Thank You to All the #OXOGoodCookies

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire,Recipes — admin @ 1:13 pm October 15, 2014

Food Bloggers Bake a Difference for Kids Fighting Cancer

Photo credit: MelanieMakes.com

In September, our dedicated friends at OXO kicked off their annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraising efforts with the #OXOGoodCookies campaign to promote specially marked OXO baking products at retailers.

2014 Oxo StickerPartnering with over 100 bloggers, OXO donated $100 for every #OXOGoodCookies blog post, and over 109 bloggers participated, sharing their cookie recipes to help raise over $10,000 for childhood cancer research. In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ cancer through the sales of specially marked items, event matches and other fundraising efforts.

You can be an OXO Good Cookie too! Host an event to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer between now and December 31, and OXO will match your event proceeds. Let these bloggers inspire you to bake a difference and get involved!

We are so grateful to all of the bloggers who participated to share the story of kids who need our help.

Name Blog
Stephanie Saunders 52 Kitchen Adventures
Martha Pesa A Family Feast
Jessica Tuttle A Kitchen Addiction
Betty Ann Quirino Asian In America
Beth Branch bethcakes
Betsy Haley Betsylife
Zainab Mansaray-Storms Blahnik Baker
Christine Carlisle Chew Nibble Nosh
Cate Bartolacci Chez CateyLou
Caroline Edwards Chocolate & Carrots
Carla Cardello Chocolate Moosey
Joan Hayes Chocolate, Chocolate and More
Yelena Strokin Cooking Melangery
Donna Currie Cookistry
Meriem Kouar Culinary Couture
Erin Indahl-Fink Delightful E Made
Joanne Bruno Eats Well With Others
Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez girlichef
Camille Gabel Growing Up Gabel
Lauren Keating Healthy. Delicious.
Alice Choi Hip Foodie Mom
Anita Schecter Hungry Couple
Kaitlin Lunny I Can Cook That
Becca Heflin It’s Yummi!
Robin Runner Knead to Cook
Natalie Dicks Life Made Simple
LeAndra Spicer Love & Flour
Christi Johnstone Love From The Oven
Lynda McMillen Me and My Pink Mixer
Taylor Kiser Food Faith Fitness
Mely Martinez Mexico in my Kitchen
Pamela Braun My Man’s Belly
Karyn Granrud Pint Sized Baker
Annemarie Rossi Real Food Real Deals
Mercedes Porter Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
Julie Grice Savvy Eats
Stephie Swope Stephie Cooks
Susan Palmer The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Amy Singleton The Nifty Foodie
Amy Flanigan Very Culinary
Kelly Life Made Sweeter
Kimberly Schiffel Bake Love Give
Alyssa Brantley EverydayMaven
Jeanette Chen Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Diane Haller My Life as Robin’s Wife
Rachel Roe Tramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South Dakota
Emily Dicks It Bakes Me Happy
Jennifer Drummond Peanut Butter and Peppers
Maeghan Lovejoy The Way to His Heart
Sydney Kramer Crepes of Wrath
Erin Vasicek The Spiffy Cookie
Jesseca Hallows One Sweet Appetite
Marlynn Schotland Urban Bliss Life
Kaylin Perkins Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Ashley Cote Spoonful of Flavor
Rachel Conners Bakerita
Julianne Bayer Beyond Frosting
Aaron Hutcherson The Hungry Hutch
Courtney Champion Cook Like a Champion
Devon Nicole Harris WonkyWonderful
Cristina Moore Teenie Cakes
Coleen Hill The Redhead Baker
Marion Myers Life Tastes Good
Tanya Schroeder Lemons for Lulu
Sam Seeley Sweet Remedy
Heather King Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Megan Myers Stetted
Josie Young maede.for.you.
Alicia Carlson Alicia Carlson Photography
Marnely Rodriguez-Murray Cooking with Books
Alexandra Azary Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker
Melanie Bauer Melanie Makes
April Aceto Food n’ Focus
Linda Arceo Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
Carla Walker Carlas Confections
Lisa Bowie Creole Contessa
Stephanie Day Eat. Drink. Love.
Jill McOwen Foodtastic Mom
Holly Waterfall Happy Food Healthy Life
Aubrey Griffin Homegrown & Healthy
Julie Evink Julie’s Eats & Treats
Stacie Billis One Hungry Mama
Jocelyn Brubaker Inside BruCrew Life
Jennifer Lee Kirbie’s Cravings
Danielle Green Krafted Koch
Jenni Field Pastry Chef Online
Robyn Burgess Runaway Apricot
Robin Wilson Simply Southern Baking
Yvo Sin The Feisty Foodie
Laura Tabacca The Spiced Life
Mary Frances McNellis The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Ala Shih Wallflour Girl
Rachel Rappaport Coconut & Lime
Dorothy Reinhold Shockingly Delicious
Jennifer McHenry Bake or Break
Jessica Reddick Gatlin My Baking Heart
Rachel Matthews A Southern Fairytale
Kristy Bernardo The Wicked Noodle
Heather Cheney Heather likes food
Renee Quintana Tortillas and Honey
Carrie Vibert Poet in the Pantry
Aly Cleary Cooking In Stilettos
Katerina Petrovski Diethood
Nichelle Stephens Cupcakes Take The Cake
Sheila Johnson Eat 2 Gather
Brandie Valenzuela Home Cooking Memories
Meghan McDermott Spoonful of Flour
Andrea Watson The Blonde In The Apron
Eleni Konstas Whiskey Bacon

 

We Took The Gratitude Challenge! #IAmGrateful

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 8:34 am October 8, 2014

 

We have to admit, we feel like we cheated a little bit on this challenge! During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, supporters from all over the country came together to host nearly 300 events in over 180 cities — ALL to benefit kids battling cancer. Just how challenging can it be to write a list of things for which you are grateful after a month like that? Thank you for Being Good Cookies in September and always.

Thank YouASICS for designing the only shoe dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. #ASICSGoodCookies #IAmGrateful

Thank You…runners, walkers, bikers and swimmers for getting active to support kids battling cancer! #TeamGoodCookies #IAmGrateful

Thank You…Good Cookie schools! Some of you “Put A Lid On Cancer.” Some of you hosted bake sales. Some of you sold Cookie Grams! #KidsHelpingKids #IAmGrateful

Thank YouOXO for creating a way for event hosts to double their impact. OXO matched donations from event hosts all over the country as well as created a special product line of kitchen tools to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. #IAmGrateful

Thank You…Good Cookie restaurants and businesses for sharing your profits to help children battling cancer. Proceeds from jewelry to pizzas to dog treats supported childhood cancer research in September. #DoWhatYouKnow #DoWhatYouLove #IAmGrateful

Thank You…#OXOGoodCookie bloggers! It was hard to keep from drooling on our keyboards over all of your sweet treats! We enjoyed reading how each of you chose to #BakeADifference for children fighting cancer. #IAmGrateful

Thank YouKing Arthur Flour Bake Truck for visiting New York City! These Good Cookies took up shop in the city, baking fresh treats in support of kids in battle. #IAmGrateful

Thank You…for celebrating your birthday with us! From 7 years old to 65 years old, Good Cookies asked friends and family to donate to kids battling cancer in honor of their birthdays. #Birthdays4Kids #IAmGrateful

Thank You…for hosting bake sales at the office, town day events, schools, pageants, athletic events…the list goes on and on! You can (and did) make a big difference with a little cookie. #IAmGrateful

Thank YouPan Am Equities for Loving Like Liam. Pan Am thanked its residents with cookies and encouraged each one to #BeAGoodCookie by matching gifts made to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. #IAmGrateful

Thank YouBrownie Brittle for allowing us to eat a sweet treat and support kids fighting cancer at the same time! Not only does every package of Brownie Brittle sold support childhood cancer research, founder Sheila G Mains teamed with actress Jamie King to host a bake sale at The Grove in LA in September. #IAmGrateful

Thank YouMomofuku Milk Bar for adding yet another ingredient to your Compost Cookies — a donation to kids fighting cancer! #IAmGrateful

Thank YouNestlé Toll House Café for creating a sweet deal to support kids battling cancer. Café guests were able to give a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and satisfy their sweet tooth at the same time. Customers received a coupon for their next treat in exchange for their donation. (This deal is still available through October 31! Find a café near you!) #IAmGrateful

Thank YouBormioli Rocco for hosting its first-ever grassroots bake sale at Eataly in NYC! We appreciate all the NYC bakeries that donated sweet delights to make this event a success. #IAmGrateful

Thank You…for Being A Good Cookie by buying good cookies. What a sweet way to brighten someone’s day and help fund research for better, more effective treatments for childhood cancer. #IAmGrateful

Thank You…for being social butterflies! We loved seeing your photos, hearing your stories and reading your blog posts. Spreading the word raises awareness and encourages everyone to get involved! #BeAGoodCookie #IAmGrateful

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

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — admin @ 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!

Sheila G SignatureBB_bag

It’s Tool Time with OXO

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — admin @ 12:59 pm September 15, 2014

OXO Tools

2014 Oxo StickerNeed an excuse to update your favorite baking tools or add a few new ones to your collection? Let our Good Cookie friends at OXO be your inspiration! September marks the kickoff to OXO’s annual Good Cookie program. OXO has curated a collection of more than a dozen of its most popular items, which will not only simplify your baking but also raise funds to support childhood cancer research. Keep an eye out for the specially-marked items and feel good knowing the purchase of each will trigger a 25 cent donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

From September 1 through December 31, OXO will give up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through event matches, product sales, and other fundraising efforts. REGISTER an event today and take advantage of OXO’s matching gift opportunity!

 

A Good Cookie Partner: generationOn

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 7:13 am September 12, 2014

 

Meet our new Good Cookie friends at generationOn! GenerationOn is helping to mobilize more Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters by sharing #GoodCookie stories and inspiring a network of 750,000 kids to make a difference in the world through volunteer service. The generationOn team wrote a guest blog post to share their story.

Hi Good Cookies,generationOn

Here at generationOn, we’re so excited to be teaming up with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to help spread the word about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September! We love the 50 State Challenge and strongly encourage folks to register a fundraising event!

For those who may not have heard of generationOn or what we do, we’ve included some information below. We have a lot going on through the end of the year, and we’re excited to fill you in:

What is generationOn?

GenerationOn is the youth and family service division of Points of Light, igniting the power of kids, teens and families to make their mark on the world. GenerationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes over 750,000 kids and teens annually to take action through service, service learning and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to kids, teens, families, youth practitioners and educators to help kids change the world and themselves through service. You can find out more about us at generationOn.org.

Upcoming generationOn campaigns and initiatives

Family Volunteer Day

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together; supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. Points of Light created the day 23 years ago to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and to provide opportunities for families to help create supportive environments in their communities.

This year, Family Volunteer Day takes place on November 22. It is managed by generationOn in partnership with our exclusive sponsor, Disney Friends for Change, a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action to help people, communities and the planet, as well as our HandsOn network affiliate partners across the country.

For more information on Family Volunteer Day, please visit generationOn.org.

Joy Maker Campaign

Did you know that twenty-two percent of all children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level? It can be especially hard for some of these families to afford presents during the holiday season. GenerationOn and Hasbro are challenging students to give back, get involved and spread joy. For each act of service completed from November 24—December 10, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots.

This year, participating schools will receive a toolkit to assist in the planning and execution of service projects. Schools that share their story of service with a picture will be entered to win prizes, including funds to do more service, a celebrity-attended holiday party, and more!

Join us!

We’d love for you to join us and participate in Family Volunteer Day, Joy Maker, or both! Find out more about how you can get involved on our website, generationOn.org.

generationOn Clubs

Looking to stay involved over the course of the year?

You can register a generationOn Club and continue to do service for the whole year! GenerationOn Clubs are groups of young people, supported by adults, who work together to do meaningful hands-on service projects locally, nationally, and globally, documenting their impact and sharing their success stories online. Young people can start a Club with friends, at schools, in faith-based and community organizations, or as a Club within an existing youth organization.

The generationOn Clubs program equip parents, educators and young leaders with the tools and resources to implement service projects, share their successes and be recognized for their service. Elementary-age kids can participate in Kids Care Clubs, led by an adult facilitator, while middle and high school-age youth can lead or participate in generationOn Service Clubs, supported by an adult advisor. Registration is free and easy! Learn more at www.generationOn.org/clubs.

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

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 3:00 pm August 27, 2014

 

Top 10 Collage

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: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 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: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 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.

Racing to Fight Childhood Cancer

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire,Team Good Cookies — admin @ 11:17 am July 18, 2014

 

Shared by Ari & Sam Schlanger and Maddie & Sydney Berna with their moms Alison & Allison (family co-owners of apple seeds)

Every year in May, we encourage our family, friends and the apple seeds community to support us in our efforts to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It’s the cause closest to our hearts since Gretchen and Larry (Witt) are our friends, but mostly because tapple seeds bake sale 2014heir son Liam, who would have been 10 years old this past May, was our children’s friend. Not only did they all go to school together, but Liam and his sister Ella also spent much of their free time at apple seeds, our NYC indoor play space. We called Liam “the mayor of apple seeds.” Everyone knew him. Everyone loved him. Liam would ride his orange scooter down the hall, giving hugs to all his teachers, peppering them with questions about science class and rolling around with Ella in the playground. He had an infectious energy, personality and smile that drew people to him everywhere he went. We all miss him in a way that’s hard to explain, and he comes up constantly in our thoughts, conversations and lives.

pre 5K race photoIn May, we hosted our annual bake sale at apple seeds. But, this year, we decided to add another element to our fundraising/awareness raising effort. We encouraged our four older kids — Ari, Maddie, Sam and Sydney — to run a 5k race with us to raise more money. They hesitated a whole 1.7 seconds before saying yes, and we were off!

post-race photoWith an email, a photo and a plea to friends for help, they raised over $10,000 in just two days! Over Memorial Day weekend we all ran the 5k race together. During the three-plus miles, the kids barely stopped running, with mentions and reminders of Liam along the way. It was as if Liam kept us all going. It was as if those four young kids knew the difference they could make for children just like Liam, children who have a chance at life. It was as if they knew that running and talking about him and helping his parent’s organization would keep his memory alive.

As they crossed the finish line, they asked, “How much money are we up to now?!” Now, $11,548 dollars later, they feel proud of their contribution to fight childhood cancer, and they are already planning ways they can continue to make a difference.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was kind enough to ask our children to present their check for their donation.

They know that if Liam were still with us he would have been running that 5k with our group. They’ve seen first-hand the fragility of life and the enemy that is cancer, and they are determined to make a difference.

Check presentation

A Good Cookie Birthday

Filed under: Bake Sale,Birthdays,Good Cookies,Inspire — 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!

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