My kids ask for stuff all day long. It’s their job. They ask for something to drink, something to eat, something to do. . .and most of the time, they use the oh-so-polite Magic Word when asking. Frankly, their desires often become reality when they throw in a “please” with their request. But because they are children, they sometimes need a little prompting.
“What is the magic word?” I ask after a less-than-polite demand for more of whatever. Most of the time, they respond with, “Please!”
But on occasion, when in a silly mood, my kids have been known to provide an unconventional, “Abracadabra!” Or when they are with their cousins, the magic word often becomes,”Purple banana!” And regardless of which silly versions are used, you can guarantee the kids always erupt in fits of giggles. Their spirited, wide-open laughter is one of my favorite parts of childhood innocence. And that laughter is also one of the many reasons I get up every morning and work to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. I want to do my part to keep as many kids focused on the silly things in life as possible.
Like the kids in the picture below. At first glance they look carefree, but once you hear their story, you will see wisdom in their eyes. The 5th graders pictured are from Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, VA. Two years ago, they watched their brave friend Tommy Gosser battle Ewings sarcoma, an insidious form of pediatric cancer. As mere third graders, they faced the fear and saddness of cancer and showed their own courage after losing their friend to the disease. Since then, they have regularly supported pediatric cancer fundraising, and as soon as they heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, they hosted a bake sale this holiday season, raising over $1,000. Way to go, Riverside 5th Graders – you are Good Cookies, indeed.
Without the support of people like the kids, teachers, and parents from Riverside Elementary, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer couldn’t grant money to scientists who are ready to introduce new, improved treatments for kids battling this disease. But it is going to take many, many bake sales and many, many supporters to guarantee we can keep kids focused on laughter rather than learning, first-hand, about the harsh reality of cancer.
So, what magic words do we need to say to convince you to host a bake sale? Are the magic words the reminder that pediatric cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids under the age of 18 in the US? Are the magic words that scientists are ready and waiting with new treatment options and all they need is funding? Are the magic words that bake sales mean hope to the mommies and daddies of brave pediatric warriors?
Or, quite simply, is the magic word “please?”
Would you please host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale? Click here to register to host a bake sale.
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The 5th Graders from Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, VA, during their bake sale in honor of their friend Tommy Gosser, who lost his battle with Ewings sarcoma.