February 26th, 2013
Volunteers are the heart and soul of CURE Childhood Cancer; their dedication to our work and our children is simply inspiring. This month we would like to share with you the volunteerism of Stephanie Mitra.
I began volunteering at CURE several years ago after getting to know the staff through my association with the Country Club of the South Charity Guild. At CURE, I’ve done office work, I’ve helped prepare for the Quiet Heroes Luncheon, and I’ve helped at the CURE Annual Picnic. I’ve enjoyed all of those events, but none of those things truly became an extension of me like my contributions to CURE’s Good Grief Luncheons.
When a child is lost to cancer, it’s understandably devastating to the family and friends of the child. Beyond the family, in the shadows, stand the nurses who fought beside that child. There are times that the nurses barely have time to grieve one child before they lose another, and another. I cannot imagine a more emotionally grueling job. Good Grief is my opportunity to show those nurses how heroic I think they are for what they do every day.
When the hospital suffers a cluster of cancer deaths, the chaplain assigned to the hospital designates a day for spiritual healing and renewal. She provides the words and I provide the food. I approach the meals from the perspective of wanting the nurses to taste that they are appreciated in every bite that goes into their mouths. It should be comforting. It should be fresh. It should be delicious!
I do this because I love good food and I’m in awe of people who have chosen to do a job that I feel inadequate to do. It is a constant source of joy to recognize and celebrate the hard work of these nurses. At the end of these meals, I always find that I’m a little bit confused when I’m thanked so profusely. I have the easy work. Thank the nurses.
May 22nd, 2012
When I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Respiratory Epithelial Carcinoma. This type is only found in 50- to 60-year-old men who have worked in chemical factories all their lives. So, needless to say, my doctors were baffled. Thankfully, this is a very slow-growing form of the disease and we found that it had not spread. After several surgeries and a stint in the hospital, there was no trace of cancerous cells. In 2009, I reached my ten-year mark of being cancer free, which is a wonderful feeling.
Being diagnosed with cancer is scary for any child, but I was extremely blessed that my treatment didn’t require chemo or radiation. Knowing how fortunate I was and seeing those kids who had a much tougher fight ahead has been my motivation to devote my time to cancer-related causes. Through college I was very involved with the American Cancer Society and started a Relay for Life event on our campus.
I moved to Atlanta after I graduated and wanted to find a group to volunteer with. I was so excited to hear that there was an organization that devoted their time specifically to children suffering from this disease. I distinctly remember those individuals who brought some enjoyment to my hospital stays and distracted me from the scary moments I was facing. I’m thankful to be able to help CURE Childhood Cancer bring a little bit of happiness to these kids who need it the most.
November 1st, 2011
CURE Childhood Cancer is fortunate enough to not only receive an outpouring of financial support from the community, but we receive amazing support from volunteers as well. Today we would like to highlight one of our outstanding volunteers, Amy Bridges. We asked Amy why she decided to get involved with CURE:
I’ve been volunteering for childhood cancer organizations since 1994 when my daughter was successfully treated for Wilms’ Tumor at Scottish Rite. In 1969 I was successfully treated for a Wilms’ Tumor at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Being a childhood cancer survivor and the parent of a survivor has given me a heart for both the children and their parents. In 2009 I was successfully treated for early stage breast cancer. Through that experience my passion for childhood cancer research has been reignited.
I decided to join CURE as a volunteer because I believe in their mission to raise money for research and to serve the families going through treatment. This year I am delivering brown bag lunches once a month to the families at Scottish Rite. I also volunteered for the first time at the Quiet Heroes luncheon. I had the privilege of attending this beautiful event twice in the past as a “Quiet Hero.” This year, while selling pillow pets at the luncheon, I enjoyed reconnecting with Quiet Hero moms I knew from the past and meeting new ones. I volunteer because it turns my pain into purpose. There is no greater privilege for me than to be available to a parent who just needs someone to listen to their story. I am so thankful that I have that opportunity as a CURE volunteer.
Thank you, Amy, for all the work you do for CURE. It is because of the generosity of people like you that our organization is so successful. If you are interesting in volunteering for CURE, please fill out a volunteer form on our website.
August 1st, 2011
We at CURE Childhood Cancer are so appreciative of those who volunteer their time to support our organization. Below, please find a story as told by Shane Jenerette, one of our special CURE volunteers.
There began a point in my life where I felt like I was not making any progress. I yearned for an adjustment to my daily routine of just going to work and coming home. Even before moving to Atlanta three years ago I was active in community servicing projects.
One day last year my company sent out a company-wide email asking for volunteers for a CURE event. I knew nothing of the organization and what they stood for. I was equally unaware about pediatric cancer. The research I have done was nothing in comparison to listening and meeting people that lived and experienced the effects of cancer. Ever since that event last year I have been a proud volunteer for CURE and would not have traded that experience for anything in the world.
Each volunteer experience becomes more memorable each time. I like what CURE does. I like what CURE strives for. I believe my involvement helps CURE to reach their goals.
Click here for more information on volunteering with CURE.
April 11th, 2011
We are currently seeking volunteers for CURE Childhood Cancer for the following programs. We greatly appreciate your support and time in volunteering!
CURE Brown Bag Lunch Program
As an extension of our Open Arms Meal Program, CURE delivered the first Brown Bag Lunches to the parents of children with cancer who are inpatient at Scottish Rite and Egleston Children’s Hospital on February 22, 2011. This program is a means to help defray the overwhelming costs of caring for a child with cancer and the lengthy hospital stays required for treatment. Because of CURE’s amazing support from our volunteers and others who want to make a difference for these special families, beginning in April 2011 we will introduce a 2nd Brown Bag Lunch each month. We will deliver 60 CURE Brown Bag Lunches twice a month to the hospitals. We are looking for groups, companies and/or organizations to sponsor a lunch, either by donating the cost of the food ($300 for one month) or, preferably, by collecting the food, assembling the bags and delivering them to the CURE office for delivery to the hospital by CURE Volunteers.
CURE is looking for 3 volunteers who can commit to one Tuesday a month between the hours of 11:00 and 1:30 to deliver the Brown Bag lunches to the hospitals. Please note that because you will be visiting the hospital once a month, you will be required to complete the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Volunteer Application Process as well. If you are interested in more information about this special long term volunteer opportunity or donating to our Brown Bag Lunch Program, please email email@example.com or call Lisa at 770-986-0035 ext. 22.
In Office Volunteers Needed
CURE needs two office volunteers on Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30am. We will work on preparing t-shirts to present to the dedicated nurses at Scottish Rite and Egleston Hospitals in honor of Nurse’s Week in May. If you are available to volunteer, please email Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silent Art Auction
We are in need of 2 volunteers for a Silent Art Auction sponsored by PRESS ON, a CURE Childhood Cancer named fund. Volunteers are needed at the Druid Hills Golf Club on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 8:00pm -11:00pm. CURE volunteers will assist with the check-out process for winning bidders. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Lisa at email@example.com.
April 1st, 2011
We are currently seeking volunteers to help CURE Childhood Cancer pass out flyers at upcoming local races in the Atlanta, GA area to help promote Lauren’s Run on May 1st. Below is a schedule of the upcoming races, we are a looking for 1-2 volunteers for each race. If you are interested, or know someone that may be, please email Lisa@CUREChildhoodCancer.org for more details on getting involved.
- Run Before You Crawl 5k (Brownwood Park, 4/09 at 9AM)
- Bolt for PCOS 5K Run/Walk (Georgia Tech Campus, 4/09 at 8:30AM)
- Run Zulu 5K (Dunwoody Village Shopping Center, 4/09 at 8:00AM)
- Choate Construction Run the River 5K/10K (St. Andrews Catholic Church, 4/16 at 7:30AM)
- SweetWater 420 5K (Candler Park, 4/16 at 11:00AM)
- 2011 Radiant Systems Sprint for Cancer (Dunwoody at Perimeter Place Shopping Center, 4/16 at 8:00AM)
- 2011 Emory Physician Assistant 5K Charitable Fun Run (Lullwater Park, Emory University, 4/16 at 9:00AM)
- Y Not Run 5K & Skirt Run (First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 4/16 at 8:00AM)
- Corners to Crossing 5K/10K Races (Norcross 1st Baptist Church, 4/16 at 7:30AM)
- Mountain View Bear Tear 5K Run/Walk (Mountain View High School Stadium, 4/16 at 8:00AM)
- Beat the Street for Little Feet 5k (Coan Park, 4/23 at 8:00AM)
- Magic of Life 5K (John Howell Park, 4/23 at 9:00AM)
- Piedmont Park 5k (Piedmont Park, 4/23 at 8:00 AM)
February 3rd, 2011
On Sunday, February 13th we are in need of 20 volunteers to sell 50/50 Raffle Tickets at CURE Night at the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Game. The 50/50 Raffle is a fun and easy way to not only raise funds for our organization, but a great way to increase awareness about childhood cancer and CURE Childhood Cancer! The Thrashers will be playing the Carolina Hurricances at 5:00pm at Phillips Arena.
Please read the information below and contact Lisa at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to volunteer that day.
· To maximize sales, please arrive 90 minutes prior to the start of the game; be sure to allow time for traffic and parking. Game time is 5:00 pm. You would need to arrive at Phillip’s Arena by 3:30 pm.
· You will sell from the time doors open (approximately one hour prior to puck-drop) until the end of the first intermission. Each seller will be given a ticket to the Thrasher’s game.
· At the end of the first intermission raffle sales will end and you are free to enjoy the rest of the game!
November 9th, 2010
Today’s sponsor for our Open Arms meals at the Egleston and Scottish Rite campus locations is local partner, Equifax. They have taken a fun approach to providing today’s meals by partnering with a number of local Atlanta chefs to prepare boxed lunches for the families! Equifax employees will volunteer their time today to help distributed the lunches to the families.
Here is a list of some of the folks that are involved with providing today’s food:
· East Lake Golf Club – Chef Michael Deihl
· Sysco Foodservice
· Imperial Fez – Chef Rafih Benjelloun
· LMSC, Inc – Chef Curtis H. Hicks, Jr.
· Hospitality Education Foundation of GA (HEFG) – Lee Gray
· Dietz & Watson – Brian Froman
· Kellogg’s – Leslie Fight
· Phoenix Wholesale – Roy Collins
· Tropical Fruit & Nut – Hal Saxby
· Blue Frog Foods – Chef David Reid
· City Café & Bakery – Chef Jorge Schatte
We are so thankful for companies like Equifax who volunteer & sponsor CURE Childhood Cancer and our Open Arms Program – so many thanks to you all!
July 7th, 2010
This on-going Volunteer Spotlight series highlights one of much-appreciated volunteers at CURE Childhood Cancer that goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference for our organization and in the world of childhood cancer.
I began volunteering for CURE Childhood Cancer after watching a sweet friend almost lose her child to leukemia. I had an almost desperate need to do something, anything to help her. I could do meals and I could pray. I could listen…but I needed to do more – I needed to make a difference for my friend. The more I learned about childhood cancer and the more families I met through my friend, my need became more desperate.
And then, CURE held the first A Tribute to Quiet Our Heroes luncheon. I sat on the first host committee and have continued volunteering on every host committee since. I love our event and what it means to all of us. That luncheon in 2005 has since led to many other opportunities to volunteer with CURE.
For me, volunteering honors my friend and so many others like her that I have grown to love, by never giving up this fight for their children, for my children, for the future.
If you find yourself “desperate”, I encourage you to jump in. Join the Quiet Heroes committee, become a volunteer with CURE Childhood Cancer, work an Open Arms dinner, donate. You’ll get so much more than you could ever give…I promise.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with CURE Childhood Cancer, click here.