Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Kick Summer Boredom

Filed under: Bake Sale,Good Cookies,Inspire,Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 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.

A Letter from Gretchen Holt-Witt

Filed under: Inspire,Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 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

Why OXO Cares

Filed under: corporate fundraising,Uncategorized — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 9:34 am October 10, 2012

You may not know this, but Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founders also have day jobs working at OXO. OXO employees have been avid supporters of Cookies since day one. Read on for an open letter from OXO’s President, Alex Lee, describing why supporting pediatric cancer research is so important to OXO.


At OXO, we operate a lot like family. Together we celebrate birthdays, weddings and anniversaries just like we would with friends and loved ones – because we TRULY regard one another as friends and loved ones. On May 13, 2004 we were overcome with excitement at the arrival of Liam Witt, the beautiful son of two long-time OXOnians, Gretchen and Larry Witt. On January 24, 2011 we were overcome with grief at his passing.

Liam was a fixture in our office, and not just at company events (though it was always fun to guess which superhero he would be for Halloween). It was rare for a week to go by without a visit from Liam and his sister, Ella. He instinctively followed OXO’s philosophy to question everything and was always willing (sometimes too willing) to test products and give his honest (sometimes TOO honest) feedback. We often raced around the office on our respective scooters and he beat me most of the time –  it must have been because his scooter had three wheels while mine only has two!

Gretchen and Larry’s loss was our loss, too.

In 2007, when Gretchen had the ‘just so crazy it might work’ idea for a bake sale, we rallied together to support her efforts. We were there alongside Gretchen and Larry as they sold 96,000 cookies and raised over $420,000. When that bake sale turned into Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, OXO employees did whatever we could to help – bake cookies, write thank-you letters, tie ribbons, and of course, host an annual bake sale – because that’s what family does. We support one another.

For a number of years, we researched a cause that we, as a corporation, could align ourselves behind. Ironically, it was Gretchen who initially led the charge. In the end, it kept coming back to one thing: We wanted to support a philanthropy that OXO employees were truly passionate about, one that had impacted each of us personally and profoundly. There was no other choice than Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

In the first year of our partnership with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, our work inspired others to help us build awareness and funds for Pediatric Cancer Research, to the tune of over $250,000. This year, we are thrilled to continue a partnership with this organization so close to our hearts. Once again, OXO has pledged up to $100,000 to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Visit cookiesforkidscancer.org to learn how you can team up with OXO, Bake a Difference, and fight Pediatric Cancer.

Sincerely,

Alex Lee
President

The Good Cookies at Macaroni Kid

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 12:24 pm February 8, 2012

There are no Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters quite like Moms.  And last year we were introduced to a unique group of them– a group that is committed to bringing their communities together to make a difference in the lives of families around them.  They are known in their communities as Macaroni Kid Publisher Moms, but we call them Good Cookies.

Publisher Moms all around the country have been supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through hosting events, writing blogposts, and raising awareness about the need for more funding in the world of pediatric cancer research.  They have truly learned what it means to “be a Good Cookie” and they have lived that out this year by raising thousands of dollars for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Recently, The Macaroni Kid community of North Phoenix, AZ hosted an event at the Christmas Festival in downtown Carefree.  Publisher Mom, Shana Battles (pictured above) was inspired by Cookies founder Gretchen Holt Witt when she spoke at the Macaroni Kid Meet up in Florida this past October.  Battles rallied 30 additional volunteers to come together with the hope of making a difference.  This first-time bake sale raised nearly $2,000 and these funds will go directly to fund pediatric cancer research.
Another Macaroni Kid Bake Sale took place just a few weeks ago in Cranston/Kent, Rhode Island.  Publisher Mom, Heather Wirtz (pictured above) was inspired to host an event at a local Family Fun Day.  In just 2 hours, they raised almost $900.  Wirtz hopes to make this a semi-annual or annual event in their community.

Just like Macaroni Kid Publisher Moms make great bake sale hosts, we believe bake sale hosts would make fantastic Publisher Moms.  Macaroni Kid creates flexible, work from home business opportunities for entrepreneurial moms. As a Publisher, you dish the scoop each week on the best events and activities for kids and families in your area, including Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sales.  Macaroni Kid is so much more than an e-newsletter – they are a company created by, inspired by, and built for moms from all walks of life.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be a publisher mom, please visit this link (www.macaronikid.com/becomepublishermom).

A Cocktail for Music to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:16 am January 30, 2012

Dear Friends,

A new year has begun with new dreams and expectations.  In my case I have a special reason to be very happy and I would like to share it with you.  Last year, my violin students, ranging from the age of 4 to 17, and my colleagues helped me inaugurate two concert series I founded:  Kids Kare and A Cocktail for Music.  I am pleased to announce the first event of our second season.  On Saturday February 25th, 2012 at 6:00pm, The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT will present “A Cocktail for Music” featuring two up and coming young artists, David Gale and Riko Higuma.

Over the years, being a part of the arts has become a two-fold purpose for me.  The first is to engage in inspiring performances and the second is to utilize my musical knowledge in the teaching of children.  To that end, my experiences in teaching children has become a large part of my career.

The foundation of the future in music belongs to the children of our upcoming generations.  It is the responsibility of those of us fortunate to have been given top notch training to pass it along to those who will follow us in years to come.  It is essential for children to be given the proper tools so that they may grow in their musical careers.  Not only should we educate children in the musical sense, but we must also teach them how knowledge in music can be linked to everything around them.

My goal as an educator has been to both teach music and make the children aware of the world around them.  The event “Kids Kare” and “A Cocktail for Music” was created to give my students and young artists like Mr. Gale and Ms. Higuma the opportunity to use their talents towards a worthy cause.  I believe teaching empathy is as important as teaching the child how to play the violin because it instills confidence and enthusiasm that comes from knowledge that one person can actually make a difference in this world.

I used to regard children with the same affection as one has for muddy dogs in their house and after working with them, my eyes have opened.  The optimism bordering on naivety, the insuppressible cheer, it is infectious in the best way possible.  They remind me of the hope we all had, that feeling that anything is possible whether it be in music, school or love.

I was introduced to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by a very close family friend who’s husband works very closely with Larry Witt, the co-founder.  After doing some research it was then that I realized to have a disease so final and deadly rob someone, anyone of the irreplaceable childish spirit is a great tragedy indeed.  This is why I am determined to make what contributions I can, however small, to allowing ill-fated children live out their own dreams and win out against a disease so dangerous.

Please come join us on Saturday February 25th, 2012 for a cocktail party hosted by Morello Italian Bistro, Garelick & Herbs, and Chef Jerwin, a wine tasting sponsored by Horseneck Wine, a special performance by David Gale and Riko Higuma, and win prizes at our raffle!

Tickets are $45.00 per person, Raffle Tickets are $20.00 for 1, $50.00 for 3, and $100.00 for 6 and can all be purchased by calling 917-771-9556 or sending an email to: acocktailformusic@gmail.com. All proceeds will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Sincerely Yours,

Roslyn Huang

Founder and Artistic Director of “A Cocktail for Music” and “Kids Kare”

A big thanks to our Good Cookies sponsors:

The Greenwich Symphony
The Ridgefield Symphony
The Stamford Symphony
Gateway Classical
Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies
Morello Italian Bistro
Chef Jerwin
Garelick & Herbs
The Mary Anne Show on WGCH
Horseneck Wine
Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra
Camilee Designs

Another way to Love Like Liam – Online Bake Sale!

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 1:11 pm January 24, 2012

A Special Valentine: Cookies FREE OF Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy & Peanut this Season

This Valentine’s Day Season, Nonesuch Bakery will donate 25% of online sales to supporters of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when you use the code “LIAM25” at checkout. This special promotion begins Tuesday, January 24th and ends on Tuesday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day, the first anniversary of Liam Witt’s memorial service. For three weeks, you can help raise funds for pediatric cancer and bake delicious cookies FREE of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, AND peanut for your family and friends with dietary restrictions.

Nonesuch Bakery offers ready-to-bake cookie dough in a re-sealable package and gives you a baker’s dozen (13 cookies) to bake one at a time or for a whole crowd. The all-natural cookie dough FREE OF gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and peanut comes in oatmeal raisin, shredded coconut, and chocolate chip and is made with the highest quality ingredients. Learn more about the cookie dough made by hand and food allergies here. Delivery is available to all 48 states in the Continental U.S. – sorry no AK or HI yet.

Sarah Choi, founder of Nonesuch Bakery and mother of an active 2.5 year old boy in San Francisco felt an immediate connection to the mission of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when a friend attended a local bake sale and shared the Witt family’s story with her. Sarah says, “My goal is to create a delicious cookie baking experience at home for an audience who usually doesn’t get one. I’m thrilled to share the cookie dough with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer so that everyone can indulge in the fun and raise even more funds for pediatric cancer at local bake sale events. Donating a percentage of sales every Valentine’s Day season is a small way I can help the cause.”

Order your cookie dough today with the code “LIAM25” and celebrate Liam’s legacy of love.

Share Magic – Send Cookies! A note from Gretchen Holt Witt

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 11:55 am December 14, 2011

Dear Friends,

In the fall of 2007, my family and I were wrapping up what seemed to be the most challenging year of our lives – the year that our precious 2 1/2 year old son Liam had been diagnosed with and battled stage IV pediatric cancer. That year we learned that pediatric cancer claims the lives of more kids in the US than any other disease and we learned that the money directed to research is dramatically limited.

We realized we had to do something to raise money for research into new and less toxic therapies, so we decided to do some baking. The holidays were coming and the idea of selling cookies baked with love for friends and family as holiday gifts seemed like a sweet way to help. The goal was set of 96,000 cookies. We knew it was a lofty goal, but having just ushered Liam through months of intense treatment made anything seem possible. Neither my husband Larry nor I were professional bakers nor had any experience at large-scale baking. We also had no customers, no reputation and no money for advertising our cookie sale. But we believed it was possible – and our love for Liam fueled our passion and belief that this dream could become a reality.

Then magic happened. Word spread. People heard about the goal. In less than 10 days, all 96,000 cookies were sold. It took more than 250 dedicated volunteers 19 consecutive days and nights to bake, package, and ship all of those cookies. And the money raised, more than $420,000, helped to fund a new treatment that became available in August. We ended the year inspired to create an ongoing organization to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

The challenges of 2007 now pale in comparison to those of 2011. Tragically, eleven short months ago, our sweet Liam came to the end of his battle with cancer after four courageous years. Though we are left with a void that cannot be filled, we are more determined than ever to keep fighting on behalf of all children battling cancer today and those who will be called to battle tomorrow.

And so, once again we are looking to create magic this holiday season. We want to break the 2007 record of 96,000 cookies during the holiday season. But we need your help.

Order today to help us break the record and more importantly help us continue to fund new research for all types of pediatric cancer. Together, we’ve raised millions of dollars and funded dozens of research projects, but we will continue raising money until less toxic therapies are available for children. On behalf of my family, everyone at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and the thousands of families with children still battling cancer, THANK YOU for being part of the magic.

We wish you the sweetest of holidays and thank you for your support.

Gretchen Holt Witt

Founder, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer


Shipping Deadlines:

  • FedEx Ground – Order no later than Thursday, December 15th by 11am EST to arrive by Christmas.
  • FedEx 3day – Order by Monday, December 19th by 11am EST to arrive by Christmas.
  • FedEx 2day – Order by Tuesday, December 20th by 11am EST to arrive by Christmas.
  • FedEx Overnight – Order by Wednesday, December 21st by 11am EST to arrive by Christmas.

Order cookies for you, friends, co-workers, teachers, clients, relatives, mail carrier or doctor. Our cookies are priced the same as they were in 2007, and we still direct 100% of the profit to much needed pediatric cancer research. Nine scrumptious cookie flavors to choose from including our newest: Ginger Spice. All cookies are baked fresh to order and gift-packaged in a box with a pretty ribbon. Personalized gift messages can be included and all boxes include a card explaining the significance of the cookies. Order today.

How to: Make Sure Every Cookie Counts this Holiday Season

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 12:31 pm December 12, 2011

Looking for details on how YOU can support Glad’s $100,000 holiday donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer? Look no further!

Here’s how every holiday cookie you bake, share, exchange, sell or even send virtually can turn into a donation for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Option 1: Having a bake sale or cookie exchange? Be sure to register it at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! After you tally up the total cookies exchanged or sold, email us: GladCookies@cookiesforkidscancer.org to report the total. Glad will donate $0.10 for every cookie you report!

Option 2: Not hosting an event? Just planning on baking and sharing cookies this holiday season? Simply share your holiday cookie total with us by emailing your total to us at gladcookies@cookiesforkids​cancer.org.

This holiday season, it’s that simple to be Glad to Give! Thanks for making a difference today and every day in the lives of kids battling cancer.

Help Cookies for Kids’ Cancer receive $25,000 with just a click

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:56 am November 7, 2011

L’Oreal Paris has awarded Gretchen Holt Witt the prestigious honor of Women Of Worth, 2011 for her work raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research through the non-profit she and her husband founded, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  As a recipient, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has been awarded $10,000.00. That’s $10,000 closer to funding the next research project for a new therapy for pediatric cancer.

Now Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has the opportunity to win an additional $25,000 but we need your help!  Starting today, Monday, November 7th, there will be a public online vote for National Women of Worth. With your help – your votes – together, we can secure another $25,000 for pediatric cancer research.

To learn more please visit the Women of Worth or become a fan on the Women of Worth Facebook page. Hurry, voting ends November 23, 2011!

Buckeye State Cookie Challenge

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:35 am November 1, 2011

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we are all about being a Good Cookie, but we cannot deny our love of a good dessert. When The Montei Foundation of Columbus, OH came to us with the idea for a Buckeye State Cookie Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer this holiday season, we couldn’t help but think of the delicious Buckeye candy. These creamy peanut butter balls are irresistible once dipped in chocolate, and they take us back to our mom’s and nana’s kitchens around the holidays. And as much as we love the sweet candies, this holiday fundraising challenge is even more delicious. From now through December 31st, every dollar raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by Ohio residents will be matched 100%, up to $25,000, by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. It’s simple. Register to host a bake sale, then contribute to what could be a $50,000 holiday season for the state of Ohio.

To kickoff the challenge, we’re sharing our recipe for Nana’s Buckeye Candy. Below the recipe, find the official press release about the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge inspired by the Montei Foundation. We’re looking forward to a holiday season full of Ohio bake sales.

Nana’s Buckeye Candies

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar—use your hands! Form smooth, stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate.

Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth and remove from heat.

Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball and dip into melted chocolate—do not totally cover. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30minutes to set.

Makes about 30 balls.

COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER ANNOUNCES THE BUCKEYE STATE COOKIE CHALLENGE

$25,000 Challenge Grant Inspires Buckeye State Residents to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Califon, NJ – October 31, 2011 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is pleased to announce The Buckeye State Cookie Challenge – a two month drive for residents of Ohio to support pediatric cancer research with 100% of funds raised matched by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the US. Founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt who were inspired by their son Liam’s courageous battle with cancer, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer inspires individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer through the concept of local bake sales.

The Buckeye State Cookie Challenge is simple. From now through December 31st, every dollar raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by Ohio residents will be matched 100%, up to $25,000, by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 2000 with funds from the Montei family, the foundation seeks to support non-profits that focus on caring for children. The foundation is eager to support the mission of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with the help of residents in the Buckeye State.

“We are excited to announce the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge and look forward to seeing the spirit of Ohio come to life with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events,” says Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “Every day we work to support new, less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer because every child deserves the chance to grow up. This challenge grant from the Montei Foundation will help give more kids the hope they deserve.”

In addition to matching bake sales, The Montei Foundation will match funds from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie sales, which direct 100% of the profits to pediatric cancer research, as well as online donations from Ohio residents. As a special feature during the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is posting a recipe for the traditional Buckeye candy on the organization’s website for supporters from Ohio and all around the country to make and share at their holiday bake sales. To register your holiday event, send cookies, make an online donation or simply get the recipe for Buckeyes, go to www.cookiesforkidscancer.org. Support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this holiday season.

About Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by parents inspired by their son’s fight against cancer. Today pediatric cancer remains the number one disease killer of children in the United States, due in large part to a lack of funding for research into new and improved therapies. Through the concept of local bake sales and online cookie sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer inspires individuals, organizations, and businesses to join in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising the funds and awareness necessary to change the facts of pediatric cancer and provide more families with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer grants funds raised to leading pediatric cancer research facilities including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Center. For more information, visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cookiesforkidscancer and Twitter www.twitter.com/cookies4kids.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501©3 public charity. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by the law.

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