Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

The Bucket List Bake Sale

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,kids fighting cancer — Tags: , — The Good Cookies @ 9:01 pm July 11, 2017

 

Hello, Good Cookies! Today’s blog was written by fellow Good Cookie Rachel Kirkham, who put her own spin on the classic bake sale. 

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Not long after Liam Witt’s passing, I stumbled upon his mother’s blog. I was a new mother, and my heart instantly broke as I read about their journey. If possible, my heart also pieced itself back together when I saw that they were working to help kids like Liam through their charity, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It was from that moment on that I decided I’d follow Gretchen Witt to the ends of the earth if it meant that children like Liam could get help battling this horrible killer.

I have since met Gretchen and her family and have done anything and everything I can to help when they need it — be it volunteering at their annual Chef’s for Kids gala, or educating people about this amazing organization. The one thing that I was always too afraid to do was what Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was known for — the very roots of their foundation: a bake sale.

I am three years away from my 40th birthday, and I have managed to create a hefty bucket list of things I want to accomplish before that big day. Many of the items on my list are superficial and silly: meet Julie Andrews, run a sub 2-hour half marathon, successfully make a meal my children will eat. And some goals are lofty: plan and execute a big-city race benefiting charity, travel through Greece with my husband, take my kids to Austria. But, at the very top of my list is to finally conquer my fear of having a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Don’t ask me why I have been afraid to do it. I’m sure it is because I’m worried I will fail in some way. I don’t want to ask people for help, I don’t want to beg for donations…. blah, blah, blah. My list of excuses was miles long, but my list of reasons to do it was even longer. I knew that this year was the best time to do it because it would kick off my bucket list and my kids are finally old enough to help and truly understand the purpose. My daughter Lucy is the same age Liam was when he lost his battle to cancer. I look at her and can’t imagine my life without her, and I would be remiss if I didn’t help this cause in some small way.  

I have rallied my neighborhood pals and begged for baked goods. I have talked to city council. I have secured a location with major foot traffic. I have nailed down donations from local vendors. I have gathered a gaggle of cute kids, and even have friends and family from afar who can’t be here, but have donated to our fundraising page online. I have put myself out there, and have grown so much from this journey that I’m not sure who is winning more, me or the kids we aim to help. 

When asked what my inspiration was to add this bake sale to my bucket list, I was able to instantly answer with one person’s name: Gretchen Witt. I look and her and see hope for so many kids. I often face hard days and think of her and her strength and know that if Gretchen can get through a day, so can I. I want to do this bake sale to thank her in a small way for being such an integral part of my life. If she could do it, I could do it. 

The best part about this whole journey has been teaching my kids what it means to truly give back. I feel like they have a connection with Liam somehow and have taken in his story so deeply, and I am grateful for that. I now know why it took me so long to get the guts to have this bake sale: I needed my kids to help me be brave.

So, if you see our bake sale in New Jersey, we will be the loud ones with green balloons and orange shirts giving our hearts to Gretchen, Larry, Ella, and Liam, and everyone we have met on this journey.

– Rachel

Inspired? You can still make an online donation to Rachel’s Bucket List Bake Sale fundraising page here, OR you can register for you own bake sale or other fundraising event.

 Visit our Facebook page for more fundraising event ideas!

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Share the Love

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 3:00 pm January 24, 2017

January 24th, marks six years since Liam Witt’s battle with cancer came to an end. 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.

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Love 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?”

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A Transcending Love…

Reaching 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.

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A Legacy of Love…

Liam’s love continues to inspire us and people everywhere. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $12.5 million, funding 91 research projects, including 34 that are now treatments available for children battling cancer today.

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.

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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 events have been held in all 50 states and in 16 countries. No effort is too small to make a difference.   Register here and we’ll be in touch to support you every step of the way! #BeAGoodCookie

Tough Cookie Levi

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 10:04 pm September 27, 2016

As Told by Levi’s Mom… 

Whenever anyone met Levi as a newborn, they always told me how beautiful his eyes were. I couldn’t help but agree. He has my husband’s eyes—deep blue. They draw you into his wonderful soul.

Around his three-month checkup, I noticed Levi had a little bit of a lazy eye. His pediatrician told me there was no concern that she could detect. Still, she referred us to an ophthalmologist to discuss any lazy eye concerns. I made the appointment a week later.

On April 20th, 2015, I was rushing to get both kids and myself ready. The dogs were being obnoxious. I spilled my coffee. I couldn’t seem to get in my groove. It was a terrible morning, and I just wanted to get the day over with. Once we got to the ophthalmologist, my daughter found some toys for her and her brother to play with. She was good at distracting Levi. Once we went back to a room, the doctor looked at his eyes briefly and asked if I thought he was able to see out of his right eye. I was a little shocked and said I thought he could see fine. He brushed it off and told me he wanted to dilate his eyes and look a little deeper. Once the drops were in we had to wait 30 minutes for them to kick in.

My mind was running, how could I have a blind baby? How could I not have known? How did this even happen? I mean, I didn’t even know for sure if that was the problem, but why would the doctor have asked me if Levi was able to see anything? A little confusion, but I knew everything was going to be fine.

My daughter led the way to the room. She always likes to be the leader. I sat on the chair with Levi in my lap. The doctor turned the lights down and held up some toys to guide Levi to look in various directions. He was holding up these different items. They almost looked like crystals. He was looking through them to see Levi’s eye. This went on for about 3 minutes. It felt like an eternity. He turned the lights on and got pretty quiet.

“Does retinoblastoma run in your family?”

I froze.  All I heard was “-blastoma.” I know that means cancer.

“…no?”

“Well, I believe Levi has it, and he needs to be seen right away to figure out the treatment options.” 

I looked down at my four month old, calmly chewing on his teether. I cried, an ugly cry. My daughter ran up to me with tissues, rubbing my arm and telling me everything was OK. I was worried about Levi having a lazy eye, about him being blind. How I wish that was the problem, and it wasn’t cancer. Why was I so mad this morning? Take me back to that chaos. Throw all the nonsense and annoyance on me and just take the cancer away. There was so much I took for granted. Why does my baby deserve a diagnosis? Put it on me instead.

Long story short, Levi was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma. He had tumors in both eyes, but the ones in his right eye were fairly large. He had 5 rounds of chemotherapy, and he has had countless rounds of laser treatment to destroy the tumors. He is still fighting, and they are still watching the tumors to look for regrowth. He needs MRI’s every 6 months to watch for any activity in his brain. All in all, he is healthy. 

Retinoblastoma can be detected when you take a picture with a flash. If a child has retinoblastoma, a white glow from the pupils will appear in the photo (see photo of Levi, above right). A lot of parents aren’t aware of this, and they go years without noticing. When this happens, the child will most likely lose their eye. We got lucky, and we have been able to save Levi’s eyes. All I can hope for now is that we can continue to fight off the tumors and not let them win. Levi does so many things, all the things a “normal” 21 month old does. However, the worry never goes away. Childhood cancer is always in the back of my mind whenever he doesn’t feel good.

This is a battle for the rest of our lives.

We need a cure. All the children need a cure.

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Tough Cookie Abby

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 3:35 pm September 7, 2016

Remembering Abby

On September 7th, 2015, Abby Shapiro’s parents said goodbye to their beautiful, vibrant daughter after her valiant battle with cancer. Today, one year later, we stand with them to honor Abby’s life and share her indomitable #ToughCookie spirit.

In the past 365 days, 40,000 children have been in active treatment for childhood cancer. In that same year, 14,000 families have heard the devastating words “your child has cancer” for the first time. And during every moment of those same 365 days, Abby has been immeasurably missed by her family, her friends, her class- and teammates and community. 

Join us as we send love to the Shapiro family today and every day. . .and as we fight for all children battling cancer. To learn more about Abby, follow the link – her story was beautifully told by The Washington Post.

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Tough Cookie Bailee

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 12:20 am

Bailee’s mom shares her Tough Cookie’s story

Bailee was born with Down syndrome as well as a congenital heart defect.  At five months of age she had open-heart surgery to correct the heart defect.  We were aware that children with DS are at a slightly higher risk for leukemia but never thought it would happen.  Last fall, our family was busy with work, daycare, and daily life when, on October 6, 2015, three weeks before her third birthday, Bailee was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In the weeks leading up to her diagnosis, she experienced severe bruising, unexplained illness, nose bleeds, and petechia (spots caused by bleeding into the skin). The past year has been tough on Bailee, as well as our family.  It’s been hard to see her sick from the disease and treatments. We spent her birthday and her sister’s birthday in the hospital. In some ways it feels like our lives stopped and the rest of the world went on without us. Fortunately, we were able to be together, as a family. Bailee is approaching one year in treatment and doing well. She will start preschool in a few weeks, and she’s happy to be able to do the things she loves again. Bailee enjoys going to the park, painting, playing with her little sister JoJo and her doggie Lucy. Our family is hopeful that the hardest part of our battle is over, but we realize we still have a long way to go.

Last September our family knew very little about childhood cancer. Today, we want to do what we can to spread awareness and make a difference. 

Read more about Kids Who Inspire Us here.

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September 1 2016

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 8:20 pm September 1, 2016

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Join the Good Cookie Movement

Good Cookies across the country are honoring this important month by participating in our 50 States Challenge. Supporters from coast to coast and even across the border in Canada are holding events from bingo nights to bake sales. This is the 3rd year of the challenge which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for critically needed research into the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. With less than 4% of cancer research dollars directed towards children, efforts like this one are vitally important to make up the funding gap. It’s not too late to join us!

 

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Starting Today, OXO to DOUBLE Funds Raised!

There’s no better time than NOW to host an event. Beginning today, OXO is doubling funds raised through grassroots events up to $100,000! OXO has been a true champion of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer since the very first days, but they want YOU to be a partner in this effort. Can’t host an event in September? No problem. The match period lasts until December 31st. Or, look for an event in your area and join forces. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”

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ASICS’ Sole Impact

The 2016 Accelerate Hope™ collection of sneakers benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is available! Buying a pair not only triggers a donation, but also raises awareness by sporting a limited edition sneaker designed specifically to honor childhood cancer. Each and every pair features a gold ribbon, the official color of childhood cancer, stitched on the heel as a show of support for the thousands of children battling cancer. You don’t have to run a marathon to wear these sneakers – but if you do, make every stride count for kids’ cancer and send us a picture!

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Free Shipping on Cookies Honoring Children

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, shipping is FREE when you send Cookies in Honor of Kids Who Inspire Us . These baked-to-order custom-packed boxes include a hand-picked ribbon color and an insert with the story of an inspiring child. Surprise someone who deserves to know they’re appreciated – the nurses at your pediatrician’s office, the teenager who has been mowing your lawn all summer, your local farmer, or someone who is always going the extra mile. Every box directs 100% of the profits to research at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.

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Cookies Visit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Filed under: kids fighting cancer — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 5:00 am August 7, 2015

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It’s time for another #factfriday, and this week, the fact is clear: our team was moved and inspired by a tour of one of our partner centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during a recent trip to New York City.  On July 20th the Cookies Team was joined on this after-hours tour by Christina Tosi, a member of our Board of Directors who is also the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and a judge of Master Chef, and Karlie Kloss, a Good Cookie supporter and supermodel. The visit to the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering included meeting nurses, doctors, and families. . .all while delivering cookies to the kids who inspire us daily

 

We always say these are the kids who inspire us. . .and this experience only amplified that sentiment. 

Read below to hear about what the experience meant to each team member.

“Though it wasn’t my first visit to Sloan Kettering or the 9th floor pediatric day hospital, I had not been in nearly 4 ½ years and definitely came in with fresh eyes. This time I noticed how every inch of the floors, walls, and ceilings were designed with kids in mind. I also noticed how energetic every member of the staff was – even late in the day. They all work tirelessly to create a happy, engaging atmosphere for kids and families who would rather be just about anywhere else. The tour reminded me how important every person is who is part of the mission to help kids battling cancer. We’re fighting for kids to be able to simply be kids.” — Emily Fowler, Executive Director

“There were many moments being on the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering that will stay with me for a long time. Like the way hours and hours went by without anyone noticing. The way so many people in the halls seemed to be smiling when it seemed like they should’ve only been sad. The moment that has stuck with me each day since though, was the moment we met Lena. Lena had been cancer free for a couple of years until a recent discovery of the cancer returning. Lena is the face and the name of who I work to support each day. Meeting kids battling cancer— talking to them, listening to them— it reminded me to keep going— to keep believing that the work Cookies is doing is working.” — Nicole Fiehler, Business Support and Donor Relations

“The visit left me with an even greater sense of purpose in why our work is so important and how there is still so much more to be done.” — Stephanie Chin, Director of Special Events and Development

“The majority of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team has a personal connection to childhood cancer but had never visited a pediatric cancer floor before. The innocence of the children stood out to me most – even while battling cancer, they did it with smiles on their faces and positive attitudes. Each making the best they could out of the hospital stay. I think about these smiles and work with more passion than ever to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. These children need us.” — Jamie Gentry, Corporate Relations and Special Events

“Prior to going to MSKCC, I felt I had to mentally prepare myself for all the sadness I would feel while walking those halls. To my surprise, sadness was the last thing I felt. I witnessed more smiles and laughter and most of all, hope! For some of those families, a glimpse of hope is all they have. I strongly believe that our work here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer gives those families hope; even if it’s an ounce of hope, all the hard work is totally worth that and much more!” — Amanda Troya, Finance

“From the moment I walked through the doors, it was quickly apparent how every single person at MSKCC becomes part of a child and their families lives. From the security guard who greets you, to the person who runs the cafeteria, the pharmacist who prepares the needed drugs to the world renowned doctor who saves lives every single day, these people become part of a families story every day.” — Michelle Riddle, Supporter Relations

 

 

 

A Mother’s Love

Filed under: childhood cancer research,kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 11:24 am May 8, 2015

Gretchen with Baby LiamMy friend Rachel Graff Kirkham asked me to write a guest post for her blog for Mother’s Day. To be honest, I didn’t want to do it. I haven’t written a blog post since my snuggle bunny died. It’s too hard. It’s too scary. My muse and the whole reason why I started writing in the first place is no longer here. I have been afraid to trust my feelings and share my thoughts. I have been afraid that I didn’t have anything to say that anyone would want to read. I have been afraid that now that I’ve suffered the greatest loss any mommy can suffer, anything I write would be a downer and turn people away, not inspire them to get involved. When Liam was here, the Prince Liam the Brave blog served as a way to update people on his battle against cancer. His indomitable spirit was so inspiring. His face was irresistibly cute. His squeaky voice stopped people in their tracks. His loss is still very present and raw for me. In fact, just writing these words about him makes my heart swell with love and sorrow. He was just shy of his 7th birthday when he died. His birthday was close enough that he was already making plans for how he wanted to celebrate. His birthday is coming up in a few days on May 13th. He would be 11. I wonder what he’d be like as an 11 year old. But I digressed…a friend asked me to help her out and, well, as anyone who knows me knows….I have a hard time saying no.  So, I said I’d try to come up with something for her. And then I started counting sheep because I couldn’t sleep. What did I get myself into? What if I couldn’t find any words to say? What if nothing I wrote made sense to anyone other than me, the mommy with the broken heart? What if having a broken heart meant anything I had to say would be tainted? I don’t know if I do have anything to say, but I’m giving it a shot. 

 I don’t know if this is “good” or something anyone will want to read. But it’s from my heart to yours on Mother’s Day.

 XO x Million, Gretchen

On May 13th, 2004 I became a mother. Liam was born 5 weeks early, on a Thursday, three days before Mother’s Day. From the moment I saw him, I knew what the true meaning of life was about and also that life as I knew it would never be the same. Life was about someone else. Life was about giving life. Life was about taking care of my baby boy with a button nose and face so cute that it nearly brought me to tears every time I looked at him. Life was about loving with every fiber of my being.

Liam spent about 10 days in the NICU, and I spent those days sitting next to his incubator talking to him, stroking his body to make sure he could feel his mommy touching him and thinking about his future and everything it had to hold. That first Mother’s Day feels like a lifetime ago. That first Mother’s Day feels like yesterday. That first Mother’s Day, when I was less than a week into motherhood, I knew my job was to protect my sweet baby boy.

When Liam was diagnosed with stage IV cancer less than three years later – on February 26th, 2007 – being a mommy took on a new meaning. I was now fighting for my child’s life. Fighting for my child’s life. How did that happen? How did my sunny, funny sweet baby boy have the very disease that claims the lives of more children than any other? I breastfed him for a year. I ate the right foods. I didn’t do any of the things people associate with cancer from getting sunburns to smoking. I did everything I was supposed to do and didn’t cut corners on anything. But here I was in a place I never in a million years could have dreamed – fighting for the life of my son, my only son and his sister Ella’s only sibling, against a disease I couldn’t see and hadn’t detected other than a mother’s gut intuition that something wasn’t quite right with my picky eater.

The role of being a mother became one of lioness, protector and advocate.

The Mother’s Days we marked during his battle with cancer were vibrantly poignant. Liam’s birthday and Mother’s Day are always close to each other. The day of Liam’s birthday, the reason I became a mommy, usually falls within days of the day on which moms are celebrated. Each Mother’s Day during his battle took on a whole new meaning. Instead of a day that celebrated me as “the mom,” I thought about how lucky I was to even be a mommy. It wasn’t about me, but about my children and the gift they gave me. And motherhood is a gift of and for the heart and soul.

And then Liam’s battle was over. And the world became very dark.

My snuggle bunny was gone. Forever.

And I didn’t understand why I was a mother.

I couldn’t even do the most basic thing I’m supposed to do as a mother: protect my child.

It was 2011. The year that Liam’s birthday and Mother’s Day fell on the same day.

It was so cruel. Or was it?

Maybe it was a sign to keep going in honor of my snuggle bunny.

My daughter Ella has given me the gift of experiencing motherhood in a completely different way than I ever could have imagined. In her gentle wisdom that no child her age should have, Ella taught me to learn to love life through a new lens and live with loss. We wade through the landscape of loss and are there for each other in a very special way.

I often wonder if it would have been better to have not become a mother in order to protect myself from the searing pain I feel each morning when I wake up and realize it’s not a bad dream – Liam really isn’t here. But with that pain comes the privilege of always being Liam’s and Ella’s mommy. And it’s the gift of being their mommy that has given me the strength and conviction to do everything I can to help other mommies love their snuggle bunnies by doing everything I possibly can to battle the cowardly foe that preys on our children.

Being a mother gave me a gift of love so great that I want to move mountains. I am so grateful to have been given that gift first by Liam and then Ella. Being a mother for me means I will live the rest of my life trying to do anything and everything I can to help other mothers by funding research into treatments that can give children hope. I have to. It’s what Liam would want me to do. And when I finally see him again, I know it’s the very first question he’ll have for me after we hug and kiss and kiss and hug and hug and kiss…. “Mommy, did you make it better for others?”

Liam, thank you for giving me the gift of motherhood. Because of you, every day is Mother’s Day.

Mommy loves you.

Mommy misses you, Snuggle Bunny. Thank you for giving me the greatest gift life has to offer.

Good Cookie Spotlight: AG Middle School Soccer Teams

Filed under: community fundraising ideas,kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 8:35 am June 20, 2014

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.

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2014 Alexander Graham Middle School Girls and Boys Soccer Teams

 

Love Notes to Cookies

Filed under: childhood cancer research,kids fighting cancer — The Good Cookies @ 11:10 am February 7, 2014

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!

Friday, February 7:

Patrick, VP of Sales at Bormioli Rocco:

Bormioli Rocco and Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Patrick #LoveNote“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.

Wednesday, February 12:

Mike, a member of the Bormioli Rocco Sales Team.

MIKE“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.”

Monday, February 17:

Kate, a member of the Bormioli Sales Team:

BRocco KateEvery 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

Friday, February 21:

Lisa with the Bormioli Sales Team shares why she supports Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:

lisa“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

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 24:

Laurie with the Bormioli Communications Team:

Laurie“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.

 

 

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