It’s time for another #factfriday, and this week, the fact is clear: our team was moved and inspired by a tour of one of our partner centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during a recent trip to New York City. On July 20th the Cookies Team was joined on this after-hours tour by Christina Tosi, a member of our Board of Directors who is also the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and a judge of Master Chef, and Karlie Kloss, a Good Cookie supporter and supermodel. The visit to the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering included meeting nurses, doctors, and families. . .all while delivering cookies to the kids who inspire us daily
We always say these are the kids who inspire us. . .and this experience only amplified that sentiment.
Read below to hear about what the experience meant to each team member.
“Though it wasn’t my first visit to Sloan Kettering or the 9th floor pediatric day hospital, I had not been in nearly 4 ½ years and definitely came in with fresh eyes. This time I noticed how every inch of the floors, walls, and ceilings were designed with kids in mind. I also noticed how energetic every member of the staff was – even late in the day. They all work tirelessly to create a happy, engaging atmosphere for kids and families who would rather be just about anywhere else. The tour reminded me how important every person is who is part of the mission to help kids battling cancer. We’re fighting for kids to be able to simply be kids.” — Emily Fowler, Executive Director
“There were many moments being on the 9th floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering that will stay with me for a long time. Like the way hours and hours went by without anyone noticing. The way so many people in the halls seemed to be smiling when it seemed like they should’ve only been sad. The moment that has stuck with me each day since though, was the moment we met Lena. Lena had been cancer free for a couple of years until a recent discovery of the cancer returning. Lena is the face and the name of who I work to support each day. Meeting kids battling cancer— talking to them, listening to them— it reminded me to keep going— to keep believing that the work Cookies is doing is working.” — Nicole Fiehler, Business Support and Donor Relations
“The visit left me with an even greater sense of purpose in why our work is so important and how there is still so much more to be done.” — Stephanie Chin, Director of Special Events and Development
“The majority of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team has a personal connection to childhood cancer but had never visited a pediatric cancer floor before. The innocence of the children stood out to me most – even while battling cancer, they did it with smiles on their faces and positive attitudes. Each making the best they could out of the hospital stay. I think about these smiles and work with more passion than ever to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. These children need us.” — Jamie Gentry, Corporate Relations and Special Events
“Prior to going to MSKCC, I felt I had to mentally prepare myself for all the sadness I would feel while walking those halls. To my surprise, sadness was the last thing I felt. I witnessed more smiles and laughter and most of all, hope! For some of those families, a glimpse of hope is all they have. I strongly believe that our work here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer gives those families hope; even if it’s an ounce of hope, all the hard work is totally worth that and much more!” — Amanda Troya, Finance
“From the moment I walked through the doors, it was quickly apparent how every single person at MSKCC becomes part of a child and their families lives. From the security guard who greets you, to the person who runs the cafeteria, the pharmacist who prepares the needed drugs to the world renowned doctor who saves lives every single day, these people become part of a families story every day.” — Michelle Riddle, Supporter Relations