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November 20th, 2014

Canton Gymnastics Academy Tutus and Pirates 5K: Making a Difference In and Out the Gym

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Not only is the Canton Gymnastics Academy made up of talented athletes and aspiring Olympians, this team is also committed to fighting childhood cancer and raising awareness. When the Canton Gymnastics team thought of how to raise funds for their competitions, apparel and other team necessities, they decided to not only host an event that would benefit themselves but stand for something more. They wanted an event that would be fun and special for everyone, bringing people of all ages together in support of one cause. The team decided that causes concerning children best connect youth and adults. Of all the many organizations that focus on helping children, what was so special about CURE Childhood Cancer?

When CURE was first established in 1975, the survival rate of children with cancer was 10%. Although survival rates are nearly 80% today, childhood cancer cure rates vary for each type of childhood cancer, and pediatric cancer still continues to be the #1 cause of death by disease of children. Furthermore, children that do survive cancer are faced with many life-threatening defects as a result of harsh treatments. CURE Childhood Cancer educates the community of these facts and will do whatever it takes to make sure no child or family has to suffer from cancer again.

On October 25, Canton Gymnastics held the first Tutus and Pirates 5K, Fun Run and Pet Parade at Boiling Park in Canton, GA to benefit the team and CURE. The race was not your typical 5K – participants were asked to wear ballerina or pirate gear in light of Halloween and to celebrate the fun, whimsical spirit of children. Pets were also dressed in their best tutus and eye patches!

Thanks to all those who braved the cold for this year’s race. We can’t wait for the next Tutus and Pirates 5K! Click here to view the Tutus and Pirates photo album.

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November 12th, 2014

Fashion That Makes a Difference: Healthy Souls Apparel

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Founded in 2012, Healthy Souls Apparel is an online apparel retailer that donates a percentage of each sale to a charity. Founder Ryan McNutt and partner Jessica Cohen are healthcare workers that decided to also spend their off hours helping others in need through Healthy Souls Apparel. The causes supported include: autism, breast cancer, Armed Forces, education, animal rescue, human trafficking, childhood diseases, diabetes and clean water initiatives.

Originally a seller of flip-flops and T-shirts, Healthy Souls Apparel now has a variety of products available to help shoppers make a unique impact on the world. Now, you can select any of the women’s, men’s, youth and toddler apparel to have 20% of your purchase donated to CURE Childhood Cancer!  Simply select “CURE” or “Children’s Cancer” as your charity-of-choice at checkout.

We hope you will consider shopping with this Make Your Purchases Count partner!

 

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November 11th, 2014

Major Breakthrough in Fight Against Pediatric Brain Cancer; CURE Funds Clinical Trial

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center approval to proceed with a new pediatric cancer treatment, called the NOAH Protocol. This investigative treatment aims at reducing and eliminating several types of pediatric brain cancer.  Children with recurrent refractory brain tumors currently have no therapeutic options, and unfortunately succumb to their disease. The NOAH protocol offers new hope for groundbreaking results.

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MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital is expected to begin enrolling eligible patients in the new, Phase- I clinical trial in January 2015. The NOAH Protocol stands for “New Opportunity Advancing Hope” and is designed to deliver patients’ own activated immune cells (natural killer cells) directly to the tumor area in the brain. This immunotherapeutic approach will use cutting edge technologies to promote a paradigm shift in brain tumor treatment.

The conceptualization and initiation of the study was due to the will of one mom (Amber Larkin who founded Noah’s Light Foundation) and the strength of one little boy (Noah Larkin), who fought long and hard, but unfortunately succumbed to medulloblastoma at the age of 9. They were joined very shortly thereafter by another mom (Amber Bender who founded Addis Faith Foundation) and one very little girl, Addison Bender, who lost her tenacious battle against ATRT at 2 years of age.

Propelled by these families and their foundations as well as additional research support from CURE Childhood Cancer and other organizations, a multidisciplinary team of researchers and fund-raising specialists at MD Anderson worked very hard to translate their dreams of developing novel treatment approaches for children with recurrent/refractory fourth ventricular brain tumors, into reality.  The team consists of neuro-oncologists, pediatric oncologists, immunologists/transplant physicians, neurosurgeons and basic neuroscience researchers.

More information may be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov under the identifier: NCT02271711 or through the trial Private Investigator, Dr. Soumen Khatua at skhatua@mdanderson.org.


November 5th, 2014

Discover Unique Art and Support CURE at the Whimsical Wares Art Show

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Since 1996, friends and partners Debbie Shuping and Helaine Lasky have provided the Atlanta community with unique and uncommon art pieces and designs through their annual Whimsical Wares art show. Each year, the event features more than 70 established and newly discovered artists to showcase a variety of masterpieces including glass and metal work, paintings, jewelry, wooden crafts, pottery, photography and more. To provide more meaning to the art show, Whimsical Wares began donating a portion of their sales to a charity each year. Past charities have included Susan G. Komen, the America Red Cross and Ovarian Cycle. For this year’s show, Whimsical Wares has generously decided to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

The 2014 Whimsical Wares art and gift show will take place at Paper Mill Village in Marietta, GA from Wednesday, November 12th to Sunday, November 16th. Below are the show times for each day:

 

Wednesday, Nov. 12th

9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 13th

10:00am – 4:00pm

*6:00pm – 9:00pm

*Meet the Artists Reception

Friday, Nov. 14th

10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, Nov. 15th

10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 16th

10:00am – 3:00pm

 

To make sure this year’s event runs smoothly, volunteers are also needed at various times during the week of the show. For more information or to sign up for a time to volunteer, email Rhetti Ascari at rhetta@curechildhoodcancer.org.

Gift giving doesn’t have to be complicated- Whimsical Wares has the perfect items to match any occasion. Whether you’re hosting an upcoming party, in need of a housewarming gift or looking for holiday presents for friends and family, you’re sure to find something you will love and that is like nothing else around. As Debbie and Helaine share their passion for eclectic art and upcycled treasures at the art show, we also encourage you share CURE’s mission with those who are attending and invite your friends along. Special thanks to Healey Weatherholtz Properties, LLC and Lisa Graham for inviting Whimsical Wares to host the art show at this premium location in the heart of East Cobb.

 

Whimsical Wares Art Show

November 12-16, 2014

Paper Mill Village

255 Village Parkway

Bldg. 500, Ste. 580

Marietta, GA 30067


November 3rd, 2014

Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton Gives Back to Kids with Cancer During Caps for CURE Fundraiser

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When a local school held a “cap day” to raise money for Sarah Barr while she was being treated for cancer in 2009, many Henry County schools followed suit. Now in its 5th year, other schools are joining the fight against childhood cancer by hosting a Caps for CURE fundraiser. This September, students at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, GA carried on this tradition. On a Caps for CURE day, students bring $1 to wear a cap to school, and the totals raised go towards childhood cancer research. Thanks to the generous donations of families and staff members, Kids ‘R’ Kids collected $525 to be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer!

 With little childhood cancer funding from the government and large cancer organizations, the task of raising enough funds for research is a huge challenge. When schools choose to participate in this effort, they give kids a chance to help other kids, allowing them to give back where it matters most. It is amazing how much can be raised in a day from just $1 per student! Caps for CURE is fun and simple, yet goes such a long way. Kids ‘R’ Kids parents and staff members also had the great idea of selling used uniforms for $5 to donate to CURE as well! Every little bit helps, and Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton is proof that you can never be too young to join the fight. We are grateful to all participating schools for joining our efforts to end childhood cancer once and for all.


October 31st, 2014

Support CURE and Forsyth Family Haven Families at the Rise & Drive Community Collection and Festival

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On November 11-15, 2014 the Cumming and Sugar Hill campuses of Stepping Stone Montessori School have organized the Rise & Drive Community Collection and Festival to collect donations, both in-kind or check, for CURE Childhood Cancer and Forsyth Family Haven. The founders of Stepping Stone Montessori School host a charity event every year in memory of their younger brother Uday who lost his battle with cancer in November 12, 2002 at age 25. The Montessori philosophy is founded on principles such as character, charity and understanding that we are all part of one community. The Rise and Drive collection drive is a great opportunity to instill these values within young children as well as surrounding businesses, churches, schools and community groups.  Collection bins for food, clothes, blankets, toys and books will be located at the following locations from November 11th -14th :

 

Stepping Stone Montessori School, Suwanee                          

Stepping Stone Montessori School, Cumming

Subway on Suwanee Dam Road and PIB

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit of Cumming, GA

Choe’s HapKiDo of Cumming Karate, Martial Arts and Kickboxing

Sweet and Sassy of Cumming, GA

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SwimKids of Georgia Featuring Infant Aquatics

 

Following the collection drive, there will be a fun family festival with food vendors, kid activities, games and more on Saturday, November 15th  from 2-6 pm at SSMS. To truly support and raise resources and funds for Forsyth Family Haven domestic violence victims and CURE families battling childhood cancer, the Stepping Stone Montessori School management, staff and parents need your help! Simply sharing the event details with others online, posting the event flyer at local libraries, parks and restaurants, or volunteering to help during the community festival will go a long way. For more details, please visit the Rise and Drive Community Drive Facebook Page.


October 30th, 2014

October 2014 CURE Volunteer Newsletter

Families stricken with the griefs of childhood cancer need your help now more than ever. Take a look at our upcoming volunteer opportunities to support families and children in need.

Holiday Angels

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For many families battling childhood cancer, the holidays are particularly difficult. The financial burdens, stress and worry that come along with battling the disease often make it difficult to celebrate with gifts and special meals. That’s where CURE – and you – step in to help give these families a special holiday.

Through CURE’s Holiday Angels program, we work with social workers and child life specialists to identify families who need help in order to provide their children with gifts for the holidays.

If you are interested in sponsoring gifts for a family and live in the Atlanta area, please email Lisa Branch at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org or for Savannah, please email Mandy Garola at mandy@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 

Brown Bag Lunches- Atlanta

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If your company, school service club or group is looking for a special project, please consider sponsoring one of our remaining 2014 Brown Bag Lunches on December 23, 2014 and December 30, 2014.

These lunch bags are delivered to the parents of children with cancer who are staying in the inpatient unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses. CURE will provide the sacks and you will be responsible for collecting the contents and stuffing them. For more information or to sponsor a lunch, please contact Karen McCarthy at karen@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 

Gas Cards Needed

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Often families who have a child treated on the pediatric oncology floor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and Egleston travel many miles from home for doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, or radiation. It is not uncommon for a patient to visit the hospital or clinic multiple times each week.

Donating gas cards is an easy way for you to help relieve some of the financial burden placed on these families. Please consider donations of gas cards valued at $10, $25 or $50. For more information, please email Lisa Branch at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org

 

Atlanta-Area Volunteers Needed for Whimsical Wares Art & Gift Show

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Whimsical Wares is an annual art and gift show at the Paper Mill Village in Marietta, GA, featuring more than 70 artists selling goods such as: jewelry, wearables, vintage, clay, paintings, metalwork, kids’ stuff, paper, edibles, mosaics, folk art, home decor, and photography. A portion of proceeds from this event is generously donated to CURE. Volunteers are needed for the following dates/times.

Tuesday, Nov. 11th

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday, Nov. 12th

9:00am – 1:00pm

10:00am – 2:00pm

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 13th

9:00am – 1:00pm

10:00am – 2:00pm

12:00pm – 4:00pm

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday, Nov. 14th

 9:00am – 1:00pm

10:00am – 2:00pm

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, Nov. 15th

10:00am – 2:00pm

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 16th

11:00am – 3:00pm

2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

For more information or to sign up for a time to volunteer, email Rhetta Ascari at rhetta@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 

Volunteers Needed in Suwanne and Cumming, GA 

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On Saturday, November 15th, Stepping Stones Montessori Schools (SSMS) will host a festival celebrating their week-long Rise & Drive event in which they partnered with local businesses to collect items such as clothing, food and books for local charities. All proceeds from the festival will benefit CURE. Volunteers are needed to assist with children’s activities and games.

November 15, 2014

2:00pm – 6:00pm

SSMS Suwanee Campus

65 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.

Sugar Hill, GA 30518

November 15, 2014

2:00pm – 6:00pm

SSMS Cumming Campus

820 Sanders Road

Cumming, GA 30041

To volunteer or for more information, please email Rhetta Ascari at rhetta@curechildhoodcancer.org.

Open Arms Lunch Program Savannah Donors Needed

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Each Tuesday, CURE delivers lunch to children fighting cancer and their families on the inpatient unit at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health. We provide 2 meals per family, which helps defray the overwhelming costs to families who face lengthy hospital stays with their children.

We have partnered with Joe’s Homemade Café and Catering to provide delicious and nutritious meals for $10.00 per person. The cost of sponsoring lunches for one week is $80-$100. Please consider making a donation to our Open Arms Program. Each lunch box delivered will include an acknowledgement, so our sweet families will know who made a difference for their family on that day. Please contact Mandy Garola at mandy@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 

Savannah-Area Volunteers Needed for Sisters on a Journey Dinner

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On February, 21, 2015 CURE will host the second annual Sisters on a Journey Dinner in Savannah. This amazing dinner includes inspirational speakers and a live and silent auction. All proceeds from this event benefit The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund – a CURE Named Fund that supports critical, lifesaving research. We need 30 volunteers to join us as servers for this event.

February 21, 2015

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Savannah, GA

 This is a great opportunity to invite a friend to join you and serve together. For more information, contact Mandy Garola at mandy@curechildhoodcancer.org.

Miscellaneous Items Needed for Savannah Family Holiday Support

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In December, CURE host annual holiday parties in Atlanta and Savannah for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. In Savannah, we are in need of the following items to help make this event special for all families who attend:

- Fun-Colored Duct Tape

-Marbled Composition Journals

-Holiday Socks (small and large sizes)

-Individual Bags (not boxes) of Legos Mini Packs

If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Mandy Garola at mandy@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 


October 29th, 2014

Wine, Art and Tapas: Join The Sam Robb Fund at Cabernet for CURE

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Join the Sam Robb Fund for an evening of great wine and fine art at Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell on Saturday, November 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Sip Wine Shop will provide the wine selection and the art of local artist Thomas Arvid will be showcased. Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and tapas assortment. Tickets are $75 per person and $100 per couple until November 5th when the couple’s price will increase to $150.

To RSVP, click here. Under “Program Area” select “Sam Robb Fund” and enter “Wine Tasting” in the comments section. Proceeds from the event will go toward The Sam Robb Fund, which supports a Pediatric Research Fellow in oncology training and Open Arms, a CURE Childhood Cancer outreach program that provides meals for children and families during lengthy hospital stays.

For more information or if you have any further questions, please contact Mike Krouskos or Annamarie Robb

Cabernet for CURE

Saturday, November 8, 2014

6:30-8:30 pm

Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell

10 Elizabeth Way, Roswell, Georgia 30075

 

 


October 27th, 2014

Thank You for Attending the 2014 Sam Robb Memorial Golf Tournament

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Thank you to the many friends who joined the Sam Robb Fund at Legacy at Lanier Golf Club for the 2014 Sam Robb Memorial Golf Tournament on October 12, 2014. Even the rainy weather couldn’t keep guests from enjoying this special day. For the past 8 years, supporters and sponsors have joined together for a day of fun and fellowship to honor Sam Robb’s memory and raise money for the Sam Robb Fund.

 While golfers were playing, Caring Canvases was “painting it forward” at the Caring Canvases Art Party. All the beautiful canvases and inspirational messages created will be given to families of children battling cancer. Each time a child or family views these messages, it is our hope that they remember they are not alone and that we will never stop fighting for a CURE.

Tournament proceeds will support the Sam Robb fund’s mission to train young pediatric oncologists as they dedicate their days to improving patient care and research of childhood cancer. Additionally, Sam Robb Fund proceeds support CURE’s Open Arms Program, which provides families with much needed companionship, meals and hope while enduring their darkest days in the battle of childhood cancer.

Sam would be proud to know that so much is being done not only in his honor, but to make a difference in the lives of other children like him, as well as the bright, dedicated doctors that worked so diligently to save him. A special thank you to presenting sponsor, E*TRADE and Legacy at Lanier Golf Club tournament sponsors. To see pictures from the 2014 event, click here


October 22nd, 2014

Sign Up for a November Georgia Crafted Subscription Box to Benefit CURE

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Whether your child or a child of a loved one, friend or acquaintance, the impact of childhood cancer either hits close to home or right at home. In Georgia alone, more than 430 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the next year. That’s why it is so important for the Georgia community to join the global fight against childhood cancer. This month, Georgia Crafted- a monthly subscription service featuring products and crafts made by local Georgia artisans- has announced that a portion of its November proceeds will go to CURE Childhood Cancer! This great news was also announced in addition to a new collaboration with Yelp OTP to bring customers the best, exclusive products of shops outside the North Atlanta Perimeter area.

Products will include gourmet food, beverages, vanity products, home goods and more. The cost of the November subscription box is $29.99 and includes nationwide shipping. Customers can sign up for a one, three or 6-month recurring monthly membership. The deadline to order the November subscription box has been extended to November 7th and is the perfect holiday gift for those that would appreciate Georgia-made or Southern-style products. Subscribe here to take advantage of this great deal!

Georgia Crafted became inspired to donate to CURE after 5-year-old Austin Nemecek was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare yet high-risk form of cancer. Austin is the son and nephew of the owners of French Silver, a longtime partner of Georgia Crafted.

As CURE’s supporters and impact continues to grow nationwide, it is encouraging to also see more efforts being done right in our backyard.  Thank you to Georgia Crafted and Yelp OTP for considering CURE in its subscription service partnership. What a great way to support a global cause and local shops and artists at the same time!


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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.