Kick Summer Boredom

Filed under: Bake Sale,Good Cookies,Inspire,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:31 am July 9, 2013

While the first weeks of summer fly by with vacations, camps and days at the pool, there comes a point where activities to keep the kids entertained aren’t easy to find. But with these five ways to kick summer boredom, your family can keep busy and give back at the same time.

1. Switch Up the Menu

Summer is a great time to get creative with recipes, especially since colorful refreshing fruit like watermelon is in season.

The opportunities for summer treats are endless. Like these easy-to-make watermelon “cookies,” sure to be a hit at any bake sale. Get more summer recipe ideas by following Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on Pinterest.

Share your favorite summer event ideas with us on Twitter and Facebook too!

2. Bring in the Troops

Planning a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraiser with a Girl Scout troop is a great way for the group to have fun, bond and get involved with the community.

Additionally, any Girl Scout troop that holds a bake sale or other fundraising event will receive special Cookies for Kids’ Cancer patches for their support.

Ask about getting a troop involved today!

3. Have a Car Wash

On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than splashing in the water. Next time you’re thinking about heading to the pool or turning on the sprinklers, hold a car wash instead.

Not only will the kids enjoy decorating signs and posters, but they’ll have fun in the water, all while raising much-needed funds for pediatric cancer research.

Sign up to host an event today!

4. Start a New Tradition

Follow the lead of these Good Cookies in the Hamptons, who just held their FOURTH annual 4th of July bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Independence Day may be over, but Labor Day will be here before you know it.

National Kids’ Day and Founders’ Day are in August as well. Think about some holidays or occasions coming up this summer and celebrate by starting a new Good Cookie tradition.

5. Involve Local Businesses

Good Cookies host events in all shapes and sizes, and no effort is too small to make a difference. If you find yourself with time to spare or could use something already planned to raise funds, take advantage of the opportunity.

Many businesses offer discounted prices for charity fundraisers, and will even donate items for your event. Organize a percentage night at a local burger hang-out or ice cream shop. Turn a birthday party at the bowling alley into fundraiser. Every dollar counts.

Meet Our 2013 Good Cookie Dad!

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 7:13 am June 13, 2013

Rob Charlebois

If it weren’t for my dad I wouldn’t be who I am today. My dad has raised 5 girls and 1 boy. My mom had a lot of issues so my dad basically raised us alone.

He is always there for us and gives us the best advice. He would drop anything in a second to come help us if we needed it. In 2004, my brother was born with cancer.

My dad had to live in NYC for months at a time up until 2009 because he kept relapsing. My dad never left his side and never gave up. He ended up losing his job.

Zachary is still alive today, cancer free and lives with my dad. I have never seen a relationship as close as theirs.

Just a couple months ago we found out my dad has Appendix Cancer, a very rare cancer that gives survivors a maximum of 5 years to live.

He has gone through 3 rounds of chemo and will be getting surgery on June 20. I think my dad deserves a huge reward for all that he’s done and for all that he’s gone through.

Help Phoenix Denny’s Raise Funds this Month

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

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

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

NY Denny’s Raise Funds for CFKC in May

Filed under: Donations,Inspire — admin @ 7:38 am

Throughout May, 30 Denny’s locations in upstate New York are raising funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by selling paper cookies for the donation amount of your choice! The participating locations are listed below, so be sure to stop by for a meal and give what you can to help us fund pediatric cancer research!

CITY ADDRESS
AMHERST 3920 MAPLE ROAD
AUBURN 176 GRANT AVE.
BATAVIA 364 W. MAIN ST.
BUFFALO 2215 DELAWARE AVE.
BUFFALO 4445 MAIN ST.
CAMILLUS 5300 W. GENESSEE ST.
CANANDAIGUA 160 EASTERN BLVD.
CHEEKTOWAGA 4610 GENESEE ST.
CICERO 7873 BREWERTON ROAD
CORFU 8484 ALLEGHENY ROAD
FAIRPORT 4 PERINTON HILLS MALL
FREDONIA 10390 BENNET ROAD
GENESEO 4240 LAKEVILLE ROAD
GENEVA 813 CANANDAIGUA RD
HAMBURG 5092 CAMP RD.
HORSEHEADS 950 CHEMUNG ST.
LANCASTER 4757 TRANSIT RD
LOCKPORT 5699 TRANSIT ROAD
N. SYRACUSE 201 LAWRENCE ROAD
NIAGARA FALLS 8020 NIAGARA FALLS
ORCHARD PARK 3165 SOUTH WESTERN BLVD.
PAINTED POST 118 VICTORY HIGHWAY
ROCHESTER 2890 W. RIDGE ROAD
ROCHESTER 911 JEFFERSON ROAD
SYRACUSE 6591 THOMPSON ROAD
SYRACUSE 103 ELWOOD DAVIS ROAD
SYRACUSE 3414 ERIE BLVD
VICTOR 7503 MAIN ST. – FISHER
W. SENECA 1881 RIDGE ROAD
WATERTOWN 1142 ARSENAL ST

A Letter from Gretchen Holt-Witt

Filed under: Inspire,Uncategorized — admin @ 11:11 am May 13, 2013

Liam Witt would have turned 9 today. In honor of his birthday, his mom Gretchen has written a special letter to all the Good Cookies who help us do what Liam would have done: fight to make things better for kids everywhere.

A few days ago I went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the place where my son Liam was treated for Neuroblastoma…and the place where he took his last breath.

It’s as hard as it is easy for me to go there. I know it inside and out. I know where things are. I know the people. I know the routines.  I know the smells. I know how to read the looks on the faces I see…some have fear, some have joy, some determination and some are just lost. I know them all, because at one time or another I had one of those looks on my face, which I always tried to hide from Liam so that all he saw was love.

I was at the hospital delivering favorite snacks to a shy, 12-year old boy from Oklahoma who has been in the hospital getting ready for a bone marrow transplant, and nail polish remover and cotton swabs to his mom. Chemo makes everything taste weird, so finding foods that a child wants to eat as they try to figure out what tastes good is a never-ending process. One day one thing tastes good, the next it doesn’t. Parents frantically search for anything that tastes good…anything…just to get precious calories into their child. It was a struggle Liam’s dad and I dealt with almost every day.

The family I was visiting came to NYC for routine scans as follow up to being treated for Neuroblastoma. Their son successfully battled back from his initial diagnosis, and then subsequent relapses, which, unfortunately, is pretty common in the world of nasty Neuroblastoma. It’s one of those types of cancers that likes to come back, again and again.

Their soft-spoken son had been cancer-free for a few years when, during the scans, they found that he had developed what’s known as “secondary Leukemia,” a type of cancer caused by the toxic chemotherapy he received for his initial diagnosis. Isn’t that the ultimate irony – the drugs used to treat his cancer caused another type of cancer, which is only treatable with a bone marrow transplant. This is the type of cancer Robin Roberts from Good Morning America recently battled.

They had packed enough clothes for a 3-day trip for those scans, but discovered they’re now going to be in NYC for 5 months. He was admitted immediately to start the rigorous process of a stem cell transplant.

Hospital time drags on….it’s awful and sucks the life out of you. 5 minutes can seem like 5 hours as you wait and wait and wait. When I dropped off the supplies, the boy’s mother was so grateful. It was the first time we were meeting, and yet we instantly knew each other. She wanted to sit in the small kitchen area on the pediatric floor designated for families and talk. I sat in the very same orange chair Liam sat in so many times. She told me she has to leave to go back to Oklahoma on Saturday for two weeks to complete nursing school. If she doesn’t go back now, she’ll need to start nursing school all over again. She is switching spots with her husband, who had just arrived to relieve her. They also have a 14-year old son who is back in Oklahoma. The emotional toll cancer treatment has on a family is one that is so hard and yet very rarely told.

While I was walking up to the pediatric floor, I walked through Nuclear Medicine and had a hug fest with the head of the department, the assistant manager, and several of the technicians. Several had come to Liam’s memorial service. We all cried together and told stories of Liam playing his blue guitar in the hallway with a small, empty box of Cheerios in front of him ready to take donations.

We reminisced how he would serve water to everyone in the waiting room, anxiously awaiting their name to be called out to go to a scanning machine that would reveal the state of their cancer. No one ever said no to Liam’s hospitality. I couldn’t believe how vivid their stories were of him. We all miss him and everyone marveled at how Liam’s sister, Ella, has grown so big.

And then I stopped in to radiology. It was a radiologist who found Liam’s first relapse, which was so small it didn’t appear on the sensitive nuclear medicine scan but showed up on a CT scan. We all thought it was nothing. It turned out it was something.

I saw people from Liam’s beloved cafeteria, where he was heralded as the next great chef. They would give him a chef’s hat and apron and take him into the kitchen to see how French Fries were made. I think the reason so many people were touched by Liam is because he took a genuine interest in them, and in what they were doing. And by doing so, showed how much he cared. It was beautiful to watch.

When I was leaving, I ran into Dr. Kim Kramer, who was one of Liam’s doctors on the Neuroblastoma team, and is now focusing her efforts on brain cancers. We hugged. We remembered. She told me that the project funded by a $100,000 grant recently provided by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is now a treatment children are receiving for a horribly aggressive type of pediatric brain cancer called DIPG. It was a project that was considered risky but when given the choice between an option and no option, any option seems like a good option. And in the world of pediatric cancer which claims the lives of more children than any other disease, so many times you just want to know there is an option.

The fourth child just received the treatment and so far, all children are doing well. Can you believe that? Seriously, think about it…the money YOU raised helped fund this treatment that kids are receiving TODAY; Kids who, without this treatment, have very few if any options.

For your past efforts and your current efforts, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Words alone can’t express our gratitude. We promise you, your efforts are working and they are making a difference in the lives of children battling today and will help those diagnosed tomorrow. And we can’t tell you how grateful we are that you continue to be part of this journey.

Thank you for Loving Like our Sweet Liam who would be celebrating his 9th birthday today.

To our sweet boy, we will continue to do what you would want us to do and make it better for others. As you taught us, “If not now, when?”

Happy Birthday. We love you.

Mommy, Daddy and Ella

Top 10 Tips for Hosting a Fundraising Event

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Inspire — admin @ 11:01 am April 25, 2013

1. Get Inspired. Whatever it is— a local child battling cancer, someone in your family, or just the simple fact that you want to make a difference—keep that as the driving focus as you plan your event.  If you do know one or more children battling cancer in your community, consider spotlighting them at your event. You can always find inspiration through the touching stories of the kids who inspire us too!

2. Do what you know; do what you love. Are you a runner?  Ask people to support you when you run your next race. Do you work in an office?  Host a bake sale in the break room.  Are you a teacher?  Inspire your students to host an event.  Raise funds for pediatric cancer doing something that you know and love – keep it simple.

3. Location, Location, Location. Choosing the right venue you for your event is key. Don’t make the people come to you— go where the people are!  Look for a well-advertised happening in your community with high foot-traffic and great visibility. Of course, many supporters have had great success with private or in-office events. We’ve guided supporters through thousands of events, so if you’re unsure about location or would like some insight, just ask!

4. Recruit help! Ask friends, neighbors, family…People power goes a long way! If you’re hosting a bake sale, ask each of them to help by baking 4-6 dozen cookies each. No matter what kind of event, there’s plenty of work to go around – from collecting donations to making signs!

5. Spread the word. Create a Facebook group, a twitter handle, send emails and make lots of phone calls leading up to your event. Consider asking local newspapers, radio shows, and news stations to run a story on your event or add you to their community calendars. Also create a Giving Page so you can collect donations in advance, as well as give those unable to attend your event an opportunity to contribute!

6. Try to have everything donated! In addition to recruiting personal contacts to help, ask local bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores to donate items you need. Grocery stores will often donate gift cards for you to use when purchasing supplies.  Also consider asking a local craft store to donate packaging supplies and decorations, or a local printing company to print signage for you.

7. Stock up on supplies. The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Gift Shop has everything you need to brand your event — a bake sale kit, t-shirts, aprons, and more! It’s a one-stop shop.

8. Make it your own! No matter what the event, if put your heart into it, it’s going to be great! For a bake sale, bake your favorite goodies. Are you crafty? Sell some of your items at the event! Have event t-shirts made & take orders. The opportunities are endless!

9. Take advantage of our resources. The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team is here to provide any support you need, and to guide through each step of the process. We have templates for signage and letters, and even tools you can add to your blog or website for branding. We can even help you spread the word about your event through our social media networks. Have a question? Just ask!

10. BE A GOOD COOKIE. At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, it is not just about hosting events or buying cookies.  It’s about BEING A GOOD COOKIE – finding your own special ways to get involved & raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Every single act of kindness matters and every single dollar raised counts. See all the ways to Be a Good Cookie.

    How Your Support is Making a Difference at Texas Children’s Cancer Center

    Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Inspire — admin @ 9:31 am April 18, 2013

    Letter from Dana Farber Cancer Institute Proves the Power of a Good Cookie

    Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Donations,Inspire — admin @ 7:02 am April 9, 2013

    Brownie Brittle Creator Sheila G.’s Inspiring Story

    Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Inspire — admin @ 6:52 am

    In early 2012, I learned of the organization called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I knew immediately that I needed to do something for this cause…it was personal. You see, my stepson, Scott Geller, was fighting for his own life at that time. He was 32 years old and fought for over a year against a type of cancer only seen in children.

    On April 25th, that childhood cancer took the life of Scott. He asked me on more than one occasion that if he wasn’t sick, would I have a job for him in my company. I promised him there would be.Two weeks after his death, I participated in my first Cookie for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. The organizers of the bake sale even made sure I had photos of Scott at my table so I would know he was with me. He was.

    As soon as I met Gretchen Holt Witt, Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we made a connection two women wish they never shared, the loss of a child. This was a connection we couldn’t and wouldn’t ignore. It was a connection we would use to make this world a better place. Fighting for these kids and this cause was where Scott would find his job.

    How can you get involved? Join me in the fight against childhood cancer by hosting your own bake sale, purchasing cookies from cookiesforkidscancer.org,  or making a donation to their cause. In addition, starting in the summer of 2013, you will be able to contribute simply by purchasing one of our specially marked packages that carry the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer logo on the back. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these packages will go directly to fund Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

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    The Power of a Good Cookie

    Filed under: Donations,Inspire — admin @ 9:39 am March 15, 2013

    At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, when we say every single dollar counts, we mean it. The funding we provide for pediatric cancer research is made possible because Good Cookies nationwide (and even in other countries) are joining the fight by doing what they can.

    It takes just $100,000 to fund a pediatric cancer research project, and yet 25% of children diagnosed with cancer don’t survive due to lack of funding for more effective, less harmful treatments.

    With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget allocated for pediatric cancers (that’s for ALL pediatric cancers), we can’t progress without support from people like you.

    The biggest misconception about donating or fundraising is that a few dollars here and there can’t possibly make a difference. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When you have enough people, even the smallest acts of kindness can make a world of difference. That’s the power of people; that’s Good Cookie Power! Just think about this:

    1. About 850,000 people are expected to attend the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston this year. If each one of those people donated  just $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we could fund 8 new, potentially life-saving pediatric cancer research projects.
    2. An estimated 4.3 million people ride the NYC subway every single day? If each of them donated just $2 (the cost of one subway token/ride) to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we could fund 86 research projects! ($8.6 million).
    3. Around 35 million people in the U.S. alone tune in for the Oscars each year. If each person tuning in donated just $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we could fund 350  pediatric cancer research projects.
    4. The Daytona Speedway seats over 165,000. If every person attending the Daytona 500 this Sunday gave JUST $1, we could fund a pediatric cancer research grant. If each gave $150, an average ticket price, 245 grants could be funded.
    5. It costs $180,000 PER HOUR to run Air Force One, and the federal budget allows for practically unlimited use. It costs $100,000 to fund a pediatric cancer research project, yet 25% of kids diagnosed don’t survive due to lack of funding for new treatments. We can’t change Air Force One’s funding, but we CAN help improve pediatric cancer statistics. Host an event, order cookies or donate online. Every dollar counts.

    Join the conversation online – @Cookies4kids    #GoodCookiePower

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