Share the Love with Cookies

Filed under: Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 1:09 pm February 6, 2014

On Valentine’s Day 2011, hundreds gathered in New York City to celebrate the life of Liam Witt, the little boy who inspired his parents to start Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. While cancer cut his life short, Liam’s LOVE for people, for living, and for life has become his true, enduring legacy.

Liam WittLove Inspired Action…

Just 2 ½-years-old when diagnosed, Liam’s parents, Larry and Gretchen Witt, quickly learned of the lack of treatment options for pediatric cancers.  When his oncologist shared, “It’s not science that’s holding us back, it’s funding,” Gretchen knew she had to take action. But first, Liam had to be ushered through months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Throughout the process, his bravery and compassion inspired his parents. When he was declared to have no evidence of disease, they began to think of how to help other children.

The 2007 holiday season was approaching as Gretchen thought of ways to raise funds for a promising new treatment. She realized she needed something so sweet and comforting that it would conquer the fear associated with pediatric cancer. The answer? Cookies. With the help of 250 volunteers, Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies – in person, online, any way she could – to raise funds. That original “bake sale” raised more than $420,000. Before long, people began reaching out asking, “What can I do to help?”

A Transcending Love…

Photo Jan 24, 2 35 06 PMReaching far beyond his family, Liam’s love knew no boundaries. Though he battled cancer off and on for nearly four years, he had special relationships with everyone he encountered, from doctors, nurses and teachers, to the firefighters of Engine 1/Ladder 24, the station he passed on his way home from school or treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. 

He called the firefighters his “guys,” and made sure they all knew he loved them. And they weren’t afraid to show their love in return. In their station, they gave Liam his own locker, suit and helmet. On January 24, 2011, Liam’s battle came to an end. Suddenly, the numbers of his beloved Engine 1/Ladder 24 took on a special meaning.

For his Valentine’s Day memorial service,  an entire street in New York City was closed off as Liam’s “guys” honored him with a hero’s farewell. The message that day was to Love Like Liam. Today, his locker at the firehouse still serves as a reminder of that message.

- Liam Witt gets a hero s farewell   YouTubeA Legacy of Love…

Liam’s love continues to inspire us and people everywhere. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research, funding four dozen projects and helping seven promising new treatments advance to clinical trial.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer isn’t just about Liam. It’s not about one type of cancer. It’s about every child, everywhere. Every child deserves a fighting chance. As long as there are treatments sitting on shelves waiting for funding, we’ll be fighting to move them forward. This year, we hope you’ll be inspired to join us in sharing the love.

Three simple way to help this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Order cookies. Delicious and all-natural, 100% of the profits goes to pediatric cancer research.
  2. Make a donation. You can select the type of cancer your gift supports, and feel good knowing your contribution will be used to find less toxic, more effective treatments for pediatric cancer research.
  3. Host an event. Thousands of bake sales and other grassroots event have been held in all 50 states and in 16 countries. No effort is too small to make a difference.

 

 

Shine Bright this February

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:24 pm February 4, 2014

BRocco LogoIn celebration of Valentine’s Day, our friends at Bormioli Rocco, craftsmen of the finest Italian glassware and stemware products, are back for the 2nd year in a row to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And they’re working hard to inspire everyone to “Shine like a Star” this February.

3 Sweet Reasons to Get Involved in February:

  1. As part of their commitment to give $50,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2014, Bormioli Rocco will MATCH the funds you raise in February up to $25,000! So, if you’ve been thinking of hosting a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale or other event, NOW is the time. Simply select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration when you register, and you will automatically double the funds you raise!
  2. BRocco Gift

  3. The FIRST 50 people to sign up to host a February event will receive a complimentary set of Bormioli Rocco glasses and a matching carafe, perfect for sharing cookies and milk with loved ones. You could also use the set as a raffle prize to raise additional funds at your February event. They will go quickly, so don’t wait!
  4. Bormioli Rocco Cookies for Kids' Cancer baking set giveaway prize

  5. You could win a special cookie baking set, complete with a 9-piece nesting bowls set to mix dough, colorful Fido and Giara Jars to store and package ingredients, Giara bottles and an Ypsilon carafe for serving milk, and a dozen Palatina Glasses for dunking cookies Simply CLICK HERE to enter to win the chance to make your cabinets sparkle with stunning new glassware.

Don’t delay – Start sharing the love and sign up to host a February event TODAY! And if you have questions, email us. Our event team is here to help you each step of the way.

Remember to share photos and event details with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and use the hashtag #ShineLikeaStar when you can. We’ll help you spread the word, and it’s a great way to inspire others to join the fight as well!

 

 

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.

#WorldCancerDay

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:29 pm January 31, 2014

On February 4th, individuals and organizations around the world will unite for World Cancer Day, a global initiative to “debunk” the common myths associated with cancer. On this day, people everywhere will rally in support of cancer awareness, prevention and education – in fact, many conversations have already begun.

What we CAN do is support the research needed to improve the odds for those children diagnosed, to more effectively battle the disease and reduce the chances of devastating long-term effects caused by current treatments.

How Can You Help?

This week, join us in busting the myths of childhood cancers. We will be sharing myths, facts and personal stories. Go social and spread the word using our hashtag #KidsCancerMyths and the hashtag #WorldCancerDay.

Help inspire others to join the fight, and do what you can to raise funds for critically needed pediatric cancer research. Together we CAN make a difference.

 

#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


Cooking Light “Bakes a Second Batch” for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Filed under: Bake Sale,Cookies in the News,Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 9:55 am December 17, 2013

In their December issue, Cooking Light kicked off a new initiative called “Bake a Second Batch,” which encourages consumers to do more “from-the-heart” baking to give to those in need (or even to those in need of a little lift). To get it started members of the Cooking Light team in New York City baked second batches to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Cooking Light, Bake a Second Batch, Cookies for Kids' CancerWith the help of more than 100 Time Inc. and GroupM employees, Cooking Light donated 1,896 packages of baked goods for 24 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales across the country during the week of December 9.

These 24 bake sales have raised $10,000 for pediatric cancer research to date (the funds are still coming in!). Thanks to ALL the Good Cookies who hosted bake sales as part of the #BakeASecondBatch initiative.

Be inspired to #BakeABecondBatch this holiday! Sign up to host a bake sale or cookie exchange with friends and family. Events can be as simple as baking holiday treats and offering them to colleagues, classmates or neighbors in exchange for donations! Sign up to host your event TODAY. And don’t forget to share photos and updates with us on social media using the #BakeASecondBatch hashtag too!

Photo 1There’s also a social media photo contest in which Cooking Light is inviting consumers to share their second-batch photos to win $500.  Consumers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BakeASecondBatch.  To learn more, go to www.CookingLight.com/BakeASecondBatch.

#OXOGoodCookies
Food Bloggers Raise $8,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire,Recipes — admin @ 1:08 pm December 10, 2013

This past September, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, our friends at OXO kicked off their annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign in a sweet way. To launch their $100,000 event match, (Sign up to host a bake sale today!) They asked a few food blogger friends to create confections (cookies, brownies or cupcakes) and share their recipes online.

OXO Good Cookies - Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake a DifferenceOXO donated $100 for every #OXOGoodCookie, #OXOGoodBrownie and #OXOGoodCupcake recipe shared. The response was amazing - More than 80 bloggers rose to the occasion, helping OXO raise over $8,000 for childhood cancer research through this effort alone!

We want to thank the bloggers who participated, both for their support and for the delicious treats they shared. Take a look at the #OXOGoodCookies, #OXOGoodCupcakes and #OXOGoodBrownies below, then be inspired to start making a difference and get involved today!

#OXOGoodCookie Bloggers

Susan Bronson A Less Processed Life
Val Curtis Bonbon Break
Alaina Bullock Bullock’s Buzz
Carla Cardello Chocolate Moosey
Alexandra Azary Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker
Erin Sellin Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Shea Goldstein Dixie Chik Cooks
Stephie Swope Eat Your Heart Out
Jennifer Martinez Juanita’s Cocina
Julie Evink Julie’s Eats & Treats
Stephanie Au Life Tastes Like Food
LeAndra Spicer Love & Flour
Jamie Sherman Love Bakes Good Cakes
johanna chong low sodium blog
Chelsy Ethridge Mangia
Jenne Kopalek Mooshu Jenne
Jennifer Drummond Peanut Butter and Peppers
Carrie Vibert poet in the pantry
Celeste Ward Sugar & Spice by Celeste
Sallie Kinard Texas Cottage
amie valpone the healthy apple
Jennie Phaneuf The Messy Baker
Chrissy Taylor The Taylor House
Marlynn Schotland Urban Bliss Life

#OXOGoodCupcake Bloggers

Julia Jolliff A Cedar Spoon
Brenda Score a farmgirl’s dabbles
Grace Mannon A Southern Grace
Donya Mullins A Southern Soul
Sarah Bates A Taste of Home Cooking
Melissa Bandera Blush and Jelly
Aly Cleary Cooking In Stilettos
Donna Currie Cookistry
Sydney Kramer Crepes of Wrath
Becca Thiele Crumbs and Chaos
Anna Hinman Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Brianne Izzo Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Daisy Thompson Daisy’s World
Megan Ginsberg Delicious Dishings
Katerina Petrovski Diethood
Stephanie Day Eat. Drink. Love.
Mary Cowx Fervent Foodie
April Aceto Food n’ Focus
Valerie Brunmeier From Valerie’s Kitchen
Lisa Riedl Garnish with Lemon
Liz Latham HoosierHomemade
Kaitlin Lunny I Can Cook That
Jeanne Hunt Inside NanaBread’s Head
Kara Miller Kara in the Kitchen
Azmina Aboobaker Lawyer Loves Lunch
Tanya Schroeder Lemons for Lulu
Marisa Guerrero Margaritas In The Rain
Lynda McMillen Me and My Pink Mixer
Lana Stuart Never Enough Thyme
Rachel Gurk Rachel Cooks
Aimee Shugarman Shugary Sweets
Michelle Keith The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook
Natalie Mclaury The Sweets Life
Matt Weber Thyme In Our Kitchen
Rachel Roe Tramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town...
Victoria Wilde Wilde in the Kitchen

#OXOGoodBrownie Bloggers

Stephanie Nuccitelli 52 Kitchen Adventures
maggie gill a bitchin kitchen
Jessica Tuttle A Kitchen Addiction
Jane Ko A Taste of Koko
Alida Fischbach Alida’s Kitchen
Jennifer McHenry Bake or Break
Rachel Conners Bakerita
Betsy Haley Betsylife
Carla Walker Carla’s Confections
Christine Carlisle Chew Nibble Nosh
Lauren Grier Climbing Grier Mountain
Diane Schmidt Created by Diane
Chung-Ah Rhee Damn Delicious
Joanne Bruno Eats Well With Others
Eva Meyer Eva Bakes
Lori Yates Foxes Love Lemons
Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez girlichef
Lauren Keating Healthy. Delicious.
Brandie Valenzuela Home Cooking Memories
Jocelyn Brubaker Inside BruCrew Life
Jennifer Richmond Kitchy Cooking
Jackie Gonzalez-Feezer La Casa de Sweets
Josie Young maede.for.you.
Krystal Regueiro Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate
Jessica Gatlin My Baking Heart
Kristen Llobrera Pixelated Crumb
Katie Compton Ruffles & Truffles
Nicole Aldridge Seven Ate Nine
Christina Mealy Stick a Fork In It
Liz Berg That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Susan Palmer The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Sherri Puzey the life of a wife
Nicole White The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
Laura Tabacca The Spiced Life
Mallory Dash Total Noms
Melissa Karras Treats With a Twist

There’s No “Right” Way to Grieve

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 1:30 pm December 5, 2013

“A Chance to smile about the life of a little boy who fought a disease that’s underfunded and doesn’t play by the rules…”

This weekend, a group of Good Cookies in Charlotte, NC will host their 6th annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. In their first 5 years, they raised over $500,000 for research – making a huge difference in the world of pediatric cancer research, and making their team of dedicated volunteers an integral part of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer family. So, we began to write a post to honor their efforts, but then our worlds were turned upside down.

Just as we were writing the blog, we received the news that Grier, the son of Charlotte organizer Amy Christenbury, had come to the end of his courageous battle with cancer. At just 9 years old, Grier battled cancer for 6 years and 9 months. But he lived every moment of his 9 years. When we heard the news, we took a collective pause. How could we find the words to honor Grier, a boy with a heart of gold and a never-fading smile?

Then, as is often the case, his mom gave us words that were far better than anything we could write. Last night, she shared a post on Grier’s CaringBridge page that gives a glimpse into their world. Her words beautifully share memories of Grier while also shedding light on exactly why this weekend’s event is so important, and why every bake sale, every donation jar, every box of cookies ordered is so important.

Today, we’re sharing Amy’s words:

I think my friends and family are being asked a question that everyone wants to know… How are we doing? I think there are many answers to that question, and I am not going to answer for everyone in our house. We, as you can expect, have our ups and downs. The kids are back to school. Jeff went to work today, and I am in full bake sale mode. The busier I am the better, and I have functioned like that for a long time.

We have had some hard moments and conversations this week, but nothing compares to last week…or each scan report. I honestly don’t know if I have been numb for years or what? I don’t think I was numb, but I did live in the moment like Grier did, and for that experience I am thankful. I know Grier touched many lives and I know many hearts are grieving right now. He was really good at having a relationship with people.

One thing that has been repeated to me this week more than once is that we all grieve differently…there is no “right” way – I have enjoyed watching videos and looking at pictures of all our adventures over the years. That is not the same for everyone in my house right now. I purposely drive down Hillside to see the lights Grier loved.

I remember him standing and looking out the sunroof. Currently I am watching the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in NYC and remembering the time Grier and I were there at the Ronald McDonald House during Christmas and saw it in person. It was a funny night, and not as “romantic” as it looks on TV but a night that we both talked about each year since.

I had to email his other doctors this week and share the terrible news. One of his doctors said they explored every avenue, while at the same time looking out for his emotional well-being. They wished they could do more. I hope this weekend gives us a chance to smile about the life of a little boy who fought a disease that is underfunded and does not play by the rules. His life was so much more than stage 4 neuroblastoma… He was a son, a brother, a friend, a student, a fan, an athlete.

So, as you heat up your oven, or wear your Cookie T-shirt, or come to Blackhawk Hardware this weekend…know that every dollar raised will be given to the top researchers in the country so that THEY can do more for the next child, and so one day this disease will be treated with less guessing and better medicine than the 20 year old drugs available to kids now.

- Amy Christenbury

Loving Like Liam:
A Special Guest Post

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire,Team Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:02 am November 20, 2013
Alison Berna recently ran the NYC Marathon – a daunting challenge. But Liam Witt’s memory, and the inspiring legacy he continues to leave, carried her through the finish line. A long-time friend of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Alison and her Apple Seeds partner, Allison Schlanger, have raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. In this special guest post, she shares her experience, and explains how Liam has her back…in more ways than one.

The name Liam means strong-willed warrior or protector.  When my friends, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founders Gretchen and Larry Witt, named their son nearly 10 years ago, they could not know just how aptly it would apply.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer - Liam WittIn Liam’s life, he embodied the meaning of a warrior.  He was a 3, then 4, then a 5 year old child fighting the beast that is cancer in a way that no adult could.  He looked it in the eye, with his shield and sword, and fought his best fight.

His enduring smiles told the world that he was doing OK, despite his tragic sentence.  His enduring friendship told me and my girls that he was grateful for his life, despite his short window of opportunity to embrace it.

In Liam’s death, he continues to be a protector.  This is clearly apparent in the way that the kids and parents who knew him infuse his memory into their lives.  I, for one, carry Liam with me every single day.  It’s hard to explain exactly how he runs so deeply within me; it’s sometimes a subconscious feeling. I know and feel that I hug my children a bit harder because of him as I know and feel that I seize each day a little more spontaneously as he did.  And my heart cherishes this world more passionately because he was in it.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Team Good Cookies MarathonThat is why last weekend I wore Liam’s photo on my back during the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Everyone chooses to race or run a marathon for different reasons…my reason was simply to experience it.  I admit I did the marathon for me, as a personal challenge, as well as to provide a healthy example to share with my three kids.  But as marathon weekend approached, I kept looking for strength to battle feelings of anxiety, and I found myself turning to Liam.  I kept thinking about life, how short it is, and how I want to make every day matter.  I kept thinking about the people I surround myself with and how each of them plays a distinct role in the experience of my life.

I kept wondering why certain people have to fight for their precious life and why cancer rips so many of those lives away.  I thought about my friend Julie’s daughter, diagnosed last month with liver cancer and my friend Reem’s daughter, diagnosed last month with leukemia.  Two children in one month, in my small circle, having to stand up with a shield and a sword to fight this #1 disease killer of children;  the monster that is childhood cancer.  I thought about the thousands of children who have to look cancer directly in the face and fight it. Like a warrior. Like Liam.

The fact is we can all do our part.  Together, we can actually make this better.  There are too many kids fighting their brutal battle against cancer every single day.  It is the #1 disease killer among children.   These children are victims as cancer indiscriminately rips away the core of their innocence and childlike happiness.

What’s apparent is that there is one thing that CAN help – money.  Money for research, money for trials that will test new treatments.  Treatments that could save many children’s lives or treatments that won’t cause the horrific secondary side effects faced by the lucky ones who survive. It is up to us to help. All we have to do is give.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer NYC Marathon 2013Liam guided me through those 26.2 miles and I believe that he carried me through the crowds.  I found myself unconsciously touching Liam’s photo on my back at various points throughout the run.  I grabbed for him during the difficult moments, like that sneaky hill on 5th Avenue at mile 23.

But I grabbed for him during the joyous ones too, like running off the 59th Street Bridge onto 1st Avenue and feeling the throngs of the city’s energy surround me. He was there for it all.

Liam continues to live up to his name, Prince Liam the Brave, warrior and protector. The marathon was a reason for me to celebrate his amazing life, but it, I think, is somehow a microcosm of how we all live in this world. The ups and downs, the triumphs and travails, the mile 23 moments…

Through it all, it’s helpful to be reminded of the really big lessons the littlest people can teach us — to love the life that we have, to appreciate those around you, and to always, always, Love Like Liam.

-  Alison Berna

Be a Good Cookie™ - Make a donation today – and make a huge difference in the world of childhood cancers. You can donate in someone’s honor, and even select the type of pediatric cancer your gift supports.

And if you’re training for an upcoming race or want or are interested in coordinating your own fundraising event, we encourage you to join Team Good Cookies. Supporters nationwide, from Alison to the group of 40 that recently ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, are proving that you don’t need to bake to Be a Good Cookie™.

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