Cure Childhood Cancer


November 30th, 2015

The Sam Robb Fund Welcomes Fourth Sam Robb Fellow, Dr. James Felker

On behalf of The Sam Robb Memorial Fund, we would like to share some exciting news announced by the Robb family before the Thanksgiving holiday. 


Dear Friends,

Good health is a norm for children. We never worried about the health of our children. After receiving Sam’s diagnosis, good health had a new meaning. Entering the world of childhood cancer, you become so grateful to medical staff who care for your child, especially the doctors.

Sam had a special relationship with his doctors, especially Dr. George. His doctors became his “Super Stars.” He understood how important the doctors and nurses were to his treatment. We were grateful to have resources of The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which provided our family hope.

Because Sam’s relationship with Dr. George, it was fitting to support future doctors. We know the importance of having doctors who dedicate their lives to children battling cancer. The Research Fellowship program is the start of a young doctor’s work toward a cure for childhood cancers.

This holiday season, we have especially good news to share. Thanks to your support, we are able to provide funding for a fourth Research Fellow in Pediatric Oncology at Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine in Sam’s name. We are honored to introduce the new Sam Robb Fellow: Dr. James Felker

Dr. Felker currently focuses on Medulloblastoma, the most common type of malignant brain tumor in children, and his wife is a Pediatric Cardiologist Fellow who is interested in researching the long term effects of chemotherapy on the heart. Both are fully dedicated to helping children and we are honored to support Dr. Felker as the fourth Sam Robb Fellow.

We are grateful to be able to perpetuate Sam’s memory through the Research Fellowship program. Happy Holidays!

With Gratitude,

Sam, Annamarie, Liz, Caroline and Katherine

November 23rd, 2015

CURE Mom Shares Pediatric Cancer Journey in LifeZette Article

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Vicki Bunke, a CURE Mom shares her heart-warming and moving journey, from the moment of her daughter Grace’s pediatric cancer diagnosis to the power of laughter during treatments, to her hope for the future. 

The article is published on, a website from Ingraham Media, Inc., which is led by nationally syndicated talk show host, Laura Ingraham, the most listened-to woman in talk radio!

We are so grateful for the opportunity to have this story shared with a national audience! We hope you will read and share this courageous column by Vicki Bunke about her beautiful daughter Grace.

November 19th, 2015

Notes of Thanks

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We love hearing from the families we serve about the positive difference CURE Childhood Cancer makes in the lives of so many. Throughout the year, families send us notes of thanks that are simply affirming and inspiring. This Thanksgiving, we love nothing more than to share some of these beautiful notes with you:


The CURE counseling program has really helped my son cope with the anger he held inside from dealing with his cancer. He was always excited to go “play” with the therapist – he didn’t realize he was getting help.  She really got him to open up about his internal feelings of anger about all of his treatment.  This program really helped us because our insurance does not cover counseling. We are so thankful for CURE making this this possible for us!


Our son, passed away after a 3 year battle with Leukemia. During the 3 year period we spent many weeks at Egleston Children’s Hospital. While our stays were often too long and too frequent they were always made easier with the help and kindness of CURE. The Tuesday lunches and Thursday suppers were always a welcomed break from the cafeteria. From the very beginning, you were there with a CURE bag and words of encouragement. While our journey may not have ended the way we hoped for, the journey was made easier with your help. May you be blessed for all you do to help and encourage others as they make this journey with their child.


Thank You and everyone at CURE for all you do for families.  CURE plays a vital role in parents’ lives.  I always looked forward to Thursday night dinners.  Such a simple thing really.  Not to mention all the events throughout the year for families fighting the fight with their kids and also the ones like my family that lose the fight.  I have such profound thanks to all of you as just today I got my annual card remembering my child.


Thank you so very much for the assistance in paying some bills for our family as our daughter, goes through treatment to cure a brain tumor. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.


Cobb Moms was honored to be a part of such an important event. [Lauren’s Run and the CURE Picnic]. It truly was an amazing day. There was so much love and joy poured into the planning and radiating from the children, families and volunteers. I think each one of us was moved to tears at least once. Thank you for having us be a part of it. We had a great time and look forward to next year’s picnic!


How do you thank someone? Nothing matters more than our little boy’s recovery from cancer, yet our children need a roof over their heads, food, heat in the winter, a working vehicle to drive our son for his treatments, to get to the grocery store…

Before our son was diagnosed, the world we were raising our children in seemed rather bleak, selfishness the norm, anger, heartache, crime increasing – not the dream every parent historically has for their children’s future. But we were wrong. Amidst the heartache and terror of having a child being treated for cancer these past five years, has come the realization that we are indeed, never alone in this world, that there are so many people who truly care! Some are families who have walked in our shoes and know all too well the road we travel. Many have not and yet reach out in the name of a child, often they have never even met!

How do you thank someone? Do you tell about the tears that trickle upon your face when you think of the sacrifice for your child and family? Do you describe the conversations you have with your children, when you get to say “see, no matter how difficult things may get, God will always help us, and see how He does it through the hands of such kind people”? Do you simply say that a burden lifted from an already heavy heart, lightens the load enough to allow much needed smiles and laughter in between the pain?

How do you thank someone? I know I don’t know anything that could ever fully express how we feel. I guess, you just say the words. From the deepest recesses of our hearts, THANK YOU!


Thank you to all of our supporters for enabling us to do this critical work.


November 19th, 2015

Deerfield-Windsor Lower School Superhero Day for Children With Cancer


Children with cancer are our heroes. These tiny warriors fight childhood cancer day in and out- at times without complaint or losing their smiles. Combined with the endless support of the CURE community, these heroes can move mountains and most importantly beat cancer. However, we must also be sidekicks for the many children and families affected by this disease and join the fight for research!

This Halloween, the students at Deerfield-Windsor Lower School in Albany, GA dressed up as superheroes to raise money and awareness of CURE Childhood Cancer. Students were dressed as “Super Dork” to Superwoman or man to Wonder Woman and even a Halloween superhero. All it takes is one simple idea, one simple action, to change the life of a child affected by childhood cancer. These students did just that!

As we move closer to the holiday season, what will you do to make pediatric cancer a thing of the past? Check out the fun pics from the school fundraiser below! For ideas on how you can start your own fundraiser, visit our Fundraising Ideas page.







November 13th, 2015

Lemonade War – Kids Helping Kids!

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In October, Dolvin Elementary 4th and 5th graders held their Annual Lemonade Wars to raise money for childhood cancer. With the help of parent volunteers, lemonade stands were organized in neighborhood subdivisions. The students put significant time into creating posters, baking cookies, and, of course, selling lemonade! The kids were very successful in their venture and raised $2,731.89 for CURE.

They also collected food and assemble nearly 80 snack bags to CURE to distribute to children and parents in the hospital. A Dolvin parent shared, “We chose CURE because it is a charity which benefits children in our area. We want our Dolvin kids to feel connected to the children they’re helping. When we originally started the Lemonade Wars, there was a Dolvin family whose child was fighting cancer and CURE was charity that was very meaningful to them.”

Thank you Dolvin students and parents! We appreciate you and are so inspired by your efforts!


November 3rd, 2015

Register Now for the Austin Taylor Challenge!

In September 2007, two year old Austin Taylor was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma. Over the course of 15 months, Austin had six rounds of chemo, surgery to remove his tumor, and two rounds of high dose chemo requiring stem cell rescues after each. Along with 13 days of radiation and six months of an oral medication, the cycle seemed to never end.

1560676_352057094963886_7995269270769353442_nAustin finished his last scans in January 2012 and was looking forward to starting 2nd grade. However after being considered NED (no evidence of disease) for more than four years and completing his scans, Austin relapsed. Hearing that Austin originally had cancer in 2007 was hard, but hearing he had relapsed was even more devastating to his family. There is no known cure for relapsed Neuroblastoma, so there was no road map of what his treatment would look like as with the original diagnosis.

Despite all of this, Austin never gave in. He laughed and played jokes with doctors and nurses during hospital stays and rarely missed a day of school. He fought HARD, even playing baseball just a couple of weeks before his battle with this disease ended on July 1, 2014.

Austin inspired many during his fight with cancer, including Joe Urban, a coworker of Austin’s father. While Austin was fighting this disease, Joe decided to bring awareness and raise funds for research to support Austin and other children with cancer by completing the Leadville 100, a 100-mile trail ultra marathon through the mountains of Colorado. It was Austin’s bravery while facing cancer that kept Joe inspired during the long and tough hours of training and preparation the race required. As they both fought to cross the finish line, Joe gave Austin his medals every step of the way.

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.17.30 PMJoe set a fundraising goal of $10,000 and through sharing Austin’s story, donations amounted to twice his goal! In celebration of this ultra marathon completed in Austin’s honor, the first, official “Austin Taylor Challenge” ultra marathon will be held on December 12, 2015 at 8AM at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. While the event is a 50K race, there will also be a 1-mile run for kids. Runners can also set up their own fundraising pages to bring awareness to this great cause!

Proceeds from the inaugural Austin Taylor Challenge will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. Austin Taylor’s inspiration started with one race, and has now become a legacy for us to continue as we ask others to accept the Challenge and help us find a cure for childhood cancer.


Getting started is easy!

Step 1: Visit to register for the race

Step 2: Visit The Austin Taylor Challenge 2015 Fundraising Page to create your own fundraising page.

October 28th, 2015

Coins4CURE Goes WORLDWIDE! Raises $60,000 and Counting this September


Coins4CURE is a coin drive fundraiser developed in 2014 by Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics as a way for children to help other children by raising money for CURE Childhood Cancer. The first Coins4CURE coin drive took place in February 2015 at participating Forsyth County schools and raised more than $17,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer!

As if that wasn’t an amazing accomplishment, we are even more impressed at the endless amount of support shown during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! The September Coins4CURE drive had 230+ schools, businesses and organizations in 23 states and 4 countries sign up to participate. Yes, the Coins4CURE fundraiser went WORLDWIDE!

Coins4cure3When you sign up for Coins4CURE, getting started is easy because Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry sends all the supplies you need for your fundraiser. More then 330 jars of Coins4CURE supplies were sent in September. The average filled jar holds an estimated $700-$1000; a little simple math will tell you that the results are guaranteed to be outstanding. The Coins4CURE September grand total is currently at $60,000 and continues to grow everyday, as more and more donations come in!

100% of all Coins4CURE donations made go directly to CURE Childhood Cancer, with no administrative costs taken out. Coins4CURE will be happening again in September 2016, and we hope will join us next year for this great cause.

Here is a top list of some fun ways that schools, business and organizations raised money for their Coins4CURE drives:

  1. coins4cure4Collecting donations at the am/pm carpool lines at schools.
  2. Classroom or grade level challenges for popsicle or pizza parties.
  3. Themed dress-up days for donations to Coins4CURE (hat day, silly sock day, etc.).
  4. Dress down at the office days (wear jeans for a set donation).
  5. Dollar goals to reach in order to throw a pie at teachers, administration, managers or bosses.
  6. Football game coin collections in the stands through a 50/50 raffle, GO GOLD football and volleyball games with donations going to Coins4CURE.
  7. Teacher department lunches with donations going to Coins4CURE – then everyone gets together to throw their pies.
  8. coins4cure7Host a “pie day”—each “pie” is a set donation to Coins4CURE –then everyone gets to throw the pies.
  9. Restaurant proceed nights for Coins4CURE or setting up coin jars at cash registers.
  10. Company/corporate 100% match challenges—companies matched 100% of what their business raised during September.





Click here to learn more about Coins4CURE and how you can get started:


October 23rd, 2015

Introducing our “Loud Heroes”

A Tribute To Our Quiet Heroes is a splendid celebration of mothers of children with cancer. Since its inception, groups of moms have gathered ahead of the luncheon to simply have more time together, making a weekend out of it. Moms meet each other in clinic, during hospital stays, at events like Quiet Heroes and sometimes even online – such as on Facebook groups like “the Aflac Mamas.” They instantly have a bond – their children have fought or are currently fighting cancer.  They all “get it.”

This year, Tami Arrowood, whose 13-year-old daughter Audrey battled ovarian cancer, thought it would be great to get a group of moms to spend Friday night at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead prior to Quiet Heroes. She posted her idea on the Aflac Mamas Facebook page, and there was immediate interest. Ultimately, a group of 17 moms decided to gather on Friday. Playing on the Quiet Heroes event name, they called themselves the “Loud Heroes,” knowing they would enjoy a night of laughter and fun ahead of the luncheon. Unbelievably, an anonymous donor paid for all nine hotel rooms so the moms could truly enjoy a stress-free night away!!

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Tami said “each year the Quiet Heroes luncheon is so fun that we wanted to extend it. It’s the event itself that brought us all together. And this event has spawned its first offspring – ‘Loud Heroes’.”

In preparation for the big night, one mom made homemade foot scrub for each person, another made cookies decorated with the words “Loud Heroes” and a third created “Loud Heroes” t-shirts for each mom. Friday, they relaxed by the pool and enjoyed a fun, noisy dinner together. Incredibly, on their “night off,” some of the moms took meals to families they knew were inpatient at Scottish Rite. Afterwards, they sat in the courtyard and shared stories – heart-warming and heart-wrenching – and they laughed and cried into the night.

Kasie Hart, whose awesome son, Robert, has been fighting Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) for five years, said, “It was a much needed night of laughter and amazing conversation with women who know exactly how I feel.” And four-year-old ALL warrior Peyton’s mom, Shannon Greene, commented, “It was so nice to just have time to talk, cry, tell funny stories, show our scars and just be ‘ladies’ for the night. Everything about that night was just priceless and the cherry on top of being there for Quiet Heroes!”

October 15th, 2015

11th Annual A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes- What an Amazing Day!


Thank you to the 550 guests and 220 honored Quiet Heroes who attended the 11th annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon on Saturday, September 17th. Hosted by our tireless champion, Chris Glavine, this year’s Quiet Heroes luncheon raised an astounding $365,000 to fund research focused on better treatments and cures for children with cancer.   

We were simply humbled and amazed by the incredible support for our 11th Quiet Heroes luncheon – from the enthusiasm of our guests, to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, to Chris’s endless passion and leadership, to our tireless volunteers and dedicated CURE Childhood Cancer staff. Everyone truly came together to make the honored mothers in the room feel loved and supported.


Our special guest and speaker, Amber Larkin, left us filled with hope as she presented her “What if?” and shared about the NOAH Protocol, which CURE has proudly funded and is currently enrolling patients. Emcee Jill Becker captured all of our emotions after hearing Amber speak:

“Amber inspired the most hope I have felt since entering the world of childhood cancer…25 years ago!” Another guest remarked, “It was flat out amazing. I sat there and thought, ‘This is it. This is what we’ve prayed for.’ ”

CURE will continue to collaborate with Amber and others who share our vision for finding a cure for childhood cancers and our sense of urgency.

Thank you for making “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” the amazingly special, extraordinarily successful day it was. We hope you will join us September 24, 2016 for the 12th annual Quiet Heroes luncheon. Until then, may you be filled with hope for a cure!

Click here to view photos from this year’s luncheon.

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!


October 8th, 2015

Flowery Branch Volleyball Team Goes GOLD for CURE


On September 1st, the Flowery Branch High School Volleyball Team kicked off National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a special “Volley for a CURE” match. All proceeds from concession sales as well as T-shirt sales benefited CURE. The Falcons took advantage of their amazing student fan base and community to GO GOLD for childhood cancer research!

In addition to the T-shirt and concession donations, the team held a car wash and created a Gofundme page so supporters could give back in multiple ways. Altogether, they raised $3,011 for CURE Childhood Cancer! Also during Volley for CURE, the mother of CURE’s Kid Liam, Mrs. Howell, spoke to the crowd about pediatric cancer and her son’s recovery.

The FBHS volleyball team’s connection with CURE first began when a family member of a player was diagnosed with childhood cancer. Because CURE was a significant part of the recovery process, the Flowery Branch Volleyball Team decided to support CURE through fundraisers. One year after the first charity event for CURE, one of their own players, Kristen Wells, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. After almost a year of chemo, radiation, long hospitals stays and care, Kristin lost her battle with cancer. As unfortunate at this experience was, her battle with cancer has strengthened the bond between Flowery Branch High School and CURE. We are forever grateful for their ongoing support!


It’s amazing how far a simple idea can go when it’s for a great cause! Thanks to all the dedicated sports teams that went GOLD this September to fight for the futures of children with cancer.

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    We thank you for considering CURE as part of your tax-deductable charitable giving in 2015. We use every dollar wisely and are honored to be named to the prestigious Daily Parent 2015 Top 5 List of “Pediatric Cancer Charities Who Deserve Your Money Now!” Click here to read the article and click here to make a donation to CURE.