Glad Gives Fun, Easy Way to Raise Funds With #SaveItSunday

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Donations,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 7:11 am December 3, 2013

Glad #SaveItSunday - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad has returned with their annual match to inspire you to get in the spirit and make a difference this holiday season. NOW through December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to automatically double the amount you raise for childhood cancer research!

And this year, there’s a special opportunity to help us meet the full match amount. Each month, Glad encourages their consumers to participate in a social media challenge to promote eliminating food waste, and they’ve dedicated December’s “Save It Sunday” challenge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

To help us meet the $25,000 match, simply share your favorite baked treat online, along with the hashtag, #SaveItSunday. Glad will donate $1 for every Twitter, Facebook or Instagram post, up to $5,000!

We’re asking YOU to rise to the occasion and host a holiday bake sale or event AND to share your favorite treats on social media with the hashtag #SaveItSunday. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

Find and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and be sure to tag us in your #SaveItSunday posts! To tag us, simply include the @ symbol before our user name. Note: To hashtag, insert the # symbol in front of SaveItSunday, and make sure there are no spaces between words!

Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers. So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need!

How-To:
Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 12:35 pm November 25, 2013

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - Cookies for Kids' CancerThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is an annual event that brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of scrumptious treats, as well as to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Organized by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen, the idea is simple – and the difference adds up. We’re thrilled to say that the food bloggers raised $14,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year!

In honor of their efforts, and to inspire everyone to Be a Good Cookie™ during this season of giving, we’re sharing a how-to for hosting your own cookie exchange this December. If we all do a little, it truly adds up to a lot.

Here are simple steps to organizing your own cookie exchange:

    Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Swap
  1. Make a guest list of anyone you can ask to join. You may choose to host a get-together where guests physically exchange cookies, or you may choose to host it online and open it up to those further away. Or do both! Either way, we’re here to help – and can even set up a personal fundraising page for you.
  2. Ask each person to make a small donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when they sign up or RSVP. To keep things organized, we recommend directing guests to donate through a personal fundraising page on our website OR collecting checks/cash from participants and mailing funds in at once. How much you choose to ask is up to you.
  3. Select cookie recipes and get baking! Decide how many cookies each participant should bake. If you’re hosting a get-together, tell everyone to bring their cookies with them. For virtual events, collect each participant’s name and address in a spreadsheet, select a swapper for each swappee, and give each of them the other’s information.
  4. Holiday Cookie Swap - Cookies for Kids' Cancer
  5. Swap the cookies!How you swap is up to you! Some choose to do traditional cookie swaps, where guests walk around a table, selecting one cookie per plate the first round, two from each the second round, and so on. You could also choose to swap recipes, make a game of it, or provide each participant with another’s name and address, and have them bake and send cookies to each other. If you need guidance or ideas, just ask!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Exchange, Glad, OXORegardless of how or where you swap, you can do TWICE THE GOOD in December! Our corporate partners Glad, OXO and King Arthur Flour are ALL matching funds raised at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events this month. Simply select one of them as your inspiration when you register your event, and you automatically DOUBLE your fundraising power!

Sign up to host a holiday cookie swap TODAY!

Have questions or looking for a bit of baking or event inspiration? Email events@cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Happy baking!

Loving Like Liam:
A Special Guest Post

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire,Team Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:02 am November 20, 2013
Alison Berna recently ran the NYC Marathon – a daunting challenge. But Liam Witt’s memory, and the inspiring legacy he continues to leave, carried her through the finish line. A long-time friend of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Alison and her Apple Seeds partner, Allison Schlanger, have raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. In this special guest post, she shares her experience, and explains how Liam has her back…in more ways than one.

The name Liam means strong-willed warrior or protector.  When my friends, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founders Gretchen and Larry Witt, named their son nearly 10 years ago, they could not know just how aptly it would apply.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer - Liam WittIn Liam’s life, he embodied the meaning of a warrior.  He was a 3, then 4, then a 5 year old child fighting the beast that is cancer in a way that no adult could.  He looked it in the eye, with his shield and sword, and fought his best fight.

His enduring smiles told the world that he was doing OK, despite his tragic sentence.  His enduring friendship told me and my girls that he was grateful for his life, despite his short window of opportunity to embrace it.

In Liam’s death, he continues to be a protector.  This is clearly apparent in the way that the kids and parents who knew him infuse his memory into their lives.  I, for one, carry Liam with me every single day.  It’s hard to explain exactly how he runs so deeply within me; it’s sometimes a subconscious feeling. I know and feel that I hug my children a bit harder because of him as I know and feel that I seize each day a little more spontaneously as he did.  And my heart cherishes this world more passionately because he was in it.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Team Good Cookies MarathonThat is why last weekend I wore Liam’s photo on my back during the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Everyone chooses to race or run a marathon for different reasons…my reason was simply to experience it.  I admit I did the marathon for me, as a personal challenge, as well as to provide a healthy example to share with my three kids.  But as marathon weekend approached, I kept looking for strength to battle feelings of anxiety, and I found myself turning to Liam.  I kept thinking about life, how short it is, and how I want to make every day matter.  I kept thinking about the people I surround myself with and how each of them plays a distinct role in the experience of my life.

I kept wondering why certain people have to fight for their precious life and why cancer rips so many of those lives away.  I thought about my friend Julie’s daughter, diagnosed last month with liver cancer and my friend Reem’s daughter, diagnosed last month with leukemia.  Two children in one month, in my small circle, having to stand up with a shield and a sword to fight this #1 disease killer of children;  the monster that is childhood cancer.  I thought about the thousands of children who have to look cancer directly in the face and fight it. Like a warrior. Like Liam.

The fact is we can all do our part.  Together, we can actually make this better.  There are too many kids fighting their brutal battle against cancer every single day.  It is the #1 disease killer among children.   These children are victims as cancer indiscriminately rips away the core of their innocence and childlike happiness.

What’s apparent is that there is one thing that CAN help – money.  Money for research, money for trials that will test new treatments.  Treatments that could save many children’s lives or treatments that won’t cause the horrific secondary side effects faced by the lucky ones who survive. It is up to us to help. All we have to do is give.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer NYC Marathon 2013Liam guided me through those 26.2 miles and I believe that he carried me through the crowds.  I found myself unconsciously touching Liam’s photo on my back at various points throughout the run.  I grabbed for him during the difficult moments, like that sneaky hill on 5th Avenue at mile 23.

But I grabbed for him during the joyous ones too, like running off the 59th Street Bridge onto 1st Avenue and feeling the throngs of the city’s energy surround me. He was there for it all.

Liam continues to live up to his name, Prince Liam the Brave, warrior and protector. The marathon was a reason for me to celebrate his amazing life, but it, I think, is somehow a microcosm of how we all live in this world. The ups and downs, the triumphs and travails, the mile 23 moments…

Through it all, it’s helpful to be reminded of the really big lessons the littlest people can teach us — to love the life that we have, to appreciate those around you, and to always, always, Love Like Liam.

-  Alison Berna

Be a Good Cookie™ - Make a donation today – and make a huge difference in the world of childhood cancers. You can donate in someone’s honor, and even select the type of pediatric cancer your gift supports.

And if you’re training for an upcoming race or want or are interested in coordinating your own fundraising event, we encourage you to join Team Good Cookies. Supporters nationwide, from Alison to the group of 40 that recently ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, are proving that you don’t need to bake to Be a Good Cookie™.

The Glad Match is Back!

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:09 am November 18, 2013

Glad to Give - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad’s annual match is back to inspire you to get in the spirit of giving and make a difference this holiday season.

This December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other Good Cookie events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to double your fundraising power!

Since 2009, Glad has supported Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and in our efforts to raise funds for research to find safer, more effective pediatric cancer treatments. They’ve helped inspire thousands of Good Cookies to host events, which have raised more than $1 million so far.

What started as a simple idea – for Good Cookies to use Glad products to organize and store their baked goods – has transformed into a nationwide movement to pay it forward, and to inspire people to do what they love to help fight pediatric cancer during this season of giving.

NOW is the time to get involved. We’re calling on you to rise to the occasion to make every cookie count this holiday season by taking advantage of Glad’s gift.

Remember, every dollar counts. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot. Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers forever.

So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us at events@cookiesforkidscancer.org. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need to ensure your event is a success!

SNEAK PEEK: Glad has something special up their sleeve for Good Cookies! Stayed tuned for a special announcement coming soon!

Does $5 Million Make a Difference?

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — Tags: , , — The Good Cookies @ 11:03 am November 12, 2013

In a word: YES…

As the holidays approach, we find ourselves embarking on a series of events we look forward to each year. This is the time when our annual grants – the ones made possible by the funds Good Cookies like YOU raise – are awarded. Our Medical Advisory Board reviews the promising proposals submitted, carefully selecting the ones most likely to become safer, more effective therapies for kids.

It’s at this time each year that we are filled with a range of emotions: Gratitude, Hope, Fear…The gratitude is for each person whose efforts have combined to make potentially life-saving projects a reality. The hope is an emotion we share with the families who get a second chance in the form safer, more effective treatments for their children. The fear is because, we can’t help but wonder if we are truly communicating the power of your support. Do you realize what you’ve made possible?

Quite simply, your support powers progress in research. In just 5 years Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted $5 million to research. And it’s in the stories of children like Morgan that remind us why we continue to fight – and how together we are making a difference.

Meet Morgan:

In 2008, Morgan was diagnosed with stage-IV high-risk neuroblastoma at the tender age of 5. While in the midst of milestones like starting Kindergarten, Morgan tirelessly fought through 6 rounds of high dose chemo, 2 surgeries, 14 doses of radiation and antibody therapy before showing no evidence of disease (NED).

Unfortunately, since then, Morgan has relapsed three times; twice in her bones and once in her bone marrow. And since then, she has undergone countless more rounds of chemo, radiation and therapy.

Today, Morgan and her family now have a renewed sense of hope, in the form of a promising new treatment…a treatment that Morgan, her family, and Good Cookies like YOU helped fund.

Her mother, Emily, recently wrote to us, saying…

“Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has held a huge part in giving Morgan hope. At age 6, Morgan helped Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raise funds for this very treatment, an antibody known as Hu3F8. Those letters and numbers may not mean anything to the average person, but to us they stand for HOPE. Currently, Morgan is on a two-year clinical trial of Hu3F8. This trial is keeping the cancer at bay, and she is finally able to live life as a normal 10- year-old girl.”

With your support we will continue to help more children like Morgan battle their cancers by helping the nation’s top researchers identify and develop safer, more effective treatments.  We ask that you continue to help us support this critically needed research this holiday season. Here are 3 sweet, simple and even fun ways to make a difference today:

1. Make a donation – You can make a secure, online donation, donate in someone’s honor and even select the specific type of cancer you want your funds to support. At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you can trust that your donation goes where it’s most needed – to the researchers and doctors bringing children like Morgan hope.

2. Send cookies or our special holiday sets as gifts – 100% of the profits from all of our cookies goes directly to pediatric cancer research. And our limited edition holiday gift sets are truly special, both including a copy of All the Good Cookies, our 2nd cookbook, in which all author proceeds are donated as well!

3. Host a holiday bake sale or other event – You’re probably baking for the holidays anyways, so why not make your holiday treats even more special? Gather friends and family together to have fun and bake goodies, then offer them in exchange for donations. Host an official event, or simply take treats to the neighbors, even get your kids involved by challenging them to collect change – it all counts and it all makes a difference! Because if we all do a little – it adds up to a lot.

Halloween Fun = Hope for Kids Fighting Cancer

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:45 am October 25, 2013

Trick-or-treating is something nearly every child looks forward to. While many go for the candy, others love dressing up and getting to play with friends after dark! Either way, there’s no reason it can’t serve an additional purpose.

Last year, a dad bet his 11-year-old son Reid that he couldn’t go the entire holiday season without junk food. Reid rose to the challenge and surpassed expectations when he chose to go trick-or-treating. Rather than candy,  he collected change, and then donated it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Inspired by his act, we wanted to share this idea, and show how to have a fun activity your kids will love that can also make a difference.

The Idea: Trick-Or-Treat Donation Boxes

Whether you do this as a family, or round up a group of friends, this is an activity anyone will enjoy.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Boxes – Shoe boxes, tissue boxes, gift boxes…
  • Wrapping – Wrapping paper, craft paper, etc.
  • Scissors – If you have young children, do all cutting for them or before they begin
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Newspapers, plastic table covers or tarps
  • Markers, paint and/or crayons
  • Accessories – Stickers, glitter, rhinestones…the sky’s the limit!
  • Snacks – For the adults and the kids

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Have the kids dress up in their Halloween costumes to get into the spirit
  • Make a playlist of Halloween songs or put a kid-friendly Halloween movie on to set the mood

STEPS

Step 1: Wrap the box in paper. If the box has a lid, you can either wrap it separately, or wrap the entire box at once.


Step 2: Using scissors, box cutter or small knife, cut a slot into the top of the box where donations will go.

Step 3: Once boxes are wrapped and cutting is complete, get everything set out and ready for the kids to begin.

Halloween Craft Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 4: Watch the kids work their magic!

Halloween Kids Activity - DIY Donation Boxes

Step 5: Be on stand-by in case they need help with gluing!

Halloween Kids Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 6: Admire the masterpieces

DIY Donation Boxes - Halloween Craft Activity

Step 7: Congratulate them for being such Good Cookies!

Be a Good Cookie - Halloween Craft Activity

Want to Be a Good Cookie and get your kids involved this Halloween? If you would like more information or have any questions, email us – Making a difference is FUN and we make it EASY!

Ready to register your event? (collecting change while trick-or-treating counts!)

Register TODAY!

No Time to Wait: Government Shutdown & the Reality of Childhood Cancer

Filed under: blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — Tags: , , , , — The Good Cookies @ 2:35 pm October 15, 2013

As the shutdown further slows childhood cancer advancements, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founder, Gretchen Holt-Witt speaks out:

As the Founder of a national pediatric cancer nonprofit, I didn’t really expect the current government shutdown to bring awareness to the cause I champion. But then, The Atlantic ran a story on October 1, heralding the “saddest paragraph of the government shutdown.”

Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Op-Ed Letter from Gretchen Holt-Witt on Government ShutdownThe article revealed that, due to the shutdown, 30 children per week scheduled for clinical trials (many of which have cancer) at the National Institutes of Health would not receive treatment. Why? Because the NIH is federally funded, and over 75% of its services are now closed due to the shutdown. So you’re saying that kids’ lives are hanging in the balance due to lack of government funds? Readers were irate – With blood boiling, they found this fact to be entirely unacceptable. But it wasn’t news to me.

Annually, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes towards research for all childhood cancers combined, which happens to be the #1 disease killer of children in our country. Flip that stat around – over 96% of national funding goes towards adult cancers, leaving our nation’s future and most precious resource with not nearly enough funding for adequate innovation. So are we sitting around, boiling mad, waiting for the government to provide more funds for children? Not for one second.

In 2007, when our 2-year-old son Liam was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, our oncologist told us, “Kids with cancer don’t make headlines.”

That same day, the headlines were filled with news of White House Press Secretary Tony Snow’s cancer diagnosis. Mr. Snow made headlines because he had lived long enough to make a difference in the world. Tragically, children do not have the opportunity to make that impact when they are saddled with a cancer diagnosis. Hence, the lack of headlines featuring kids.

Soon after Liam’s diagnosis, my husband and I learned of a promising new therapy in development at the very same cancer center where Liam was receiving treatment. Only one problem: it needed funding to move from the research lab to the clinic where it would be administered to children. That was the moment we learned there is simply not enough funding from the government to move all research along. And so the cancer center – filled with some of the top oncologists in the world – was depending on individuals and small foundations to fill the gap to help make the potentially life-saving treatment available for children.

My husband and I could not stand by, waiting for government funding. We also refused to wait for others to raise the money. Instead, we started a foundation called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Our simple mission: to inspire individuals to “Be a Good Cookie™” and raise funds for childhood cancer research.

In five short years, our grassroots supporters that hail from all 50 states and over 4,500 cities world-wide have rolled up their sleeves, raised funds, and ultimately helped fund more than three dozen research projects, with half a dozen now in clinical trials.

Our sense of urgency remains driven by the fact that in August of 2011, we learned that the same promising research in need of funding that sprung us to action was being moved into clinical trial. Our funding helped. It was a small victory in a huge battle. But the taste of success was bittersweet, as it came just 7 months after we lost our precious Liam to this cruel, relentless disease. The treatment that we worked for came to be – just a bit too late for him. We never want another family to feel our endless sense of loss combined with the aching knowledge of what might have been.

So back to those 30 children making headlines while we wait for the federal government . . . if writing a check from funds raised by supporters of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer would help, I would do it right now. As a matter of fact, we tried to cover the cost of treatments for those children. But it’s the federal government, so it’s not quite that simple.

While we cannot open the doors of the NIH for those children, we do not have to sit around and wait for our government to play nicely – like we encourage our children to do. Instead, we must take action. And we’re asking you to do what you can to get involved today. Because no matter what, our headline remains the same: BE A GOOD COOKIE.™

Gretchen Holt-Witt – Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Good Cookie Spotlight:
Marilyn Berney

Filed under: Bake Sale,blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:56 am October 1, 2013

Westfield, NJ Annual Bake Sale

For the 3rd year in a row, Marilyn Berney rallied her group of Good Cookies together to host their annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale in Westfield, NJ.

Held at the town’s “Fest-i-Fall”, this year the group was determined to raise more funds for pediatric cancer research than ever. And they succeeded, surpassing their own fundraising goal.

“We have seen an abundance of local community support.  If you stop for a minute and listen, everyone is unfortunately affected in some way by cancer,” says Marilyn.

If we each do a little, we achieve so much.”  From personal experience, she sees that many people want to help by more than writing a check. Hosting a community bake sale truly brings people together.

This year, dozens of dedicated volunteers baked, packaged goods, took turns working the booth and even secured 19 sponsors for the event! Baked goods of all kinds (you name it, they had it!) were donated by area bakeries and restaurants, including Bovella’s, Vacarro’s, Panera, Nordstrom Café, Carlo’s Bakery and Trader Joe’s. Other sponsors included, from Costco to Staples to Shop Rite, proved that nearly the entire town was on board to show their support.

And though the annual event is over, Marilyn and her Good Cookies are continuing to raise funds and awareness. Now through October 27, when they hold their “Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out” event, they’re selling paper cookies in exchange for donations. They’re even hosting an additional bake sale on the day of to bring in additional funds!

“On Sunday, I had the honor of meeting and working with so many people in the community who are dedicated to finding a cure to eradicate this disease….and we get to help in a very sweet way. I could not have pulled this event off (again) without the help of my husband, Mike, and some very “good cookies”: Amy Radick, Kerri Proper, Sasha Proper (age 8), Aiden Donahue (age 13), Marcia Lemberg, Carol Goggi, and Jackie Plant. Be sure that we THANK EACH PERSON who donated time, cookies and money to this cause from the bottom of our hearts.”

– Marilyn Berney

The Difference You Make,
Good Cookies

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 9:08 am September 19, 2013

When you support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you are truly making a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. The funds raised by you and thousands of supporters are granted to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to develop safer, more effective cancer treatments for children. The goal is to bring promising developments to trial as quickly as possible to help children TODAY.

Did you know there are 12 major types of pediatric cancer? Each is as unique as the child battling it. When it comes to federal funding, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to pediatric cancer, and these funds must be divided between them all, making it difficult to advance new treatments to clinical trial.

Some of the funds also now match the federal allowance per child enrolled in the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase I & Pilot Consortium , consisting of 21 hospitals nationwide. More children now have access to treatments they otherwise would not have been able to receive.

THE POWER OF A GOOD COOKIE…

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer recently received a letter from Texas Children’s Cancer Center explaining what has been accomplished with grants provided thanks to Good Cookies like you. We’re humbled and inspired by this letter, just as we are by the efforts of all the Good Cookies nationwide. YOU have made this possible. Here are a few excerpts from the letter:

I want to thank you and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for the wonderful support you have given…over the past three years. We have received $585,000 which has been used to support some of our most promising research projects. It is not hyperbole to state that your support has been transformational in its impact on improving therapies for childhood cancer. Children are being treated with therapies that wouldn’t have been developed if it wasn’t for the support they receive from “Cookies.” Your donors can always be confident that they are backing the most brilliant and innovative childhood cancer researchers in the nation.

Click here to read the full letter from Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

An Unbreakable Bond

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:52 am September 9, 2013

This is a story of two families, two children with cancer, and ONE unbreakable friendship.

In April 2011, 13-year-old Zach was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. He went through 9 months of chemo and 3 major surgeries. During this time, he was unable to attend school and had to be taught at home. When he returned to school as an 8th grader, there were a few new students.

One of those students was Nick Pinney. Zach and Nick became fast friends, hung out in the same group, and ironically, they had one thing in common…Cancer. Nick’s 15-year-old sister Amanda was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma in January 2012. As Zach’s hair was growing back, hers was falling out.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer blog

There was an unspoken bond between Nick and Zach. Each knew what it really meant to be touched by childhood cancer, both in different ways, both struggling to make sense of it all.

Although Zach was done with treatment, he struggled most of 2012 with trying to get his mobility back. He has a metal implant for his left femur, total knee and tibia. There are few who can truly understand what all of the hospital stays, disappointments, fears, and the anxiety that scans cause during treatment, after treatment…forever really. Those who can truly sympathize are those who unfortunately belong to the Childhood Cancer Club.

Treatment for Amanda was aggressive and lengthy. In October 2012, a scan showed that her cancer was progressing. After suffering a seizure the day after Christmas, they learned the cancer has metastasized in her brain. After 16 rounds of chemo and 45 radiation treatments, including rounds to her brain and lung, Amanda lost her battle on May 18th…5 days before Zach and Nick’s 8th grade graduation.

Both families are bonded for life, and both have decided that it’s time for them to take on the FIGHT to find the Cure for ALL types of childhood cancers. Nick and Zach want to work to raise money for research and for Study Protocols, so that no child, sibling, parent or friend will have to face what Amanda, Zach and Nick have faced in their young lives.

To start, the boys, who attend a school where uniforms are required, have worked to get a dress-down day approved for the end of September. Students will make a $5 donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in exchange for permission to dress-down that day. Nick and Zach are also encouraging their friends to purchase the ASICS limited edition gold sneakers to wear on the dress-down day. ASICS is donating up to $50,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through sales of the special sneakers.

Learn more about how you can Be a Good Cookie. Ready to host your own local fundraising event? Sign up to host an event today!

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