We 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!
We 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!
Let’s make a difference together this September.
Did you know?
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.
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.
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 their 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.
In 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!
With 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
So, you might have noticed that we made a few changes recently! Courtesy of our friends at Smart Design who have been with us since the very beginning, we have a new look and with it, a new website which is easier to navigate and captures the essence of our organization.
We are beyond excited to share all the NEW . . .because YOU inspired these changes. When we launched nearly 6 years ago, we were driven by a belief that if we all pitched in a little, together we could make a big difference for children battling cancer today and those who will be called into battle in the future But there was a lot of faith tied up in that belief. What if no one wanted to support? What if no one hosted a single bake sale? What if no one cared?
But those worries were quickly wiped away, thanks to YOU.
With each month, new supporters register events – making the commitment to Be Good Cookies™. At first we were focused on bake sales, which is what inspired the original Kraft paper look and feel. We wanted it to feel welcoming and homemade – truly from the heart. As time goes on, the Good Cookie spirit is evolving into so much more. You started asking, “What if I hosted a penny drive?” or “May I run a race to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?” or “My friends and I want to host a cookie swap?” or “May I ask my friends to give to Cookies in honor of my birthday?”
As your ideas poured in, the love did too, and suddenly Good Cookie spirit was made up of individuals from all 50 states and in multiple countries, with all kinds of talents, who all shared our belief that if we everyone does a little, it will most certainly add up to a lot.
And indeed, it has. To date, we’ve raised more than $8 million, funded four-dozen research projects, and watched nine of these projects go to clinical trial to help treat children battling cancer today.
But a bright new logo and a new website might make you, our supporters, see dollar signs and wonder. . .how much did this new look and feel cost? The answer is simple: $0. Zip. Zero. Nada.
As always, it was thanks to the heartfelt support of talented individuals and companies that this project came together.
Our endless thanks goes to:
Smart Design – our brand partners extraordinaire. From day one, the passionate team at Smart helped translate our vision into a logo and website design that would quickly tell the story of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And when we sat down with them during the week of our 5th anniversary in September, they once again dazzled us by capturing the spirit of our supporters through this new look and feel. The gifts of their time and talent can never fully be repaid, even with our deepest thanks.
Border 7 Studios – for housing our website from the beginning. Websites are much like gardens – they must be attended to daily. They are living, breathing extensions of the passion of the company or organization. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s website remains well-tended-to thanks to the ongoing loyalty of this dedicated group in California. The men and women on their team make sure anyone who comes to our site is welcomed with the Good Cookie spirit. And their spirit of generosity is vital to our organization’s growth.
Bridgetree – for developing and hosting our database, the link to every single supporter. If you have given to Cookies at an event, made a donation online, ordered our cookies, or actually hosted an event, we can find this information with the stroke of a few keys thanks to Bridgetree. As we worked to create the new website, their team served as eyes, ears, questioners, and cheerleaders to make sure that the new platform reflected the growth of the organization so the user experience would be better than ever.
Walker Marketing – putting the relations in public relations support. For nearly 18 months, the Walker Marketing team has supported Cookies in all aspects of communications, and their moment to shine was in keeping all the players moving forward in the development of the website. Endless hours of coordination, double checking links, moving pictures, and editing copy went into the finished product. We simply would not have made it to launch day without them.
We applaud these partners for not only being our friends and Good Cookies, but for being shining examples in the corporate world of supporting philanthropy through gifts and service. Their support allows us to remain true to all three pillars of our values:
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.
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.
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.
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!
The season of love is here! To celebrate, our friends at Bormioli Rocco are sharing love notes they’ve written for us throughout the month of February. Let their sweet words inspire you to share the love!
Patrick, VP of Sales at Bormioli Rocco:
“Our organization gives because I believe all of us have a decision to make when you see unfair situations like the under-funding of pediatric cancer research… you either look on in empathy or you get off the sidelines and take action. We choose to join the fight. Supporting Cookies for Kids Cancer is a simple and fun way to make a difference.
Cookies for Kids Cancer brings family, friends, communities and co-workers together for a common cause. Bake sales are a simple act, but every sale matters with Cookies… every single dollar raised goes directly to find cures for pediatric cancer. You see the impact of every cookie you bake… every cookie makes a difference! Shine like a Star this February… join us in the fight.”
Don’t forget – Bormioli Rocco is matching funds raised at events hosted this month! Register to host a bake sale in your area today, and remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration so your funds will be matched! Register your February event TODAY.
Mike, a member of the Bormioli Rocco Sales Team.
“In 2011 my wife, Mary, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Just one year removed from the birth of our first and only child – it hit us like a ton of bricks and challenged what was supposed to be the happiest time in our lives. In spite of her health, Mary’s resilience, strength and dedication to our son and family were truly inspiring. I am forever in awe of her toughness and positive outlook both then and now.
We, like many others, have been be affected by cancer. We’ve seen firsthand how it affects the lives of a patient, their loved ones, and everyone around them. To fully understand the impact of cancer and to think of how that affects a child and their family is heartbreaking. Thankfully for us, Breast Cancer is one of the most talked about, heavily funded, and most recognized forms of cancer in the world. As a result, Mary is on a path to being cured. Yet there are countless forms of cancer that are under-researched, rarely discussed, and underfunded. Pediatric Cancer is among them.
Gretchen’s vision of bringing forward such a serious topic via a fun and energetic charity is ingenious. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is providing families impacted by pediatric cancer the same positive result that my family is blessed with. I commend the team at Cookies for all of their efforts and what they have done to raise funding and awareness of this horrible disease. I am proud to work for Bormioli Rocco – a company that stands side by side, joined in the fight with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.”
Kate, a member of the Bormioli Sales Team:
Every day, we are inspired in our fight alongside Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Kate from our Sales Team shares why @Cookies for Kids Cancer is very close to her heart and why she supports this worthy cause.
“My little cousin Dylan was nine years old when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. I remember thinking how unfair that a child like Dylan, so gentle, genuine, hopeful, and trusting by nature would have to deal with such a cruel and relentless disease. I remember thinking about his family, and how impossible it must be to watch your child, your brother, suffer unimaginable pain, feeling so many times like all you can do is watch. The agony of being on the sidelines while someone you love faces hardship is something that everyone can relate to, but so few have solutions for.
I was profoundly touched when I found out that Bormioli Rocco would partnering with Cookies for Kids Cancer. Hearing the story of how Cookies started, and what Gretchen is doing in her son Liam’s memory really spoke to that feeling of “being sidelined” that I experienced when my cousin was sick. What this organization does speaks to an important fact: even though you may feel that you can’t do anything, that is the opposite of the truth. Every hug, every prayer, every dollar, and every cookie makes a difference.
Dylan became a cancer Survivor in July 2011 after nine months battling the disease. My hope is that through Bormioli Rocco’s support of Cookies for Kids Cancer, we will see many more grants that are on the sidelines get the funding they need to move forward, so that many more children will win their fight, too.”
Please register to host a bake sale in your area and remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration: http://bit.ly/1b5CS6F
Lisa with the Bormioli Sales Team shares why she supports Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:
“What I love most about supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is the direct impact and tangible results that our donations have on pediatric research. The folks at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer are great about keeping supporters informed on where the money is being spent and breakthroughs that have happened as a result.
In December, we learned of an exciting breakthrough in Leukemia treatment by Dr. Stephan Grupp and the team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, made possible in part by funds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It’s great to know you’re helping create a better future for children affected by pediatric cancer.” To read about Dr. Grupps research, please click: http://bit.ly/19Vxc46.
Laurie with the Bormioli Communications Team:
“I first heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer four years ago, which is when I met the founders Gretchen and Larry and their family. I was so inspired by their ability to take their experience with pediatric cancer and create such an accessible way for anyone to become involved and help.
When I learned that childhood cancer research receives the least amount of funding, and yet is the number one disease killer of children, I was flabbergasted. How could that be possible? Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is changing the way we not only talk about childhood cancer, but it’s helping families and communities not to feel so helpless. Baking cookies is fun. Hosting a bake sale is fun.
When each dollar raised can be donated to help fund safe treatments for kids, that makes this challenge a little easier while also making it better for all children and their families in this fight.”
Please get involved by registering to host a bake sale. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will help you each step of the way: http://bit.ly/1b5CS6F. Please remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration to bake.