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January 22nd, 2015

Oglethorpe Mall to Dedicate New Tot Lot to CURE Childhood Cancer

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Have you seen the “Image a World Without Childhood Cancer” mural at Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah, GA? Local artists Morgan Webb and Alyson Harris donated their time to paint the beautiful mural in honor of CURE Childhood Cancer in the kids soft play area. In September, Oglethorpe Mall hosted a September Kickoff to showcase the masterpiece and #GoGold4CURE. This month, Oglethorpe Mall will have a ceremony to dedicate the area to CURE and raise more awareness of childhood cancer.

In recognition of the significant impact that CURE Childhood Cancer has on the community, Oglethorpe Mall will dedicate its new Tot Lot to CURE on January 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. The dedication ceremony will include a $1,000 donation to CURE from Oglethorpe Mall. Art by Alyson will provide free face painting to guests from 10 a.m. until noon. For a donation to CURE, guests may purchase a personalized vinyl decal to be placed on the exterior wall of the Tot Lot during the month of February.

“Oglethorpe Mall is thrilled to partner with CURE Childhood Cancer,” said Paul Baker, General Manager of Oglethorpe Mall. “From hosting the annual CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time kickoff event, to donating all coins collected in our fountain in JC Penney court to CURE, we’re proud of our partnership and look forward to continuing to raise awareness and funds in aid of this worthy cause.”

The Tot Lot is a new, educationally-inspired, children’s soft play park filled with play elements for climbing, jumping and pretending. It includes a Kids Clubhouse, ABC slide, two super soft foam clusters, a coil crawl-through, a theatre section featuring a flat screen television, wall-mounted interactive play activities and ribbons of letters, numbers and shapes suspended overhead at varying heights.

We hope you will join the dedication ceremony and invite your children and friends to enjoy playtime at the Tot Lot. Follow our gracious supporter, Oglethorpe Mall, on Facebook for more updates and news.


January 19th, 2015

Register Now for the 2015 Sam Robb 5K & Fun Run on Valentine’s Day

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 10.11.46 AMThe Sam Robb Memorial 5K & Fun Run was started by Andy George, a 2010 Centennial High School graduate who met Sam in middle school. Sam, a rising athlete in high school was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2002 at the age of 15. Even while battling cancer, Sam never gave up his dreams of being an athlete. Unexpectedly, Sam lost his battle to Osteosarcoma on June 25, 2007.

Andy is the son of Sam’s doctor, Dr. Bradley George, an Oncologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. When Sam relapsed in 2007, Andy (a member of the Centennial High School Cross Country Team) wanted to do something in Sam’s memory to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. The Sam Robb Memorial 5K/ Fun Run has raised more than $60,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer, and now Andy’s younger brother is the race organizer to continue this tradition.

The run will be on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Newton Park in Johns Creek, GA. The 5K is a three loop course taking place entirely in Newton Park. Registration is at 7 am and the race will start at 8 am. Register before January 31st for the early bird discount or register online through February 11, 2015.

5K runners will be given a long-sleeved t-shirt, which will be distributed on race day on a first-come, first-serve basis. One-mile runners are not eligible for a T-shirt. Shirts will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who chose to register on race day. Awards will be given to overall and master male and female runners. The top three finishers in each age group will also win an award.

We hope you will join us in continuing this seven-year tradition. Register early to guarantee your T-shirt! For more information, contact Ian George at ian.george15@gmail.com or visit HERE for registration details.

The Sam Robb Memorial Fund fundraising events would not be possible without the support of many generous sponsors. To learn more about how you can become a Sam Robb Memorial 5K/ Fun Run sponsor, please click HERE.

 

Registration:

-Early Discount Until January 31, 2015:

$25 for 5K, $10 for 1 Mile Fun Run

 

-After February 1,2015 and Race Day:

$30 for 5K, $10 for Fun Run

 

-Phantom Runner $30, T-Shirt will be mailed

 

Where:

Newtown Park

3150 Old Alabama Road

Johns Creek, GA 30022


January 15th, 2015

Painting With A Twist Savannah Raises $800 to End Childhood Cancer in Our Lifetime

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Painting With a Twist Savannah last Sunday to paint for a purpose by giving back to CURE Childhood Cancer. Last year, Painting with a Twist donated more than $1 million to many charities of difference causes. We’re so very honored to have Painting with a Twist Savannah join our mission to end childhood cancer in our lifetime.

With great step-by-step instruction from a talented artist, wine and inviting conversation, it was a great day to come together and do something good for our children and families battling this disease. This event had such a great turnout- every seat was filled! A portion of the night’s proceeds was donated to CURE, which amounted to $800.

What a great way to bring in the New Year! We look forward to many more memorable times in 2015.

Click here to view photos from this event.

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January 12th, 2015

Join CURE at Simply Buckhead’s 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Simply Buckhead is an upscale lifestyle magazine based in Buckhead, Georgia and appeals to the surrounding communities of Decatur, Vinings, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Virginia Highland. Simply Buckhead has supported CURE Childhood Cancer as a print media sponsor to help raise awareness of CURE’s mission within each publication. With 22,000 free copies distributed throughout the area six times a year, CURE has received added exposure to vital areas of our community.

As Simply Buckhead has supported CURE, we encourage you to join us as we celebrate Simply Buckhead’s 5th year of publication on Tuesday, February 3rd from 6:30-9 pm at Jetlinx/Signature Air at Dekalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, GA. There will be silent auctions, art displays, signature cocktails, and Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun will be the MC for the evening. CURE will also be honored during this celebration.

Tickets are available at www.simplybuckhead.com for $35/person. All proceeds from ticket sales and the fundraising Gift Pull will go directly to CURE. Gift Pull tickets are $20 each and items are valued from $20-$5,000. Everyone’s a winner!

Simply Buckhead’s goal is to raise a minimum of $40,000 at this event for CURE, and they would like your support to make it happen.

If you can’t join us but wish to make a donation to CURE, click HERE.

 

Simply Buckhead 5th Anniversary Celebration

Jetlinx/Signature Air

1 Corsair Drive, #100, Atlanta, GA 30341

February 3, 2015

6:30-9 pm


January 5th, 2015

Save The Date for the 5th Annual Sisters On A Journey Event

LETTERHEAD for other useJoin The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund for the 5th year of its signature event  Sisters on a Journey, a fun evening including themed-tables, dinner, raffle, inspiring speakers and music. All proceeds will go towards CURE Childhood Cancer‘s targeted research projects.

The event will be held in two locations: Savannah, GA and Springfield, GA in Effingham County. This dinner benefits The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund, which supports life-saving research for pediatric cancers. The name “Sisters On A Journey” is in honor of the many women (sisters) who supported the Wilkins throughout Catie’s journey.

Savannah Dinner
When: Saturday February 21, 2015
Where: Hellenic Center, Downtown Savannah, GA

Effingham Dinner
When: Saturday March 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Where: Effingham County High School, Springfield, GA

The event is a fun night for ladies to enjoy dinner, a raffle and a silent and live auction. Hostesses even get to decorate tables in different themes! The hostesses will also be responsible for selling the tickets for each table, providing desserts and favors, and serving your guests.

This event has sold out each year so make sure to reserve your table today! Five tables are left for the February dinner in Savannah. If you’d like to receive information on hosting a table, click HERE or email catiescurefund@gmail.com.

 

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December 19th, 2014

Rise and Drive Community Drive Raises $4,751 in Donations and Collection Items for CURE

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Rise and Drive Community Drive in November to raise funds and collect food, clothes, toys and books for
CURE Childhood Cancer
and Forsyth Family Haven families! Volunteers and staff from both groups worked long and hard to raise awareness and household items for Family Haven domestic violence victims and families battling childhood cancer.

Weeks leading up to the collection drive, the Stepping Stone Montessori School community posted signs in and around local businesses in Cumming and Suwanee, Georgia. All their hard work definitely paid off! They raised $4,751 for CURE and also donated toys for our Patient and Family Services programs.

All the toys and books collected for hospitalized children will definitely make a difference as they are facing the biggest challenges and most difficult days of their lives.

Thank you to CURE and Family Haven supporters for the impressive donations! We would also like to thank the following businesses for providing collection bins for donations:

 

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

 

Totally Running

 

Hairllucinations, Inc.

 

SwimKids of Georgia Featuring Infant Aquatics

 


December 18th, 2014

CURE Wraps Up the Year with Annual Holiday Celebrations in Atlanta and Savannah

This month, CURE Childhood Cancer hosted holiday parties in Atlanta and Savannah for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. To make these events even more special, CURE relied on volunteers to treat families to a day of holiday fun and fellowship. Needless to say, we have the best supporters in the world! Hundreds of volunteers gathered to help assemble CURE holiday gift bags for families, add festive touches to the room and dinner tables and manage various activity stations. Volunteer Megan Thurkins even provided Christmas carols during the Savannah celebration. From face painting and Lego crafting to ornament and cookie decorating stations, there was something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

In addition to pictures with Santa, retired Atlanta Braves pitcher, John Smoltz, greeted children and parents, posed for pictures and signed autographs at the Atlanta holiday party. And of course, we can’t forget to mention the delicious food selection and candy buffet table! We could go on and on about how special this year’s celebrations were, but most importantly is the generous support our families received.

For many families battling childhood cancer, the holidays are particularly difficult. The financial burdens, stress and worry that come along with battling this disease often make it difficult to celebrate with gifts and special meals. Thanks to the help of CURE volunteers and staff, these families received an even more special holiday.

We would like to say a big thank you to Opera Event Center, The Andaz- Savannah Hotel, Amy Hulett and the other giving volunteers who made each holiday celebration a day to remember.

We wish you a holiday season filled with lasting memories and joy!


December 16th, 2014

Towns County High School Student Honors Friend and CURE for Senior Project

Without the many fundraisers hosted by neighborhood groups, local businesses, schools and inspired individuals, we would be many steps further from finding a cure for childhood cancer within our lifetime. Thanks to the help of many generous supporters, each day we are one step closer to ending this disease once and for all.

You may have heard of Caps for CURE, a fundraiser started by a local Henry County school to raise money for Sarah Barr while she was being treated for cancer. Students simply bring $1 in support of the fight to end childhood cancer, and they can wear a cap to school. This fundraiser has been going on strong for about 5 years now, and many other schools in the area have followed suit!

We would like to share with you another student who is making a difference in the lives of those affected by childhood cancer. Ashley Abrahamson, a student at Towns County High School in Hiawassee, Georgia chose CURE Childhood Cancer as her recipient of funds raised for her senior project. Ashley chose to do a senior project on childhood cancer, specifically Acute Myeloid Leukemia, because she lost her friend, Jessi Patrick, on Thanksgiving Day 2010 to AML. Jessi would have been graduating with Ashley this year if this cancer had not taken her precious life. It is admirable that Ashley chose to honor Jessi during this time.

Ashley asked Jessi’s mother, Kathi, if she knew of an organization specific to cancer that she could donate to, and Kathi recommended CURE because of the great support her family experienced during Jessi’s treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As part of her senior project, Ashley organized a 5K run to raise money for CURE. She raised $255!

We are so grateful for leaders like Ashley, who have raised awareness and funds for childhood cancer through various community fundraisers and projects. We hope through sharing this story, that you will also be encouraged to support this important cause. No matter how big or small, there is always something you can do give back.


December 11th, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Ensures Cancer Family’s Safe Travels to and from Hospital

The kindness of strangers can move mountains. Recently, a CURE mother shared with us a story that brought tears to our eyes. Please read her letter, and how the generosity of the team at AutoNation Ford of Marietta helped make a REAL impact on her family’s life.

“In September I attended the Quiet Heroes luncheon in Atlanta, put on by Chris and Tom Glavine along with CURE Childhood Cancer. At the event they give the moms these wonderful goody bags filled with great stuff. And this year my bag included a free oil and filter change from AutoNation. Since we were heading to Atlanta for my son’s doctor appointment, I called and Spoke with Chris Brown at AutoNation and let him know that I drive a 2004 GMC Yukon Denali XL. We decided the best place to bring my car would be the AutoNation Ford of Marietta off Cobb Pkwy. Chris hooked me up with Jeff Jackson, at that dealership.

I had a few strange noises coming from my car and asked if they wouldn’t mind looking at that and pricing it for me, but not to do anything but the oil change because money is very tight for us. He said they needed to keep the car for at least for 24 hours to figure out the noises. They put me into a really nice 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium overnight and said he would call before they did any work and would let me know my cost. The day and night went on, as normal.

The next day I went to pick up my car. They had given me all four new tires, balance and alignment, new brakes, replaced all the belts, new windshield wipers all around the car, fixed the leaks from my antifreeze and window spray, cleaned my car inside and out, filled my gas tank full, and completed the oil and filter change. It was all COMPLETLY FREE. They went above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I cried a lot. I am so very thankful for everything they did to ensure a safe drive for me and my kids as we travel back and forth from Savannah to Atlanta for my son’s oncology appointments. I just cant say thanks enough to AutoNation enough for everything.

Pretty much everything they fixed I would have put off, especially the tires. It’s just not a good time for us right now and I couldn’t afford it. But this means the world to me and I wanted to give many, many thanks to Jeff and AutoNation Ford of Marietta. I am so very blessed for this to have happened for us and never thought anything like this would ever happen. Also a huge Thank You to Chris and Tom Glavine and CURE for the Quiet Heroes luncheon. If it wasn’t for them this would have never happened.”


December 11th, 2014

CURE’s Executive Director Kristin Connor Named Departures “Montblanc Great Character”

We are excited to share that CURE Childhood Cancer Executive Director Kristin Connor has received the Departures “Montblanc Great Character” philanthropic award. Through “Great Characters,” Montblanc and Departures Magazine is spotlighting nine men and women who set an example in their communities through generous charitable involvement. By sharing their stories, Montblanc hopes to ignite the philanthropic flame within all those who can contribute meaningfully to their communities.

Kristin was nominated for the award by a former neighbor and longtime CURE supporter, Robby Schultz.

“As someone whose brother was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma as a child, I saw firsthand how CURE helps families of children with cancer. Knowing what my own parents went through almost 30 years ago with my brother, and then being able to see someone like Kristin who took her son’s fight with cancer beyond just caring for her son is incredible. She completely stopped a successful law career and took that drive and determination in a different direction. When she talks with the families and parents of children with cancer, she knows what they are going through, and it shows.”

“I am incredibly lucky that I have known and know many, many great people, and Kristin Connor ranks as one of the most incredible and deserving of any accolade that could be awarded,” says Robby.

In January, Kristin and the other eight award winners will be featured on departures.com. Later in the spring, Montblanc will host a private fundraising reception benefiting CURE in her honor. Join us in congratulating our leader and friend, Kristin Connor.


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    5TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

    Purchase tickets now for Simply Buckhead’s 5th Anniversary Party, held at the Jetlinx/Signature Air Lounge at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, GA, on February 3rd. Enjoy food, drinks, a prize grab and more, with all proceeds benefiting CURE. Click here to purchase tickets.

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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.