Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Guest Blogger: Sheila G. Mains Dishes About Her Favorite Bake Sale

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas,Good Cookies — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 9:37 am September 19, 2014

 

Founder and creator of Brownie Brittle and long-time supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Sheila G. Mains took a few moments to share her thoughts after Team Brownie Brittle and celebrity Jaime King co-hosted a CFKC bake sale in LA during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sheila G and company, we are so grateful for your steadfast support!

My Favorite Bake Sale

Sheila and Jaime best picIt’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If ever there were two words that should NEVER be in the same sentence together, they are “childhood” and “cancer.” And the fact that there is a month dedicated to the awareness of kids and cancer tells you just how far we still have to go. That’s why this blog is dedicated to our unrelenting commitment to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt.

This month, Team Brownie Brittle and I were thrilled to roll up our sleeves to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with a bake sale in Los Angeles. And we weren’t alone. We were lucky enough to co-host the Bake Sale with celebrity Jaime King.

It was clear fromJaime King the moment I met Jaime King that she felt a huge connection to this cause, even bringing her own toddler son (who is too cute for words) and husband along. Jaime had injured her leg recently while on set filming and was in such pain, but she didn’t let that stop her (in high heels no less – amazing) from giving everything she could to make this a successful event. She is a trooper!

We’re so grateful to have raised thousands of dollars thanks to the generosity of so many. And, yes, I must name those people!

Rachel Krupa, the Krupa Consulting team (Julia, Melissa, etc) and Adam Cohen — you consistently go above and beyond. I watched you giving your all this weekend and was reminded why we’re connected. You made the weekend a huge success. Adam — special thanks to you again as you are the one who first introduced me to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and I’m eternally grateful for that.

And thanks to Jenna Helton and her boyfriend’s family who worked non-stop at this event. We needed the help and are extremely grateful.

Manouschka Guerrier (an outstanding chef) and her support team outdid themselves! These are students in the Careers in Culinary Arts Program (CCAP, headquartered at Colt’s Kitchen in Carson, CA). Not only were their hearts in the right place, but their cookies were phenomenal. So much dedication and deliciousness came out of this team! Sheila & Gretchen

And I must thank Gretchen and Larry Witt.  Through the loss of your own dear son, Liam, you were put on a path to help save and extend the lives of thousands of children stricken with cancer. You’ve allowed mothers and fathers the opportunity to hold onto their dreams for their own children, keeping them healthier and giving them chances that weren’t possible only a few short years ago. You are angels among us along with Bella and Liam. Love Like Liam and Live Like Bella. And I am personally grateful to be able to create this legacy for my stepson Scott who lost his battle with a latent form of pediatric cancer in 2012. Gretchen, you and Larry are the heart and soul of this organization, and we are thrilled to be your partners on this journey.

You can support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in a variety of ways, from purchasing products on their site, hosting your own bake sales, attending a bake sale in your area, or by purchasing our products. You will see in our newly redesigned packaging that we prominently display the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer logo on the backs of all of our bags.  Our goal is to raise awareness and dollars with our $100,000 annual commitment to this amazing organization.

I know you are ALL #GoodCookies!

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Top 10 Ways to Support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in September

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,corporate fundraising — The Good Cookies @ 3:00 pm August 27, 2014

 

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Be part of the solution during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and find a way (or lots of ways!) to support children battling cancer. From Boston to LA, over 250 events are being held in all 50 states to raise funds and awareness for the 40,000 children actively battling cancer. Thank you for banding together in the #50States4Kids movement.

How will you #BeAGoodCookie this September?2014 Oxo Sticker

  1. Bake a Difference with OXO: Update and add to your OXO kitchen gadget collection by purchasing one of the specially-marked items at a retailer near you. Your purchase of each specially-marked item triggers a donation from OXO to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of OXO’s $100,000 commitment. From cookie scoops to spatulas, look for the green OXO Good Cookie sticker to be part of “baking a difference.”
  2. Host an Event and Double your Support: In addition to helping you have the latest and greatest in kitchen tools, OXO has another way to help you make a bigger difference this September. Now through December 31, OXO will give up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through event matches, product sales, and other fundraising efforts. Host a bake sale, organize a charity yard sale, get your school or church involved…whatever works for you! Register now!
  3. Dress for Success with ASICS: Shop the exclusive ASICS Cookies for Kids’ Cancer line of shoes and accessories, which includes options for both kids and adults. ASICS makes the only shoe dedicated to childhood cancer awareness, complete with a gold ribbon stitched on the back. Don’t delay – last year the collection sold out in a matter of days! Dash to your local retailer or order online today.
  4. Grab a Sweet Treat at Nestle Toll House Café: Beginning September 13 (Childhood Cancer Awareness Day), over 100 Nestle Toll House Café locations around the country will kick off a month-long promotion for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when you purchase an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie, and receive $1 off your next Nestle Toll House Café treat!
  5. Get Your Chocolate Fix with Brownie Brittle: Send your children a chocolaty treat with their lunch, or cap off a tough day at the office with a bag of Brownie Brittle. Keep an eye out for the green Cookies for Kids’ Cancer logo on the bag and know that you are helping kids with every bite. If you live in the LA area, stop by the Brownie Brittle bake sale co-hosted by Jaime King and Brownie Brittle founder Sheila G. Mains at The Grove on Sunday, September 7 from 1-4 to make a difference — Brownie Brittle will be matching all funds donated from the sale up to $10,000!
  6. Order Up Salty & Sweet through Momofuku Milk Bar: What happens when you mix pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, and chocolate chips? You get the Compost Cookie, made famous by top pastry chef, bakery owner, and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer board member, Christina Tosi. After you stop drooling over that sweet and salty ingredient list, order your own tin of Compost Cookies, and $1 from each tin will be donated to childhood cancer research in September.
  7. Run…or walk, or bike or swim: Now that you have eaten all the goodies from Nestle, Brownie Brittle, and Momofuku Milk Bar, it is time to lace up those exclusive ASICS shoes and get moving for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Sign up for a local race and ask friends to support your efforts by giving a donation. We’ll give you your own online fundraising page so you can track how you are making every step count.
  8. Update your Good Cookie Wardrobe: We have a new look! Spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by purchasing one of our brand-new Be A Good Cookie tees. Our Gift Shop is a one-stop shop for your entire family. #BeAGoodCookie
  9. Send Cookies: Earn “Good Cookie” points with in-laws, co-workers, friends, or your child’s teacher. Order a box of our delicious, all-natural cookies and feel good knowing 100% of the profits go to childhood cancer research. You don’t even have to turn on the oven!
  10. Make a Gift: When you choose to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you are helping fund critically needed childhood cancer research to find safer, more effective treatments. YOU ARE GIVING HOPE. Thank you for making a difference.

50 State Challenge: Your State IS on the Map!

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 12:28 pm August 7, 2014

50 State ChallengeWe asked and YOU answered! Volunteers in all 50 states will be hosting an event in September to raise critical funds for childhood cancer research. Don’t miss out on the action! Add another event in your state today. #50States4Kids Register Now!

 

Be Part of the September 50 State Challenge

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 11:43 am

 

Let’s make a difference together this September.

Did you know?

  • September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancers combined.
  • Every day, 40,000 kids in the US are actively battling cancer.
  • The one thing that can truly change the facts of childhood cancers forever — FUNDING for research to find new, improved therapies.

So, what can you do?

How about joining the 50 State Challenge? #50States4Kids

This September, we want children to know they are not fighting alone. We are proposing a 50 State Challenge — let’s band together to have at least one fundraising event in EVERY state during the month of September.

What if you are short on time or don’t know how to bake?

Good news — the list of ways to help kids this September is endless.

  • Get your school on board for a giving day — host a Hat Day to “Put a Lid on Cancer.” In exchange for a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, students get to wear their favorite hats to school.
  • Take the giving day idea to your employer and enjoy a Casual Friday in exchange for support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
  • Ask your favorite local restaurant to pick a signature item for September and donate the proceeds back to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
  • A September charity pub crawl is a great way to spend a fall Saturday afternoon and make a difference to kids battling cancer.
  • Running a race this September? Ask your couch potato buddies to support your steps by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. BONUS: We have easy-to-use online fundraising pages to make this happen with a click of a button.
  • Check in with your yoga or spin instructor and encourage them to donate a class to support childhood cancer research.
  • Does your birthday fall in September? “Give” it to kids fighting cancer by asking friends and family to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in your honor. TIP: This is another great way to take advantage of our awesome fundraising pages!
  • Of course, taking advantage of a sweet tooth is always a good idea! Big or small, a bake sale can put your state on the map. Host it at your desk or grab your best friends and team up to pile up goodies at the local farmer’s market.

Being part of the 50 State Challenge is a way to be part of the ultimate goal: Raise vital research dollars to give HOPE to children fighting cancer today.

Be A Good Cookie and join the Challenge today.

A Good Cookie Birthday

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 12:40 pm June 25, 2014

Miller made his 10th birthday extra special by GIVING it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Shared by Miller’s mom Joanna

Every year around the middle of March, I start asking my son what he would like to do to celebrate his birthday in April. His answers typically consist of things such as laser tag, bowling or another similar out-of-the-house event. Really, whatever option has the potential for providing the most birthday loot is his likely choice.

This year, however, his birthday coincided with our annual neighborhood yard sale and his answer to my question was surprisingly different.

Miller Kunz thumbHe said, “How about if I have a bake sale and raise money for kids with cancer?”

He went on to explain, “If the yard sale is the same day as my birthday AND we have a bake sale, there will be tons of people who will want to buy cookies.”  He added, “I can invite my friends to help and if they can’t come, they can bake cookies.” Miller is not one who likes to draw attention to himself, but he does love attention. So hosting a bake sale on a day that there would be lots of foot traffic in front of our home would suit him well! He could promote his event through e-mail, Facebook and flyers at school.

Having participated in several Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events before, I knew a bake sale would be the perfect fit for my 10-year-old’s first fundraising venture. With the help of some neighborhood friends, we made signs and banners and promoted the event for a couple of weeks. We distributed flyers at school, created a fundraising page to solicit cookie donations, and promoted the bake sale via Facebook and e-mail. By the morning of the bake sale, we had a garage full of cookies and other baked goodies.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the big day and had a steady flow of customers. So many people helped us by baking cookies, and out of town friends and family were able to participate by donating to the personal fundraising page we set up. Miller’s friends and family raised $900 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in honor of his 10th birthday!

His event was a huge success and he learned an important life lesson: it feels so good to give your time and energy to a worthy cause….even on your own birthday.

Let Miller’s sweet idea inspire you to GIVE your birthday to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year! It’s a simple, fun way to make a big difference. For tons of helpful bake sale tips and inspiration, click here. Be sure to take a peek at other ways to #BeaGoodCookie!

Good Cookie Spotlight: AG Middle School Soccer Teams

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 8:35 am June 20, 2014

Alexander Graham Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Fundraiser, by Brooke Goodrum (Teacher and Soccer Coach)

During the 2014 spring athletic season, the Alexander Graham Middle School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams had the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The inspiration for this fundraiser came from one of the student-athletes on the girls team. This student-athlete lost her younger brother to Neuroblastoma earlier in the school year, and her family had become very involved with the organization. The teams began their fundraiser by asking friends, family and neighbors for pledges per goal. The pledges ranged from $1 per goal to $10 per goal. By the end of the season, the girls’ team had scored 38 goals and the boys team had scored 23! To culminate the fundraiser, the school hosted a “Spring Spirit Night” on the last home game of the season. At this game, the school accepted donations, sold t-shirts and donated their give-back check from KONA Ice of Fort Mill directly to the foundation. In addition to all of these efforts, the fundraiser also qualified for a match from King Arthur Flour as part of its $25,000 donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this spring. Before the match, the teams raised $4,911.50, making the total donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer $9,823! The teams and school are so honored to be able to donate money to such a great cause and look forward to continuing this donation tradition.

2014 Alexander Graham Middle School Girls and Boys Soccer Teams

2014 Alexander Graham Middle School Girls and Boys Soccer Teams

 

2014 Good Cookie Graduates

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 5:40 am May 29, 2014

Introducing the 1st graduating class of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! These students have been involved with Cookies throughout their high school careers and together, they have raised nearly $100,000 for childhood cancer research! These combined efforts are enough to fund a research grant for children battling cancer. Join us in celebrating this exciting milestone in the lives of these Good Cookies and read their inspiring stories below.

Abbey Rogers

Abbey Rogers

Charlotte, NC

Attending:The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My involvement with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer opened my eyes to the power of an effort fueled by compassion; when people who care deeply about a cause work together, they can make a drastic impact on the world around them and inspire others to care deeply as well.

To read more about Abbey’s involvement with Cookies, click here.

 

 

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Calabasas High School Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Club

Calabasas, CA

From left to right: Jenny Stein (Drew University), Jackelyne Nguyen (UC Berkley), Chandler Polakov (Tulane University), Cynthia Matsumura (UCLA) Noah Sylvester (University of Redlands), and Alyssa Weakley (The George Washington University)

Why They’re Good Cookies: The involvement we’ve all had with Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has been astounding and we could never have imagined that a single charity could have such an big impact on our lives and the lives of everyone around us.

To read more about their involvement with Cookies, click here.

 
Jillian Maher

Jillian Maher

Elmhurst, IL

Attending: Indiana University- Bloomington

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My baking passion and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer involvement have brought out other parts of my personality, including my work ethic, integrity, compassion and perseverance. I like to believe I made a difference in someone’s life and I know CFKC made a difference in my life.

To read more about Jillian’s involvement with Cookies, click here.
 
 
 
And for more Good Cookie graduate inspiration, watch the video of the commencement speech Cookies Founder Gretchen Witt gave at her alma mater Meredith College in 2010!
 
 

Why I Had To

Filed under: community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 5:16 am April 29, 2014

Special guest post by Jennifer Lebeau on making Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s new video, “ONE Thing”


Producing a campaign video to help raise awareness for a foundation is not new to me. Whether a documentary, a television show or a branding campaign, I tell stories for a living. That’s what I do.

Theoretically, it’s my job to make people relate to and understand the specific situation that I present to them. The thing is, it’s always surreal and somewhat of a mind warp to use the same skills I apply towards branding a company, an entertainer or a TV show… to a disease.

I got involved with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when my friend and colleague Ken Druckerman, Executive Producer and the Co-President of Left/Right, a New York based production company, called me about an upcoming project he was going to be doing for a not-for-profit childhood cancer organization.

Pediatric Cancer is not exactly a light topic. It’s such a horrible thing to think about, we quite frankly don’t.

Who of you knew it was the #1 disease killer of children in the country? Who knew all the research focused on cancers adults contract have little to NO bearing on kids’ cancers?  Pediatric cancers aren’t “little versions” of adult brain cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, etc.?  WHAT?!?!

If we don’t raise funds to get completely unique research and treatments going for kids’ cancer – there won’t be progress made on saving children’s lives or helping them battle the disease.

I knew none of this before I started this project. And I certainly had no idea how small government funding for the disease was. It seemed impossible in today’s world.

OK. The task at hand was becoming clear. And I can only give this credit to the tenacious and inspiring cast of characters I got to meet, and thus feature in the video.

After losing their 6-½ year old son to cancer, instead of allowing pain and grief to take over their lives, Gretchen and Larry Witt have harnessed that energy into a multi-million dollar advocacy network in the fight against pediatric cancer. Their generosity has inspired this grassroots network around the globe.  Astonishing, amazing, and powerful.

I had presumptions and expectations as I entered into my interviews with two of the country’s most high profile doctors in pediatric cancer.  As researchers, surgeons, and oncologists – they surely have a way to keep themselves from being personally affected by the disease. They would have to in order to get through day-by-day, right? I expected somewhat aloof, stoic, clinicians.

As I sat with Dr. LaQuaglia of Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Dr. Maris at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I witnessed the opposite of my expectations. I met two brilliant scientists, whose empathy was palpable and whose emotion flowed freely. Their passion for their work was deep, and the affection for their patients and their families was equally strong. Their strength of character is nothing short of heroic.

The tragedy is nearly unthinkable, the pain mind-bending, there is no way to get used to any of this. Ask Dr. LaQuaglia or Dr. Maris. See and hear them in this video.

I had a unique experience on this project. Despite the weight of the topic, despite the sad stories, as my investment grew deeper, my spirit became lighter. It was that feeling of inspiration and hope that were the important sentiments with which we wanted to leave the viewer.

When one accepts that the current reality doesn’t have to be this way, that by acting, you can change the outcome of a pediatric cancer diagnosis…that’s when the dynamic changes.  Fear, turns into power. That is the gift of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

While I know I can’t bring back Liam Witt or any other child who has passed away from cancer, knowing I did what I could do with whatever it is I have to offer has been meaningful and important work.

I think Ken explained it best when describing how the production team was coping a midst the editing process which included repeated viewings for weeks in order to create the most effective piece possible. “We have been watching the same sequence over and over again – and we all still feel that same mix of raw emotion and a desire to do more.”

The science is there. It is possible to stop children from dying. You can make a difference.
Be a good cookie.™
 

The “ONE Thing” video was produced by Left/Right, an award-winning documentary production company. The team has been behind such hit series as The Rachel Zoe Project, United STATS of America, True Life and many more. Click here to learn more about the amazing team who generously gave their time, passion and talent to create this video for Cookies.

 
 

Celebrate March Madness like a Good Cookie!

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,corporate fundraising — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 12:55 pm March 14, 2014

2014 NCAA tournament pairings will be announced Sunday, March 16, and people coast to coast will be filling out brackets and going in on group pools. This year, consider dedicating your March Madness bracket to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Use your March Madness bracket for good – It’s EASY:

  1. View and print our special tournament bracket.
  2. SHARE the bracket and this simple idea with everyone you know to help spread awareness.
  3. Donate the proceeds of your group pool to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – your donation will directly fund critically needed childhood cancer research.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer March Madness Bracket 2014

That’s it! So, who’s ready to celebrate March Madness like a Good Cookie? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And once you’ve printed your bracket, snap a selfie and share with us – It’s a great way to help us inspire others to get involved too. Thanks for being Good Cookies!

 

#LucysWish: Letter to Santa Inspires Holiday Spirit

Filed under: childhood cancer research,community fundraising ideas,corporate fundraising — The Good Cookies @ 10:48 am December 19, 2013

Take a peek at the especially sweet letter Santa received from 7-year-old Lucy, who’s been battling cancer since the tender age of two. Lucy’s list has just one request: $5 to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in exchange for the cookie she leaves him on Christmas Eve.

Lucy knows that if we all do a little, it truly adds up to a lot. Today, we’re sharing #LucysWish in her #lettertosanta in hopes of inspiring others and spreading the holiday spirit. Please share #LucysWish! Then help fulfill Lucy’s wish and make a donation today 

#LucysWish #LettertoSanta - Cookies for Kids' Cancer


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