appreciated – the nurses at your pediatrician’s office, the teenager who has been mowing your lawn all summer, your local farmer, or someone who is always going the extra mile. Every box directs 100% of the profits to research at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.


Facts of Childhood Cancer

Filed under: Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 8:00 am July 15, 2016



Study Findings Reinforce Cookies’ Pursuit for Safer Childhood Cancer Treatments

A study released in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that survivors of childhood cancer are at an increased risk for developing diabetes, thyroid problems, obesity and other endocrine abnormalities later in life. The study’s findings underscore the sole purpose behind Cookies for Kids’ Cancer— funding medical research to find new, improved childhood cancer treatments that are safer and less toxic.

Here are some of the stark facts of childhood cancer:

  • It is the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancers combined.
  • Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will develop long-term side effects, many life threatening — a result of the treatments that “cured” them.
  • Only four of the 12 most common types of childhood cancers have average survival rates over 80%.
  • 13,500 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Together, with the help of thousands of Good Cookies, we are changing these facts and giving children facing cancer treatment the hope they deserve.

Help us to make a difference. Be a part of our #50states campaign this September—Childhood Cancer Awareness Month—and raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Be a Good Cookie.

Join our 50 State Challenge This September

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:00 am July 13, 2016

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Be a Good Cookie this September

We are kicking off the 3rd Annual 50 State Challenge during September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, hundreds of Good Cookies came together in all 50 states to host 450 events to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. September is the month dedicated to raising awareness and funds. Join us as we make a difference for kids. 

The challenge is simple: Host an event in September to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer, the #1 disease killer of kids in America. Not sure where to start? We are here to help you every step of the way. Check out some ideas below or contact us. Ready to get planning? REGISTER TODAY.

Honor a Tough Cookie


Meet Tough Cookie Andrew. Diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma when he was 4 years old, Andrew has been battling the disease for more than 3 years. He has endured more than a dozen rounds of chemotherapy, 5 months of experimental drugs, countless blood transfusions and more. Throughout all of this, Andrew has remained a happy and brave little boy. This week the Garden State Good Cookies are hosting the 2nd annual Andrew’s Cookie Cup, a day of sports, activities, arts & crafts and treats. Host your own event to honor the special Tough Cookie in your life during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Register here.

Get your School Involved


Take inspiration from the Good Cookies in Fort Mill, SC. Daniel is a first grader who battled leukemia and for the past three years, his school has hosted a Hat Day called “Put a Lid on Cancer.” Students get to wear a hat in exchange for making a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. last year, eight schools in the district got involved and thousands of kids came together to Put a Lid on Cancer, raising hundreds of dollars for children’s cancer research. Inspire your school to support Cookies this September. Register here.

Rally your Co-Workers this September


The Good Cookies at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC Law Offices encouraged their staff to get involved last September with a Jeans Day and Bake Sale. Employees were able to dress down in blue jeans if they made a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This effortless fundraiser was made even sweeter by a bake sale hosted by the staff. They raised thousands of dollars for children’s cancer research. Encourage your company, office, retail store or restaurant to make a difference this September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Register here.

Make your Event Fun & Colorful


Last September, long time Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporter, Terri organized the 3rd Annual Color Run in Aurora, OH. Students of all ages came together to run a 5K, getting doused from head to tow in a different color at each kilometer while raising much needed funds for childhood cancer research. Whether you host a fun run or 5K or you sign up to participate in a race, get moving to make a difference. Register here.

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