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Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 7th Anniversary: Letter from Gretchen Witt

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas,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: childhood cancer research — Tags: — 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!

 

 

For Your Fact Friday: Meet Momcology

Filed under: childhood cancer research — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 5:29 pm July 24, 2015

Momcology pictureThis week, Fact Friday is brought to you by our friends at Momcology, a group of women bound by one thing – being the mom of a child diagnosed with cancer. These women are caretakers, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, inventors, world-class entertainers, teachers, philanthropists, psychologists and advocates every single second of their lives after the moment they hear the words, “your child has cancer. 

We are beyond excited to announce we are teaming up with Momcology, starting this September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hear directly from their Founder, Kim Buff.  

 

“Your child has cancer.”

These four words devastate the path of a family’s future.

Momcology’s mission is to facilitate critical information sharing and peer support for pediatric cancer families as they begin to navigate life after diagnosis while caring for a very ill child.

Today 1 in 5 children will not survive childhood cancer. Momcology has partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to change these statistics by focusing on the most promising collaborative research in the world through directly funding the Children’s Oncology Group Phase I & Pilot Consortium at the top 21 peer reviewed research hospitals across the country.

Children are diagnosed and treated with cancer in every community. Momcology believes in collaboration, transparency and aggressively working with others toward our ultimate goal to eradicate childhood cancer so that every child has the chance to simply grow up and experience a healthy life.

Thank you for being a Good Cookie and supporting our Tough Cookies.

Love,

Kim Buff and all the Moms of Momcology

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Facts For Your Friday

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am July 17, 2015

On this Fact Friday, we introduce you to Dr. Charles Roberts, Director of the Research Program in Solid Tumors and Physician at one of our 5 partner centers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Roberts is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  In 2003, he launched his own laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where his research focuses on the role of aberrant chromatin remodeling in cancer development. Currently in clinical trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a treatment targeting Cdk4 signaling in pediatric Rhabdoid tumors with $100,000 in grant money coming from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Thanks to Dr. Roberts and all of our Good Cookie doctors for their hard work and dedication to finding new, essential treatments for pediatric cancer. Read below for what Dr. Roberts himself has to say about funding from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Together we can make a difference in the fight for children battling cancer.

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Inspired by Ty: Gregg Bard Gears Up To Run 52.4 Miles

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 2:30 pm July 13, 2015

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporter, Gregg Bard, finds his motivation and passion to run San Francisco’s Ultramarathon – 52.4 miles – from Ty, an 8-year-old boy battling cancer. Inspiration to make a difference for kids everywhere battling cancer brought Gregg and Ty together this past week in NYC. Their meeting is one Gregg will never forget.  Passionate about the cause, Gregg says he “wanted to have something to really keep me going for all 52.4 miles. As tough a challenge as this race is, it is nothing compared to what the tough little cookies go through on a daily basis having to deal with cancer.”

Read more about Gregg’s inspiring story on his blog and then make a donation to childhood cancer research in honor Ty.

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Fact Friday Inspiration

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am July 3, 2015

As you kick off your 4th of July weekend, we wanted Fact Friday to have its own BANG. Thanks to your support, in just 6 years, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer granted more than $7 million to kids’ cancer research. All that from Good Cookies! But what does $7 million in grants mean for kids? It means funding 6-dozen research projects – 27 of which are treatments available to children currently battling cancer.

Dr. Shakeel Modak, from one of our partner centers Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is just one of the many doctors who has received funds from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for his research. He is a pediatric oncologist who specializes in the treatment of children and young adults with neuroblastoma and other solid tumors, such as desmoplastic small round cell tumors. Dr. Modak recognizes these are challenging cancers to treat and hopes to be able make an impact and improve the lives of people diagnosed with these diseases. Read below for his own words:

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So never doubt that your dollars are truly making a difference in children’s lives TODAY.

Fact Friday, June 26th!

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am June 26, 2015

Did you know each year nearly 14,000 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer, and that this very minute, nearly 40,000 kids are receiving cancer treatments? Cancer claims the lives of more kids in the US annually than asthma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy combined. With only a small percentage of federal funds going to support childhood cancer treatment research, there is a dire need for fundraising, which is why Cookies for Kids’ Cancer exists.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is proud to have provided grants to Dr. Kimberly Stegmaier, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, an Attending Physician at the Boston Children’s Hospital Boston, and Co-Director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancy Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), one of our partner centers. In 2006, she launched her own laboratory effort at DFCI where she integrates chemical biology, genomic, and proteomic approaches to discover new lead compounds and protein targets for cancer therapy. She has focused her efforts on the acute leukemias and two pediatric solid tumors of childhood, Ewing sarcoma and neuroblastoma. Read below what Dr. Stegmaier has to say about the support from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – without your help this wouldn’t be possible!

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Thank Goodness It’s Fact Friday!

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 1:56 pm June 19, 2015

The Fact Friday detail everyone should remember: childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the United States, but raising funds for research through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer gives families facing this disease the hope they deserve.

Today, we introduce you to Dr. Charles Mullighan, member of the faculty and co-leader of the Hematological Malignancies Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of our five partner centers.  Dr. Mullighan has received numerous awards and honors for his cancer research, and is particularly interested in the use of high-resolution, genome-wide approaches to identify genomic aberrations contributing to leukemogenesis and influencing leukemia outcome. Read below to see how funding from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has supported his research.

Dr. Charles Mullighan

As we close this Fact Friday post, we not only want to take a moment to honor all of our Good Cookie doctors but also all of our Good Cookie Dads.  We hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day.

It’s Fact Friday, June 12

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am June 12, 2015
While there are many types of childhood cancers, Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, which accounts for approximately 1 out of 3 cancers. Most childhood leukemias are acute lymphocytic leukemia, referred to as ALL, and most of the remaining cases are acute myeloid leukemia or AML.
For today’s Fact Friday, we introduce you to Dr. Hiroto Inaba, Associate Member of the Oncology Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  He is particularly interested in researching new therapeutic strategies for leukemia and lymphoma and cellular therapy for hematological malignancies. Currently he is researching treatments for a very rare type of leukemia called mixed phenotype acute leukemia. Read below to see what he has to say about his research.
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 Check back next Friday to learn more about childhood cancers and how your dollars are helping make a different in the fight!

Fact Friday, June 5

Filed under: childhood cancer research — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am June 5, 2015

Each year, approximately 13,500 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2015. As childhood cancer rates continue to rise from past decades, the need for pediatric cancer research and treatment is immediate.  Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has funded nearly 6 DOZEN childhood cancer research grants, leading to two dozen promising new treatments now in clinical trial, available TODAY to children fighting cancer!

Dr. Peter Zage, today’s feature for Fact Friday, is one of the researchers awarded grant funding from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2014. Dr. Zage is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology Section at Baylor College of Medicine. He is especially focused on the efficacy of novel therapies for children with neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, and other childhood solid tumors.

Here’s what he has to say about the support from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:

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To learn more about all the grants from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, take a peek at Our Impact page. And don’t forget to join us every Friday as we highlight other Good Cookie doctors who are making a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

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