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April 21st, 2015

Friends, Family and Community: 2015 Friends of the Run

Friendship, family and community are the heart of Lauren’s Run. No great task, like curing childhood cancer, can be done alone. It’s so inspiring to see all the friends, families and co-workers that have joined together to create fundraising teams to give back to such a special cause. There is a particular group of friends, The 2015 Friends of the Run, that we would like to thank for their part in making this year’s race one to remember.

 kentec_largeKentec has served as one of the premier distributors in the Southeast for more than 50 years. With seven branch locations located throughout the Southeastern states, Kentec provides commercial quality tools, pneumatic nailing and stapling systems, foam insulation, adhesives and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operation) products. In the past 50 years, Kentec has grown from a tiny “Mom and Pop” operation to become one of the largest specialty tool and fastener houses in the country. As we say, our sponsors and volunteers are what keeps our world together at CURE. Thanks for joining the team, Kentec!

 

babushlargeFor half a century, Babush, Neiman, Kornman & Johnson, LLP has tirelessly served the Atlanta community as Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. In celebration of its 50 years in business, BNKJ held a 50 weeks of giving campaign through which 20 different charities were highlighted each week. Last year, CURE Childhood Cancer was selected as a 50 Weeks of Giving Recipient! As a donation recipient, BNKJ sponsored a CURE hospital lunch for $400 and CURE was given three to five radio spots that aired on WABE NPR Radio, 90.1 FM recognizing this accomplishment. We’re so glad to also have BNKJ as a Friend of Run for the 2015 Lauren’s Run and CURE Family Picnic.

 

coalfire_largeFounded in 2001, Coalfire is a fast-growing IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) firm. Coalfire has been in the IT security business for as long as it has existed and is now recognized as the best line of defense for businesses. Coalfire’s continuing mission is to provide knowledge, tools, guidance and independent assessment services to all organizations. CURE knows first hand the importance of awareness and education in the fight against childhood cancer, and we appreciate Coalfire’s help in strengthening our own mission to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime.

 

newsouthlargeWayne Gotto and Wayne Glenn founded New South Supply in 1981 in Columbia, SC. On November 1, 2001, the founders sold the company to an investment group led by Jim Sobeck of Greenville, SC, a construction industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience in the construction products business. New South Supply has since grown from the original location in Columbia to a total of nine branches, including Atlanta. New South Supply stocks all accessories needed to ensure a wall’s integrity as well as continuous systems of wall reinforcement, including ladder designs and truss. At most, New South Supply is action and solution-oriented. Childhood cancer is serious, and it is hands-on supporters like New South who will help us beat this disease.

 

 partitions_largePartitions, Inc. is a proven leader in the contracting industry. Since 1964, Partitions has offered tenant interior services in the banking, healthcare, institutional, commercial and retail real estate communities. No project is too big or small for this company, not event childhood cancer. Partitions has a long standing tradition of successful business in many areas, and we are happy that they have joined our annual tradition, Lauren’s Run.

 

qvs_largeQVS Software keeps up with today’s competitive retail environment and improves customers’ experience with Self Checkout lanes, Gift Card Kiosks, Smart Cart solutions and other in-store points. Its name stands for Quality, Value and Service, and as QVS has helped improve retail system technologies for more than 20 years, we are also confident that with their help, we can improve the state of childhood cancer.

 

plastic_card_largeThe Plastic Card Co. provides cards for applications including gift and loyalty cards, membership, discount, fundraising, insurance and any marketing promotion cards. They also provide cards for healthcare, name badges, luggage tags and upscale business- the options are limitless. You’re sure to have at least one of their cards on hand. Thanks for being a Friend of the Run!

 

schoolboxlargeFor 25 years, The School Box has provided educational toys, games and supplies for teachers and parents. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, The School Box is the Southeast’s largest family-owned and operated retail educational store. The School Box has established itself as a well-respected business and supportive corporate citizen. This company supports local events including Pack a Backpack Campaign, longtime media supporter 11Alive’s Can-O-Thon, Toys for Tots Tennessee, Breast Cancer Rally, and now Lauren’s Run to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Thanks for your dedication to our children!

 

ultratech_largeFounded in 1979, Ultratech, Inc. is a leader in the advanced packaging and laser processing markets. Ultratech’s laser processing technology increases chip performance while also reducing energy consumption. Its state-of-the-art technologies are considered to be the gateway of future device generations. Ultratech is always looking towards the future, and as a 2015 Friend of the Run they will help secure a better future for children with cancer.

 

We are also grateful for the help of Friend of the Run, Dr. Edward Salzberg, MD. Dr. Salzberg joined the Roswell Pediatric Center in 1994 and currently sees patients at the Old Milton and Cumming locations. Roswell Pediatric Center is also a 2015 Lauren’s Run Bronze Sponsor.

The 2015 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic is THIS Sunday, April 26th. Online registration ends Thursday, April 24th at noon- there’s still time to sign up! Join us at Concourse Office Park to run, walk or trot for a cure.


April 20th, 2015

2015 Lauren’s Run Bronze Sponsor Spotlight

CURE Childhood Cancer is thankful for the support of the community, sponsors, volunteers and donors who have helped make Lauren’s Run THE family-friendly race of Atlanta. Lauren’s Run started as a small family affair in memory of a young girl named Lauren’s Zagoria, but now has over 2,000 runners, walkers and supporters in attendance each year. Lauren’s Run is a day of healing and fellowship, and is most importantly, a reminder of the huge support network CURE provides to families affected by childhood cancer. Our amazing support team would be no where without the help of our Lauren’s Run sponsors. The following supporters are 2015 Lauren’s Run Bronze Sponsors.

alexanderinvestmentgrouplargeAlexander Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors provides a full range of financial products and services to develop effective strategies for pursuing your financial goals. Associates include Debi Chin, Senior Registered Client Associate; Danielle O’Brien, Client Associate; and Greg Wassey, Financial Consultant. Group Financial Advisors include Gary Alexander, Managing Director- Investment Officer; John Cawley, First Vice President- Investments; Marc Alexander, Senior Vice President- Investment Officer; and Seth Asher, Vice President- Investment Officer. We’re glad to have this team as a Bronze Sponsor!

autotrader_largeAutoTrader.com is the ultimate online solution for buying and selling new, certified and used cars. AutoTrader is the only website with more than 3 million vehicle listings from 40,000 dealers and 250,000 private owners. With their help, the online car buying process is much easier than ever before. Likewise, they’re ensuring our mission to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime is much easier, and most importantly, becomes a reality.

 

pwc_largePricewaterhouseCoopers LLP focuses on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services to resolve complex issues and identify opportunities. This company has a long-lasting tradition of building strong relationships with clients and delivers value in all that they do. A leader in achieving many business goals, this world-class team is also helping CURE reach its 2015 Lauren’s Run fundraising goal of $235,000.

 

roswellpediatriclargeRoswell Pediatric Center, P.C., like CURE, believes that every child is special. This group practice of board certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners specializes in care of infants, children and adolescents. With three offices in Crabapple, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA, Roswell Pediatric Center provides exceptional medical care with compassion and respect. These same values are at the core of CURE and will make our commitment to our families much stronger. Thanks Roswell Pediatric Center!

 

seko_largeSEKO provides a suite of logistics services to differentiate supply chains as top competitors. With best in-class, customizable technology, SEKO puts its customers first from global implementation to service at the local level. SEKO is the premier retail and eCommerce logistics provider in its industry, and their hard work and achievements are only at the beginning. To add to its success, SEKO has joined CURE as a 2015 Bronze sponsor for the race of a lifetime, Lauren’s Run.

 

We are also delighted to have Renee & Searle Videlefsky as 2015 Lauren’s Run Bronze Sponsors. From individual to corporate donors, every little bit helps in the fight against childhood cancer. Thanks for your contribution to childhood cancer research and for making life worth living for families battling this disease.

The 2015 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic is getting closer! There’s still time to register- The CURE Picnic is included in the race entry. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Join us on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Concourse Office Park!

 


April 20th, 2015

2015 Lauren’s Run Silver Sponsor Spotlight

The 2015 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic is THIS Sunday! We’re excited for another year of family-fun as the Atlanta community joins together to walk and run in support of CURE. Since its inception in 1992, Lauren’s Run has raised more than $3.2 million for childhood cancer research. In order to reach our fundraising goal each year and provide a memorable day for all families in attendance, our sponsors are a vital part of our efforts.

This year, we have four 2015 Lauren’s Run Silver Sponsors who deserve a round of applause!

automationdirectlargeAutomationDirect offers thousands of industrial automation products through its online superstore and 2,000-page catalog. In short, this business provides “the common sense way to buy industrial controls.” Originally founded as PLCDirect in 1994, AutomationDirect is the first industrial controls company to successfully use a direct sales catalog for PLC products. AutomationDirect holds an important name in the Automation Market and now, also with the CURE family.

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Since 1996, AirSpeed has provided design, manufacturing and logistics solutions for IBM and other tier-one manufacturers. As global outsourcing for manufacturing and design work became a trend, AirSpeed saw a problems with communication, lost time and lack of continuity. AirSpeed offers solutions to guarantee cohesiveness and productivity by providing manufacturers a single point of contact between themselves and their outside sources. Naturally, AirSpeed is a problem solver- we’re glad to also have their help in curing this devastating problem, childhood cancer.

 

womble_largeEstablished in Winston-Salem in 1876, Womble Carlyle has 550 lawyers in 14 offices. This full-service business law firm, serves a wide range of regional, national and international clients in the health care, life sciences, financial services, commercial real estate, intellectual property and telecommunications industries, as well educational and governmental institutions. Extraordinary client service is a hallmark of Womble Carlyle- thanks for joining the fight against childhood cancer!

 

1_source_large1Source International makes conferencing solutions simple and affordable. No matter the event or occasion, 1Source offers reliable and cost-effective audio, web, video and event conferencing tools. A women-owned business, 1Source International is a pioneer in its industry and holds having a healthy environment and community service at the forefront of its corporate and personal mission. The company was awarded Atlanta’s 2014 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for due to their investment in employee enrichment and growth. Thanks for holding CURE and our mission to cure childhood cancer close to your hearts!


April 15th, 2015

2015 Lauren’s Run Gold Sponsor Spotlight

Every year, an estimate of 263,000 new cases of cancer affects children under the age of 20 worldwide. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer. These facts are shocking and unfair. CURE Childhood Cancer is glad to have sponsors who are always there to lend a helping hand for the many families with cancer in need of the extra support.

We’re excited to announce that Morris Manning, Martin, LLP and The Sence Foundation are 2015 Lauren’s Run Gold Sponsors!

morrismanningmartinlargeMorris, Manning & Martin is a national and international law firm with offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah, Taipei, Beijing, Washington, D.C. and an alliance in São Paulo, Brazil. In March 2015, founder John G. “Sonny” Morris was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Daily Report legal publication. MMM dedicates its time to the constant pursuit of client success. This firm is always striving to do better, which fits right in with our dedication to curing childhood cancer in our lifetime.

The Sence Foundation is a Visalia-based foundation that supports education, general health care and children’s health. The foundation has graciously donated funds that will help spark major breakthroughs in different types of cancers for many years. We are so grateful for your contribution as a Lauren’s Run sponsor.

Click here to register for the 2015 Lauren’s Run 2K, 5K, 10K and CURE Annual Picnic on Sunday, April 26th at Concourse Office Park.


April 14th, 2015

Go #TeamNCR! 2015 Lauren’s Run Presenting Sponsor

NCRIn past years, 2015 Lauren’s Run Presenting Sponsor, NCR Corporation, has raised more than $1.2 million in funding for pediatric cancer research and family aid through Sprint for Cancer. Like Lauren’s Run, Sprint for Cancer is an annual 5K, 10K and Family Fun Walk/Run for racers of all ages and abilities. In 2014, Sprint for Cancer joined forces with Lauren’s Run to strengthen our efforts in the fight against this disease and make our impact even larger.

NCR is a longtime supporter of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and we are glad to also have them as a supporter of CURE Childhood Cancer. We participate in many efforts with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, like our weekly Open Arms program, so it is great to have all of us come together to help our children with cancer and their families in another important way.

Can’t make the race on April 26th? Consider donating to the Team NCR Lauren’s Run fundraising page to help them reach the finish line! This team is 103 members strong and has so far raised $5,425. By combining our donations, runners and volunteer efforts for one important cause, we can continue on the right path in this race to a cure.

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April 14th, 2015

2015 Lauren’s Run Diamond Sponsor Spotlight: DLA Piper

dla_piper_largeDLA Piper LLP, one of the world’s biggest law firms, is a Diamond Sponsor for the 2015 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic- and we couldn’t be happier! Since opening its Atlanta office in 2006, DLA Piper’s legal team has grown to nearly 30 lawyers, positioning the company as the leading law firm in the Southeast. DLA Piper is also a renowned global leader in its industry, with offices through the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. This global law firm does more than meet the legal needs of its clients, but also strives to make positive changes in the Atlanta community and the world.

Since 1988, much of DLA Piper’s philanthropy or pro bono legal work has been centered around a number of important worldly causes like world hunger, gender equality, human trafficking, juvenile justice, environmental sustainability, HIV/AIDS and many more. Now, CURE Childhood Cancer is joining forces with one of the best to beat childhood cancer in our lifetime. We feel more than honored to have DLA Piper as a part of our Lauren’s Run sponsorship team this year and to have childhood cancer positioned as a prominent global issue.

Lauren’s Run is April 26th at Concourse Office Park. Register now if you haven’t already. Entry to the family-friendly CURE Annual Picnic that follows is included with your registration fee. Get ready for a day of fun and family as we join together to end pediatric cancer. See you there!


April 13th, 2015

2015 Lauren’s Run Platinum Sponsor Spotlight

As we’re gearing up for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic in two weeks, it’s important that we recognize the many supporters who have helped to make this event a success.

autonationlargeLauren’s Run isn’t the only race for a cure that Platinum Sponsor AutoNation has taken part in to make a difference in the CURE Childhood Cancer community. Last September, AutoNation and 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay hosted the “Champions for a Cure” event at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games to give CURE families a day away from the hospital. Families enjoyed free games and go-kart racing, and All-Star sports champions Tom Glavine, Bernard King, Jessie Tuggle and Ryan Hunter-Reay signed autographs in support of the global right against cancer.

athenahealthlargeAthenahealth is no stranger to helping others. Founded in 1997, athenahealth provides cloud-based services that help healthcare providers deliver a better patient experience. Athenahealth is committed to helping caregivers save time so they can focus on what matters most, the patients.

The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation is passionate about making the world a better place for our children and future generations. This foundation celebrates music, education, photography, animals, travel, history- the many passions of our children. We are grateful for their help in keeping the dreams of children with cancer alive.

atlantahawkslargeWe’re so glad that the Atlanta Hawks have decided to join our winning team in the fight against childhood cancer! Teamwork is everything to CURE, and when joined together we are truly stronger against this monster of a disease.

The generosity of our sponsors continues to inspire us everyday. They are constant reminder that ANYONE can make a difference, whether in big or small ways. We’re glad to have you all as 2015 Lauren’s Run Platinum Sponsors!


April 9th, 2015

Fundraising Prizes for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 1.41.05 PMOur Lauren’s Run fundraisers work SO HARD to raise money to help children and families who are in the midst of a fight for their lives. Thanks to donations from generous individuals, we’re happy to award prizes to our tireless fundraisers! Prizes vary, including gift cards to restaurants, iTunes, Starbucks, as well as tickets to area attractions. There are multiple chances to win, and winners will be announced on Facebook as well as contacted via email.

Raise $250

All participants who raise $250 or more (according to your online fundraising page) 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 at noon on these Fridays:

April 10th
April 17th
April 24th

Raise Money One Week Before Lauren’s Run

It’s never too late to give! The week leading up to Lauren’s Run we will award a prize each day to the person who raised the most money in each 24-hour period leading up to that day. For example, on Tuesday a prize will be awarded to the person who raised the most money during the 24 hours the day before (which would be Monday). Donation amounts will be pulled from your online fundraising page. Prizes will be given out on:

April 21st
April 22nd
April 23rd
April 24th
April 25th

Top Overall Fundraisers

Last, but certainly not least, prizes will be presented to the top three fundraisers overall at Lauren’s Run on April 26th!

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.


April 9th, 2015

Keller’s Flea Market Celebrates 30th Anniversary By Giving Back to CURE

aboutpicTo celebrate 30 years in business, Keller’s Flea Market in Savannah, GA held an all-day celebration and raffle to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer on March 15,2015. Keller’s Flea Market started out as a mobile home sales lot and farming hay field but is now the largest flea market attraction for tourists in the Southeast, as well as local Savannahians.

With over 400 retail stall spaces and six delicious food concessions, this family-owned flea market is the perfect community one-stop shop for unique merchandise at bargain prices. During the 30th anniversary celebration, guests enjoyed live music from the Tim Burke band, games, face painting and more. The raffle was one of the most exciting parts of the day, and childhood cancer survivor Ethan Ferguson drew the winning raffle ticket!

Any events that bring the community together while joining CURE Childhood Cancer’s mission to end pediatric cancer are close to our hearts. Through may gracious raffle donations, this event raised $1,300 for childhood cancer research! Thanks Keller’s Flea Market for letting CURE be a part of this important day. We wish 30+ more years of success!

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March 31st, 2015

Atlanta Academy Holds 10-Year Cancer Free Celebration Honoring Trenton Kindred

IMG_1688Trenton Kindred has endured more medical treatments and hospital stays than most people ever will in a lifetime. Just five days after his first birthday, Trenton was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. He began five rounds of chemotherapy, followed by stem cell harvesting and two tandem bone marrow transplants, not to mention countless minor surgeries. While most kids his age had little to no worries or responsibilities, radiation, surgeries, infections, low blood counts and fatigue defined Trenton’s life.

This torture continued for a total of eight months in the hospital.

Throughout his battle with cancer, Trenton never gave up, and that same fearlessness remains in him today. His determination, fight and love of life helped him through the treatments. Despite the terror Trenton faced, he is now 10 years old, enjoys playing football and is most importantly, cancer free.

Trenton’s parents, Greg and Ginger formed the Trenton W. Kindred research fund to help find a cure for childhood cancer and inspire other childhood cancer patients to live life to the fullest. Also an important part of his support team are Trenton’s classmates and friends at Atlanta Academy- “Trenton’s Tigers.” These students are usually busy running fundraisers to support research for a cure, but more recently, they enjoyed a day of celebration.

IMG_5575-EditOn Wednesday, March 18th, the Atlanta Academy joined together to celebrate fifth-grader Trenton Kindred’s 10-year anniversary as a survivor of Neuroblastoma. In honor of Trenton’s amazing victory, students wore their Trenton’s Tigers T-Shirts as part of an out-of-uniform day and donated $5 to purchase a gold balloon. As a symbol of hope for all cancer victims, students released the balloons together as a school. The proceeds were graciously donated to CURE Childhood Cancer.

As all 350 gold balloons filled the air, students, families and staff were reminded of how important the small joys in life can truly be. Congratulations for being cancer-free for 10 years, Trenton! CURE is honored to have been there for you and your family every step of the way.

How To Donate to the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund

Click here to donate online and choose “Trenton Kindred Fund” in the Designation section. Your gift will be directed accordingly.

Checks can be  made out to CURE Childhood Cancer, with “Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund” written on the notes line.  Mail checks to: CURE Childhood Cancer, 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402, Atlanta, GA 30338

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    LAUREN’S RUN AND CURE ANNUAL PICNIC

    Register now for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run on Sunday, April 26th at 8:00 am at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA. All Lauren’s Run registrants are invited to attend the CURE Annual Picnic immediately following the race. This is the perfect family day, filled with fun, games, prizes and a delicious lunch. Register now.

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