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July 29th, 2015

Onward Reserve Creates Co-Branded CURE Shirt for September Fundraiser

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CURE Childhood Cancer is proud to announce a new partnership with men’s apparel lifestyle brand and retailer, Onward Reserve! To raise funds for childhood cancer research, the store has created a co-branded CURE Childhood Cancer button-down shirt to be sold online and in stores. The shirts will be available starting August 1, 2015 for pre-sale and will be delivered in September. The limited edition shirts will include both the Onward Reserve and CURE logo to raise awareness during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The funds raised through this partnership will support CURE’s critical mission – to save the lives of children with cancer.  Because Onward Reserve has six nationwide store locations and an even greater online fan base, the impact of your purchase will greatly benefit the many families and entire communities suffering from childhood cancer.

Owner and founder, TJ Callaway shares his excitement of the new partnership:

We are fortunate to be able to leverage our existing platform for such a great cause.  This partnership has the potential to raise enough money to make a real impact in the fight against childhood cancer and that is something that the entire Onward Reserve team is proud of.  Knowing that we have made a difference is the real benefit.  Aside from the actual dollars raised, it is a great way for us to introduce our customers to this cause as well as introducing the supporters of CURE to Onward Reserve.  I look forward to many years of success for this initiative.

The shirts cost $98.50 and 100% of the profits will be donated to CURE. Place your pre-sale order online today or if you are located in Georgia, stop by the Onward Reserve Athens and Buckhead store locations starting August 1st.

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July 29th, 2015

CURE to Fund $2.5 Million in Research at Six Top Pediatric Centers

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CURE Childhood Cancer proudly announces funding of 19 research projects and fellowship awards for our fiscal year 2015-2016, totaling $2.5 million. Awarded to researchers at top pediatric cancer centers in the U.S., CURE is supporting research projects conducted at the six following research institutions:

  • The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The research projects are specifically focused on finding effective treatments for the 20% of kids who are not currently surviving childhood cancer. Each year, 16,000 new cases of childhood cancer occur in the U.S., yet federal funding remains a low 4% of the total budget for cancer research. Since 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer has attempted to fill in the tremendous gaps left by the lack of federal funding by generating significant revenue from corporate and individual donors.

Click here for a full list of the 19 promising research projects CURE is proudly funding.

“We are grateful to our corporate sponsors, individual donors, our dedicated employees, volunteers, and Board members,” said Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE Childhood Cancer. “Every research initiative gives us hope that we are steps closer to finding cures for childhood cancers and effective treatments for the 40,000 children who already have this horrible disease.”

Dr. Tobey MacDonald

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Dr. Kevin Bunting

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Dr. Erwin Van Mier

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July 9th, 2015

CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time

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Each day this September, CURE will highlight a child in our CURE family who has been affected by cancer. Some of the children we highlight are currently fighting the battle, some are children who have finished therapy, and others are children who have lost their battles but will be loved and remembered always. We ask each family who participates, with the help of their family and friends, to try to raise $1000 in honor or memory of their child to help fund research for better treatments and CURES for childhood cancer.

If you would like more information about this wonderful program or would like to participate, please email Lisa Branch at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.


July 9th, 2015

All Inspired Boutique Inspires with Year Round Giving

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All Inspired Boutique is the brainchild of Melissa Cherry. She pours her heart and soul into the online and retail store. Started in December 2012 as an online store, Melissa was compelled to curate a boutique of inspirational items. She continues to pick the best and latest so you can share what inspires you the most. Everything from jewelry that makes your heart sing, to a sassy and fun top, to a sign for your home that makes a statement – your statement. It’s simply a way of showing just who you are on the inside to the outside world.

IMG_7769Her store manager, Kathryn Jenkins, knows the childhood cancer journey all too well. Her best friend’s daughter, a college soccer player, lost her battle to a brain tumor. Melissa saw Kathryn’s pain and the devastation of so many and knew she had to make a difference. She couldn’t just sit back and not do something. Melissa says, “Through prayer it became clear that All Inspired Boutique would support CURE Childhood Cancer. 5% of tops and dresses go directly to CURE Childhood Cancer.”  The clothing sells so quickly in the store that it rarely makes it online.
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IMG_1030Melissa and Kathryn love sharing CURE with customers. All the clothes have a tag with the CURE logo socustomers immediately know they are helping a great cause and making a difference in our community.

Make sure to stop by All Inspired Boutique
and support CURE while you shop!
5950 State Bridge Rd Ste 140A Johns Creek, GA 30097

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Online Boutique- shop 24/7!

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July 2nd, 2015

Cancer Families Live Life in the Fast Lane at Atlanta Motorsports Park

60f2c46a-f43c-4a83-a6a1-62c6d053201bEvery day, 250 children lose their life to cancer, and despite having the same youthful wishes we often have as children- becoming a superhero, meeting characters from a favorite bedtime story, even driving your first car at 16- the days of those diagnosed with cancer are often filled with medical treatments and hospital visits. Over the years, CURE Childhood Cancer has gained numerous community supporters to help give these loving children and their families the resources and encouragement needed to remain positive and beat this terrible disease. In particular, Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta hosts an annual event titled “Rides to Remember” to grant children battling cancer at least one wish of riding in an exotic, high-speed car at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, GA.

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On June 6, 2015 Atlanta Motorsports Park hosted the 10th annual Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta’s Rides to Remember event. The inspiration for the event came from within Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta’s family when the daughter of one of the owners was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and spent several years fighting the disease. The first event, originally called “Dream Ride,” involved around 18 cars and 15 children. This year more than 115 exotic cars and owners were in attendance, and 100 children were able to ride the cars around the track and experience a carefree day away from the hospital.

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Proceeds from the event totaled nearly $49,000, and all donations were divided amongst the 2015 charitable partners: Camp Sunshine, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and CURE Childhood Cancer. It is so great to see how much this event has grown over the past 10 years. The support from the community and sponsor organizations is simply amazing. Thank you Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta for giving families affected by childhood cancer a chance to escape this challenging time of their lives and instead, have the time of their lives.

For information about next year’s event or to view pictures from the 2015 Rides to Remember day, visit http://www.fmoaridestoremember.org.


June 25th, 2015

2nd Annual Howard Brothers Pinebox Derby Raises $3,000 for CURE

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Normally, a pinebox derby wouldn’t have been on the radar of an outdoor power equipment company like Howard Brothers. However, after envisioning how customers, kids and vendors could interact and raise funds for an important cause, this small idea began to stick out in the minds of the Howard Brothers team. They’ve just wrapped up year two of the race, and we are excited for this tradition to continue.

DSC_0194Money raised from the race entry fees, donations and chicken biscuits donated by Duluth Chick-fil-A on Peachtree Industrial and Pleasanthill the day of the race helped raise $3,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer– $1,000 more than last year’s race! With a much larger and visible track than before, participants could see all the creative car designs race down each lane. Competition was high, but all hearts were set on changing the lives of those affected by pediatric cancer. Of the three race divisions- Under 18, Adult and Sponsor- first, second and third place trophies were given to those with the fastest cars. Prizes were also given to the 4 best designs of the day.

DSC_0374Aside from the true winners, it’s important that we also thank the volunteers who helped make this day a success. Peachtree Ridge Robotics Team not only participated in the race, but helped sell Chick-fil-A biscuits, took photographs and directed participants to the right areas within the store. Thanks again to the Cub Scouts Pack 420 based out of Duluth First United Methodist Church for loaning the track and computer software for the race.

Why should proceeds benefit CURE Childhood Cancer? The Howards’ family is no stranger to this disease. Many of them are familiar with the Meyers Family and have helped share their daughter’s story by being advocates of Smiley for Kylie. Last year, about the same time Howard Brothers was planning the first pinebox race, Kylie Myers, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Kylie fought bravely for 10 months, but her battered body finally succumbed to the disease on Feb 13th, 2015.

No child should die from cancer and because childhood cancer research is terribly underfunded, we need others to step up and make a difference. We are grateful for Howard Brothers for leaving their mark. Every little bit truly does count.

For more photos and a full recap of the race, visit the Howard Brothers blog.


June 15th, 2015

Corporate Giving Makes a Difference: North Atlanta Business Post Leadership Summit

IMG_0090.JPGOn May 14, 2015, more than 150 business leaders attended the North Atlanta Business Post’s Leadership Summit at Ruth’s Chris in Alpharetta. Guests enjoyed gourmet food and live music from the Fly Cats, which kept everyone dancing all night. A portion of ticket proceeds was donated to CURE, raising $6,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Not only was this event a great networking opportunity for local businesses and professionals, it was also a fun way to introduce the business community to CURE Childhood Cancer and our mission to fund life-saving research dollars that will support childhood cancer research.

Because less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated towards childhood cancer research, corporate support makes all the difference. All year long, CURE partners with corporate foundations and philanthropic divisions to host family and community events throughout Georgia to fund pediatric research. Last year, CURE raised $4.2 million to support research initiatives at local and national university medical research divisions, including the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University.

In addition to supporting CURE’s research initiatives, companies can also get involved with CURE’s Open Arms program, which is a more direct way to support families affected by childhood cancer by providing meals during their hospital stays at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It’s one thing to support charities as a business, but it’s another to genuinely know that you are making a difference in the lives of others. When you support CURE, your help truly does go a long way.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease of children in the U.S. This disease affects families all over the world and, right here in Georgia. This message is worth spreading, and we thank the North Atlanta Business Post for creating awareness of childhood cancer and the need for research.

 

 


June 8th, 2015

Coaches Come Together to Cure Childhood Cancer

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.45.15 AMAdrian Peterson was raised to believe he could overcome any obstacle in life. From a young age, Peterson experienced difficulties with his speech. He worked hard and attended speech therapy for many years to overcome a severe stuttering problem. Peterson not only overcame his stuttering, but now he travels the US speaking with young people about overcoming obstacles and the benefits of hard work. Peterson is better known for his football career that began at Georgia Southern University in 1998. During his time at GSU, Peterson received numerous school and NCAA class 1-AA records, won two national championships, and received the Walter Payton Award for Most Outstanding Player as a running back. After college, Peterson went on to play in the NFL. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 6th round. He spent seven successful years with the Bears. During his football years, Peterson didn’t know that life’s events would present him with an even greater obstacle… pediatric cancer.

On May 16, 2015, Peterson tried to fight back the tears as he shared his story with an audience of football coaches and fans at the first annual Coaches for Curing Cancer Football Coaches’ Clinic and Dinner Gala benefiting CURE in Savannah, Georgia. In June 2014, Peterson and his wife, Angela, were faced with devastating news. Their first born son, Adrian Junior (AJ), was diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). “Everyone thought I had accomplished a lot,” said Adrian. “They thought I was strong. They thought I was a hero. But during his battle with cancer, AJ proved that he was strong. He was the real hero. He never complained. Even once the cancer had progressed and AJ couldn’t see or hear, he never cried or complained. My son is my hero.”

AJ lost his battle with cancer in February of 2015. The Petersons find peace in their faith in God. They know that AJ is 100% healed in heaven.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.45.05 AMWhen Jenkins High School Athletic Director and Coaches for Curing Cancer President, Tim Adams, and CURE’s Patient and Family Services Manager, Mandy Garola, were looking for a keynote speaker for the Dinner Gala, Peterson was an obvious choice. “We couldn’t think of anyone better to appeal to a football loving audience, and speak on the need for assisting pediatric cancer families and funding research,” commented Garola. “We knew that Adrian would be the perfect speaker, but we weren’t sure he’d be ready because his loss was so fresh. We wanted to approach him, but let him know that there was no pressure. We presented him with the idea, asked him to think it over, and let us know later. We were thrilled when Peterson agreed to speak on behalf of CURE and Coaches for Curing Cancer a few days later.” At the Dinner Gala, Peterson shared with the audience that he accepted the invitation because he did not want other families to experience a loss like his.

Coaches from all over the state of Georgia and beyond came together Friday and Saturday at The Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Savannah. They shared ideas and attended sessions led by some of the leading coaches in the Southeast including: Willie Fritz, Head Coach at Georgia Southern, Mike Sewak, Offensive Line Coach at Georgia Tech, and Mitch Ware, Assistant Coach at Army-West Point.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.44.49 AMSaturday night’s dinner gala was not just for coaches. Guests enjoyed a great selection of sports memorabilia in a silent auction, sports trivia with WJCL Sports Director, Frank Sulkowski, testimonies from several local pediatric cancer patients, and keynote speaker, Adrian Peterson.

This inaugural event was a success. “I’ve wanted to do something for pediatric cancer for a long time,” said Coaches for Curing Cancer’s President, Tim Adams. “I lost my nephew to cancer five years ago, and I’ve seen how devastating it is to the family. I don’t know a lot about fundraising, but I do know about football. I have a lot of football contacts, and I’m so appreciative of them coming together to support CURE. I’m especially thankful to Adrian for sharing his story.” The weekend raised $10,000. Coach Adams hopes to make it an annual event.


June 8th, 2015

What Can a Girl Do? Brownie Troop 13550 has an Answer.

Mary Tipton Carter has been a member of troop 13550 since Kindergarten. She is an energetic, smart and compassionate young lady — a great all-around Girl Scout. On February 4, 2015, she went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with abdominal pain and fever. Soon after, she had surgery to remove an ovarian tumor identified as Ovarian Dysgerminoma. Mary Tipton’s friends and family were all thankful that this appeared to be a treatable form of cancer; however, this diagnosis meant that Mary Tipton would have to undergo chemotherapy and weeks in the hospital. She would miss school, Girl Scout meetings, softball, play dates with friends, and much more. Mary Tipton’s brownie troop quickly went into action and asked the question, “What can our troop do?”

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.09.34 AMThe troop’s ambitions started out rather small. The girls wore turquoise bandannas, Mary Tipton’s favorite color, to show their support. They made cards to send to the hospital and agreed to participate in CURE’s Lauren’s Run. Then the troop leaders asked the girls if they would like to vote on an activity that they, as a troop, could do to raise money for CURE in honor of Mary Tipton. The girls were instantly excited to come up with their own ideas on what they could do to support their friend. The ideas kept coming, and they settled on a roller Skate-a-Thon. They found a church that was willing to host the event and went to work promoting the Skate-a-Thon to other troops, their school and community. But it didn’t stop there.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.09.53 AMWhile planning the event, the troop found out that CURE needed toiletry kits to provide to patients who are admitted without notice or have to spend the night at the emergency room. With just a few phone calls the troop raised $650. And, within a few short weeks, they secured donations for toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and a gift card from Publix. The girls made more than 280 kits.

During the Skate-a-Thon, the troop worked hard to manage the assembly of the toiletry kits, run concessions, and accept monetary donations. By the end of the evening, they had put together a nine-month supply of toiletry kits and raised $900 for CURE! What’s even more amazing is that the day the Skate-a-Thon took place happened to be the same day Mary Tipton went back to the hospital for her CT scans. Everyone was thrilled to hear that her scans came back all clear. This event turned out to be a great way to show not only the scouts but all of the young people who attended just how easy it is to get involved with a very important cause.

Mary Tipton’s troop now has a better perspective on the question, “What can a girl do?” For starters, a girl can beat cancer! And together these girls are capable of doing truly amazing things that continue to inspire us every day.


June 2nd, 2015

Committed Hearts for CURE: iHeartMedia

IMG_1422iHeartMedia Atlanta is more than just a supporter of CURE community events – their hearts are truly committed to finding a cure within our lifetime. No matter the occasion, iHeartMedia selflessly offers support year-round, with no other motivation than simply making the lives of children with cancer a little bit easier. 

CURE’s relationship with iHeartMedia began with the President of the Atlanta branch. He has always been an advocate for helping children battling cancer, and reached out to CURE to see how he – and his company – could help. His passion and dedication for the cause instantly spread to all of the the employees at iHeartMedia Atlanta, and over the years their support has simply grown. Whether it’s producing and airing CURE radio commercials, donating priceless music experiences and memorabilia to raise money for pediatric cancer research, or serving an Open Arms meal in the hospital, their support never stops.

IMG_1322Most recently, the 94.9 The Bull Caffeinated Radio team went above and beyond with their support of  Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic. Leading up to race day, the morning show hosts Jason Pullman and Kristen Gates shared information on-air about Lauren’s Run, reaching families all around Georgia who may or may not know of all CURE does to support children and families affected by pediatric cancer. The hosts helped create excitement of the race and encouraged listeners to join their own teams or come out and support The Bull’s fundraising team.

Jason and Kristin put their mics down and 11Alive pulled the cameras out, as they also graciously filmed television commercials to promote Lauren’s Run and the CURE Picnic. If their radio and television support was not enough, Jason and Kristin didn’t want to simply promote the race. They wanted to get involved. So the pair formed a Lauren’s Run race team of their own and selected a very special team captain, a little girl named Nina who has battled pediatric cancer not once, but twice.

IMG_1321Despite Nina’s rough battle with cancer, her positive energy and caring spirit is infectious. Jason and Kristen invited Nina to come out to the studio to speak over the air, and she did such an amazing job! She was smiling from ear to ear and was truly a natural on air. Who knows, Nina could be the next big talk radio host. This experience meant so much to Nina – and so much to CURE. On race day, the Caffeinated Radio team showed up and walked with Team Nina. Everyone had a blast.

Whatever her dreams or the dreams of the many other children battling cancer, we will do whatever it takes to make those dreams a reality. With businesses like iHeart Media on our side, we can give these children a fair chance to live the lives they deserve.

 

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