In the fall of 2007, my family and I were wrapping up what seemed to be the most challenging year of our lives – the year that our precious 2 1/2 year old son Liam had been diagnosed with and battled stage IV pediatric cancer. That year we learned that pediatric cancer claims the lives of more kids in the US than any other disease and we learned that the money directed to research is dramatically limited.
We realized we had to do something to raise money for research into new and less toxic therapies, so we decided to do some baking. The holidays were coming and the idea of selling cookies baked with love for friends and family as holiday gifts seemed like a sweet way to help. The goal was set of 96,000 cookies. We knew it was a lofty goal, but having just ushered Liam through months of intense treatment made anything seem possible. Neither my husband Larry nor I were professional bakers nor had any experience at large-scale baking. We also had no customers, no reputation and no money for advertising our cookie sale. But we believed it was possible – and our love for Liam fueled our passion and belief that this dream could become a reality.
Then magic happened. Word spread. People heard about the goal. In less than 10 days, all 96,000 cookies were sold. It took more than 250 dedicated volunteers 19 consecutive days and nights to bake, package, and ship all of those cookies. And the money raised, more than $420,000, helped to fund a new treatment that became available in August. We ended the year inspired to create an ongoing organization to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.
The challenges of 2007 now pale in comparison to those of 2011. Tragically, eleven short months ago, our sweet Liam came to the end of his battle with cancer after four courageous years. Though we are left with a void that cannot be filled, we are more determined than ever to keep fighting on behalf of all children battling cancer today and those who will be called to battle tomorrow.
And so, once again we are looking to create magic this holiday season. We want to break the 2007 record of 96,000 cookies during the holiday season. But we need your help.
Order today to help us break the record and more importantly help us continue to fund new research for all types of pediatric cancer. Together, we’ve raised millions of dollars and funded dozens of research projects, but we will continue raising money until less toxic therapies are available for children. On behalf of my family, everyone at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and the thousands of families with children still battling cancer, THANK YOU for being part of the magic.