Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Facts of Childhood Cancer

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

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IN THE NEWS

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Denny’s LOVES Good Cookies!

Filed under: Dennys,Inspire,Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 9:44 pm June 30, 2016

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 50 stores are joining the cause and hosting events to help children battling cancer.

How it Works:

In exchange for a donation of their choice, customers can write their name or personal message on paper cookie. The “cookie” will then be added to a 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 Arizona and New York Denny’s have raised half of a million dollars for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. These funds are currently at work as a part of five research grants looking for new and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. Help us grant another $100,000 this July by stopping by a participating Denny’s near you. If everyone gives a little, it will add up to a lot and 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. Don’t see a store near you? Stop by your local Denny’s and talk to them about being a Good Cookie this summer.

New York
Street Address City
8020 NIAGARA FALLS NIAGARA FALLS
2215 DELAWARE AVE BUFFALO
4610 GENESEE ST CHEEKTOWAGA
3165 SOUTHWESTERN BLVD ORCHARD PARK
5699 TRANSIT RD LOCKPORT
1881 RIDGE RD WEST SENECA
3920 MAPLE RD AMHERST
5092 CAMP RD HAMBURG
4445 MAIN ST BUFFALO
10390 BENNETT RD FREDONIA
364 WEST MAIN ST BATAVIA
8484 ALLEGHENY RD CORFU
4 PERINTON HILLS MALL FAIRPORT
4757 TRANSIT RD DEPEW
6591 THOMPSON RD SYRACUSE
201 LAWRENCE RD NORTH SYRACUSE
103 ELWOOD DAVIS RD SYRACUSE
2890 WEST RIDGE RD ROCHESTER
911 JEFFERSON RD ROCHESTER
7503 MAIN STREET FISHER VICTOR
160 EASTERN BLVD CANANDAIGUA
4240 LAKEVILLE RD GENESEO
3414 ERIE BLVD SYRACUSE
176 GRANT AVE AUBURN
5300 WEST GENESEE ST CAMILLUS
7873 BREWERTON RD CICERO
118  VICTORY HIGHWAY PAINTED POST
323 ELMIRA RD ITHACA
950 CHEMUNG ST HORSEHEADS
1142 ARSENAL ST WATERTOWN
813 CANANDAIGUA RD GENEVA
701 MOHAWK ST HERKIMER
200 SOUTH JAMES ST ROME
1078 GLENWOOD AVE ONEIDA
180 N. GENESEE ST UTICA
4024 VESTAL PARKWAY E VESTAL
1250 UPPER FRONT ST BINGHAMTON
411 ROUTE 211 EAST MIDDLETOWN
 

Pennsylvania

Street Address City
1716 E. 3rd St WILLIAMSPORT
131 PAPERMILL RD BLOOMSBURG
973 SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL SELINSGROVE
5609 NITTANY VALLEY DR MILL HALL
84 ROUTE 93 HAZELTON
488 KIDDER ST WILKES-BARRE
410 SCRANTON/CARBONDALE HWY SCRANTON
1283 RT 300 NEWBURGH
1623 OLIVER RD NEW MILFORD
 

Arizona

Street Address City
1758 W. HUNT HIGHWAY SAN TAN VALLEY

Share the Love

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 8:58 pm January 22, 2016

This Sunday, January 24th, marks five years since Liam Witt’s battle with cancer came to an end. On Valentine’s Day 2011, hundreds gathered in New York City to celebrate the life of Liam Witt, the little boy who inspired his parents to start Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. While cancer cut his life short, Liam’s LOVE for people, for living, and for life has become his true, enduring legacy.

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Love Inspired Action…

Just 2 ½-years-old when diagnosed, Liam’s parents, Larry and Gretchen Witt, quickly learned of the lack of treatment options for pediatric cancers.  When his oncologist shared, “It’s not science that’s holding us back, it’s funding,” Gretchen knew she had to take action. But first, Liam had to be ushered through months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Throughout the process, his bravery and compassion inspired his parents. When he was declared to have no evidence of disease, they began to think of how to help other children.

The 2007 holiday season was approaching as Gretchen thought of ways to raise funds for a promising new treatment. She realized she needed something so sweet and comforting that it would conquer the fear associated with pediatric cancer. The answer? Cookies. With the help of 250 volunteers, Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies – in person, online, any way she could – to raise funds. That original “bake sale” raised more than $420,000. Before long, people began reaching out asking, “What can I do to help?”

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A Transcending Love…

Reaching far beyond his family, Liam’s love knew no boundaries. Though he battled cancer off and on for nearly four years, he had special relationships with everyone he encountered, from doctors, nurses and teachers, to the firefighters of Engine 1/Ladder 24, the station he passed on his way home from school or treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. 

He called the firefighters his “guys,” and made sure they all knew he loved them. And they weren’t afraid to show their love in return. In their station, they gave Liam his own locker, suit and helmet. On January 24, 2011, Liam’s battle came to an end. Suddenly, the numbers of his beloved Engine 1/Ladder 24 took on a special meaning.

For his Valentine’s Day memorial service,  an entire street in New York City was closed off as Liam’s “guys” honored him with a hero’s farewell. The message that day was to Love Like Liam. Today, his locker at the firehouse still serves as a reminder of that message.

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A Legacy of Love…

Liam’s love continues to inspire us and people everywhere. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research, funding four dozen projects and helping seven promising new treatments advance to clinical trial.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer isn’t just about Liam. It’s not about one type of cancer. It’s about every child, everywhere. Every child deserves a fighting chance. As long as there are treatments sitting on shelves waiting for funding, we’ll be fighting to move them forward. This year, we hope you’ll be inspired to join us in sharing the love.

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Three simple way to help this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Order cookies. Delicious and all-natural, 100% of the profits goes to pediatric cancer research.
  2. Make a donation. You can select the type of cancer your gift supports, and feel good knowing your contribution will be used to find less toxic, more effective treatments for pediatric cancer research.
  3. Host an event. Thousands of bake sales and other grassroots events have been held in all 50 states and in 16 countries. No effort is too small to make a difference.  To sweeten the deal, our corporate partner, Babyganics, is matching all funds raised at events inspired by them, NOW through 2/14, as part of their $100,000 commitment to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year.  Register here and when asked how you heard about us, choose Babyganics to be eligible for your dollars to be doubled for pediatric cancer research. #BeAGoodCookie


#36aDay

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 register.cookiesforkidscancer.org 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

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“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 register.cookiesforkidscancer.org 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

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Anguilla Good Cookies

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

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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 Anguilla-Beaches.com 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

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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

 

 

 

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