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

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 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 Tollhouse Café: Beginning September 13 (Childhood Cancer Awareness Day), over 100 Nestle Tollhouse 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 Tollhouse 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.

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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!

2014 Good Cookie Graduates

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 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!
 
 

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.

New Look. Same Mission. The Difference is YOU…

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 9:21 am April 29, 2014

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.

Not ONE penny of the funds donated by supporters went to create the new designs.

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:

  1. Targeted Focus of where dollars are spent;
  2. Innovative Engagement in the community by offering creative approaches to fundraising;
  3. Building Community through teamwork, connecting people, and making the world a place where individuals want to Be a Good Cookie™ each day.

Welcome to this new chapter at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We hope you are as inspired by it as we are by you.

 

 

Why I Had To

Filed under: blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 5:16 am

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: 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!

 

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