Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Our Newest Good Cookie Supporter – The Gene Haas Foundation

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 12:35 pm October 10, 2011

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is thrilled to announce the newest members of our Good Cookie community: The Gene Haas Foundation, Stewart-Haas Racing, and driver of the No. 39 Sprint Cup Chase car Ryan Newman. THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman will be racing the Gene Haas Foundation/Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Chevrolet to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. Here’s a sneak peek of the car getting prepped with one sweet paint scheme.

Announcing: Over $1 Million in Grants during September, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:03 am September 27, 2011


CALIFON, NJ, September, 2011 –New Jersey-based Cookies for Kids’ Cancer announces a second round of grants in 2011 for over $1 million to support critical research in the war against pediatric cancer. The funds will go to five top pediatric cancer centers across the country for research that shows great promise in the treatment of childhood cancers.

The current grant cycle released awards for promising research with the strongest chance of making the leap from lab to clinic within the next 24 months. And for the first time ever, the foundation awarded two grants for surgical research. Awards go to five research centers: Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Today pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s grants are awarded through the foundation’s Medical Advisory Board which is comprised of top researchers in the field of pediatric cancer from the nation’s leading pediatric cancer research institutions.

“Philanthropy plays a critical and essential role in the ongoing battle against childhood cancer,” commented Dr. John Maris of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Medical Advisory Board. “Philanthropic investment in key pediatric cancer research programs will provide the essential catalyst to make more discoveries and move them to improving cure rates as quickly as possible, and a partnership between researchers and ‘investors’ in this mission will be critical to expand in order to make a difference now.”

“Our focus is on funding the most promising research,” Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Founder Gretchen Witt said. “We have always believed that if people learn about the need for funding, they will support the cause. These grants represent the support of thousands of people who have held bake sales and other events, bought cookies and believed, like we do, that we can and will make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. We are very excited about the possibilities these projects hold and look forward to seeing them move from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible.”

These grants represent the second of two grant cycles for 2011, bringing the total grants awarded for 2011 to $1,700,000.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded in 2008 by Gretchen and Larry Witt who were inspired by their son Liam’s courageous battle against pediatric cancer. After learning about the lack of effective therapies, the Witts pledged to support the development of new and less toxic treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved. Through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, individuals, communities and businesses are inspired to join the fight by hosting bake sales and other events to get involved in pediatric cancer research. Tragically, the Witts’ son Liam came to the end of his four year battle with cancer earlier this year.

About Cookies for Kids’ 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. Thousands of bake sales, raising millions of dollars, have been held in 49 states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer grants funds 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 Follow on Facebook at and Twitter

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501(c)3 public charity duly incorporated. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

September’s Good Cookie of the Month – Trisha Shepard

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 7:27 am September 26, 2011

Each month, we are going to be featuring a“Good Cookie of the Month”. We will ask for nominations on Facebook and do a monthly blog post featuring the winning bake sale host. We wanted to kick off our new blog series by telling you about Trisha Shepard – Good Cookie bake sale host from Austin, TX.

(Trisha is third from the left. Laura is to her left.)

Trisha was the host of the Austin, TX Girls Night Out on September 7, as well as the Austin Family Festival and city wide bake sale. Not only was the event a huge success, she coordinated volunteers to bake and package cookies despite the wildfires and promoted the events.

She heard about Cookies’ and Liam’s story through her sister-in-law, Jennifer, who lives in Richmond, VA. When Liam lost his battle Trisha had been following the Cookies’ story for a while and she felt like she needed to be doing something to make a difference. She knew she needed to become a part of the “Good Cookie” community when she heard there wasn’t enough funding to carry out potentially life saving studies for kid’s cancer. For Trisha, feeling grateful for her own blessings was not enough. At the very least she wanted to host a bake sale, but she ended up doing so much more.

Jennifer asked if Trisha would be interested in a 7,000-cookie donation. Trisha didn’t know exactly how to sell that many cookies, but she wanted to be a part of it. Trisha knew if Liam could battle cancer for 4 years and if Gretchen could fight right along with him, she couldn’t even think twice about the amount of work that would go into such an event. She wanted to prevent the outcome for another child and honor Liam and his impact on the world.

Trisha and her sister-in-law knew they wanted to raise awareness and funds. They also wanted to capture what Cookies’ is all about by holding bake sales. Trisha realized she could do more than just any ordinary bake sale. She realized that every women must have a regular girls night out, right?! Trisha decided to take advantage of that and spruce it up. She tied her two ideas together; she asked people to spend their GNO honoring Cookies’, the families battling pediatric cancer, and raising funds for research. They knew if they offered the same staples of a regular GNO it would be a huge success, and it was!

They also created a family oriented event with the same mission. They wanted to create an event where people would make an effort to bring their families in the midst of a busy week. And most importantly Trisha wanted the event to help people remember Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Trisha asked people she knew and even some that she didn’t to join in. She eventually gathered a committee of 5 moms who were committed to raising awareness and funds for Cookies’. She posted a call for volunteers on their local People Against Cancer board. Another woman who had been following Liam’s story, Laura McDonough, also contacted Trisha to get involved. Laura became Trisha’s wing woman and it wouldn’t have been a success without her.

It wasn’t an easy breezy path along the way to the big event. The evening before their big baking and packaging day, the neighborhood surrounding the restaurant was being evacuated due to wildfires! The road to the restaurant where they would be baking and packaging was shutdown. But nonetheless the cookies were baked and packaged because volunteers found a way to make it happen.

The GNO ended up being a HUGE success. 96 women attended—all anxious to bid on some of the silent auction packages that were donated by dozens of local businesses. And most of all, they were excited to learn more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The family festival and the city wide bake sale were also a success despite competition from other fundraisers that sprung up due to the wildfire damage. All in all these Austin events raised over $25,000!

The takeaway message: anyone can create a big event. Trisha had no idea how she would fit all the planning into her already busy life, but she made it her mission. Make a plan, ask some friends to get on board with you, and it will happen. Thank you Trisha for showing us what can happen when a few passionate moms come together for a great cause!

Don’t Miss: The 2nd Annual Richmond City-Wide Bake Sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 1:39 pm September 8, 2011

Cameron McPherson


Richmond, Va. (Sept. 10, 2011) – After raising more than $35,000 in just 20 days in 2010 to become the highest-grossing bake sale in the history of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Richmond-area organizers are excited to announce the 2011 City-Wide Bake Sale on Saturday, September 10. Proceeds will again benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national nonprofit founded by former Richmonder Gretchen Holt Witt that supports research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.

This year, hundreds of adult and youth volunteers, along with scores of local businesses, including the Carytown Merchants Association, CRT/tanaka, Qdoba Mexican Grille, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Hodges Partnership and WINN Transportation will join forces to mount and promote bake sales.

Approximately 27 bake sales in the Richmond metro area will be powered by the donation of 16,000 frozen gourmet cookies from Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies in Salem, Mass. Those cookies will be baked and packaged locally by Ashland-based Daystar Desserts.

“Helping others is part of my personal life and I always wanted to make it part of my business,” said John Fernandez, CEO of Daystar Desserts. “This opportunity is a perfect way for us to do that.”

While others enjoy a relaxing holiday, Fernandez and other employees of Daystar Desserts, along with their friends and families, will report to work on Labor Day weekend for a one-day volunteer baking blitz. The thousands of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia and sugar cookies they bake will help sweeten the pot at the 27 bake sales planned for September 10 in Richmond and every surrounding county. To find the closest bake sale, simply visit and click on “Events.” A full list of Richmond-area bake sale locations is also available at this link:
Carytown an anchor location
Those wishing to support the cause can’t go wrong by heading to Carytown on September 10. Richmond’s “Mile of Style” will once again serve as the anchor location for the Richmond sale. Bake sales will be held from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Ellwood Thompsons (featuring their vegan cookies), Dogma, Need Supply Company and a “drive-thru bake sale” at Café Ole, across from the Byrd Theatre.

In addition, ten Carytown merchants will donate ten percent of their profits that day to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, including All Fired Up, AlterNatives, Carytown Cupcakes, Eurotrash, Hip to be Round, Mongrel, Perception Salon, Play N Trade, World of Mirth and The Yarn Lounge.

Other Carytown merchants donating to the 2011 sale include: Basilis, Can Can (contributing 100 percent of cookies sold for dessert), Ciao, Heidi Story, Legends Salon and Day Spa, Merrymaker, Smoothie King, Subway and Venue Skateboards (contributing five percent of sales).
Saks Fifth Avenue and Qdoba give back
Mention “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Stony Point Fashion Park during a three-day period – Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11 – and the retailer will donate 10 percent of each sale to the cause. Similarly, all five Qdoba Mexican Grilles in the Richmond area will contribute $1.50 of every adult entrée with drink and $.50 of every kid’s meal purchased in the name of “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” between 5 and 8 p.m. on September 10.

Preview event downtown on Friday, September 9
To generate awareness for the “9-10-11” sale and raise additional funds, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s first and only “mobile bake sale” – a trolley donated by WINN Transportation in 2010 and 2011 – also will sell cookies downtown from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 12th and Main Streets.

Learn more
For the latest on the Richmond’s 2011 city-wide bake sale, go to and search for “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Richmond – 2011 City-wide Bake Sale.” A Facebook account is not necessary to view event details.

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 Follow on Facebook at and Twitter


List of all bake sale locations on next page.


• Ellwood Thompsons (baking vegan cookies for the event!), 4 North Thompson Street
• Dogma (Cary at Nansmond), 3501 W. Cary Street
• Need Supply Company (Cary at Belmont), 3100 W. Cary Street
• Café Ole (Drive Thru Bake Sale across from the Byrd Theatre), 2901 W. Cary Street

Carytown merchants donating ten percent of their profits on September 10 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:

All Fired Up
Carytown Cupcakes
Hip to be Round
Perception Salon
Play N Trade
World of Mirth
The Yarn Lounge

Other Carytown merchants donating to the 2011 sale include:

Can Can (contributing 100 percent of cookies sold for dessert)
Heidi Story
Legends Salon and Day Spa
Smoothie King
Venue Skateboards (contributing five percent of sales)

• Lakeside Farmers Market, 6110 Lakeside Avenue
• Linwood Holton Elementary, 1600 W. Laburnum Road
• Mechanicsville Walgreens (10-2 p.m.), 9268 Chamberlayne Road

• Chester Kroger (9-12 p.m.), 12201 S. Chalkley Road
• Ring Around the Rosy Consignment Sale, 10185 Hull Street (at Courthouse)
• Wal Mart at Hancock Village, 14501 Hancock Village Street
• Lowe’s at Chesterfield Towne Center, 1512 West Koger Center Drive
• Robious Middle School – FC Richmond Soccer (8-2 p.m.), 2701 Robious Crossing Drive
• Music & Arts at the Steinmart Festival Shopping Center, 9712 Midlothian Turnpike
• QDOBA** at Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond (5-8 pm only)
• Saks Fifth Avenue at Stony Point Fashion Park: Mention “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” on Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11 and 10% of your purchase goes to this cause.

West End
• Short Pump Wal-Mart, 11400 West Broad Street
• Five Below at Short Pump (10-2 p.m.), 11331 West Broad Street
• Ice Cream Castle (1-4 p.m.), 3016-A Mountain Road
• Two QDOBAS**: Willow lawn, 4925 W. Broad St and 9460 W. Broad Street (5-8 pm only)

East End
• QDOBA** in White Oak Village, 4501 S. Laburnum Avenue (5-8 pm only)

*Most locations will be selling cookies from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
**All QDOBA locations listed will contribute $1.50 of every adult entrée with drink and $.50 of every kid’s meal purchased in the name of “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” between 5 and 8 p.m. on September 10.

2nd Annual Charlotte’s “30 Days for a Cure”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 6:26 pm September 4, 2011

Here it is – the official calendar of events supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer during Charlotte’s 2nd Annual 30 Days for a Cure, the city’s awe-inspiring movement to raise the profile on the need for funds for new pediatric cancer treatments during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

Don't miss an opportunity to be a Good Cookie!

The complete list:
“30 Days For A Cure” 2011 Calendar
9/1 The Pizza Peel (Cotswold)
9/2 Polka Dot Bake Shop (Woodlawn Rd)
9/3Reid’s Fine Foods (Selwyn Ave)
9/4@Blackhawk Hardware‎ (Park Rd)
9/5 Which Wich – Charlotte (Woodlawn Rd)
9/6Alphabet Soup Monogramming and Gift Boutique (Colony Rd)
9/7Mama Fu’s Charlotte (Cotswold)
9/8 Moe’s Charlotte-( East Blvd)
9/9 Smoothie King – Dilworth (East Blvd)
9/10kixx – cool shoes for kids (Woodlawn Rd) & HOUGH HIGH SCHOOL Soccer Tournament
9/11Painting with a Twist – Charlotte, NC (Sharon Rd)
9/12Chick-fil-A SouthPark Mall
9/13Mr K’s Soft Ice Cream (South Blvd)
9/14T. Reid and Company (East Blvd)
9/15 City Art Works (Woodlawn Rd)
9/16 Qdoba- ALL 10 Store Locations
9/17 Green With Envy (Central Ave)
9/18 Monkey Joe’s Park Road (Woodlawn Rd)
9/19 East Boulevard Bar & Grill
9/20 Menchie’s Charlotte (Kenilworth Commons) (East Blvd)
9/21 Mellow Mushroom Myers Park- Charlotte (Selwyn Ave)
9/22 Lebowski’s Grill and Pub (East Blvd)
9/23 Omega Sports- Park Road Shopping Center
9/24 Doolittles Charlotte- “Locks of Love” (Sharon Road )
9/25 California Pizza Kitchen-( Southpark)
9/26 The Cowfish (Southpark)
9/27 Yours Truly knitting & Ben& Jerry’s (Woodlawn Rd)
9/28 Black Forest Books & Toys- NEW LOCATION on 7th Street
9/29 Fran’s Filling Station
9/30 The Flying Biscuit Cafe Charlotte (Park Rd)

Organized by two top volunteers in Charlotte, 30 Days gives everyone in the area the opportunity to make a difference for kids battling pediatric cancer. Print the calendar. And keep up with all the latest news on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Guest blog: Why I support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and how you can help.

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 7:17 am September 2, 2011

Hi my name is Ruby Roxanne Agresta. I am a Mother of three beautiful kids and Owner/Designer of Ruby Roxanne Designs. I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Gretchen Holt Witt speak at an event called “Mamma’s Night Out.” The event was put on by my friends Michelle Riddle (Michelle Riddle Photography) and Cara Pearson (Pacific Cookie Company) here in Santa Cruz, CA. Michelle came up with an idea to help raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, and not only was it a blast, but it was for a great cause and very successful.

Gretchen flew in from New Jersey to speak about her son Liam who passed away last January from Nueroblastoma at the tender age of 6. She told us wonderful stories about Liam’s passion for life and how he loved everyone he met. His favorite color was orange and he was such a brave little boy. I have to say that there was not a dry eye in the crowd. The words that stuck deep in my heart were “Love, Like, Liam” I knew I had to get involved and help raise money to support pediatric cancer research. It broke my heart to no end, knowing how Liam did not have many options to fight his cancer all due to funding. Did you just read what I wrote: “No Funding.” So, as I sat there and listened to Gretchen share her story and her mission with her non-profit foundation, Cookies for Kids Cancer, all I could think was, “This must change.” I didn’t know what I was going to do, but for one thing, I wasn’t just going to sit around and wait. Michelle and Cara inspired me that one idea can create a wonderful change.

All the Mom’s who attended this event were given an Orange bead on a string to represent Liam, then we could all choose other colors of beads to represent our own kids. I thought to myself, tonight is about Liam and I did not add anymore beads. Gretchen had given Michelle and Cara an Orange beaded bracelet that had three L’s on it, to represent Love, Like, Liam. It was so touching. I didn’t realize how much the color Orange meant to Liam and Gretchen.

Being a designer, I thought to myself, I am going to send Gretchen a

cuff to show my support to her cause. Not just any cuff, I decided to design a cuff with beautiful Orange flowers on it. Every Mom deserves flowers!

After the event I wore Liam’s Orange beaded bracelet until it finally broke off two months later. I put the orange bead in my jewelry box to remind everyday of little Liam, and how important it was for me to find a way to help raise money. I thought I’d start by designing Gretchen’s bracelet. I found different shades of orange leather and made her a flower cuff. I included two gold flowers to represent Liam and her daughter Ella. Everything I design MUST have a meaning…this cuff has been the most important design I have done.

I posted a picture of Gretchen’s cuff on my Facebook Business Page and tagged her in it. I was going to keep this gift private but then I thought, why not show my followers this cuff, and use it as an opportunity to share how much Gretchen’s story had meant to me. I simply wanted to make them aware of Cookies for Kids Cancer, but then something incredible happened. Several women wanted that same cuff. Then an idea was born–I decided to come up with a line of cuffs just for Liam and Cookies for Kids Cancer. Knowing what I know now, I simply can’t walk away. I am blessed that my kids are cancer free, however kids cancer has affected me immensely. For those of you reading this whose child is cancer free, thank God. For those of you who are reading this whose child has cancer, my hope is that we can all ban

d together and contribute, in even the smallest amounts, to the funding for children’s research, to ensure that help is on the way for your little angel.

Here is my story with cancer:

On November 13, 2008 I had a play date planned with my daughter Madison and her best friend Cassidy. While I don’t typically recall our scheduled play dates for years to come, this is one I will never forget. On the night of Nov 12th, a friend of mine called to let me know that Cassidy and her mom would not be able to make the play date because her little brother Ashton Gillin had been rushed to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford due to the discovery of a brain tumor.

My heart just sank. I had just been with Ashton and my friend, Dori, painting faces for our girl’s Halloween class party. I still remember Ashton playing in his adorable pirate costume. As I hung up the phone I felt completely helpless. I didn’t know what to do, how to help, or who to call. I just sat there and cried. I could only imagine what my friend Dori and her husband Pat were going through.

Ashton was diagnosed with MEDULLOBLASTOMA at the young age of 3 ½. He underwent emergency surgery to remove a large tumor from his brain. There were also signs of additional tumors in his brain and spine that surgery would not help. Ashton went through chemotherapy and radiation treatment to get rid of the remaining cancer cells. The good news is that Ashton is cancer free at the age of 6. The not-so-good news is that Ashton will experience negative, LIFE LONG side effects from his surgery and treatments. At 6 years old, he is the size of a 4 year old boy. He has gained the mobility on the left side of his body that had been lost during the surgery he underwent to remove his brain tumor. Trust me, we all are grateful to have Ashton, however with funding there will be safer treatments to offer children without negative side effects.

His Mom, Dori, is proud to say that Ashton is almost running again. Running isn’t something we take for granted. They are also faced with the fact that Ashton’s cancer has a 50% chance of coming back. An even more startling fact, is that if Ashton’s cancer were to return, chances for a cure is not possible and it would be fatal.

Dori and I want to reach out to as many people as possible, to share the importance, and dire need, of funding for children’s cancer research. Dori and Pat are allowing me to share their story about Ashton’s cancer, in hopes that we can help spread the word. Not only could funding and continued research help to increase little Ashton’s odds of staying cancer free, but it could help the hundreds of children with similar stories each year.

We understand that it is difficult and unsettling to read stories about children who have been affected by cancer, and that sometimes it is just easier to look away and avoid the harsh reality and devastation that cancer brings to so many young children, every day. However, our hope is that after reading Ashton’s story, you are more inclined than ever to help make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids Cancer.

When I see Ashton he runs up to me and gives me the biggest kiss. He calls me his princess, and let me tell you this warms my heart to no end. Aston also mentioned to my husband that he wants to marry me. I just love this little boy so much and want to make sure he has a safe future, Ashton deserves it. I may not be able to bake, but I can design and that is just what I am going to do to help raise money for research!

In Honor of Liam Witt:

My children Devin, Madison, Isabella and I came up with a design for Liam’s cuff, and a name that we are all very proud of… “The Liam’s Heart of Gold Collection.” I will be selling these cuffs on my website and I am donating 50% of my sales from this line to Cookies for Kids Cancer. If I run out of Orange leather, then I will find more and continue in my efforts to help support the raising of funds for Pediatric cancer research. These beautiful children who are affected by cancer need more options and better survival rates.

Cancer can hit anyone at anytime, no matter the color of your skin, your age or your background. Cancer has also taken away my best friend of 20 years, Pietra Duffy. She passed away a few weeks after Liam on February 2nd, 2011. I designed a line of cuffs (Peetie Love Cuffs) to represent our friendship and my love for her. She really liked the large heart. She fought Non-Smoker lung cancer for a year and I was there for her every step of the way. Pietra left behind a loving husband Shawn, a wonderful son Spencer and a beautiful daughter Savannah.

Through my designs, my love for Peetie is known. My children and I wanted to create the same for Gretchen and Larry Witt to exemplify their love for their son Liam. My kids have lost their Auntie Peetie and adore little Ashton. They want to do all they can to help raise money too. We will never get the chance to hold our loved ones again, but we would be so honored to see you with a cuff on to show your support for our cause.

Cancer is not going away and I don’t want these families affected by cancer to feel hopeless. With our support they will have more options for cancer treatments that won’t include life-long side effects. Help me better the chances for Ashton and so many other children with cancer.

This is a quote from Gretchen Holt “On this odyssey, we have learned that pediatric cancer robs families of more children than any other disease. We learned about the vast disparity between funding for pediatric cancer and other cancers. We learned of the lack of interest on the part of pharmaceutical companies to invest research and development dollars in treatments and cures. And after we learned all of these shocking facts, we decided to do something about it. Together we can make a difference. Together we can improve children’s odds, children like my son who I love more than anything.”

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and now is the perfect time to get educated, get involved, help donate and save a child’s life. This investment will have a great return!

Host a bake sale, Cookies for Kids cancer has all the information to help you make it successful. Maybe you are a designer like me, have a trunk show and donate portions of your sales. The sky is the limit on how you can help, just please don’t turn away, even $1.00 can go a long way! I thank you for your time and for reading my story.

I want to give a special “Thank You” to Michelle Riddle who took our fabulous pictures and to Cara Pearson for donating the cookies for our photo shoot. I also want to “Thank” Shannon Hughes from, for helping me with writing this blog. She is getting ready to move to Japan and yet made time to help me out and my cause!

Lastly I want to “Thank” Dori, Pat and my little Prince, Ashton Gillin, for letting me share their personal story. I love you Ashton!

Love, Like, Liam,

Ruby R. Agresta

Ruby’s website link:

Ruby’s Etsy Shop featuring Liam’s Heart of Gold Collection link:


Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 7:31 pm August 31, 2011

Partnership kicked off with new product, opportunities for customer engagement, and a commitment up to $100,000

August 2011, Califon, NJ – OXO, a leading housewares brand best known for its user-friendly consumer products, today joined forces with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, the national non-profit organization dedicated to funding new, less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the US. Through the concept of local bake sales and other events, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer inspires individuals to join the fight against pediatric cancer. With the launch of the partnership, OXO has committed to donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2011 through a variety of hands-on, interactive opportunities, collectively called “OXO Good Cookies.”

“When researching cause marketing partners, one thing was always constant – we needed to align ourselves with an organization that was personally inspiring for all OXO employees,” said Alex Lee, president of OXO. “It is impossible to ignore the passion that OXOnians feel when donating their personal time, energy and skills to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Liam Witt, the inspiration behind the organization, was a permanent fixture in our office – he is missed daily. It is our sincere hope that our partnership serves to build an even broader awareness for this great cause founded by two of our own employees.”

“We are honored and excited to announce this partnership with OXO designed to inspire even more people to join the fight against pediatric cancer, ,” says Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “By sharing our personal story, we hope to give loyal OXO customers a compelling reason to get involved and help fund new and safer treatments for specifically for pediatric cancer. Every child deserves the chance to grow up. It’s not too much to ask for. But scientists need our support to make that happen, even if it’s by doing something so simple as baking some cookies. Every effort counts and every dollar counts.”

Getting involved is easy. OXO has outlined a number of ways that individuals, schools, communities, bloggers, retailers and even corporations can be good cookies and help fight pediatric cancer, with detailed information available at and

  • Host a Bake Sale: A Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale is a sweet and simple way to get involved in the fight against pediatric cancer. OXO will award a wide selection of baking tools towards the most successful bake sales held between August 1st and December 31st, 2011.
  • Purchase a “Good Cookie” Spatula: This fall, OXO is introducing a limited edition “Good Cookie” Spatula, etched with an inspirational reminder to “Be a Good Cookie.” Each purchase helps fund OXO’s support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
  • Send a Virtual Cookie: To help spread the word, OXO will encourage its ardent Facebook supporters to send weekly Virtual Cookies to their friends and family. To sweeten the deal, OXO will make a donation for the first 10,000 virtual cookies sent each week. For more information, visit
  • Buy Cookies: For those that don’t have time to bake, delicious, made-to-order cookies can be purchased at All proceeds fund pediatric cancer research.

“We hope to leverage OXO’s brand awareness, retail presence and enthusiastic group of advocates, including our media and blog partners as well as Facebook fans, to help raise funds for an organization so close to our hearts,” said Bena Shah, senior brand communications manager at OXO. “In total, OXO will donate up to $100,000 in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year. We’re hoping consumers join us in the fight by hosting bake sales, purchasing a limited edition “Good Cookie” Spatula, and participating in our community at”

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 Follow on Facebook at and Twitter

About Helen of Troy Limited Helen of Troy Limited is a leading designer, producer and global marketer of brand-name personal care and household consumer products. The Company‟s personal care products include hair dryers, curling irons, hair setters, shavers, brushes, combs, hair accessories, home hair clippers, mirrors, foot baths, body massagers, paraffin baths, liquid hair styling products, body powder and skin care products. The Company‟s household products include kitchen tools, cutlery, bar and wine accessories, household cleaning tools, tea kettles, trash cans, storage and organization products, gardening tools, kitchen mitts and trivets, barbeque tools, and rechargeable lighting products. The Company‟s products are sold to consumers by mass merchandisers, drug store chains, warehouse clubs and grocery stores under licensed trademarks including Vidal Sassoon®, licensed from The Procter & Gamble Company, Revlon®, licensed from Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, Dr. Scholl‟s®, licensed from Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., Sunbeam®, Health at Home® and Health o meter® licensed from Sunbeam Products, Inc., Sea Breeze®, licensed from Shiseido Company Ltd., Vitapointe®, licensed from Sara Lee Household and Body Care UK Limited, Toni & Guy® outside of the Americas, licensed from Mascolo Limited, Bed Head® and TIGI® in the Americas licensed from MBL/TIGI Products, LP, and Toni&Guy® in the Americas licensed from MBL/TONI&GUY Products, LP. Helen of Troy‟s owned brands include OXO®, Good Grips®, Candela®, Brut®, Infusium 23®, Vitalis®, Final Net®, Ammens®, Condition® 3-in-1, SkinMilk®, Dazey®, Caruso®, Karina®, DCNL®, Nandi®, Isobel® and Ogilvie®. The Company markets hair and beauty care products under the Helen of Troy®, Hot Tools®, Hot Spa®, Salon Edition®, Gallery Series®, Wigo®, Fusion Tools®, Belson®, Belson Pro®, Gold „N Hot®, Curlmaster®, Profiles®, Comare®, Mega Hot®, and Shear Technology® owned brands to the professional beauty salon industry.

About OXO Founded in 1990 on the concept of Universal Design, OXO’s mission is to create consumer household products that ease the tasks of everyday life for the widest range of users possible. Since the original 15 items were introduced, the OXO collection has grown to more than 800 strong, covering areas for cooking, cleaning, gardening, storing, organizing and lighting. Today OXO Good Grips products are sold in 54 countries and are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums. The company has won more than 100 design and business awards worldwide. OXO is very frequently used as a case study on how a well-executed Universal Design philosophy can be a successful business strategy.

Guest Blog: The Alaska Cookie Bake-Off

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 7:08 am July 27, 2011

If you are reading this blog it means that you and I share a common ground. It means that you and I both recognize that while a good hug, a shoulder to cry on and an “I’m sorry” is appreciated by the families experiencing a battle with cancer, it simply isn’t enough. It must also mean that you understand that the only real thing you can do to help aside from emotional support is raise money and get it into the hands of researchers. And if you are on the Cookies for Kid’s Cancer website, it must mean you are looking for some way to take action in your community to maybe honor a loved one’s battle and/or join the movement of citizens working to help researchers find a cure. I am just one woman in one community trying to motivate others to create and hold fundraisers in their communities that are fun, memorable and of course profitable. It is my hopes that this blog with inspire you to raise funds whether it is through a bake sale, or through a fundraiser with an event that is a bit outside of the cookie box.

For my Anchorage based fundraiser, I worked along side of two women to make this happen. We set out to meet four major goals. They are as follows: honor the life and battle of Christy’s son Bryant  who lost his battle two years ago, 2. to hold a community oriented fundraiser to make members of our community feel a sense of togetherness and empowerment, 3. to put on an event that broke the mold of a stuffy fundraiser and, 4. to raise a hell of a lot of money!

After many conversations and a ton of caffeine we decided on a cookie bake off. The bake off would be between ten top bakeries and restaurants and the people attending would be the judge. We also held a silent auction, a raffle and provided attendees with a hip venue, drinks, appetizers and live music to make the evening feel like a Saturday night out. This is how the night looked:

People purchased their tickets at the door and got a bid number for the silent auction and their ballots at the door. They were then sent to another table to purchase raffle tickets. Raffle tickets could be used for the raffle, to buy t-shirts and purchase jewelry that we had for sale. Each raffle ticket was $5.00, t-shirts were 3 tickets, jewelry was 2, and raffle items varied from 1-3 tickets.

We had live music and beer and wine that was donated to us. When our supports came it they grabbed a drink and danced their way through the line of bakers, tasted cookies and talked with contestants about their creations. We  put out baker bios, cookie descriptions and allowed businesses to put out business cards and menus to promote themselves. After going down the line of cookies, guests found themselves at the raffle and silent auction table.

We decided to split our donations between a silent auction and raffle because we figured not everyone could afford to bid of the silent auction items but could possibly afford $25 in raffle tickets and have a shot at winning a free plane ticket or a head-to-toe spa package. This proved to be a great idea and very profitable. Who wouldn’t throw in $5-$10 for a chance at something that values at over $500? All items were donated locally put into packages. All businesses that donated also had a chance to set out cards, brochures etc. We filled the venue with facts about cancer, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and of course Bryant.

The night was a huge success. We utilized local media to advertise the event and put up fliers and postcards all over town to ensure a good turnout.  The cookies were a great conversations piece for everyone, even people that didn’t know each other had something to talk about with the bake off and auction items. Because all of the silent auction items were local donations, many of them came out to support our cause which made sort of a chic place to be. When all was said and done we after all the overhead was accounted for we raised about $9,000 on the night, which was great for our first fundraiser.

During the process of putting on this event we learned a few things:

1. Your community wants to support you and your cause.

People are basically kind hearted but store owners are also business oriented. To get donations you have to do two things: tug on their heartstrings and present to them why donating to this cause would benefit them. Often times we needed to visit a business 2 or three times before we got a donation but we chose not to  take “no” or “I’ll think about it” for an answer.

2.Corporations have a lot of money and it IS available to you.

Learn from our mistakes.  We decided to do this event in January which wasn’t enough time to even get one sponsor. Because of that, we lost out on thousands of dollars which disappointed and frustrated us to no end. We SO DESPERATELY wanted to send CFKC check for $20,000 and just weren’t able to do it this year due to our lack of knowledge about the process.

3. Call on everyone you know.

Help and donations sometimes come from places you least expect. Call on everyone you know. Everyone, and reach out in several ways, phone calls, emails, letters, Facebook, make your message hard to miss.

4. It’s totally worth it!

I am a full time working mother and a graduate student. It was sometimes a challenge to find time to put on this event. However, keeping in mind that a few tired days at work was nowhere near a chemotherapy treatment kept me going. When you see your fundraiser play out, it’s totally worth it. Also, if I have an hour at the end of the day for The Real Housewives of NJ, then I have an hour to solicit for donations.

It is in my hopes that I am able to turn this into an annual event and double our funds raised each year. This experience was satisfying to my soul. It means more to me than just writing a check. It’s getting involved and educating the masses about something that could happen to anyone. Please consider hosting a bake sale or event in your community.

Jen Baki

Anchorage, Alaska

We did it! Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Supporters Set Fundraising Record in May.

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:08 am July 18, 2011



Events raise over half a million dollars and achieve largest match from longtime supporter

The Glad Products Company

Califon, NJ – July 18, 2011 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and The Glad Products Company announce today that May 2011 was the biggest month on record in the organization’s nearly 3-year history with the most bake sales held and the most money raised in a month. 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.

During May, more than 300 individual events combined to raise over half a million dollars in donations to the organization. The achievement was inspired by what should have been the 7th birthday of the Witt’s son, Liam, on May 13th.  Known to many as Prince Liam the Brave, Liam came to the end of a courageous 4-year battle with cancer in late January. What followed was a call to action from both the organization and longtime corporate partner The Glad Products Company to honor Liam’s birthday and to inspire support for the fight against pediatric cancer. Glad stepped forward with the promise to match funds raised at bake sales in May up to $225,000. This match represents the company’s largest single donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in the shortest amount of time. Because of the match,   Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s total income for May, counting both the event donations and the Glad match, totaled more than $750,000. 

“As a way to honor Liam and inspire people to join the cause, Glad held our largest match since we began supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2009 in the shortest window of time,” shared Molly Steinkrauss, Public Relations Manager for Glad Storage Products. “It was inspiring to see how friends, families, communities and even strangers came together to help Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raise more money and host more bake sales in one month than ever before.”

 “We are humbled by and grateful for the goodness of people who host Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales. And we are especially thankful to Glad for their ongoing support in the fight against pediatric cancer,” says Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “Each day, our mission is to not only honor Liam’s love and passion for life but also to keep alive his desire to take care of others. We do this by supporting new, safer treatments for pediatric cancer, because every child deserves the chance to grow up. We already know children who are benefitting from treatments funded by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Every effort counts, and every dollar counts.”

The news of May’s record-breaking success comes on the heels of the organization’s announcement of $700,000 in grants to top pediatric cancer research centers, with plans to grant more funds again in September during pediatric cancer awareness month.

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 Follow on Facebook at and Twitter

The Glad Products Company
The Glad Products Company is wholly owned subsidiary of The Clorox Company.  The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with 8,300 employees and fiscal year 2009 revenues of $5.5 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers’ most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Green Works® natural cleaning and laundry products; Armor All® and STP® auto-care products; Fresh Step® and Scoop Away® cat litter; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration systems; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; and Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products. The company’s products are manufactured in more than two dozen countries and sold in more than 100 countries. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $77 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal 2009 alone, the foundation awarded $3.6 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $7.8 million. For more information about Clorox, visit

Beat the heat. Host a “Bake and Take” bake sale.

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 6:25 pm July 13, 2011

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we’re all about helping supporters find ways to “Be a Good Cookie” – whether it’s hosting a bake sale, running a race, organizing a ladies’ night out, or giving your talents to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. But summer time, with oppressive temperatures and unpredictable thunderstorms, can make planning an old-fashioned bake sale a little more challenging.

One way to beat the summer heat while continuing to raise funds is to host a pre-order “bake and take” bake sale. Here’s how:

Step 1 – Select a few of your favorite cookie recipes that taste delicious and travel well. One of our favorite bake and take treats are Prince Liam’s Peanut Butter Cookies. See below for the recipe!

Step 2 – Email friends, neighbors and family members nearby and offer to “bake and take” a batch of cookies to them one night for their dessert in exchange for a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Step 3 – Go to your grocery store and purchase everything you need for the cookies you plan to bake. While shopping, remember to purchase plenty of GladWare to securely transfer your baked treats to supporters! GladWare, made by our longtime supporters at The Glad Products Company, is a great way to deliver your treats.

Step 4 – Bake and Take! Simply spending one afternoon in the kitchen – far away from the HEAT of the outdoors – you can truly be a Good Cookie by showing your support of the cause while sharing your cookies with friends and family.

Prince Liam’s Peanut Butter Cookies*

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup natural style peanut butter, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

1.Place the shortening, both sugars, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle and beat on medium speed, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until well combined, about 3 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and beat on low speed until well combined, 1-2 minutes. Add the peanuts and beat 30 seconds longer.

2.Drop batter by tablespoons on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1 1/2-inches apart. Roll each tablespoon of batter into a ball. Working one at a time, dip the tines of a fork in sugar and press down a ball of batter, forming a crosshatch on top, into a 1 1/2-1 3/4-inch round.

3.Transfer to the oven and bake until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned, 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies on cookie sheet on a rack 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to the rack and cool completely.

* To find this and other bake-sale-perfect recipes, be sure to order Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt Witt, available for pre-order now and available in stores starting September 12, 2011.

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