Inspired to Make a Difference

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Donations,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:20 pm May 28, 2014

A special guest post by Denny’s franchise owners Tina & Glenn Beattie

This June, select Denny’s restaurants in 13 different states will be raising funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This is the fourth year in a row Denny’s has joined us in the fight against childhood cancer, and the annual campaign is expanding each year. It all began in 2011 when two franchise owners, Tina and Glenn Beattie, came across Cookies in a magazine article and decided they wanted to help make a difference. In a special guest post, they share their experience on what inspired them to get involved.

When we read about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in a magazine, we were inspired by the positive approach they were taking to raise much needed funds for pediatric cancer research – such fun. Cookies and bake sales – who doesn’t love cookies! We ordered a bunch of cookies, and reached out to see how we could use our restaurants to help the cause.

In May 2011, our 28 Denny’s in Western and Central New York held month-long fundraisers for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. For each donation made, paper “cookies” were signed and hung on the walls of the diners. By the end of the month, tens of thousands of cookies lined every wall, window and door frame of our restaurants! Thanks to our guests we raised $75,000 in that first month! – a sum that through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will help fund lifesaving research and treatments.

Over the years many of our Denny’s family have joined us and the number of restaurants joining us grows every year. Giving our guests a chance to learn about this incredible organization, the need for pediatric cancer research and to join us in supporting Cookies for Kids Cancer. As business owners, we are honored to partner with an amazing organization like Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and the spirit in which they are fighting pediatric cancer. As parents, we are inspired by Gretchen and Larry, and as neighbors, we are humbled by the overwhelming support of our guests who have also been touched by this cause.

One of our guests, the parent of a child with pediatric cancer, sent a letter that said coming into our restaurant with her child during our Cookies fundraiser made them both feel like they weren’t alone in the fight. And they are not. We look forward to continuing to do our part to uphold Liam’s legacy and make a difference in the lives of these brave young children.

Our company is proud to be a longtime supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We were deeply touched by Liam’s short but significant life and wanted to do what we could to help the fight against pediatric cancer. Little did we know how enthusiastically our customers would respond and what an impact we could have.

– Glenn and Tina Beattie, Top Line Restaurants, Inc.

Celebrate March Madness like a Good Cookie!

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — 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!

 

Busting #KidsCancerMyths

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:21 pm February 3, 2014

Pediatric cancer myths present enormous barriers to researchers receiving the funding they need. Over the next week, help us bust these myths. Go social using the hashtags #KidsCancerMyths and #WorldCancerDay and get others involved in the conversation

MYTH: I won’t see the impact of my support anytime soon.

FACT: In the past five years, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has helped move seven new treatments into clinical trials, where they are available to children TODAY.    

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founder Gretchen Holt-Witt was once told by her son’s doctor that, “It’s not science that’s holding us back, it’s funding.”

We provide grants to the top researchers at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers so their groundbreaking research and promising new developments can become treatments used nationwide. Our Medical Advisory Board helps us determine the most critical needs and promising projects that are simply sitting on the shelves because of lack of funding to move forward.

Morgan Pierce - Cookies for Kids' CancerWhen you support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you’re helping make advancements that can benefit children TODAY. Want to see how your support is helping right now? Meet Morgan.

 

#KidsCancerMyths, cont.

Filed under: Donations,Inspire — admin @ 7:17 am February 2, 2014

Pediatric cancer myths present enormous barriers to researchers receiving the funding they need. Over the next week, help us bust these myths. Go social using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #KidsCancerMyths and get others involved in the conversation

MYTH: Cancer is all the same. If I support one, I’m helping them all. 

FACT: No cancer is alike. Most are treated case by case.  

There are 12 major types of pediatric cancers, each as unique as the child fighting it. Some of them receive far more funding than others. Some have good prognoses, while others claim more lives than not.

In addition, a child’s body is nowhere near equipped with the armor an adult’s has, and yet many treatments are used on both children and adults. These treatments have devastating effects on a child’s body. In fact two out of three childhood cancer survivors will develop long-term side effects, many of them life-threatening, including secondary cancers, diabetes and organ failure.

In the past 20 years, only two new pediatric cancer drugs have been approved by the FDA. This is why at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we work to fund the research needed to bring less toxic, more effective treatments to children as quickly as possible.

#LucysWish: Letter to Santa Inspires Holiday Spirit

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — 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


Glad Gives Fun, Easy Way to Raise Funds With #SaveItSunday

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Donations,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 7:11 am December 3, 2013

Glad #SaveItSunday - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad has returned with their annual match to inspire you to get in the spirit and make a difference this holiday season. NOW through December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to automatically double the amount you raise for childhood cancer research!

And this year, there’s a special opportunity to help us meet the full match amount. Each month, Glad encourages their consumers to participate in a social media challenge to promote eliminating food waste, and they’ve dedicated December’s “Save It Sunday” challenge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

To help us meet the $25,000 match, simply share your favorite baked treat online, along with the hashtag, #SaveItSunday. Glad will donate $1 for every Twitter, Facebook or Instagram post, up to $5,000!

We’re asking YOU to rise to the occasion and host a holiday bake sale or event AND to share your favorite treats on social media with the hashtag #SaveItSunday. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

Find and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and be sure to tag us in your #SaveItSunday posts! To tag us, simply include the @ symbol before our user name. Note: To hashtag, insert the # symbol in front of SaveItSunday, and make sure there are no spaces between words!

Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers. So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need!

Halloween Fun = Hope for Kids Fighting Cancer

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:45 am October 25, 2013

Trick-or-treating is something nearly every child looks forward to. While many go for the candy, others love dressing up and getting to play with friends after dark! Either way, there’s no reason it can’t serve an additional purpose.

Last year, a dad bet his 11-year-old son Reid that he couldn’t go the entire holiday season without junk food. Reid rose to the challenge and surpassed expectations when he chose to go trick-or-treating. Rather than candy,  he collected change, and then donated it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Inspired by his act, we wanted to share this idea, and show how to have a fun activity your kids will love that can also make a difference.

The Idea: Trick-Or-Treat Donation Boxes

Whether you do this as a family, or round up a group of friends, this is an activity anyone will enjoy.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Boxes – Shoe boxes, tissue boxes, gift boxes…
  • Wrapping – Wrapping paper, craft paper, etc.
  • Scissors – If you have young children, do all cutting for them or before they begin
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Newspapers, plastic table covers or tarps
  • Markers, paint and/or crayons
  • Accessories – Stickers, glitter, rhinestones…the sky’s the limit!
  • Snacks – For the adults and the kids

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Have the kids dress up in their Halloween costumes to get into the spirit
  • Make a playlist of Halloween songs or put a kid-friendly Halloween movie on to set the mood

STEPS

Step 1: Wrap the box in paper. If the box has a lid, you can either wrap it separately, or wrap the entire box at once.


Step 2: Using scissors, box cutter or small knife, cut a slot into the top of the box where donations will go.

Step 3: Once boxes are wrapped and cutting is complete, get everything set out and ready for the kids to begin.

Halloween Craft Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 4: Watch the kids work their magic!

Halloween Kids Activity - DIY Donation Boxes

Step 5: Be on stand-by in case they need help with gluing!

Halloween Kids Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 6: Admire the masterpieces

DIY Donation Boxes - Halloween Craft Activity

Step 7: Congratulate them for being such Good Cookies!

Be a Good Cookie - Halloween Craft Activity

Want to Be a Good Cookie and get your kids involved this Halloween? If you would like more information or have any questions, email us – Making a difference is FUN and we make it EASY!

Ready to register your event? (collecting change while trick-or-treating counts!)

Register TODAY!

The Difference You Make,
Good Cookies

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 9:08 am September 19, 2013

When you support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you are truly making a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. The funds raised by you and thousands of supporters are granted to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to develop safer, more effective cancer treatments for children. The goal is to bring promising developments to trial as quickly as possible to help children TODAY.

Did you know there are 12 major types of pediatric cancer? Each is as unique as the child battling it. When it comes to federal funding, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to pediatric cancer, and these funds must be divided between them all, making it difficult to advance new treatments to clinical trial.

Some of the funds also now match the federal allowance per child enrolled in the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase I & Pilot Consortium , consisting of 21 hospitals nationwide. More children now have access to treatments they otherwise would not have been able to receive.

THE POWER OF A GOOD COOKIE…

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer recently received a letter from Texas Children’s Cancer Center explaining what has been accomplished with grants provided thanks to Good Cookies like you. We’re humbled and inspired by this letter, just as we are by the efforts of all the Good Cookies nationwide. YOU have made this possible. Here are a few excerpts from the letter:

I want to thank you and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for the wonderful support you have given…over the past three years. We have received $585,000 which has been used to support some of our most promising research projects. It is not hyperbole to state that your support has been transformational in its impact on improving therapies for childhood cancer. Children are being treated with therapies that wouldn’t have been developed if it wasn’t for the support they receive from “Cookies.” Your donors can always be confident that they are backing the most brilliant and innovative childhood cancer researchers in the nation.

Click here to read the full letter from Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

“Team Good Cookies” Upcoming Events Preview

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Donations,Team Good Cookies — admin @ 8:43 am July 31, 2013

We’re excited to introduce “Team Good Cookies,” where individuals and groups can raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer while training for a race or athletic event. We encourage everyone, whether planning an event, training for an event, or if you’ve been thinking about running a race, to use this opportunity to make a difference while you do. Click here to learn more about Team Good Cookies and how you can join!

Here’s a sneak preview of a few events coming up this fall in support of Team Good Cookies:

Event: Iron Force Athletics All Out Against Cancer

  • Location: Natick, MA (near Boston)
  • Date: Sept. 7, 2013
  • Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Details: Stay tuned for more details!
  • Features: 5K & Hybrid Throwdown

Event: Plant City Good Cookie 5K

Event: The Perfect 10

  • Location: West Windsor, NJ
  • Date: Oct. 13, 2013
  • Details: No boys allowed – This one is for the ladies!
  • Features: 10 mile race, 5K, and 1-mile “Daughter Dash” (ages 5-13)

Event: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Date: Nov. 2, 2013
  • Details: Indiana’s largest & fastest marathon
  • Features: Boston Qualifying Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K,  and Kids’ Fun Run

Ask us how you can get a discount on the Indianapolis Marathon registration fee when running in support of Team Good Cookies!

Help Phoenix Denny’s Raise Funds this Month

Filed under: Donations,Inspire — admin @ 11:42 am May 16, 2013

Throughout May, about 60 Denny’s locations in and around the Phoenix region are raising funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by selling paper cookies for the donation amount of your choice! The participating locations are listed below, so be sure to stop by for a meal and give what you can to help us fund pediatric cancer research!

CITY ADDRESS
ANTHEM 4121 W. ANTHEM WAY
BUCKEYE 441 S WATSON RD
BULLHEAD CITY 1762 HWY 95
CAMP VERDE 1630 W HWY 260
CASA GRANDE 1885 E. FLORENCE BLVD.
COTTONWOOD 2211 E HIGHWAY 89A
ELOY 16189 S SUNSHINE BLVD
FLAGSTAFF 2306 E. LUCKY LN.
FLAGSTAFF 2122 S. MILTON RD.
FOUNTAIN HILLS 17053 E SHEA BLVD
GILBERT 3971 S GILBERT ROAD
GILBERT 1661 E WARNER RD
GLENDALE 10614 N. 43RD AVE.
GLENDALE 5161 W. THUNDERBIRD AVE.
GLENDALE 9856 W CAMELBACK RD
GOODYEAR 1218 N LITCHFIELD ROAD
HOLBROOK 2510 NAVAJO BLVD.
KINGMAN 3255 ANDY DEVINE
KINGMAN 3300 E ANDY DEVINE AVE
LAKE HAVASU 1620 MC CULLOCH BLVD.
MESA 1150 S. COUNTRY CLUB DR.
MESA 1330 S POWER ROAD
MESA 1210 E MAIN ST
PAGE P.O. BOX 7139, 669 SCENIC VIEW ROAD
PAYSON 312 S. BEELINE HWY
PEORIA 8737 N.W. GRAND AVE.
PEORIA 8277 WEST BELL ROAD
PHOENIX 5002 N. 7TH ST.
PHOENIX 3456 W. BETHANY HOME RD.
PHOENIX 2717 W. BELL RD.
PHOENIX 2120 E. CACTUS RD.
PHOENIX 4120 N 51ST AVE.
PHOENIX 2360 W. NORTHERN AVE.
PHOENIX 1401 NORTH 75TH AVE.
PHOENIX 3205 EAST BELL ROAD
PHOENIX 2525 WEST DEER VALLEY ROAD
PHOENIX 3160 W CAREFREE HWY
PHOENIX 2801 N BLACK CANYON
PHOENIX 9030 N BLACK CANYON HWY
PHOENIX 6700 WEST LATHAM
PRESCOTT 1316 IRON SPRING RD.
SCOTTSDALE 3315 N. SCOTTSDALE RD.
SCOTTSDALE 9160 E. INDIAN BEND RD.
SCOTTSDALE 10340 N. SCOTTSDALE RD.
SHOW LOW 4471 WHITE MOUNTAIN ROAD
SUN TAN VALLEY 1758 WEST HUNT HWY
SURPRISE 14799 W. GRAND AVE.
TEMPE 825 S. 48TH ST.
TEMPE 1994 W BASELINE RD
TEMPE 650 N SCOTTSDALE ROAD
TEMPE 1343 W BROADWAY
TEMPE 4403 S RURAL RD
THATCHER 2875 W HWY 70
TUBA CITY 2 LEGACY LANE
WICKENBURG 1010 N. TEGNER ST.
WINSLOW 400 TRANSCON LANE
YOUNGTOWN 11121 GRAND AVE
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