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Change the World

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 10:52 am January 4, 2010

Woman’s Day Magazine is featuring women on a mission to make a difference in the world, and on that list, snuggled in between Gloria Allred and Hillary Rodham Clinton is our very own Cookies for Kids’ Cancer co-founder, Gretchen Holt Witt. Also featured on the list are the likes of glamorous Angelina Jolie and Nancy Goodman Brinker (founder of Susan G Komen foundation. . .) Not a bad list to make, eh? The list of women has big names, all with big hearts who want one thing – to make a difference in the world.

And Gretchen wants to make that differernce one cookie at a time. But she cannot do it without your help!

Anytime is a great time to register to host a bake sale or oder cookies from our online cookie store or to simply make a donation. Right now is the perfect time to start planning for Valentine’s Day. . .show your big heart with a bake sale and know you are changing the world of pediatric cancer, for the better, forever!

Click here to read the Woman’s Day article: http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Women-Who-Are-Changing-the-World.html

What we’re all about. . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 9:36 pm December 31, 2009
Thank you for making 2009 a year to remember!

Thank you for making 2009 a year to remember!

We’re moments away from saying goodbye to 2009. . .bye-bye, see ya, whew – it’s over! People witnessed and experienced stress and heartache, shocks and saddness few could have anticipated as we rang in this year 365 days ago.

And while 2009 seemed to be a wake up call to generations who watched happy little bubbles burst around jobs, housing, and retirement funds, to those hip-deep in the world of pediatric cancer, 2009 was another year of holding on to hope, believing in miracles, and fighting to raise the much-needed funds for long-awaited cures that will make healthy the 13,000 children diagnosed each year with pediatric cancer.

And as the year slogged on for many, we at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer embraced each passing day with newfound hope and strength thanks to YOU – the hundreds of bake sale hosts, individuals who bought cookies from our online store, families who made donations and even the passersby who stopped, dropped a dollar in a donation jar for a cookie.

So thanks for showing up if you heard about us in a magazine or newspaper, from a friend or at a bake sale. And thanks for coming back if you supported us in the past. Thanks for understanding what it means to be a Good Cookie. Thank you for being here in 2009. We cannot wait to see what 2010 brings. . .

Look who’s talking. . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:40 pm December 7, 2009

Just in case you haven’t heard, LOTS of people are talking about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer these days. Just to name a few. . .

The one and only Joan Cusack appeared on the Today Show 4th hour with Hoda and Kathie Lee, plus The Martha Stewart Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Wake up with Al Roker. On each program, she spoke to the need for pediatric cancer research funds as well as the amazing opportunity for your support to go twice as far this holiday season thanks to the Glad Products Company. Glad is matching all funds raised by Cookies this holiday season, up to $100,000, and Joan Cusack used her time to encourage viewers everywhere to get involved in our cause. . .

Then, co-founder Gretchen Witt, with kids Liam and Ella, is featured in O the Magazine for December 2009, with an amazing article about the beginnings of this non-profit and the profound need for funds. Have you bought your copy? Just in case, read below. . .

O the Magazine featured Cookies for Kids' Cancer co-founder Gretchen Witt with Liam and Ella in the December 2009 issue (with Ellen DeGeneres on the cover).

O the Magazine featured Cookies for Kids' Cancer co-founder Gretchen Witt with Liam and Ella in the December 2009 issue (with Ellen DeGeneres on the cover).

After that, our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookies – with four new flavors to choose from – received a lovely mention in Family Circle Magazine’s Inner Circle. Check it out. . .

Family Circle Magazine's Inner Circle highly recommended our Cookies as holiday gifts.

Family Circle Magazine's Inner Circle highly recommended our Cookies as holiday gifts.

Then came the Holiday Gift Guides. . .Parade Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Redbook all recommended our cookies to readers as a perfect gift to give during the holidays.

Finally, other blogs started mentioning Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. . .sharing personal stories of hope and inspiration at bake sales across the country, like this amazing Texan on her blog Up to the Moon. While others simply recommended supporting the Cookies/Glad partnership with a bake sale or buying cookies, like on Cool Mom Picks.

And thanks in part to all this word of mouth, we’ve welcomed more than 500 new bake sale hosts into the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer family. And for that, we are truly thankful.

We hope, like so many others, you are inspired to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this holiday season. Your support makes a difference. Host a bake sale, buy cookies, donate online.

Thank you for being a Good Cookie.

30,000 cookies is only part of the news. . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 9:31 am November 8, 2009

On Friday more than 100 volunteers spent 18+ hours baking, cooling, packing, sealing and boxing 30,000 cookies as part of the 3rd annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie bake-a-thon.

Yesterday, most of us could barely hold our eyes open.

But, in the world of pediatric cancer, there is no time to rest on the laurels of even an extraordinary accomplishment like baking 30,000 cookies in one day thanks to a volunteer army. {And by the way, Friday was amazing.} In the world of kids’ cancer, where science is ready and waiting for the money needed to introduce new and improved therapies that can save kids’ lives, we must get up and keep moving forward. And so, I’m back with some news for you!

First, if you haven’t heard, the Glad Products Company {www.glad.com} is partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this holiday season to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. But Glad doesn’t stop at awareness (or at awesome storage products for that matter). Glad is matching all funds raised by Cookies this month and next month, up to $100,000. And to involve as many people as possible, Glad is encouraging consumers to host more bake sales by offering a special Glad/Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale starter kit when you register your bake sale at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

And there’s more! This week in New York City, Glad is officially launching the partnership with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through a citywide event featuring celebrity spokesperson Joan Cusack as well as, of course, COOKIES. On Tuesday, November 10th, Joan Cusack is going to be on the 4th hour of the Today Show, then she’s going to come downstairs to Rockefeller Center, hop on the Cookie Stop truck to distribute cookies, accept donations and spread the word about pediatric cancer to people on the street at Manhattan’s hot spots. And that’s where you come in.

Want a cookie? Want to make a donation? Want to volunteer? Well, we want you to join us!

Rockefeller Center: 11:00-12:30pm on the South Side of West 50th Street, between 5th Ave & Rock Plaza

Bryant Park: 1-2pm on the West Sida of 6th Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets

Times Square: 2:30-3:30pm on the South Side of 44th St, between Broadway & 8th Ave

Grand Central Station: 4-5pm on West Side of Vanderbilt Avenue, between 42nd & 43rd St.

Want to volunteer as part of the Cookies team? Email emily_fowler@cookiesforkidscancer.org today to confirm!

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 3:21 pm September 30, 2009

Sample the treats served up by Good Cookies this month at bake sales hosted around the country. Every penny from these bake sales carries us one step closer to new, more effective treatments for pediatric cancer. Register your bake sale at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

"Team Jamie" members working hard on their bake sale banner! Their Tennessee bake sale honored the memory of warrior Jamie who lost his battle three years ago.

"Team Jamie" members working hard on their bake sale banner! Their Tennessee bake sale honored the memory of warrior Jamie who lost his battle three years ago.

 Another member of Team Jamie hosted our first Wisconsin bake sale last weekend. Today, we are thrilled to report ANOTHER resident of Wisconsin hosted a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale! Way to go!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer mugs - an inspiration from a mom inspired by her son Mason's battle with cancer. Mason turned two this month, celebrating two years of life as a warrior born with cancer!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer mugs - an inspiration from a mom inspired by her son Mason's battle with cancer. Mason turned two this month, celebrating two years of life as a warrior born with cancer!

 Mason’s mommy, April, ended up hosting bake sales two weekends in a row. . .she heard about us through Facebook. Join our Facebook group today: www.facebook.com/cookiesforkidscancer

The Klauer's in Virginia hosted a bake sale this month in honor of their warrior daughter Reese and another young warrior in their area named Charlotte. They raised hundreds of dollars on a beautiful September Saturday.

The Klauer's in Virginia hosted a bake sale this month in honor of their warrior daughter Reese and another young warrior in their area named Charlotte. They raised hundreds of dollars on a beautiful September Saturday.

Virginia is for Lover’s. . .of Cookies, that is! The Commonwealth hailed six Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales in the month of September! Whether you are a Hokie or a Wahoo, one thing is for certain, Virginians are Good Cookies!

Sheryl Cote and her siblings held a beautiful bake sale in Massachusetts this month!

Sheryl Cote and her siblings held a beautiful bake sale in Massachusetts this month!

When families come together to host events, too often it is because a family member has been impacted by pediatric cancer. In Sheryl’s case, she was moved by the efforts of the families who must battle through this disease. She felt she must do something to help. What a sweet way to help support pediatric cancer research!

The Martin family in Virginia raised over $800 from 8 gallons of lemonade in honor of warrior Liam!

The Martin family in Virginia raised over $800 from 8 gallons of lemonade in honor of warrior Liam!

Have you heard about our promotion with philosophy? From now through November 1, 100% of the proceeds from every bottle of Chocolate Chip Cookie shower gel sold at www.philosophy.com goes directly to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Each bottle is $16. . .it’s like you get to make a $16 donation to the cause, then smell good as a “thank you.”

The Saltsman's in Michigan, inspired by the courage of young warriors, hosted a successful bake sale at a local street festival!

The Saltsman's in Michigan, inspired by the courage of young warriors, hosted a successful bake sale at a local street festival!

This holiday season, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is partnering with The Glad Products Company to help increase awareness of pediatric cancer and raise money to support research for new and improved therapies. Consumers are encouraged to host bake sales to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Glad® will match all funds raised this November and December, up to $100,000.

We hope Pediatric Cancer Awareness month inspired you to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about how to take your spark of inspiration and turn it into action to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. We know it is no small feat to pull off a community bake sale. We also know every small amount of money and awareness raised works together to fund better treatments for each and every child battling this disease. Believe in the power of inspiration and action – come be a Good Cookie with us!

Thank you – for reading the blog, following us on Facebook, buying philosophy shower gel, and being a Good Cookie!

September Newsletter

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 5:13 pm September 27, 2009

Greetings, Good Cookies!

Ah, September: A three-day weekend to wrap up summer. Back to school. First day of fall. Maybe even some early musings about the perfect Halloween costume. Nice. Did you know that the ninth month of the year is also Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month? In the midst of all the usual happy firsts in September, over 1000 children will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s 1000 families whose lives are turned upside down in an instant and who must suddenly face difficult treatments and odds no parent should have to confront. The question: How can we find a cure? The answer: Raise funds for research. It’s actually that simple.

What you can do today:


Come clean. Now through October 15, 100% of proceeds from Philosophy’s amazing Oatmeal Raisin Shower Gel go straight to pediatric cancer research. Stock up today to treat your favorite mom-buddies, teachers, babysitters, anyone to whom you might want to show some love. Purchase at www.philosophy.com/cookies



GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Search, shop and earn. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was featured as the Charity of the Day on GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com on Saturday, September 19th. Exciting, right? But what does that mean? Well, GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine with a Good Cookie twist. GoodSearch is designed to make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer each time you do a search once you designate Cookies as the cause to support.

And, when you do all of your online shopping through GoodShop.com, a percentage of each order will be donated to us (you don’t pay anything extra!)! Hundreds of great stores have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting us!

Sound Good enough? Simply download the toolbar today to know you are supporting Cookies every time you search the Internet: www.goodsearch.com/toolbar.


Check your calendar. Draw a big, cheerful red circle around a free weekend in November or December and organize a bake sale. Start planning now with tips and tools from the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website.



Make a list. Check it twice. To whom should you mail a dozen of our scrumptious cookies? Holiday cookie packages are what started it all at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and they’re still a vital part of our search for a cure. Spread the word to friends, neighbors, co-workers, everyone you know. Bonus points for suggesting Cookies as a scrumptious source for corporate or client gifts, if you know anyone who makes those decisions. Sweeten the deal for them with a reminder that Cookies is an officially IRS-recognized 501c3 organization; purchases are deductible as allowed by law. Go to www.cookiesforkidscancer.org for more information.


ONE GOOD COOKIE DESERVES ANOTHER

Meet: Kate Lubenesky
Mom of: Cooper – age 2 and Carter – age 5 months
Lives in: New York City
Cookie Connection: Longtime co-worker and dear friend of Gretchen and Larry Witt, Cookies co-founders

Why she volunteers, in her own words: Things to do today: Sign up for soccer, re-order diapers, make doctor’s appointment, cure pediatric cancer. Wait, really?

From the sound of it, curing cancer seems farfetched. But that’s before Gretchen and Larry’s son Liam was diagnosed, before their family’s world imploded, and before I knew the facts. The good news is that there are really wonderful and promising treatments that are just on the horizon for children struggling with cancer. The bad news is that some of the protocols are literally stopped in their tracks due to lack of funding. I decided to look at this not as a $1 billion dollar problem per se, but as a cookie by cupcake, mother-by-mother-we-can-do-this problem.


So I threw a bake sale. And honestly, it wasn’t that hard because everyone who heard about it wanted to help. I asked for a core team of volunteers from our staff at Oxo, and together we brainstormed a way to make our bake sale bigger than big. We solicited donations from local sweet shops and bakeries, we commandeered “outposts” (aka card tables) on different office floors, we asked companies for a corporate match for what we raised, we papered the building with fliers. I baked my grandmother’s famous banana pudding (which I now realize is the recipe from the back of the Nilla Wafers box, but it’s still delicious). We had bakers, and sellers, and money takers, and it was a good old fashioned bake sale that made everyone who took part in some way feel a little better—and we raised over $10,000.


Liam has been living with cancer for almost three years now. Money raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has advanced some promising treatments that are helping him. But there is so much more to do. We are literally building a life raft, cookie by cookie. He needs that raft to help ferry him to safety, and so do so many other children. It is not outside the realm of possibility. Science is exploding with new technology, ideas, tests, studies. Many of those opportunities need seed money to get off the ground. I know that as a mother, Gretchen is racing against time to find the best chances for Liam to beat cancer. I also know that as a mother, the saying, “There but for the grace of God go I” is so true. Cancer knows no boundaries. I look at my sweet boys and I never want them to know the pain of a playground slight or the heartache of first love. I know that Gretchen would like nothing more than for Liam to know the heartache, and the joy, of a first love.

I have promised Gretchen that we will dance together at Liam’s wedding, and we will laugh and sing and have far too many cocktails. If adding a bake sale to my list of things to do today will make that promise come true, I’m all in. Won’t you join me?

Philosophy + Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 11:26 am September 10, 2009

Do you want to know the fastest, easiest way to place your order for Oatmeal Raisin Shower Gel from philosophy? Click here: www.philosophy.com/cookies . Then you are just steps away from smelling like a good cookie while being a Good Cookie and supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Thank you, philosophy!!!

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month – Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 6:25 pm September 4, 2009

This weekend’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales:

Coulter Residence – Burlwood Court – Louisville, Kentucky – Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6

The Coulter’s are hosting their bake sale in honor of their almost two-year-old son Mason, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at birth. Their brave warrior will be happy to serve yummy treats to Good Cookies!

Barnes Enterprises Auto Sales – West Main Street, East Brookfield, MA – Saturday, September 5 from 10am-2pm

Thanks to our partnership with philosophy, Good Cookies like the Cotes are learning about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and jumping in with all their heart, ready to fight this horrible disease! Please join in tomorrow for lots of yummy treats for all the Good Cookies in the Brookfield area!

Bake Sale tutorial in pictures

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:19 pm September 3, 2009

Host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. It’s a fun, happy way to bring awareness and support to an anything-but-fun disease. Here are a few pictures from the bake sale of one of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s biggest supporters – Katie I from Reading, PA who loves with all her heart and gives all she has to make a difference in the world of pediatric cancer. Read the captions for the ways Katie’s bake sale was personal, fun and brought in the dough!

Find the Cookies logo on our site, then hand make your signs for a personal touch. Get your kids involved!

Find the Cookies logo on our site, then hand make your signs for a personal touch. Get your kids involved!

Pretty, pretty packages. Use the logo look professional while keeping the cause in everyone's mind.

Pretty, pretty packages. Use the logo to look professional while keeping the cause in everyone's mind.

There's no place like home! Katie's bake took place right at home during her community yard sale. There were no hungry shoppers last Saturday.

There's no place like home! Katie's bake sale took place right at home during her community yard sale. There were no hungry shoppers last Saturday.

All about the kids! How adorable is Katie's little boy? Nothing brings in customers like a smiling face. Give all the kids who come to your table a Cookies for Kids' Cancer sticker to remind their parents of the cause when they get home.

All about the kids! How adorable is Katie's little boy? Nothing brings in customers like a smiling face. Give all the kids who come to your table a Cookies for Kids' Cancer sticker to remind their parents of the cause when they get home.

Work the crowd! See Katie in action? She's tireless and fearless. . .she'll remind every customer that every dollar raised counts. She also asked her company to match the funds she raised. They said, "YES," meaning every dollar donated counted double.

Work the crowd! See Katie in action? She's tireless and fearless. . .she'll remind every customer that every dollar raised counts. She also asked her company to match the funds she raised. They said, "YES," meaning every dollar donated counted double.

Have fun! With family and friends there to help, your bake sale will be a fun time to catch up while doing good.

Have fun! With family and friends there to help, your bake sale will be a fun time to catch up while doing good.

Host a bake sale – register today at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

If you cannot host a bake sale, please consider supporting our sponsors during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month – the beautiful people of philosophy. Check out their promotion at www.philosophy.com/cookies . Bug a bottle of Oatmeal Raisin Shower Gel this month and 100% of the net proceeds go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer research for pediatric cancer treatments.

Be a good cookie. Sell a good cookie.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is coming to Meredith College

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 8:50 pm August 30, 2009

This Tuesday night, September 1st, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, is hosting a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale on campus at the newly finished athletic field.

Starting at 6pm Meredith’s Avenging Angels soccer team will take the field for their season opener, while on the sidelines hundreds of delicious cookies will be ready for spectators to enjoy, all donated from local baker Chef Hamm (check him out at www.chefhamm.com – the cookies are as yummy as he is generous). Plus, there will be amazing, yummy-smelling shower gel and skin care raffle prizes donated by our sponsor philosophy. And all you need is some cash (or a check) in your pocket and a can-do attitude. . .because every dollar you donate is being matched by both Pinpoint Resource Group of Raleigh (thank you Sean Edmiston – you are one Good Cookie!) and Bank of America. . .every dollar you donate gets tripled!!

Tuesday is set to be an exciting night at 3800 Hillsborough Street. And let there be no doubt, NO ONE at the bake sale table will be more excited than yours truly! Yes, I will be there to cheer on my alma mater (and co-founder Gretchen’s alma mater!) Meredith College and sell cookies and raise some dough for pediatric cancer. And I hope you will be there, too!

Stay tuned for pictures, stories and maybe even a little college-days nostalgia. . .

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