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April 7th, 2014

Raise Money for Lauren’s Run and You Could Win a Prize!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 3.23.59 PMIt’s often said that those who give to others will be rewarded in return. That’s why CURE has decided to give back to those who have done their part to make the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic a tremendous success! Over the years, Lauren’s Run has raised more than $3 million for childhood cancer research, and we know that this would not have been possible without the enormous amount of community and family support CURE receives—Simply, it’s the least we can do to show our gratitude.

We will be giving out a series of prizes to Lauren’s Run fundraisers up until Friday April 25th, two days before the race. We will also make sure to give these well-deserved winners a shout out on our Facebook page!

Raise $250

All participants who raise $250 or more will automatically be entered to win a special prize from CURE. Only 3 winners will be chosen out of this category! Drawings will take place on these days —Sunday April 13th and April 20th, as well as Friday April 25th.

Raise Money One Week Before Lauren’s Run

It’s never too late to give! April 21st through April 25, the week leading up to Lauren’s Run, a prize will be rewarded EACH DAY to the person who raises the most money in each 24-hour period, according to their FirstGiving page.

Top Overall Fundraisers

Last, but certainly not least, prizes will be presented to the top three fundraisers overall at Lauren’s Run on April 27th!

Prizes will include Starbucks gift cards, upscale Atlanta restaurant gift cards from Ocean Prime, Buckhead Life and Fifth Group, Braves game tickets and many more. No large task is conquered alone, so encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join the cause and donate to your fundraising page! To register for Lauren’s Run and create your own fundraising page click here.


March 26th, 2014

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Honors Two Crews Middle School Students Affected by Cancer

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 the Chick-fil-A at Scenic Highway in Snellville, GA teamed up with Alton C. Crews Middle School of Lawrenceville, GA to host a special percentage night during which friends, families and local church members could enjoy a delicious Chick-fil-A dinner to donate to an even better cause. While most schools and organizations use the Chick-fil-A Spirit Night to raise money for their own endeavors, Crews Middle School divided 20% of all Chick-fil-A purchases between themselves and CURE Childhood Cancer!

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Supporting pediatric cancer awareness and research holds a distinct place in the hearts of Crews Middle School students and faculty; one Crews Middle student is currently diagnosed with cancer and another has lost the battle. This joint opportunity has allowed CURE and Crews Middle School to honor those students and to make more community members aware of this important cause!

Chick-fil-A proceeds alone brought in $290, but parents and attendees gave $120.90 in jar collections, bringing the total to $418.90! This was one of the best Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights at the Scenic Highway location, and that number is sure to rise as more and more people continue to spread the word!

The owners of the Chick-fil-A at Scenic Highway, Tom and Mary Balsamides, have been long supporters of CURE Childhood Cancer. In addition to this percentage night, Tom has also provided chicken biscuits for the CURE Golf Classic for the past 20 years!

Worth more than any dollar amount raised, there was surely an increase in pediatric cancer awareness throughout the Snellville and Lawrenceville community following the event! All it really takes is one dollar, one event or one conversation to make the world of a difference.

CURE would like to say thank you Tom and Mary Balsamides, Chick-fil-A Marketing Director Robin Mauck, Crews Middle School teacher Rod Hames, CURE volunteer Norma Nyoff and all other teacher, parents and students for making this event possible!

 


March 11th, 2014

Middle Schoolers Making a Difference

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 9.52.21 AMFriday, Feb. 21, 2014 marked the 2nd Annual Caps for CURE event for rivals Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle Schools. Inspired by teenage cancer patient Sarah Barr, who came up with the idea of a Caps for CURE fundraiser, eighth grader Annie Jones took the idea to a friend who attended a rival school, and the two persuaded their principals to create a friendly competition: The principal of the school with the lowest percentage of participation in Caps for CURE would have to wear the other school’s colors to a sporting event.

For the second year in a row, students and staff at both schools wore a hat, cap or bandana to school for a donation of $1.00Additional donations were accepted for a chance to win prizes.

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Ironically, earlier in February, with the event already planned, a Riverwatch seventh grader was diagnosed with leukemia. The student’s best friend’s family was so moved by the fact that the school was already planning to do something to help kids with cancer, the family donated $150 to the fundraiser. With so many chances to win, the student’s best friend won the grand prize, a new iphone 5.  Selflessly, the winner immediately gave the iphone to his friend battling cancer.

A Riverwatch parent who was helping out as a volunteer observed the heart-filled act of kindness. Himself a survivor of childhood cancer and so touched by the outpouring of compassion and love among the school’s students and staff, he offered to personally match all funds raised at Riverwatch that February day.

Together, Riverwatch and South Forsyth raised more than $4,000 in a single morning! After the matching funds were added, the two schools donated a total of $6,891.35 to CURE Childhood Cancer!

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South Forsyth parent Amy Hulett spoke of the impact of Caps for CURE on the two school communities, “We live in an area where children have been diagnosed with cancer – one very recently. The fact that the kids can do something to help as simple as donating a dollar makes an impact on them. They see that what they are doing matters.”

“My hope is that others can see that if people could just give a little time, kids will get intrigued and they will participate. Cancer is something that’s touching their friends and classmates – they want to help,” said Amy. “You can make a big difference with just a little investment of time. If you give a little time, you will see how easy it is to make an impact.”

CURE is grateful to the Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle School students, teachers and staff for making such a BIG difference for kids with cancer!

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October 21st, 2013

IceMilk Aprons Santa Sack for CURE

Screen-Shot-2013-10-20-at-6.08.31-PMThe Holiday season is just around the corner and Atlanta-based IceMilk Aprons has just revealed a new addition to their collection, benefiting CURE! Yesterday, they announced the launch of a new Burlap Holiday Collection. The signature item of the collection is the Burlap Santa Sack ($25) and a portion of each sale of the Santa Sack will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer.

With the purpose of inspiring giving at a young age, when you begin decorating for the holidays each year, your children will find their Santa Sack and pick out several gently used toys from their own toy box to donate to a deserving child. Take your children to a local charity of choice to make the donation and start the holiday off on the right foot.

Christmas morning, each child’s Santa Sack will appear under the tree filled with gifts from Santa. A pocket on the front of the Sack is perfect for writing a Christmas list or note to Santa, or for Santa to write a note for your child.

We love the idea behind the Santa Sack and are grateful for IceMilk Aprons’ generosity! This week only, IceMilk Aprons is hosting a giveaway of the new Santa Sack. Fill out the form below to enter (contest ends 10/28/13) or click here to purchase a Santa Sack now.

 

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April 30th, 2013

Honoring Mothers

As Mother’s Day quickly approach (Sunday, May 12th) CURE Childhood Cancer is proud to offer you ways to show deserving moms how much you appreciate them – all the while supporting children who are battling childhood cancer. Please consider purchasing one of these gifts for a special mom in your life, each of which benefit CURE.

 
 
“Cooks That Care”

Created by CURE’s Maddie Briscoe Research Fund, this cookbook 384-page cookbook is filled with delicious recipes for your friends and family to enjoy. The cookbook costs $12 and 100% of proceeds benefit the Maddie Briscoe Research Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. Click here to order.

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Catie’s Necklace

Designed in memory of a sweet little girl named Catie who lost her battle with cancer, this necklace is adorned with a butterfly as well as the three words “Believe,” “Hope,” and “Imagine.” You may chose from a chain length of 18″ or 20″ and the necklace costs $40. 100% of proceeds benefit The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. Click here to purchase.
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IceMilk Aprons

Inspired by her grandmother – a masterful seamstress with a love for cooking – IceMilk Aprons embraces the idea of family heirlooms, tradition, and making memories. Individual aprons range from $35 for children to $85 for adults or you may purchase a Mother-Daughter set for $90-$120. Just enter code CUREChildhoodCancer and 25% of proceeds will be donated to CURE. Click here to shop.
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Mother’s Day Cards

Purchase these CURE Mother’s Day cards to let your mother – and special mothers in your life – know how much you appreciate them. Cards come in a pack of 5 and cost $20. Thanks to the printing donation by Standard Press, 100% of the sale price of these cards will benefit CURE. Click here to purchase.
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Mothers unselfishly sacrifice their time and energy for their children. We send our love to all of the mothers out there and wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day.


April 9th, 2013

Honoring Mothers

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, CURE Childhood Cancer is proud to offer a way to honor deserving moms while doing what is most important to them: taking care of children in-need.

We all know mothers are unique in their unselfish willingness to sacrifice their time and energy and so much more because of their endless love for their children. When we are young, we take their sacrifices for granted. However, as we become adults, perhaps parents ourselves, we begin to truly appreciate the love our mothers have for us and their selfless sacrifice.

This year, consider giving your mother and mothers who are special in your life a gift which honors them and also helps children with cancer. For a donation of $20, you will receive a package of 5 special Mother’s Day cards to give 5 special mothers. Click here to purchase your cards.

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December 4th, 2012

Poker Tournament Benefits CURE

Hosted by the Atlanta Mustaches For Kids group, please show your support for CURE Childhood Cancer by joining this exciting night of Texas Hold Em.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:00pm
Stars and Strikes
2400 Hiram Acworth Hwy
Dallas, GA 30157
There is a suggested donation of $40 for each player.

Not only will your contribution benefit CURE, but you’ll also have a chance to win. First place wins $800, second place wins $400, and third place wins $200. Those who pre-register for the event will receive an extra 2500 chips at the start of the game. To register, call 770.241.5064 or email m4kpoker@gmail.com.

If you are interested in joining Atlanta’s Mustaches For Kids group, please email info@atlantamustache.com or simply set up your FirstGiving page by clicking here.


October 16th, 2012

Charitable Threads – Tees for a CURE

For the next two weeks, CURE Childhood Cancer is thrilled to partner with Charitable Threads. Charitable Threads selects one non-profit as a partner every two weeks. They create custom-designed t-shirts and for each sold over that two-week period, $10 is donated to that charity. Now it’s CURE’s turn!

There are 15 different styles to choose from for both women and men. From sweatshirts to tank tops, they’re sure to have your favorite style. Prices range from $22 to $37 and the design features child handprints in the background, the outline of a ribbon, and the message “Find a CURE for Childhood Cancer.” With the holidays fast-approaching, these shirts make for a meaningful gift idea. Click here to view your shirt options.

Get yours today and support CURE Childhood Cancer. We will find a cure in our lifetime!

 


October 1st, 2012

Robby’s Story

Hello, my name is Robby Hughes and September 4th was my 13th birthday. I am in the seventh grade, my favorite subject is Science and I am a blue belt in karate. Some of my favorite things are chocolate milk shakes, playing Wii, watching Wipeout and my iTouch. I like middle school and I get good grades, but I HATE homework. I guess you could say I am a normal, healthy seventh grader. And if it wasn’t for the 12 inch scar running across my abdomen, you would never know that I had been sick when I was 2. I don’t really remember all that I went through back then, but my parents remember, (especially my mom). So I’m going to let her tell you all about it.

It was the summer of 2002. Robby was 2 years old and meeting all the normal milestones for a child his age. He was happy and seemingly healthy with no indication that there was anything wrong with his little body.

My good friend (and college roommate) and her daughter were visiting and we had plans to see everything we could while they were here. On the evening of June 11, after a full day at the zoo, Robby and I were going through our usual bedtime routine and were lying in bed reading. As I put my arm around him I noticed that the right side of his abdomen was protruding a little and was hard as a rock. I knew I needed to call the doctor, but I wrestled with the urgency of it. After all, we had guests. Surely it could wait a day or so.

We decided to go have fun in the morning and call for an afternoon sick appointment with our pediatrician. But that morning Robby was very moody and uncooperative. He didn’t want to go out; he wanted to “take a nap”. REALLY, a nap instead of an amusement park? Red flag! We headed off to the doctors office.

Once examined, we were immediately sent to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for an abdominal ultrasound. What seemed like moments later, we had a diagnosis of kidney cancer, a Wilms’ tumor the size of a grapefruit. We were admitted to a room on the AFLAC Cancer floor and were now in our new home for the next 8 days.

Two days later, he had surgery to remove the tumor and his right kidney. Our journey as a family with childhood cancer commenced. He received weekly chemo treatments for 10 weeks straight and then received them every 3 weeks for 6 months. His official diagnosis was stage 3 Wilms’ tumor which also meant 6 days of radiation.

The first couple months were extremely stressful. Everything was new, uncharted territory for us. Not knowing how he would react to the treatment; whether he would have a good day or bad day. We also had to learn his body language, because a child this young can’t always communicate how he feels or what he needs. Our community rallied around us. Neighbors, friends, church members and even strangers supported us with meals, help and prayer. We could not have gotten through this without all of them. We sincerely felt he love of our Lord through the support of our community.

On Dec. 5, 2002, Robby received his last chemo treatment. It was a wonderful celebration with his doctors and nurses. What a terrific feeling it was to complete that chapter in our lives and be able to move on. In January 2003, we celebrated his being “off-therapy” with a trip to Disney World with the friends who had been here visiting the day he was diagnosed. It was such a wonderful way to celebrate Robby’s renewed health! And it is a cherished memory.

We love Robby so much! We are infinitely blessed to have our son still with us. He is a SURVIVOR! He is a happy, healthy, loving boy, and we are so thankful for all who treated him, cared for him, prayed for him, and simply loved him (and us) in our time of need. We want to celebrate by giving back to CURE Childhood Cancer.

In 2012-2013, CURE Childhood Cancer is investing $1.7 million for research to find cures for childhood cancers. The goal of CURE’s Annual Campaign is to raise $600,000 by June 30, 2013. Please click here to make a contribution.


October 1st, 2012

Nolan’s Story

Nolan started vomiting in the mornings over the summer in 2009, I took him to his pediatrician thinking he just had the stomach flu. Only this stomach flu continued to get worse. Nolan got to the point where he wasn’t just throwing up in the mornings, it was all day. He was loosing weight and having headaches. I continued to take Nolan back and forth to the pediatrician in hopes we could find out what was wrong. His pediatrician referred us to a GI specialist in Atlanta and after going over all Nolan’s symptoms, his GI doctor decided we needed to do a CT scan STAT.

I will never forget October 8, 2009. Nolan went in for a routine CT scan of his brain. After the scan he was handed a balloon and he skipped down the hallway where we were encouraged to wait in a sedation room. I was shocked the nurse was not letting us leave the hospital, and I knew then something was wrong.

I got a call from the doctor stating Nolan had a mass on his brain. They believed it was a tumor. Within two hours Nolan was in the MRI machine getting a scan of his brain and spine. Dr. Reisner met me in the hallway that night with the terrifying news that Nolan not only had one tumor but three. One in his brain, two in his spine and a sugar coating of cancer all throughout his brain and spine.

October 13, 2009 Nolan had a craniotomy to remove the largest tumor. It took about 7 hours including time for anesthesia and recovery. After surgery Nolan was unable to walk or eat by mouth for 18 months and he had only 4 weeks to recover before starting treatment. He had 30 radiation treatments, chemo before each one. After completing radiation he had 6 months of inpatient chemo. We were all more than thrilled when Nolan finished treatment in December 2010 with clean scans.

3 months later Nolan went in for routine scans and we found out he had relapsed with 2 tumors. We were discouraged but we were ready to fight again. The doctors were able to keep Nolan’s tumors stable for 14 months with an outpatient chemo until he relapsed again on May 1, 2012. He is now on a metronomic chemotherapy plan where he takes chemo daily. He is such an inspiration to all of us! He always has a smile on his face and is ready for his next adventure. Nolan enjoys visiting his friends in the hospital, playing with the therapy dogs, playing tennis with his friends from Georgia Tech, watching spongebob, coloring, fishing, playing with hotwheels, watching Nascar (especially Carl Edwards/Aflac) and swimming.

We hope and pray that someday there will be a cure for ALL these kids!

In 2012-2013, CURE Childhood Cancer is investing $1.7 million for research to find cures for childhood cancers. The goal of CURE’s Annual Campaign is to raise $600,000 by June 30, 2013. Please click here to make a contribution.


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    JOIN US! CURE'S KIDS CONQUER CANCER

    Would you like to share your child's story as part of our fundraising event, CURE's Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time? Click here to learn more or email Lisa Branch at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.

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    10th ANNUAL "A TRIBUTE TO OUR QUIET HEROES"

    Tickets are on sale now for the 10th Annual luncheon celebrating the mothers of children diagnosed with cancer. Join us Saturday, September 27th at the InterContinental Buckhead. Click here to purchase tickets or learn more.