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May 20th, 2015

Beating Cancer With Style and Grace: Pointe of Grace Ballet

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Pointe of Grace Ballet offers weekly dance classes for preschool, elementary and middle school students throughout Gwinnet and Dekalb counties. From ballet, jazz and tap, these children embody the style, beauty and grace of seasoned professionals. Since 1999, Point of Grace, led by School Director Amy Gilbert or (Ms. Amy as her students call her), has not only developed the talents of many students, but has also inspired these gifted children to contribute so much more to the community.

11081422_721166754647278_3695454615711721897_nOn March 28, 2015, Pointe of Grace held its first Dance-A-Thon recital and silent auction benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer, through which 100% of entry fees and proceeds from the silent auction were donated to CURE. Tickets were sold at $5 each, raising a total of $2,604 from tickets and silent auction donations alone. A local company, Elecktaalso donated $5,000 bringing the final donation total to $7,604!

So many generous businesses donated prizes to the silent auction, including a 3-day 2-nights stay at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Gold Club & Spa donated by Marriott Resort. Guests also had a chance to win restaurant gift cards donated by Enzo’s Pizza, Taqueria Los Hermanos, The Blue Ribbon Grill and Bambinelli’s Italian Restaurant.

11102649_721165867980700_3118118037577317753_nThe Dance-A-Thon was so so much fun for participants and spectators. These kids deserve a well-earned round of applause for such a successful first-time event! We even spotted familiar faces like CURE’s Kid Adrienne who is now in remission and living life like every child should. Seeing all these children, singing, dancing and laughing reminds us of why we fight so hard to cure childhood cancer. Children should have the chance to live their BEST life. Thanks Pointe of Grace for helping us secure a better future for children with cancer.

 

 

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May 19th, 2015

Introducing The Bowen Story Fund


IMG_4827Bowen Alexander Story. Bo for short. On September 21, 2007, this incredible little boy burst onto the scene. Bo was presented a teddy bear by his Mepaw on the day he was born. The combined words he used stuck, and from then on, Bo was known as “BoBear.”

When Bo reached twenty-three months of age, he began his battle with Medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain cancer. He developed posterior fossa syndrome that left him with the left side of his face paralyzed, his eyes crossed, and right side weakness of his body. Bo could not see far, so he focused on his favorite DVD case, “The Incredibles.” This helped his eyes repair themselves. It was during this time his father gave him his most fitting nickname: “Mr. Incredible.”

Bo would live up to this name and surpass it as he endured three major brain surgeries, three high-dose chemotherapy treatments, three stem-cell transplants and nine months of maintenance chemo. He did all of this as he dealt with posterior fossa syndrome and autism. During Bo’s two year cancer battle, Bo showed everyone strength and faith are some of the most basic of life’s wonders. Bo, with the strength and endurance he showed, became known for his motto, “Be strong! Be BO strong!”

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In August 15, 2011, a month shy of his fourth birthday, Bo received his well-earned angel wings. Bo’s cancer had spread to his liver. Bo took his last breath surrounded by those who loved him most. Bo taught many people that hope, faith, and love are essential during his battle against cancer. The support shown to the Story family was overwhelming, so unintentionally, the fire had been ignited for the beginning of The Bowen Story Fund.

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The Bowen Story Fund was created to carry Bo’s legacy forward by helping and inspiring others to help families fighting pediatric cancer. Through CURE’s Family Emergency Fund, the fund provides financial assistance to families who are receiving treatment 50 miles away or farther from their homes, primarily concentrating on families receiving treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This includes gas cards and meal cards in addition to other forms of financial assistance.

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

Checks can be made out to CURE Childhood Cancer with “Bowen Story Fund” written on the notes line. Mail checks to:

CURE Childhood Cancer
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402
Atlanta, GA 30338


May 14th, 2015

United for One Cause: 2nd Annual Believe Ball Sponsors

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 11.40.56 AMOn Saturday, May 16, 2015 hundreds of supporters will again gather at the St. Regis Atlanta for the 2nd Annual Believe Ball benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. We will honor award-winning, retired 11 Alive news anchor, Jill Becker, for her tireless dedication to curing childhood cancer in our lifetime and reconnect with the corporate elite and community of Atlanta. Now one of the premier social and philanthropic events in Atlanta, this elegant black-tie affair will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner. Not to mention an awards presentation, live auction and lots of dancing!

Last year, the Believe Ball raised $750,000 to further CURE’s mission. We would like to thank our 2nd Annual Believe Ball Sponsors who have helped make this event a bigger and better success than before, while raising needed research dollars to improve the survival of children fighting cancer. Thank you sponsors!

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May 13th, 2015

A Record Breaking Year for Lauren’s Run & CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 1.55.37 PMMore than 2,700 walkers, runners, and supporters came out on a sunny Sunday the last weekend in April for Lauren’s Run and the CURE Picnic. The event, which was started in 1992 in memory of Atlanta toddler Lauren Zagoria, has doubled in size in just two years and raised nearly $4 million for CURE Childhood Cancer and pediatric cancer research since its inception. The race also honors another local girl, Lauren Kochman, whose young life was also cut short by cancer.

“We are humbled and thrilled that in our 21st year, we had the highest number of attendees and raised the most money ever in one day all while giving both of the Laurens, and other families, the opportunity to come together for fellowship and healing,” says Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE Childhood Cancer.

“The $300,000 raised provides critical funding for life-saving pediatric cancer research so, one day – within my lifetime – no other families will have to go through the devastating loss of a child,” she continued.

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Lauren’s Run and the CURE Picnic also provide families impacted by childhood cancer with an opportunity to meet and bond with others going through the same journey. This was evident with brightly colored team t-shirts, balloons, three generations (or more) of families walking hand in hand, and signs of children affected by cancer along the race route.

For Heather Kochman, whose Lauren is one of those remembered by the event, “it’s really special to see a large group rally around a family that has a child with cancer. Kristin and the staff and volunteers have done an amazing job growing the event, which is always special to our family.”

And for mothers like Kasie Hart, whose son, Robert, is going through treatment for leukemia, Lauren’s Run gives her hope.

“Not only do our family and friends get the opportunity to support Robert in a fun way while also supporting CURE, but I find myself looking around at all the people in attendance and can’t help but have some hope. Hope that each one of these people is spreading the word about childhood cancer, and it is in desperate need of attention.”

Save the date for the 22nd Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic on April 24, 2016.

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May 12th, 2015

Believe Ball Diamond Sponsor Spotlight: Delta Air Lines

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At CURE Childhood Cancer, our goal is not just to save lives, but also to save entire lifetimes of children with cancer. Because of sponsors like Delta Air Lines who are supporting the Believe Ball and generating funds for research, we can accomplish just that. In addition to being a 2nd Annual Believe Ball Diamond Sponsor, Delta Air Lines has also helped donate travel packages as part of our Believe Ball silent auction.

8ad23d06-957b-4bf1-9456-928e3300e950You don’t have to be present at the Believe Ball to participate in this fun opportunity! When you take part in the online silent auction, you can still improve the lives of children with cancer and provide much-needed assistance to their families. Through the Whistler Ski Trip package, guests will enjoy a 7-nights stay at Blackcomb Coast Resort in Whistler, British Columbia with airfare from Delta Air Lines into Vancouver. To view this four-star silent auction package and the many other exciting deals available, register for the auction today.

photoDelta Air Lines has also supported CURE through various group efforts. During football season, The In Flight Entertainment Reliability Team of Delta Air Lines competed in the first Cabin Fantasy Football League for a chance to donate the winnings to a charity of choice. IFE won the competition and graciously donated $1,300 to CURE, showing that supporting childhood cancer research can be fun team effort! The wonderful group of retired and active Delta Air Lines flight attendants, Delta Clipped Wings, has also supported CURE’s Open Arms program by sponsoring lunches for children and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. These meals go such a long way for families enduring lengthy hospital stays for their child’s cancer treatments. They also provide encouragement to those who are in need of company and fellowship during such a difficult time.

Our volunteers, sponsors and community make our world go around here at CURE. With the help of our Believe Ball sponsors and supporters, a cure is within our reach. We can’t wait for the 2nd Annual Believe Ball this Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the St. Regis Atlanta!


May 12th, 2015

Kell High School’s “What a Man” Pageant Hosts Fundraiser for CURE Childhood Cancer

Each year, the Student Government Association at Carlton J. Kell High School in Marietta, GA, hosts two pageants – a girls’ pageant in the fall and a boys’ pageant in the spring. Tricia Malloy, a senior and a member of the Student Government Association, helped to put on the spring “What a Man” pageant. This humorous, student-run pageant was filled with fun and flawless performances by 20 young men. There were three panel judges (last year’s “What a Man” winner, the school principal, and CURE Board Member Kevin Kennedy) who rated each performer on multiple criteria. It was quite the entertaining evening. But the “What a Man” pageant was more than simply a night of fun, it also acted as a fundraiser for CURE Childhood Cancer.

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Organizer Malloy’s decision to chose CURE as the beneficiary of the pageant was an easy one. Not only did Malloy serve on the CURE Youth Council, but she also witnessed her younger sister battle – and beat – childhood cancer.

CURE Board Member Kevin Kennedy (L) pictured with Tricia Malloy (far right) and her mother and sister.

 

The Student Government Association set a $3,000 fundraising goal – and they worked hard to ensure they met it. One special donation came in the form of a ziplock baggie, filled with dollar bills and change. That $23 was collected by a teacher’s four young children who sold seashells for a donation to CURE.

By the night of the pageant, they were only $53 short of their $3000 goal. During the performances, the MC announced where they stood, and instantly the last $174 in donations flew in. The entire Kell community came together for the cause and exceeded this goal with a total of $3,119.68 to CURE!

What a special night it was.


May 7th, 2015

Believe Ball Diamond Sponsor Spotlight: Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead

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On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the St. Regis Atlanta, hundreds of supporters will again gather for the 2nd Annual Believe Ball benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. We will honor award winning, retired 11Alive news anchor, Jill Becker, for her tireless dedication to curing childhood cancer in our lifetime, while raising needed research dollars to improve the survival of children fighting cancer.

2015 Diamond Believe Ball sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead dedicates its time and efforts to various charities in the Atlanta area. Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead has organized a group of volunteers, known as “The Caring Crew” as part of their giving initiative to advance CURE’s search for a cure for childhood cancer. For CURE’s most recent spring event, Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead raised funds for CURE by selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Children’s Charity. The raffle was a fun and easy way to support a long time generous supporter of CURE while increasing awareness about childhood cancer and CURE.

In its inaugural year, the Believe Ball raised $750,000 to further CURE’s mission. We are grateful for Diamond Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead and its commitment to raising more funds for childhood cancer research. For information about Believe Ball and sponsors, visit believeball.org.


May 6th, 2015

2015 Believe Ball Diamond Sponsor Spotlight: AutoNation

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The 2nd Annual Believe Ball is Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the St. Regis Atlanta. Last year, the Believe Ball emerged as once of Atlanta’s premier social and philanthropic events, and we are so delighted to have our Believe Ball Sponsors there to help make this year’s event even more of a success.

IMG_2526-1024x768Diamond Sponsor AutoNation has partnered with CURE for many events to make a difference in our community and the lives of families affected by childhood cancer. From Lauren’s Run to other races for a cure like the “Champions for a Cure” event held last September with 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, AutoNation understands how important it is to give CURE families a day away from the hospital, and likewise, how important it is that these families never have to visit a hospital again.

CDhdWOSUsAAcbVbIt is comforting to know that we have a great sponsor like AutoNation to help with fundraising events like the Believe Ball, but what is even more special is the random acts of kindness and support this business gives. Endless trips to the hospital can cause financial stress to families that may not have a reliable form of transportation. AutoNation Ford Marietta serviced a cancer family’s car for free after a CURE mother heard strange noises coming from her car. She feared this would prevent her from traveling back and forth from Savannah, GA to Atlanta for her son’s oncology appointments, but AutoNation put her fears to rest.

The generosity of AutoNation continues to inspire us everyday. They are a constant reminder that ANYONE can make a difference, whether in big or small ways. Thank you AutoNation- we’re glad to have you as a 2015 Believe Ball Diamond Sponsor!


May 5th, 2015

Atlanta Charity Clays Tournament Commited to Atlanta’s Children

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On March 21, 2015, CURE Childhood Cancer joined the Atlanta Charity Clays annual clay shooting tournament, a long-standing tradition in the Atlanta community and American shooting calendar. Held at the historic Burge Plantation, the Atlanta Charity Clay’s tournament was the perfect day of outdoor fun. Along with sporting clays, the day-long event included a full barbecue lunch, silent auction and games such as the Flush, the Five Stand and the Make-a-Break. A Kick-off Party and Gold Sponsors’ Day also preceded the tournament.

ACC2015 097Established in 1991, the Atlanta Charity Clay’s tournament is one of the largest charity sporting clays tournaments in the country and its proceeds support Atlanta children’s charities. This year, CURE Childhood Cancer was selected as a 2015 Beneficiary along with other prominent children’s organizations like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta Children’s Program, Camp High Harbour YMCA “Adopt a Camper” program and more.

Ed Bosbyshell of Ed Bosbyshell & Associates nominated CURE as a 2015 beneficiary for the 25th annual shooting clays tournament. Ed was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago and always thought of how terrible it must for children diagnosed with cancer.

“I cannot think of anything more tragic for a parent to learn their child has cancer,” Ed shared. “Because ACC only supports children’s charities, I wanted to find something that dealt with cancer and was focused on children. CURE was the perfect match.”

Guests are calling this year’s event the best ever, with nearly $250,000 raised for local non-profits and organizations. CURE will receive a generous donation of $41,500 to go towards childhood cancer research. CURE will also be a beneficiary for the next two annual tournaments! Thanks to all supporters who joined the tournament for its 25th year and for giving back to Atlanta children’s charities. Stay tuned for next year’s event!

 For more pictures, visit the 2015 Atlanta Charity Clays slideshow on gardenandgun.com.

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April 30th, 2015

Fightin’ Till the Last Breath: 2nd Annual Sam Robb Brewfest

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.15.57 AMOn Saturday, March 21st the Sam Robb Fund hosted the 2nd Annual Sam Robb Brewfest at SweetWater Brewing Company. Guests enjoyed beer samples and tours, a complimentary glass, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, delicious food from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, live music and a silent auction.

Ticket donations and silent auction proceeds went towards the Sam Robb Fund, which helps train young oncologists and supports families battling childhood cancer. Like last year’s event, there was an amazing turnout for the night. The event exceeded our goals, with proceeds over $10,000 for the Pediatric Research Fellow and Open Arms.

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 11.16.24 AMBecause the future for children with cancer rests on the doctors and researchers who are being trained today, Sam Robb Fund events are a crucial part of the search for a cure. CURE Childhood Cancer and the Sam Robb Fund would like to give a special thanks to the sponsors and coordinators that made this night possible, as well as Pete and Melanie Delin, Debbie MacDonald, Kim Rutledge and Lisa Watry.

We are grateful for another year that the community can join together in Sam’s memory. We will continue “Fightin’ Till the Last Breath.”

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    2ND ANNUAL BELIEVE BALL

    The 2nd Annual Believe Ball was a huge success, bringing together hundreds of advocates for our cause and raising nearly $890,000 for childhood cancer research. Click here to view the official photos from the event and click here to view the photobooth shots from the night.

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    SHOP AMAZON SMILE

    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.