2014 Good Cookie Graduates

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 5:40 am May 29, 2014

Introducing the 1st graduating class of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! These students have been involved with Cookies throughout their high school careers and together, they have raised nearly $100,000 for childhood cancer research! These combined efforts are enough to fund a research grant for children battling cancer. Join us in celebrating this exciting milestone in the lives of these Good Cookies and read their inspiring stories below.

Abbey Rogers

Abbey Rogers

Charlotte, NC

Attending:The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My involvement with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer opened my eyes to the power of an effort fueled by compassion; when people who care deeply about a cause work together, they can make a drastic impact on the world around them and inspire others to care deeply as well.

To read more about Abbey’s involvement with Cookies, click here.

 

 

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Calabasas High School Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Club

Calabasas, CA

From left to right: Jenny Stein (Drew University), Jackelyne Nguyen (UC Berkley), Chandler Polakov (Tulane University), Cynthia Matsumura (UCLA) Noah Sylvester (University of Redlands), and Alyssa Weakley (The George Washington University)

Why They’re Good Cookies: The involvement we’ve all had with Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has been astounding and we could never have imagined that a single charity could have such an big impact on our lives and the lives of everyone around us.

To read more about their involvement with Cookies, click here.

 
Jillian Maher

Jillian Maher

Elmhurst, IL

Attending: Indiana University- Bloomington

Why She’s a Good Cookie: My baking passion and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer involvement have brought out other parts of my personality, including my work ethic, integrity, compassion and perseverance. I like to believe I made a difference in someone’s life and I know CFKC made a difference in my life.

To read more about Jillian’s involvement with Cookies, click here.
 
 
 
And for more Good Cookie graduate inspiration, watch the video of the commencement speech Cookies Founder Gretchen Witt gave at her alma mater Meredith College in 2010!
 
 

Inspired to Make a Difference

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Donations,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:20 pm May 28, 2014

A special guest post by Denny’s franchise owners Tina & Glenn Beattie

This June, select Denny’s restaurants in 13 different states will be raising funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This is the fourth year in a row Denny’s has joined us in the fight against childhood cancer, and the annual campaign is expanding each year. It all began in 2011 when two franchise owners, Tina and Glenn Beattie, came across Cookies in a magazine article and decided they wanted to help make a difference. In a special guest post, they share their experience on what inspired them to get involved.

When we read about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in a magazine, we were inspired by the positive approach they were taking to raise much needed funds for pediatric cancer research – such fun. Cookies and bake sales – who doesn’t love cookies! We ordered a bunch of cookies, and reached out to see how we could use our restaurants to help the cause.

In May 2011, our 28 Denny’s in Western and Central New York held month-long fundraisers for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. For each donation made, paper “cookies” were signed and hung on the walls of the diners. By the end of the month, tens of thousands of cookies lined every wall, window and door frame of our restaurants! Thanks to our guests we raised $75,000 in that first month! – a sum that through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will help fund lifesaving research and treatments.

Over the years many of our Denny’s family have joined us and the number of restaurants joining us grows every year. Giving our guests a chance to learn about this incredible organization, the need for pediatric cancer research and to join us in supporting Cookies for Kids Cancer. As business owners, we are honored to partner with an amazing organization like Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and the spirit in which they are fighting pediatric cancer. As parents, we are inspired by Gretchen and Larry, and as neighbors, we are humbled by the overwhelming support of our guests who have also been touched by this cause.

One of our guests, the parent of a child with pediatric cancer, sent a letter that said coming into our restaurant with her child during our Cookies fundraiser made them both feel like they weren’t alone in the fight. And they are not. We look forward to continuing to do our part to uphold Liam’s legacy and make a difference in the lives of these brave young children.

Our company is proud to be a longtime supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We were deeply touched by Liam’s short but significant life and wanted to do what we could to help the fight against pediatric cancer. Little did we know how enthusiastically our customers would respond and what an impact we could have.

– Glenn and Tina Beattie, Top Line Restaurants, Inc.

Denny’s LOVES Good Cookies!

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Good Cookies @ 12:03 pm May 23, 2014

Denny’s in 13 states help raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in June.

Since 2011, select Denny’s in Arizona and New York have held an annual month-long campaign to raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This June, the campaign is expanding, with nearly 200 stores in 13 states joining the cause!

Participating Stores

Below is a complete list of all Denny’s stores participating in the June campaign. To view stores in a specific state, click on the state name below.
Arizona | California | Colorado | Hawaii | Idaho | Montana | New Mexico | New York | Oregon | South Dakota | Texas | Utah | Washington

How it Works:

DSCN5838In exchange for a donation of their choice, customers will be offered paper cookies, where they can write their name or personal message. The cookie will then be added to the collection displayed throughout the restaurant. Every dollar raised will go to research for childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.

To date, the AZ and NY Denny’s have raised $250,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This year, with the increased support, customers could help more than DOUBLE that total amount in June alone! Stop by a participating Denny’s near you for a bite and help make a difference for children fighting cancer.

 

Arizona

City

Address

City

Address

Cottonwood 2211 E. Highway 89A Phoenix 2525 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Flagstaff 2306 E. Lucky Ln. San Tan Valley 1758 W. Hunt Hwy.
Flagstaff 2122 S. Milton Rd. Scottsdale 9160 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Page 669 Scenic View Rd. Scottsdale 7605 E McDowell Rd.
Payson 312 S. Beeline Hwy. Scottsdale 3315 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Tuba City P.O. Box 2490 Surprise 14799 W. Grand Ave.
Williams 2550 W. Route 66 Tempe 825 S. 48th St.
Kingman 3255 E. Andy Devine Ave. Tempe 1994 W. Baseline Rd.
Kingman 3300 E. Andy Devine Ave. Tempe 650 N Scottsdale Rd.
Buckeye 441 S. Watson Rd. Tempe 1343 W. Broadway
Casa Grande 1851 E Florence Blvd. Tempe 4403 S. Rural Rd.
Gilbert 3971 South Gilbert Rd. Wickenburg 1010 N Tegner Rd.
Gilbert 1368 N. Cooper Rd. Wickenburg 1010 N Tegner Rd.
Glendale 5161 W Thunderbird Rd Benson 825 Ocotillo Rd.
Glendale 10614 N 43rd Ave. Eloy 16189 S. Sunshine Blvd.
Glendale 9856 W. Camelback Rd. Green Valley 18875 S. I-19 Frontage Rd.
Goodyear 1218 N. Litchfield Rd. Nogales 683 N. Grand Ave.
Mesa 1330 S. Power Rd. Sierra Vista 2397 E. Fry Blvd.
Mesa 1210 E. Main St. Tucson 3702 E. Irvington Rd.
Mesa 1150 S. Country Club Tucson 555 N. Freeway
Peoria 8737 NW Grand Ave. Tucson 6484 E. Broadway
Peoria 8131 W/ Bell Rd. Tucson 5000 Oracle Rd.
Phoenix 4120 N/ 51st Ave. Anthem 4121 W. Anthem Way
Phoenix 3205 E/ Bell Rd. Camp Verde 1630 W Hwy. 260
Phoenix 2120 E/ Cactus Rd. Fountain Hills 17053 E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix 1401 N. 75th Ave. Holbrook 2510 E. Navajo Blvd.
Phoenix 3160 W. Carefree Rd. Prescott 1316 Iron Spring Rd.
Phoenix 6700 W. Latham Rd. Prescott Valley 7925 E. Hwy. 69
Phoenix 2525 W. Deer Valley Rd Show Low 4471 White Mountain Rd.
Phoenix 2801 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Thatcher 2875 W. Hwy. 70
Phoenix 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Winslow 400 Transcon Ln.
Phoenix 5002 N. Seventh St. Youngtown 11121 Grand Ave.
Phoenix 3456 W. Bethany Home
Phoenix 2717 W. Bell Rd.

 

California

City

Address

El Monte 3540 N. Peck Rd.
Port Hueneme 2511 N. Ventura Rd.
Ventura 2148 E. Harbor Blvd.

 

Colorado

City

Address

Cortez 2059 E. Main St.

 

Hawaii

City

Address

Kahului 430 Kele St.
Kailua-Kona 75-1027 Henry St.
Kihei 2463 S. Kihei Rd.

 

Idaho

City

Address

Boise 2580 Airport Way
Caldwell 3512 Franklin Rd.
Meridian 3155 E. Fairview Ave.
Nampa 607 Northside Blvd.
Chubbock 4310 Yellowstone Rd.
Idaho Falls 950 Lindsay Rd.

 

Montana

City

Address

Great Falls 3715 31st St. SW
Missoula 2922 Brooks St.

 

New Mexico

City

Address

Alamogordo 930 S. White Sands
Albuquerque 5201 San Antonio Dr. NE
Albuquerque 9911 Avalon Road NM
Bernalillo 254 US 550
Carlsbad 810 W. Pierce St.
Farmington 600 Scott Ave.
Gallup 3810 E. Historical Hwy 66
Gallup 836 N. U.S. 491
Grants 1700 Sidney Dr.
Hobbs 5110 N. Lovington Hwy.
Jamestown I40, Exit 39
Las Cruces 740 S. Main St.
Lordsburg 11 Old Hwy. 70
Los Lunas 1875 Emilio Lopez Lp.
Raton 430 Clayton Rd.
Roswell 220 N. Main St.
Ruidoso Downs 2219 Hwy. 70 W.
Santa Rosa 2483 Historic Route 66
Socorro 913 California St.
Truth or Consequences 2255 N. Date St.
Tucumcari 2021 S. Mountain Rd.

 

New York

City

Address

Amherst 3920 Maple Rd.
Auburn 176 Grant Ave.
Batavia 364 W. Main St.
Buffalo 2215 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo 4445 Main St.
Camillus 5300 W. Genesee St.
Canandaigua 160 Eastern Blvd.
Cheektowaga 4610 Genesee St.
Cicero 7873 Brewerton Rd
Corfu 8484 Allegheny Rd
Depew 4757 Transit Rd
Fairport 4 Perinton Hills Mall
Fredonia 10390 Bennett Rd
Geneseo 4240 Lakeville Rd
Geneva 813 Canandaigua Rd
Hamburg 5092 Camp Rd
Horseheads 950 Chemung St
Lockport 5699 Transit Rd
Niagara Falls 8020 Niagara Falls
North Syracuse 201 Lawrence Rd
Orchard Park 3165 Southwestern Blvd.
Painted Post 118 Victory Hwy
Rochester 2890 W Ridge Rd
Rochester 911 Jefferson Rd
Syracuse 6591 Thompson Rd
Syracuse 103 Elwood Davis Rd
Syracuse 3414 Erie Blvd.
Victor 7503 Main Street Fisher
Watertown 1142 Arsenal St
West Seneca 1881 Ridge Rd

 

Oregon

City

Address

Clackamas 15815 SE 82nd Dr.
Ontario 76 E Goodfellow Rd.
Portland 425 NE Hassalo Rd.
Portland 12201 N. Center St.
Portland 8787 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Portland 12101 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland 10428 SE Stark Rd.
Salem 3680 Market St. NE
The Dalles 1710 W. 6th Ave.
Tillamook 2230 Main Ave. N. #500

 

South Dakota

City

Address

Rapid City 2206 N. LaCrosse Dr.
Sioux Falls 5201 N. Granite Lane

 

Texas

City

Address

Anthony 3001 Mountain Pass Blvd.
El Paso 6144 Gateway E.
El Paso 11045 Gateway W.
El Paso 11315 Montwood Dr.
El Paso 4690 Woodrow Bean
El Paso 6650 Montana Ave.
El Paso 510 N Zaragosa Rd.
El Paso 9567 Dyer St.
El Paso 1301 N. Horizon Blvd.
Fort Bliss 1613 Pleasonton Rd. Suite B-107
Pecos 100 E. Pinehurst St.

 

Utah

City

Address

Cedar City 255 N. 1100 West
Lake Point 1605 E. Saddleback Blvd
Layton 991 N. 400 West
Lehi 101 N 1200 East
Midvale 401 W. 7200 South
Midvale 7051 S. 1300 East
Moab 989 N. Highway 191
Murray 420 W. 4500 South
Nephi 1597 S. Main St.
Ogden 1250 Washington Blvd.
Orem 485 N. State St.
Provo 1680 N. 200 West
S Jordan 10646 S. 300 West
Salt Lake City 2025 S. 900 West
Salt Lake City 250 W. 500 South
Salt Lake City 1701 W. North Temple Rd.
South Ogden 5805 S. Harrison Blvd.
Springville 1460 N. 1750 West
Tremonton 2341 W. Main St.
West Haven 1172 W. 2100 South

 

Washington

City

Address

Auburn 521 Auburn Way S
Bellevue 2233 148TH Ave N E
Bellingham 161 Telegraph Rd
Burien 14821 First Ave S.
Edmonds 8431 244th St SW
Everett (128) 132 128 St S W
Everett (Evergreen) 8417 Evergreen Way
Everett (Pacific) 2903 Pacific Ave.
Federal Way 2132 S 320th St.
Kent 1246 N Central Ave
Lacey 108 College Way St. SE
Lynnwood 4109 196th Pl.
Mt. Vernon 100 East College Way
Renton 4750 NE Lake Washington
Seatac (North 17206 International Blvd.
Seatac (South) 18623 International Blvd.
Tacoma (Lakewood) 11755 Pacific Hwy SW
Tacoma (Parkland) 10802 Pacific Ave S.
Union Gap 2603 Rudkin Rd.

 

New Look. Same Mission. The Difference is YOU…

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 9:21 am April 29, 2014

So, you might have noticed that we made a few changes recently! Courtesy of our friends at Smart Design who have been with us since the very beginning, we have a new look and with it, a new website which is easier to navigate and captures the essence of our organization.

We are beyond excited to share all the NEW . . .because YOU inspired these changes. When we launched nearly 6 years ago, we were driven by a belief that if we all pitched in a little, together we could make a big difference for children battling cancer today and those who will be called into battle in the future But there was a lot of faith tied up in that belief. What if no one wanted to support? What if no one hosted a single bake sale? What if no one cared?

But those worries were quickly wiped away, thanks to YOU.

With each month, new supporters register events – making the commitment to Be Good Cookies™. At first we were focused on bake sales, which is what inspired the original Kraft paper look and feel. We wanted it to feel welcoming and homemade – truly from the heart. As time goes on, the Good Cookie spirit is evolving into so much more.  You started asking, “What if I hosted a penny drive?” or “May I run a race to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?” or “My friends and I want to host a cookie swap?” or “May I ask my friends to give to Cookies in honor of my birthday?”

As your ideas poured in, the love did too, and suddenly Good Cookie spirit was made up of individuals from all 50 states  and in multiple countries, with all kinds of talents, who all shared our belief that if we everyone does a little,  it will most certainly add up to a lot.

And indeed, it has. To date, we’ve raised more than $8 million, funded four-dozen research projects, and watched nine of these projects go to clinical trial to help treat children battling cancer today.

But a bright new logo and a new website might make you, our supporters, see dollar signs and wonder. . .how much did this new look and feel cost? The answer is simple: $0. Zip. Zero. Nada.

Not ONE penny of the funds donated by supporters went to create the new designs.

As always, it was thanks to the heartfelt support of talented individuals and companies that this project came together.
Our endless thanks goes to:

Smart Design – our brand partners extraordinaire. From day one, the passionate team at Smart helped translate our vision into a logo and website design that would quickly tell the story of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And when we sat down with them during the week of our 5th anniversary in September, they once again dazzled us by capturing the spirit of our supporters through this new look and feel. The gifts of their time and talent can never fully be repaid, even with our deepest thanks.

Border 7 Studios – for housing our website from the beginning. Websites are much like gardens – they must be attended to daily. They are living, breathing extensions of the passion of the company or organization. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s website remains well-tended-to thanks to the ongoing loyalty of this dedicated group in California. The men and women on their team make sure anyone who comes to our site is welcomed with the Good Cookie spirit. And their spirit of generosity is vital to our organization’s growth.

Bridgetree – for developing and hosting our database, the link to every single supporter. If you have given to Cookies at an event, made a donation online, ordered our cookies, or actually hosted an event, we can find this information with the stroke of a few keys thanks to Bridgetree. As we worked to create the new website, their team served as eyes, ears, questioners, and cheerleaders to make sure that the new platform reflected the growth of the organization so the user experience would be better than ever.

Walker Marketing – putting the relations in public relations support. For nearly 18 months, the Walker Marketing team has supported Cookies in all aspects of communications, and their moment to shine was in keeping all the players moving forward in the development of the website. Endless hours of coordination, double checking links, moving pictures, and editing copy went into the finished product. We simply would not have made it to launch day without them.

We applaud these partners for not only being our friends and Good Cookies, but for being shining examples in the corporate world of supporting philanthropy through gifts and service. Their support allows us to remain true to all three pillars of our values:

  1. Targeted Focus of where dollars are spent;
  2. Innovative Engagement in the community by offering creative approaches to fundraising;
  3. Building Community through teamwork, connecting people, and making the world a place where individuals want to Be a Good Cookie™ each day.

Welcome to this new chapter at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We hope you are as inspired by it as we are by you.

 

 

Why I Had To

Filed under: blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 5:16 am

Special guest post by Jennifer Lebeau on making Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s new video, “ONE Thing”


Producing a campaign video to help raise awareness for a foundation is not new to me. Whether a documentary, a television show or a branding campaign, I tell stories for a living. That’s what I do.

Theoretically, it’s my job to make people relate to and understand the specific situation that I present to them. The thing is, it’s always surreal and somewhat of a mind warp to use the same skills I apply towards branding a company, an entertainer or a TV show… to a disease.

I got involved with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when my friend and colleague Ken Druckerman, Executive Producer and the Co-President of Left/Right, a New York based production company, called me about an upcoming project he was going to be doing for a not-for-profit childhood cancer organization.

Pediatric Cancer is not exactly a light topic. It’s such a horrible thing to think about, we quite frankly don’t.

Who of you knew it was the #1 disease killer of children in the country? Who knew all the research focused on cancers adults contract have little to NO bearing on kids’ cancers?  Pediatric cancers aren’t “little versions” of adult brain cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, etc.?  WHAT?!?!

If we don’t raise funds to get completely unique research and treatments going for kids’ cancer – there won’t be progress made on saving children’s lives or helping them battle the disease.

I knew none of this before I started this project. And I certainly had no idea how small government funding for the disease was. It seemed impossible in today’s world.

OK. The task at hand was becoming clear. And I can only give this credit to the tenacious and inspiring cast of characters I got to meet, and thus feature in the video.

After losing their 6-½ year old son to cancer, instead of allowing pain and grief to take over their lives, Gretchen and Larry Witt have harnessed that energy into a multi-million dollar advocacy network in the fight against pediatric cancer. Their generosity has inspired this grassroots network around the globe.  Astonishing, amazing, and powerful.

I had presumptions and expectations as I entered into my interviews with two of the country’s most high profile doctors in pediatric cancer.  As researchers, surgeons, and oncologists – they surely have a way to keep themselves from being personally affected by the disease. They would have to in order to get through day-by-day, right? I expected somewhat aloof, stoic, clinicians.

As I sat with Dr. LaQuaglia of Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Dr. Maris at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I witnessed the opposite of my expectations. I met two brilliant scientists, whose empathy was palpable and whose emotion flowed freely. Their passion for their work was deep, and the affection for their patients and their families was equally strong. Their strength of character is nothing short of heroic.

The tragedy is nearly unthinkable, the pain mind-bending, there is no way to get used to any of this. Ask Dr. LaQuaglia or Dr. Maris. See and hear them in this video.

I had a unique experience on this project. Despite the weight of the topic, despite the sad stories, as my investment grew deeper, my spirit became lighter. It was that feeling of inspiration and hope that were the important sentiments with which we wanted to leave the viewer.

When one accepts that the current reality doesn’t have to be this way, that by acting, you can change the outcome of a pediatric cancer diagnosis…that’s when the dynamic changes.  Fear, turns into power. That is the gift of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

While I know I can’t bring back Liam Witt or any other child who has passed away from cancer, knowing I did what I could do with whatever it is I have to offer has been meaningful and important work.

I think Ken explained it best when describing how the production team was coping a midst the editing process which included repeated viewings for weeks in order to create the most effective piece possible. “We have been watching the same sequence over and over again – and we all still feel that same mix of raw emotion and a desire to do more.”

The science is there. It is possible to stop children from dying. You can make a difference.
Be a good cookie.™
 

The “ONE Thing” video was produced by Left/Right, an award-winning documentary production company. The team has been behind such hit series as The Rachel Zoe Project, United STATS of America, True Life and many more. Click here to learn more about the amazing team who generously gave their time, passion and talent to create this video for Cookies.

 
 

Celebrate March Madness like a Good Cookie!

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 12:55 pm March 14, 2014

2014 NCAA tournament pairings will be announced Sunday, March 16, and people coast to coast will be filling out brackets and going in on group pools. This year, consider dedicating your March Madness bracket to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Use your March Madness bracket for good – It’s EASY:

  1. View and print our special tournament bracket.
  2. SHARE the bracket and this simple idea with everyone you know to help spread awareness.
  3. Donate the proceeds of your group pool to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – your donation will directly fund critically needed childhood cancer research.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer March Madness Bracket 2014

That’s it! So, who’s ready to celebrate March Madness like a Good Cookie? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And once you’ve printed your bracket, snap a selfie and share with us – It’s a great way to help us inspire others to get involved too. Thanks for being Good Cookies!

 

Love Notes to Cookies

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 11:10 am February 7, 2014

The season of love is here! To celebrate, our friends at Bormioli Rocco are sharing love notes they’ve written for us throughout the month of February. Let their sweet words inspire you to share the love!

Friday, February 7:

Patrick, VP of Sales at Bormioli Rocco:

Bormioli Rocco and Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Patrick #LoveNote“Our organization gives because I believe all of us have a decision to make when you see unfair situations like the under-funding of pediatric cancer research… you either look on in empathy or you get off the sidelines and take action. We choose to join the fight. Supporting Cookies for Kids Cancer is a simple and fun way to make a difference.

Cookies for Kids Cancer brings family, friends, communities and co-workers together for a common cause. Bake sales are a simple act, but every sale matters with Cookies… every single dollar raised goes directly to find cures for pediatric cancer. You see the impact of every cookie you bake… every cookie makes a difference! Shine like a Star this February… join us in the fight.”

Don’t forget – Bormioli Rocco is matching funds raised at events hosted this month! Register to host a bake sale in your area today, and remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration so your funds will be matched! Register your February event TODAY.

Wednesday, February 12:

Mike, a member of the Bormioli Rocco Sales Team.

MIKE“In 2011 my wife, Mary, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Just one year removed from the birth of our first and only child – it hit us like a ton of bricks and challenged what was supposed to be the happiest time in our lives. In spite of her health, Mary’s resilience, strength and dedication to our son and family were truly inspiring. I am forever in awe of her toughness and positive outlook both then and now.

We, like many others, have been be affected by cancer. We’ve seen firsthand how it affects the lives of a patient, their loved ones, and everyone around them. To fully understand the impact of cancer and to think of how that affects a child and their family is heartbreaking. Thankfully for us, Breast Cancer is one of the most talked about, heavily funded, and most recognized forms of cancer in the world. As a result, Mary is on a path to being cured. Yet there are countless forms of cancer that are under-researched, rarely discussed, and underfunded. Pediatric Cancer is among them.

Gretchen’s vision of bringing forward such a serious topic via a fun and energetic charity is ingenious. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is providing families impacted by pediatric cancer the same positive result that my family is blessed with. I commend the team at Cookies for all of their efforts and what they have done to raise funding and awareness of this horrible disease. I am proud to work for Bormioli Rocco – a company that stands side by side, joined in the fight with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.”

Monday, February 17:

Kate, a member of the Bormioli Sales Team:

BRocco KateEvery day, we are inspired in our fight alongside Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Kate from our Sales Team shares why @Cookies for Kids Cancer is very close to her heart and why she supports this worthy cause.

“My little cousin Dylan was nine years old when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.  I remember thinking how unfair that a child like Dylan, so gentle, genuine, hopeful, and trusting by nature would have to deal with such a cruel and relentless disease.  I remember thinking about his family, and how impossible it must be to watch your child, your brother, suffer unimaginable pain, feeling so many times like all you can do is watch.  The agony of being on the sidelines while someone you love faces hardship is something that everyone can relate to, but so few have solutions for.

I was profoundly touched when I found out that Bormioli Rocco would partnering with Cookies for Kids Cancer.  Hearing the story of how Cookies started, and what Gretchen is doing in her son Liam’s memory really spoke to that feeling of “being sidelined” that I experienced when my cousin was sick.  What this organization does speaks to an important fact:  even though you may feel that you can’t do anything, that is the opposite of the truth.  Every hug, every prayer, every dollar, and every cookie makes a difference.

Dylan became a cancer Survivor in July 2011 after nine months battling the disease.  My hope is that through Bormioli Rocco’s support of Cookies for Kids Cancer, we will see many more grants that are on the sidelines get the funding they need to move forward, so that many more children will win their fight, too.”

Please register to host a bake sale in your area and remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration: http://bit.ly/1b5CS6F

Friday, February 21:

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

lisa“What I love most about supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is the direct impact and tangible results that our donations have on pediatric research. The folks at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer are great about keeping supporters informed on where the money is being spent and breakthroughs that have happened as a result.

In December, we learned of an exciting breakthrough in Leukemia treatment by Dr. Stephan Grupp and the team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, made possible in part by funds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  It’s great to know you’re helping create a better future for children affected by pediatric cancer.” To read about Dr. Grupps research, please click: http://bit.ly/19Vxc46

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 24:

Laurie with the Bormioli Communications Team:

Laurie“I first heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer four years ago, which is when I met the founders Gretchen and Larry and their family. I was so inspired by their ability to take their experience with pediatric cancer and create such an accessible way for anyone to become involved and help.

When I learned that childhood cancer research receives the least amount of funding, and yet is the number one disease killer of children, I was flabbergasted. How could that be possible? Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is changing the way we not only talk about childhood cancer, but it’s helping families and communities not to feel so helpless. Baking cookies is fun. Hosting a bake sale is fun.

When each dollar raised can be donated to help fund safe treatments for kids, that makes this challenge a little easier while also making it better for all children and their families in this fight.”

Please get involved by registering to host a bake sale. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will help you each step of the way: http://bit.ly/1b5CS6F. Please remember to select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration to bake.

 

 

Share the Love with Cookies

Filed under: Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 1:09 pm February 6, 2014

On Valentine’s Day 2011, hundreds gathered in New York City to celebrate the life of Liam Witt, the little boy who inspired his parents to start Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. While cancer cut his life short, Liam’s LOVE for people, for living, and for life has become his true, enduring legacy.

Liam WittLove Inspired Action…

Just 2 ½-years-old when diagnosed, Liam’s parents, Larry and Gretchen Witt, quickly learned of the lack of treatment options for pediatric cancers.  When his oncologist shared, “It’s not science that’s holding us back, it’s funding,” Gretchen knew she had to take action. But first, Liam had to be ushered through months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Throughout the process, his bravery and compassion inspired his parents. When he was declared to have no evidence of disease, they began to think of how to help other children.

The 2007 holiday season was approaching as Gretchen thought of ways to raise funds for a promising new treatment. She realized she needed something so sweet and comforting that it would conquer the fear associated with pediatric cancer. The answer? Cookies. With the help of 250 volunteers, Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies – in person, online, any way she could – to raise funds. That original “bake sale” raised more than $420,000. Before long, people began reaching out asking, “What can I do to help?”

A Transcending Love…

Photo Jan 24, 2 35 06 PMReaching far beyond his family, Liam’s love knew no boundaries. Though he battled cancer off and on for nearly four years, he had special relationships with everyone he encountered, from doctors, nurses and teachers, to the firefighters of Engine 1/Ladder 24, the station he passed on his way home from school or treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. 

He called the firefighters his “guys,” and made sure they all knew he loved them. And they weren’t afraid to show their love in return. In their station, they gave Liam his own locker, suit and helmet. On January 24, 2011, Liam’s battle came to an end. Suddenly, the numbers of his beloved Engine 1/Ladder 24 took on a special meaning.

For his Valentine’s Day memorial service,  an entire street in New York City was closed off as Liam’s “guys” honored him with a hero’s farewell. The message that day was to Love Like Liam. Today, his locker at the firehouse still serves as a reminder of that message.

- Liam Witt gets a hero s farewell   YouTubeA Legacy of Love…

Liam’s love continues to inspire us and people everywhere. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research, funding four dozen projects and helping seven promising new treatments advance to clinical trial.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer isn’t just about Liam. It’s not about one type of cancer. It’s about every child, everywhere. Every child deserves a fighting chance. As long as there are treatments sitting on shelves waiting for funding, we’ll be fighting to move them forward. This year, we hope you’ll be inspired to join us in sharing the love.

Three simple way to help this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Order cookies. Delicious and all-natural, 100% of the profits goes to pediatric cancer research.
  2. Make a donation. You can select the type of cancer your gift supports, and feel good knowing your contribution will be used to find less toxic, more effective treatments for pediatric cancer research.
  3. Host an event. Thousands of bake sales and other grassroots event have been held in all 50 states and in 16 countries. No effort is too small to make a difference.

 

 

Shine Bright this February

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:24 pm February 4, 2014

BRocco LogoIn celebration of Valentine’s Day, our friends at Bormioli Rocco, craftsmen of the finest Italian glassware and stemware products, are back for the 2nd year in a row to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And they’re working hard to inspire everyone to “Shine like a Star” this February.

3 Sweet Reasons to Get Involved in February:

  1. As part of their commitment to give $50,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2014, Bormioli Rocco will MATCH the funds you raise in February up to $25,000! So, if you’ve been thinking of hosting a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale or other event, NOW is the time. Simply select Bormioli Rocco as your inspiration when you register, and you will automatically double the funds you raise!
  2. BRocco Gift

  3. The FIRST 50 people to sign up to host a February event will receive a complimentary set of Bormioli Rocco glasses and a matching carafe, perfect for sharing cookies and milk with loved ones. You could also use the set as a raffle prize to raise additional funds at your February event. They will go quickly, so don’t wait!
  4. Bormioli Rocco Cookies for Kids' Cancer baking set giveaway prize

  5. You could win a special cookie baking set, complete with a 9-piece nesting bowls set to mix dough, colorful Fido and Giara Jars to store and package ingredients, Giara bottles and an Ypsilon carafe for serving milk, and a dozen Palatina Glasses for dunking cookies Simply CLICK HERE to enter to win the chance to make your cabinets sparkle with stunning new glassware.

Don’t delay – Start sharing the love and sign up to host a February event TODAY! And if you have questions, email us. Our event team is here to help you each step of the way.

Remember to share photos and event details with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and use the hashtag #ShineLikeaStar when you can. We’ll help you spread the word, and it’s a great way to inspire others to join the fight as well!

 

 

Busting #KidsCancerMyths

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 2:21 pm February 3, 2014

Pediatric cancer myths present enormous barriers to researchers receiving the funding they need. Over the next week, help us bust these myths. Go social using the hashtags #KidsCancerMyths and #WorldCancerDay and get others involved in the conversation

MYTH: I won’t see the impact of my support anytime soon.

FACT: In the past five years, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has helped move seven new treatments into clinical trials, where they are available to children TODAY.    

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founder Gretchen Holt-Witt was once told by her son’s doctor that, “It’s not science that’s holding us back, it’s funding.”

We provide grants to the top researchers at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers so their groundbreaking research and promising new developments can become treatments used nationwide. Our Medical Advisory Board helps us determine the most critical needs and promising projects that are simply sitting on the shelves because of lack of funding to move forward.

Morgan Pierce - Cookies for Kids' CancerWhen you support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you’re helping make advancements that can benefit children TODAY. Want to see how your support is helping right now? Meet Morgan.

 

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