It’s Tool Time with OXO

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — admin @ 12:59 pm September 15, 2014

OXO Tools

2014 Oxo StickerNeed an excuse to update your favorite baking tools or add a few new ones to your collection? Let our Good Cookie friends at OXO be your inspiration! September marks the kickoff to OXO’s annual Good Cookie program. OXO has curated a collection of more than a dozen of its most popular items, which will not only simplify your baking but also raise funds to support childhood cancer research. Keep an eye out for the specially-marked items and feel good knowing the purchase of each will trigger a 25 cent donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

From September 1 through December 31, OXO will give up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through event matches, product sales, and other fundraising efforts. REGISTER an event today and take advantage of OXO’s matching gift opportunity!

 

A Good Cookie Partner: generationOn

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 7:13 am September 12, 2014

 

Meet our new Good Cookie friends at generationOn! GenerationOn is helping to mobilize more Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters by sharing #GoodCookie stories and inspiring a network of 750,000 kids to make a difference in the world through volunteer service. The generationOn team wrote a guest blog post to share their story.

Hi Good Cookies,generationOn

Here at generationOn, we’re so excited to be teaming up with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to help spread the word about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September! We love the 50 State Challenge and strongly encourage folks to register a fundraising event!

For those who may not have heard of generationOn or what we do, we’ve included some information below. We have a lot going on through the end of the year, and we’re excited to fill you in:

What is generationOn?

GenerationOn is the youth and family service division of Points of Light, igniting the power of kids, teens and families to make their mark on the world. GenerationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes over 750,000 kids and teens annually to take action through service, service learning and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to kids, teens, families, youth practitioners and educators to help kids change the world and themselves through service. You can find out more about us at generationOn.org.

Upcoming generationOn campaigns and initiatives

Family Volunteer Day

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together; supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. Points of Light created the day 23 years ago to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and to provide opportunities for families to help create supportive environments in their communities.

This year, Family Volunteer Day takes place on November 22. It is managed by generationOn in partnership with our exclusive sponsor, Disney Friends for Change, a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action to help people, communities and the planet, as well as our HandsOn network affiliate partners across the country.

For more information on Family Volunteer Day, please visit generationOn.org.

Joy Maker Campaign

Did you know that twenty-two percent of all children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level? It can be especially hard for some of these families to afford presents during the holiday season. GenerationOn and Hasbro are challenging students to give back, get involved and spread joy. For each act of service completed from November 24—December 10, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots.

This year, participating schools will receive a toolkit to assist in the planning and execution of service projects. Schools that share their story of service with a picture will be entered to win prizes, including funds to do more service, a celebrity-attended holiday party, and more!

Join us!

We’d love for you to join us and participate in Family Volunteer Day, Joy Maker, or both! Find out more about how you can get involved on our website, generationOn.org.

generationOn Clubs

Looking to stay involved over the course of the year?

You can register a generationOn Club and continue to do service for the whole year! GenerationOn Clubs are groups of young people, supported by adults, who work together to do meaningful hands-on service projects locally, nationally, and globally, documenting their impact and sharing their success stories online. Young people can start a Club with friends, at schools, in faith-based and community organizations, or as a Club within an existing youth organization.

The generationOn Clubs program equip parents, educators and young leaders with the tools and resources to implement service projects, share their successes and be recognized for their service. Elementary-age kids can participate in Kids Care Clubs, led by an adult facilitator, while middle and high school-age youth can lead or participate in generationOn Service Clubs, supported by an adult advisor. Registration is free and easy! Learn more at www.generationOn.org/clubs.

Top 10 Ways to Support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in September

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 3:00 pm August 27, 2014

 

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Be part of the solution during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and find a way (or lots of ways!) to support children battling cancer. From Boston to LA, over 250 events are being held in all 50 states to raise funds and awareness for the 40,000 children actively battling cancer. Thank you for banding together in the #50States4Kids movement.

How will you #BeAGoodCookie this September?2014 Oxo Sticker

  1. Bake a Difference with OXO: Update and add to your OXO kitchen gadget collection by purchasing one of the specially-marked items at a retailer near you. Your purchase of each specially-marked item triggers a donation from OXO to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of OXO’s $100,000 commitment. From cookie scoops to spatulas, look for the green OXO Good Cookie sticker to be part of “baking a difference.”
  2. Host an Event and Double your Support: In addition to helping you have the latest and greatest in kitchen tools, OXO has another way to help you make a bigger difference this September. Now through December 31, OXO will give up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through event matches, product sales, and other fundraising efforts. Host a bake sale, organize a charity yard sale, get your school or church involved…whatever works for you! Register now!
  3. Dress for Success with ASICS: Shop the exclusive ASICS Cookies for Kids’ Cancer line of shoes and accessories, which includes options for both kids and adults. ASICS makes the only shoe dedicated to childhood cancer awareness, complete with a gold ribbon stitched on the back. Don’t delay – last year the collection sold out in a matter of days! Dash to your local retailer or order online today.
  4. Grab a Sweet Treat at Nestle Toll House Café: Beginning September 13 (Childhood Cancer Awareness Day), over 100 Nestle Toll House Café locations around the country will kick off a month-long promotion for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when you purchase an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie, and receive $1 off your next Nestle Toll House Café treat!
  5. Get Your Chocolate Fix with Brownie Brittle: Send your children a chocolaty treat with their lunch, or cap off a tough day at the office with a bag of Brownie Brittle. Keep an eye out for the green Cookies for Kids’ Cancer logo on the bag and know that you are helping kids with every bite. If you live in the LA area, stop by the Brownie Brittle bake sale co-hosted by Jaime King and Brownie Brittle founder Sheila G. Mains at The Grove on Sunday, September 7 from 1-4 to make a difference — Brownie Brittle will be matching all funds donated from the sale up to $10,000!
  6. Order Up Salty & Sweet through Momofuku Milk Bar: What happens when you mix pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, and chocolate chips? You get the Compost Cookie, made famous by top pastry chef, bakery owner, and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer board member, Christina Tosi. After you stop drooling over that sweet and salty ingredient list, order your own tin of Compost Cookies, and $1 from each tin will be donated to childhood cancer research in September.
  7. Run…or walk, or bike or swim: Now that you have eaten all the goodies from Nestle, Brownie Brittle, and Momofuku Milk Bar, it is time to lace up those exclusive ASICS shoes and get moving for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Sign up for a local race and ask friends to support your efforts by giving a donation. We’ll give you your own online fundraising page so you can track how you are making every step count.
  8. Update your Good Cookie Wardrobe: We have a new look! Spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by purchasing one of our brand-new Be A Good Cookie tees. Our Gift Shop is a one-stop shop for your entire family. #BeAGoodCookie
  9. Send Cookies: Earn “Good Cookie” points with in-laws, co-workers, friends, or your child’s teacher. Order a box of our delicious, all-natural cookies and feel good knowing 100% of the profits go to childhood cancer research. You don’t even have to turn on the oven!
  10. Make a Gift: When you choose to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you are helping fund critically needed childhood cancer research to find safer, more effective treatments. YOU ARE GIVING HOPE. Thank you for making a difference.

50 State Challenge: Your State IS on the Map!

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 12:28 pm August 7, 2014

50 State ChallengeWe asked and YOU answered! Volunteers in all 50 states will be hosting an event in September to raise critical funds for childhood cancer research. Don’t miss out on the action! Add another event in your state today. #50States4Kids Register Now!

 

Be Part of the September 50 State Challenge

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 11:43 am

 

Let’s make a difference together this September.

Did you know?

  • September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancers combined.
  • Every day, 40,000 kids in the US are actively battling cancer.
  • The one thing that can truly change the facts of childhood cancers forever — FUNDING for research to find new, improved therapies.

So, what can you do?

How about joining the 50 State Challenge? #50States4Kids

This September, we want children to know they are not fighting alone. We are proposing a 50 State Challenge — let’s band together to have at least one fundraising event in EVERY state during the month of September.

What if you are short on time or don’t know how to bake?

Good news — the list of ways to help kids this September is endless.

  • Get your school on board for a giving day — host a Hat Day to “Put a Lid on Cancer.” In exchange for a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, students get to wear their favorite hats to school.
  • Take the giving day idea to your employer and enjoy a Casual Friday in exchange for support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
  • Ask your favorite local restaurant to pick a signature item for September and donate the proceeds back to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
  • A September charity pub crawl is a great way to spend a fall Saturday afternoon and make a difference to kids battling cancer.
  • Running a race this September? Ask your couch potato buddies to support your steps by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. BONUS: We have easy-to-use online fundraising pages to make this happen with a click of a button.
  • Check in with your yoga or spin instructor and encourage them to donate a class to support childhood cancer research.
  • Does your birthday fall in September? “Give” it to kids fighting cancer by asking friends and family to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in your honor. TIP: This is another great way to take advantage of our awesome fundraising pages!
  • Of course, taking advantage of a sweet tooth is always a good idea! Big or small, a bake sale can put your state on the map. Host it at your desk or grab your best friends and team up to pile up goodies at the local farmer’s market.

Being part of the 50 State Challenge is a way to be part of the ultimate goal: Raise vital research dollars to give HOPE to children fighting cancer today.

Be A Good Cookie and join the Challenge today.

Racing to Fight Childhood Cancer

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire,Team Good Cookies — admin @ 11:17 am July 18, 2014

 

Shared by Ari & Sam Schlanger and Maddie & Sydney Berna with their moms Alison & Allison (family co-owners of apple seeds)

Every year in May, we encourage our family, friends and the apple seeds community to support us in our efforts to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It’s the cause closest to our hearts since Gretchen and Larry (Witt) are our friends, but mostly because tapple seeds bake sale 2014heir son Liam, who would have been 10 years old this past May, was our children’s friend. Not only did they all go to school together, but Liam and his sister Ella also spent much of their free time at apple seeds, our NYC indoor play space. We called Liam “the mayor of apple seeds.” Everyone knew him. Everyone loved him. Liam would ride his orange scooter down the hall, giving hugs to all his teachers, peppering them with questions about science class and rolling around with Ella in the playground. He had an infectious energy, personality and smile that drew people to him everywhere he went. We all miss him in a way that’s hard to explain, and he comes up constantly in our thoughts, conversations and lives.

pre 5K race photoIn May, we hosted our annual bake sale at apple seeds. But, this year, we decided to add another element to our fundraising/awareness raising effort. We encouraged our four older kids — Ari, Maddie, Sam and Sydney — to run a 5k race with us to raise more money. They hesitated a whole 1.7 seconds before saying yes, and we were off!

post-race photoWith an email, a photo and a plea to friends for help, they raised over $10,000 in just two days! Over Memorial Day weekend we all ran the 5k race together. During the three-plus miles, the kids barely stopped running, with mentions and reminders of Liam along the way. It was as if Liam kept us all going. It was as if those four young kids knew the difference they could make for children just like Liam, children who have a chance at life. It was as if they knew that running and talking about him and helping his parent’s organization would keep his memory alive.

As they crossed the finish line, they asked, “How much money are we up to now?!” Now, $11,548 dollars later, they feel proud of their contribution to fight childhood cancer, and they are already planning ways they can continue to make a difference.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was kind enough to ask our children to present their check for their donation.

They know that if Liam were still with us he would have been running that 5k with our group. They’ve seen first-hand the fragility of life and the enemy that is cancer, and they are determined to make a difference.

Check presentation

A Good Cookie Birthday

Filed under: Bake Sale,Birthdays,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 12:40 pm June 25, 2014

Miller made his 10th birthday extra special by GIVING it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Shared by Miller’s mom Joanna

Every year around the middle of March, I start asking my son what he would like to do to celebrate his birthday in April. His answers typically consist of things such as laser tag, bowling or another similar out-of-the-house event. Really, whatever option has the potential for providing the most birthday loot is his likely choice.

This year, however, his birthday coincided with our annual neighborhood yard sale and his answer to my question was surprisingly different.

Miller Kunz thumbHe said, “How about if I have a bake sale and raise money for kids with cancer?”

He went on to explain, “If the yard sale is the same day as my birthday AND we have a bake sale, there will be tons of people who will want to buy cookies.”  He added, “I can invite my friends to help and if they can’t come, they can bake cookies.” Miller is not one who likes to draw attention to himself, but he does love attention. So hosting a bake sale on a day that there would be lots of foot traffic in front of our home would suit him well! He could promote his event through e-mail, Facebook and flyers at school.

Having participated in several Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events before, I knew a bake sale would be the perfect fit for my 10-year-old’s first fundraising venture. With the help of some neighborhood friends, we made signs and banners and promoted the event for a couple of weeks. We distributed flyers at school, created a fundraising page to solicit cookie donations, and promoted the bake sale via Facebook and e-mail. By the morning of the bake sale, we had a garage full of cookies and other baked goodies.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the big day and had a steady flow of customers. So many people helped us by baking cookies, and out of town friends and family were able to participate by donating to the personal fundraising page we set up. Miller’s friends and family raised $900 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in honor of his 10th birthday!

His event was a huge success and he learned an important life lesson: it feels so good to give your time and energy to a worthy cause….even on your own birthday.

Let Miller’s sweet idea inspire you to GIVE your birthday to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year! It’s a simple, fun way to make a big difference. For tons of helpful bake sale tips and inspiration, click here. Be sure to take a peek at other ways to #BeaGoodCookie!

Good Cookie Spotlight: AG Middle School Soccer Teams

Filed under: Good Cookies — admin @ 8:35 am June 20, 2014

Alexander Graham Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Fundraiser, by Brooke Goodrum (Teacher and Soccer Coach)

During the 2014 spring athletic season, the Alexander Graham Middle School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams had the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The inspiration for this fundraiser came from one of the student-athletes on the girls team. This student-athlete lost her younger brother to Neuroblastoma earlier in the school year, and her family had become very involved with the organization. The teams began their fundraiser by asking friends, family and neighbors for pledges per goal. The pledges ranged from $1 per goal to $10 per goal. By the end of the season, the girls’ team had scored 38 goals and the boys team had scored 23! To culminate the fundraiser, the school hosted a “Spring Spirit Night” on the last home game of the season. At this game, the school accepted donations, sold t-shirts and donated their give-back check from KONA Ice of Fort Mill directly to the foundation. In addition to all of these efforts, the fundraiser also qualified for a match from King Arthur Flour as part of its $25,000 donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this spring. Before the match, the teams raised $4,911.50, making the total donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer $9,823! The teams and school are so honored to be able to donate money to such a great cause and look forward to continuing this donation tradition.

2014 Alexander Graham Middle School Girls and Boys Soccer Teams

2014 Alexander Graham Middle School Girls and Boys Soccer Teams

 

Guest post by Denise Mickelsen

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:34 am June 6, 2014

Denise M familyOver the past eight years, I have known profound loss—family members with cancer, multiple miscarriages, and then, just a few months after giving birth to my son, Sam, the stunning news that I carry the BRCA2 gene mutation (the “breast cancer gene”), which meant that it was highly likely I would develop aggressive breast and/or ovarian cancer. The positive test results took my breath away, like a punch in the gut. My Aunt Laura died from ovarian cancer when she was just 42, leaving my 9- and 3-year-old cousins motherless. After everything I went through to have Sam, I couldn’t bear the thought of us being separated like that.

It’s not easy to be a new mother in your 30s and consider a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy to avoid cancers you don’t have, but I had to face it. There was no way I was going to let cancer take me from my son without a fight. I had no choice. So I had both surgeries, and it was worth it if I get to watch Sam grow up, get married, and give me grandkids to spoil.

But what if those happy years that I envision with Sam were taken from me because he got cancer? That question ran on an endless loop in my head last October, when my cousin Emily’s 1-year-old daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML5a); she almost died before the doctors figured out what was wrong.  Then in February, my high school friend Andy found out that his 4-year-old son, Ben, had stage IV glioblastoma, an incredibly aggressive brain tumor. (You may have heard of Ben Sauer–his mother, Mindy, shares his story and their family’s experience with cancer through an incredibly moving blog, Blue4Ben.com.)

Despite all I’d been through during those terribly difficult years, nothing hit me harder than the suffering of these two young children.
I couldn’t handle it. I felt such grief, such pain and sympathy for Emma and Ben, their parents and families. And I couldn’t stop thinking about how my feelings were a mere fraction of what they were feeling. The horrors of watching a beloved child suffer from cancer and its harsh treatments, and not being able to do anything about it. What could be worse?

Doing nothing.

When I realized that I actually could do something, it made all the difference. I could do exactly what Gretchen Holt Witt did when her son, Liam, was sick – host a bake sale – and in a very real way help kids like Ben and Emma. For the first time in months, I felt a glimmer of hope. Crying and grieving and worrying couldn’t make Emma or Ben better, and it couldn’t bring Liam back. It couldn’t take away their parents’ pain either, but dammit, I could bake cookies! And I could ask everyone I knew to bake even more cookies, donate money, or help however they could. So, I began planning my first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale.

As I worked on the sale, I learned about the dire underfunding of pediatric cancer research—just 3 cents of every dollar for cancer research in the U.S. goes to funding treatments for children?! How can that be? There are far too many mommies and daddies, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins out there who love a child with cancer for that statistic to be true. Clearly, people just don’t know, which means that we’ve all got to do our part to spread the word. For Emma Shaffer. For Ben Sauer. For every single boy and girl who deserves to grow up, get married, and give their parents grandkids to spoil.

I’m happy and relieved that Emma endured her chemo and has been cancer-free for three months now; she turned two on April 18th and is back home with Emily and Mike. But little Ben died on May 13th (Liam’s birthday), and Andy and Mindy have to live with that loss every day.

The only thing that has been able to pull me out of my sadness and worry for the Sauers has been working to make my first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale a success. We’ve already raised more than $4,500, and it’s inspiring to see how the desire to help is contagious. It’s like wildfire – once people hear about Emma and Ben, and the unjust and unequal funding for pediatric cancer research, they want to join the fight. So even though I hope we raise tons of money to help fund new treatments, it’s also just as important that we spread the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer message so others will be moved to help, too.

The worst thing we can do is nothing. The best thing we can do is channel our loss into something positive — a bake sale, a 5K race, a penny drive — that will help these kids and give their families hope. That will make all the difference!

2014 Good Cookie Graduates

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 5:40 am May 29, 2014

Introducing the 1st graduating class of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! These students have been involved with Cookies throughout their high school careers and together, they have raised nearly $100,000 for childhood cancer research! These combined efforts are enough to fund a research grant for children battling cancer. Join us in celebrating this exciting milestone in the lives of these Good Cookies and read their inspiring stories below.

Abbey Rogers

Abbey Rogers

Charlotte, NC

Attending:The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My involvement with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer opened my eyes to the power of an effort fueled by compassion; when people who care deeply about a cause work together, they can make a drastic impact on the world around them and inspire others to care deeply as well.

To read more about Abbey’s involvement with Cookies, click here.

 

 

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Calabasas High School Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Club

Calabasas, CA

From left to right: Jenny Stein (Drew University), Jackelyne Nguyen (UC Berkley), Chandler Polakov (Tulane University), Cynthia Matsumura (UCLA) Noah Sylvester (University of Redlands), and Alyssa Weakley (The George Washington University)

Why They’re Good Cookies: The involvement we’ve all had with Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has been astounding and we could never have imagined that a single charity could have such an big impact on our lives and the lives of everyone around us.

To read more about their involvement with Cookies, click here.

 
Jillian Maher

Jillian Maher

Elmhurst, IL

Attending: Indiana University- Bloomington

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My baking passion and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer involvement have brought out other parts of my personality, including my work ethic, integrity, compassion and perseverance. I like to believe I made a difference in someone’s life and I know CFKC made a difference in my life.

To read more about Jillian’s involvement with Cookies, click here.
 
 
 
And for more Good Cookie graduate inspiration, watch the video of the commencement speech Cookies Founder Gretchen Witt gave at her alma mater Meredith College in 2010!
 
 

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