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 event, send cookies or simply make a donation. Every dollar counts and together, we are making the world better for generations to come.
Love Like Liam.
Founder, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer