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August 17th, 2009

How to Automatically Feed the CURE Blog onto your Facebook Profile

Here is another great way to help spread the word about CURE Childhood Cancer: Feed the CURE blog onto your Facebook Profile.  This is a great way to raise awareness by sharing stories with your own network. You will be surprised by the number of people who want to help support CURE!

Just follow these easy steps to feed the CURE blog onto your Facebook Profile:

1.) Log in to Facebook

2.) In the bottom left corner of your screen, find the “Applications” button on the menu bar > click “Notes”

3.) Find the “Notes Settings” grey box to the right and click Import a Blog.

4.) Enter the following URL as the blog to feed into your account: http://curechildhoodcancerblog.wordpress.com/feed/

5.) Click the Import button. A sample of the blog feed will appear, scroll to the very bottom and click the button to confirm import.

Now each time a new blog post is posted to CURE’s blog you & your network will see a link to the story and keep CURE and your fundraising efforts top-of-mind!

For more ideas on how to spread the word about CURE, visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org


August 14th, 2009

Snow Cones for CURE Childhood Cancer

UnknownTrenton and Taylor Kindred have found a fun new way to help support CURE during this hot summer.  The boys have started selling Snow Cones in there front yard to raise money to donate to CURE.

They were $2.00 per yummy sno-cone and  the boys had lots of juicy flavors to choose from.  There were many guests that stopped by to help support CURE.

Last month Taylor and Trenton raised $57.00 and now to add to the CURE Sno Cones pot, they  raised an additional $210 yesterday.  So they boys raised a total of $258 for CURE. 

Ginger, Taylor and Trenton’s mother said, “They are so cute. I am so proud of them, as it is so hot out their today.  I can’t wait to have them drop it by CURE.”

The Kindred’s just recently announced a named fund in Trenton’s honor.  The fund is the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund.  This is CURE’s 5th named fund and the proceeds from the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund will be used to support childhood cancer research.  

Donate to The Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund

For more information on all of CURE’s named funds visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org


August 14th, 2009

CURE's Newest Named Fund: The Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund

 

Trenton's RibbonCURE Childhood Cancer is proud to announce our 5th named fund, the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund. This fund was created in honor of Trenton Kindred, who is the son of Ginger and Greg Kindred. Ginger Kindred is one of CURE’s board members and Greg is on CURE’s advisory board.

The Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund has a very specific purpose. Proceeds from the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund will be used to support childhood cancer research – supporting the doctors and scientists of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. We believe it is critically important to find a CURE for this beastly disease in our lifetime. Trenton was a fighter even at the young age trentonof 1, when he was diagnosed. He is still a fighter with a determination like we’ve never seen. Trenton has shown us howto embrace all the small joys of life. Our hope is that we WILL find a cure for Neuroblastoma, and we will be able to say that we did it because of Trenton and the support from our friends and family. We feel in our hearts that Trenton will inspire other childhood cancer patients to live life to the fullest. But first we must help find a cure for those who are suffering.

Trenton’s mom, Ginger Kindred has this to say on why they wanted to start the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund:

“When Greg and I found out recently that “8” more of our cancer kids we’ve met through this journey had died in the past month, we knew we weren’t doing all we could for CURE. In fact, one of our Oncologist said that “it’s been terrible, as if it’s raining childhood cancer.” We knew we had to do more! Therefore, in honor of Trenton and what he has endured, and ALL these children and their fight, we want to expedite our funding efforts to find a cure sooner than later! We do not want to see other children suffer through what our son has been through, and all these children around us fighting so hard for their lives. Every little bit counts….thanks for supporting us in this fight.”

Donate to the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund

To learn more about Trenton and the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund, click here.

For more information on how you can start a named fund contact Kristin Connor   or visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org


August 12th, 2009

Board of Directors Spotlight: Ginger Kindred

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CURE Childhood Cancer is honored to have a diverse and well-connected Board of Directors and we would like our community to get to know them. In this spotlight series we will highlight a board member and share why they are dedicated to CURE.

Ginger Kindred has been on CURE’s board for almost 3 years.  Ginger is married to Greg Kindred, who is on the Advisory Board, and they have two children together. Ginger and Greg recently started a named fund for their son Trenton. Ginger is also the Vice President at Cambridge Professional Group.  Below Ginger shares her journey with Trenton and CURE.

“Our son Trenton was diagnosed March 2005 with Neuroblastoma cancer, and given a 25% chance of survival. CURE was immediately there to help our family with all the love and support you could possibly offer. The day our son was declared No Evidence of Disease and we were able to live His miracle given, and lead a life back to normal, I declared to assist my friends at CURE every step of the way to help find a CURE; and to pull everyone I know together to join us in this fight. When you pull together all the love for one child with cancer and the people that can make a difference, the numbers are shocking. We will support and fight and speak the word of CURE until this world can come to an end of children with cancer. I know we can do it. Every child is worth this fight!”

For more information on CURE’s board members visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org


August 11th, 2009

A Way to Support CURE

There are many different ways to show your support for childhood cancer research. We are pleased to share our CURE baseball cap, sales from this cap will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer in their fight to find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.

It’s hot this summer, and everyone needs a baseball cap.  Baseball fans and golfers love our cap.  Its perfect for a football game,a lake trip, or a beach trip.

cure_blk_hatThe front of the cap simply says CURE Childhood Cancer

To purchase a cap, or to view more items supporting research for childhood cancer, click here.

Donate Today to CURE Childhood Cancer.


August 10th, 2009

The Story Behind Play for CURE at Gymboree

We first met Sophia at Gymboree before anyone knew that she had cancer.  She had a bright, infectious laugh and a warm smile.  Through all the treatments and all the indignities, she never lost her enthusiasm for life and taught us all some valuable lessons about character.  The events that will be held on August 15, (Play for CURE at Gymboree) are dedicated to her memory.

One Family’s Story, A Note from Sophia’s mother, Shirley Langford:

Nobody would expect his or her two-year-old child to be diagnosed with cancer. We were in the process of enjoying our summer when our daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with brain cancer. We had no idea that a monster grew inside her head while she excitedly helped us plan for her third birthday party at Gymboree. A few months before her third birthday, we received the devastating diagnosis. Twenty months later, our brave little girl would lose her battle against the disease. Sophia was just four-years-old when she died.

The world of pediatric cancer is not pretty. Your world is turned upside down as you watch your child suffer from the treatments and suffer from the cancer. It is cruel to watch the innocence torn from your child as he or she is thrust into a world of chemotherapy, nausea, hair loss, loss of appetite, hearing loss, radiation, stem cell transplants, hospitals, needles, blood transfusions, and other endless cruelties. No child should ever endure this kind of suffering. No parent should have to watch his or her child endure this journey, feeling helpless against the disease.

Thankfully there are organizations like CURE Childhood Cancer that are doing their part to find a cure for childhood cancer and to help the children and families who are in the middle of the fight. We were very grateful to them for the meals they brought once a week to the inpatient cancer unit in the hospital. It gave us a much-needed break from the hospital food, especially since we were there for weeks at a time. The volunteers were always there with a smile and a reassuring hug if needed as we exited the hospital rooms that had become our home. They also arranged for a Thanksgiving meal to be brought to the hospital, which all of us families appreciated. It felt terrible to be in the hospital during a holiday while Sophia was getting a stem cell transplant. When we were lucky enough to not be in the hospital for inpatient treatments, we always loved the snacks CURE brought to the outpatient clinics. The staff of CURE knew the families and would always come over with a hug and kind words whenever they saw us in the clinic. CURE also provided great gatherings, like the yearly family picnic and the holiday parties for the children. Sophia laughed so hard running the toddler trot at last year’s picnic and that laughter is a priceless memory. The glee she felt at their holiday party as she decorated cookies and a gingerbread house meant so much to us, since she had been placed on hospice. We knew it was going to be her last Christmas. After Sophia died, we attended a retreat for families that had lost a child to cancer that CURE had helped to sponsor.

CURE is a fantastic organization that is worthy of support. They fund pediatric cancer research to help bring an end to the disease. As we’ve personally seen, they do a lot for local pediatric cancer families. The money donated will go towards a good cause. We’ve seen the good that they do and we are grateful that they were around for us. Your donations will help to make sure that other families will get the same help and support that our family received. Your donations will help to find a cure so that no more children will die from this terrible disease.

Shirley Langford

Sophia’s Mom


August 10th, 2009

CURE Annual Bereavement Weekend Recap

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Families who had endured an overwhelming loss were invited to spend time with one another and connect. 51 families enjoyed the activities of the weekend, including arts and crafts, games, swimming, karaoke, a water balloon contest, and a laser show.

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“We were so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Remember the

Rainbows in providing this relaxing weekend to families and to share in honoring their children,” says Meri Long, CURE’s Director of Patient and Family Services.

One mother recounts, “It meant so much to us to spend time with families that have gone through what we have and still be able to smile and have a great time.”

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August 7th, 2009

The Fifth Annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes”

parents_connectionOn September 19, 2009, Chris Glavine, wife of superstar pitcher Tom Glavine, will host the the 5th Annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon. The event will pay tribute to mothers of children with cancer, whose love and tireless dedication guide their families through an unimaginable journey.

A silent auction will precede lunch and a presentation by Ruth Hoffman, mother of 21 year survivor Naomi and Executive Director of the National Office of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. Following Ms. Hoffman’s presentation, a brief live auction featuring once in a lifetime experiences with the Glavine family will take place.

Reservations are $125 per person (except for honored mothers who are free of charge) and can be made at www.quietheroes.org. All reservations for honored mothers must be made by returning the invitation’s RSVP card to CURE. To check the availability of invitations, please contact Kristin Connor at kristin@curechildhoodcancer.org.

For more information about this year’s event, including a listing of auction items, to make reservations and/or to purchase a raffle ticket for a 54″ state of the art plasma television (donated by Design Media Group), a stunning diamond necklace valued at $7780 donated by Solomon Brothers and/or a MacBook Pro, please visit www.quietheroes.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

HERO SPONSOR: AirTran Airways, The Glavine Family

CHAMPION SPONSOR: Jack and Donna Kennedy

SUPPORTER SPONSORS: Anonymous, The Coca Cola Company

GUARDIAN SPONSOR: Sylvia Tylka

FRIENDS SPONSOR: The Connor Family

CIRCLE OF MOMS SPONSORS: Taco Mac, Mike and Janis Vollkommer, Cindy and Bobby Bowers, Bonner Custom Homes, Joe Milano, Susan and Joe Miller, World Journal of Surgery, Jay’s Hope Foundation, Ragland & Jones Trial Attorneys, Harris Consulting

MEDIA SPONSORS: 11Alive, Atlanta Magazine

IN KIND SPONSORS: Incredible Southern Poundcakes (Kathy Shepherd, 770-826-0473), Heather’s Flowers (Heather Miller, 678-759-1100), Function, Atlanta Vinyl Binders, Inc., Lynn Crowe Photography, Paper Affair, Philosophy Cosmetics, Mary Kay (Nancy Harris)

HOW YOU CAN HELP CURE THIS MONTH

• Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 10am – 1pm at select Gymboree locations for “Play for CURE”. Children are invited to play for free! Donations to CURE Childhood Cancer will be accepted, and for anyone who signs up for a Gymboree Membership on August 15th, Gymboree will donate the entire $30 Membership Fee to CURE!

Participating Gymboree locations include: Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Toco Hills, Mall of Georgia, and Marietta/West Cobb. Visit www.gymboreeclasses.com for more information on “Play for CURE.”

• Sponsor the attendance of a mother of a child with cancer to the 5th Annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” with a donation of $125

• Purchase a raffle ticket for a 54” plasma television donated by Design Media Group, a $7780 diamond necklace donated by Solomon Brothers Jewelers and/or a MacBook Pro at www.quietheroes.org.

• Are you having a birthday? In lieu of gifts or cards, ask people to donate in your honor to CURE.

• Let your kids have a lemonade or snow cone stand in your front yard or at your community pool to benefit CURE.

• Donate Walmart, Target, Publix or Kroger gift cards to CURE for distribution to families in need.


August 6th, 2009

CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time

kids_huggingSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – but many people…too many people…have no idea that cancer affects children, much less that a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month exists. This year, CURE Childhood Cancer is planning a new initiative to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September.

 We are very excited to announce a brand new initiative called “CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time.”

Each day in September, CURE will highlight a very special child in our CURE family who has been affected by cancer. Some of the children whose stories we will tell are currently fighting the battle, some are children who have finished therapy and are living the cure, and others are children who have lost their battles but will be loved and remembered always.

A different child will be featured each day on our website, blog and on www.firstgiving.com/curechildhoodcancer. In addition to sharing the stories of these brave children and their families, we will aim to raise $1,000 a day each day in the month of September in their honor in order to help fund research that will lead to better treatments and cures for childhood cancers.

We hope you will participate in this wonderful initiative. For one month, commit to reading the stories each day. Donate in honor of these children and bring us closer to a CURE. Share our initiative with others. Let’s make September count for children with cancer!

 For information on how you can join the ‘Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time’ initiative visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org


August 5th, 2009

CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN RESEARCH GRANTS

Even in tough economic times, CURE Childhood Cancer’s commitment to research stands strong. CURE recently announced $1 million in research grants to researchers at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, bringing CURE’s total investment in research over the last 3 years to nearly $3.2 million.

According to CURE’s Executive Director, Kristin Connor, “Research represents the true ‘nuts and bolts’ of how childhood cancer cure rates improve and how treatments are developed that cure children but also leave their quality of life intact. CURE is completely focused on and committed to driving this research – even in the toughest fundraising climate we’ve ever seen.”

Fifty years ago, nearly all children diagnosed with cancer died at the hands of the disease. Today, because of research, eight out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer can be successfully treated. A major reason for the dramatic climb in survival rates is the frequent participation of children in clinical trials. Nearly two-thirds of children with cancer participate in clinical trials. Extensively researching new therapies through clinical trials has led to the development of new and better therapies as well as methods to help children deal with the side effects of cancer treatment. However, treatments are only tested in clinical trials after they have been shown to be effective in laboratory testing. That’s where CURE comes in.

By providing the Aflac Cancer Center and Emory University with funds for investigating new and promising research areas, CURE enables their researchers to gather the preliminary data needed to secure larger national grants from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

Once we’ve helped the researchers secure these grants, they can move their work forward into clinical trials and eventually, into routine medical practice. Our hope is that, in the end, every dollar we provide in research support will generate $10-$15 in national grant funding, creating an even bigger impact in the fight against childhood cancer.

For more information on the six specific research projects we are funding, please visit our website at www.curechildhoodcancer.org.


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    HOLIDAY CARDS FOR CURE

    Purchase special CURE holiday cards and invitations from Paper Style and 20% of your purchase price will be donated to CURE. Fully customizable photo and non-photo cards are available. Click here to order.

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    SHOP AMAZON SMILE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

    Instead of shopping on Amazon, shop on Amazon Smile instead, and a percentage of any purchase will benefit CURE. Amazon Smile is identical to Amazon.com; you can even use your Prime account. Simply click here, set CURE Childhood Cancer as your charity of choice, and shop away.