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August 19th, 2014

Spend your September Afternoons at Teddy Bear Tea at the St. Regis

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In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, St. Regis Atlanta will host a Teddy Bear Tea from 2:30-4 pm every day during the month of September. Guests can enjoy a delicious, classic menu of savory and sweet selections and beverages, and 5% of all sales will go to CURE Childhood Cancer.

$48 per guest includes the featured Afternoon Tea menu, a glass of sparkling wine and complimentary valet parking. A $40 option without the glass of sparkling wine is also available. Children under 12 are welcome at $22 a ticket.

Afternoon Tea will include a few savory selections such as smoked salmon crepe with fried caper, as well as a cucumber and tomato sandwich with lemon aioli on white bread. There will also be a few sweet selections such as strawberries and cream and gingerbread tennis racket. We hope you will devote some of your afternoons in September to support childhood cancer research.

 Click HERE to learn more about the St. Regis Afternoon Tea Experience. Call Astor Court at (404) 563-7997 to make your reservation today!


August 19th, 2014

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of CURE’s Annual Golf Classic this September

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.54.48 AMEach year, hundreds of golfers come together for The Golf Classic, an event to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer. Organized by CURE board member Joe Coleman, whose 28-year-old daughter is a childhood cancer survivor, the Classic has raised $1.2 million for pediatric cancer research in 24 years!

Your participation in the 25th Annual Golf Classic raises money to help put an end to this long battle called cancer, all the while allowing you to have a great day and honor children affected by this disease. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to live out this important time as best as we can to extend our family of supporters! Please help us reach our tournament goal of $50,000, which will be put towards CURE’s 2.5 million commitment to fund pediatric cancer research.

The cost to play in the tournament is $125 for the individual registration fee, or $500 to form a team of four. Your fee includes golf, cart, breakfast, lunch, awards, snacks, and beverages. There will be two shot-gun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on a first-to-register basis. All golfers will be served lunch from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Together we can make this year the best ever. Please register now as a player or sponsor, and pass this invitation on to your friends!

Make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer on Friday, September 26, 2014 by participating in The 2014 Golf Classic for CURE Childhood Cancer at Oaks Golf Course in Covington, GA.


August 8th, 2014

Tom Glavine 2014 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Baseball, Family and CURE

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In case you missed the 2014 National Baseball League Hall of Fame induction ceremony last month, we wanted to share our most honorable moments from the evening. Not only was our home team, the Atlanta Braves, represented threefold at this ceremony out of the six inductees, but our friend and supporter Tom Glavine was among those celebrated on this day. As Tom stood in front of the crowd of nearly 48,000 people in Cooperstown, NY- the third highest ceremony attendees in history- he reminisced on his career, those that have helped him along the way and most importantly his wife and children. As he began giving thanks to those who have supported him throughout the years, he also mentioned CURE Childhood Cancer as being a strong inspiration off the field. Tom has always been a family man, and we are so glad that he considers himself a part of the CURE family as well.

Tom referenced his persistence or “stubbornness” as the main reason why he has become so successful, and this same dedication and allegiance to never give up has transformed our hearts and minds as well. We are so very honored to have been mentioned during this special moment in Tom Glavine’s career, and reciprocate our thanks and never-ending support to the Glavine family.

Click HERE to view Tom Glavine’s induction ceremony speech in its entirety.

 

Photo courtesy of mlb.com


August 8th, 2014

When Children with Cancer Can’t Go to School

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 1.32.23 PMSchool– it’s a part of life most kids and families take for granted. Kids get on the bus, have classes during the day, do homework at night. But, what about children battling cancer, who are in the hospital for weeks, months, or more? How do they keep up with their education?

The School Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has that issue covered. Twelve Georgia certified teachers bring the classroom to sick children, in kindergarten through 12th grade. Six of those teachers are specifically funded by Aflac to assist the patients in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Sometimes the students are well enough to visit the hospital classroom; sometimes the teacher takes the lesson to their room. These educators are trained to teach the children during treatment, as well as provide information to schools on their progress, and on special accommodations needed when those patients return to their schools. They are important liaisons between the families and the schools.

The teachers in the Aflac Cancer Center have an additional role, one they seem to cherish. They allow kids in the hospital long term, and their families, a sense of normalcy. The students are able to continue their education, and the parents get a sense of relief that their children aren’t falling behind in their studies. Teachers say their favorite part of the job is helping families whose world has been turned upside down keep the school piece “right side up.”

The teachers often say they “get” more than they “give” working with these kids, and many have stories that warm their hearts. Here are just a few.

“While teaching a bone marrow transplant patient, a hospital teacher used chart paper that stuck to the walls of his room. (BMT kids are in isolation and cannot come to the classroom.) He walked all around the room completing math problems on the chart paper. Afterwards, he wanted to leave the problems hanging on the wall so everyone could see. He also had his mom take a picture of him standing by his work to send his teacher. He was smiling so proudly in that picture!”  Whitney Morrison/Egelston Teacher

“We had a 5th grade brain tumor patient who loved doing school work even when she was sick in bed and could not come to the classroom. We always played ‘multiplication war’ at the end of each school session. This became our routine and for her it was motivation to see how many times she could get a higher score than the teacher.” Michele Britt/Scottish Rite Teacher

“We had a high school oncology patient who spent a great deal of time in our classroom. One day he was in the classroom while several very young students were there. He had completed his work and was waiting to be picked up by his grandmother. While he was waiting, he came over to the big white board in the classroom and participated in an activity with the little ones. They had so much fun, and so did he!  It was so cool to see this high school kid making the little ones smile! Another good day in the Egleston classroom!”
Uroni Macon/Egleston Teacher

Scottish Rite teacher Pamela Kinzly summed up the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta school experience. “For lots of kids, working on school work is a wonderful reminder that they are still part of their class at school and they will be back there again in the future. Overall, the kids we work with are still typical kids: they might be bald, connected to an IV pole, or sitting in a wheelchair, but laughter and learning are still readily available even in a hospital school classroom.”

 

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From left to right: Whitney Morrison, Uroni Macon, Kelli Vernay

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From left to right: Pamela Kinzly, Hollie Schofield, Michele Britt


August 5th, 2014

CURE Childhood Cancer Savannah Welcomes Mandy Garola

Mandy GarolaIn order to fight this terrible disease called childhood cancer, it’s important for us to continue building a strong army of volunteers and staff to endure the long and painful battle to treatment and recovery. Today, we would like to announce Mandy Garola as the new Family Services and Community Engagement Manager for CURE Childhood Cancer in Savannah, GA. Mandy is a former elementary school teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She was introduced to CURE in 2008, when her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at just two-years-old. Since then, Mandy has been a huge advocate for childhood cancer patients and families in Savannah, leading the expansion of the annual Sister’s on a Journey dinner and raffle in the area in support of Catie’s Fund to raise funds for more gentle pediatric cancer treatments and a kinder cure.

 From her dedication and efforts as a volunteer, advocate and mother, CURE Executive Director Kristen Connor knew Mandy would instantly be a great fit once a job opening became available in the Savannah market.

“She understands the needs of our patients and families because she has walked in their shoes, and she has a natural gift for organizing and rallying the community to our cause. We are lucky to have her as part of our team,” Kristin shared.

Mandy’s responsibilities as the Family Services and Community Engagement Manager will include distributing information to newly diagnosed patients and families, identifying emergency funding and counseling support needs, and managing CURE’s events and campaigns in the Savannah.

We are glad to have Mandy as part of the CURE staff. Help us give her a warm welcome!


August 4th, 2014

Tickets for the 10th Annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” Luncheon Are Now On Sale

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CURE Childhood Cancer invites you to attend the 10th Annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon on September 27, 2014 at the Intercontinental in Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. Since the first annual event in 2005, more than 200 mothers of children with cancer have gathered together each year to celebrate how much they have overcome, share their personal journeys and revive their passion and hope for a cure. During this time of reflection and celebration, we will also strive to raise significant funds for a cure through a special silent auction featuring items such as concert tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, jewelry, vacations and more. The money raised during this event will support research at leading children’s hospitals nationwide, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Hosted by Chris Glavine, the Quiet Heroes luncheon has raised more than $2.5 million for CURE Childhood Cancer. We hope you will join us for this unique, inspiring event to support the many families and children battling this life-threatening illness. It is through the support of the community, volunteers, family and surrounding businesses that these mothers and their families can foster the strength, faith and courage to help them beat cancer for good.

Each invited mother attends “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” free of charge. To sponsor a Quiet Hero so she may attend the event, please CLICK HERE and select the number of tickets you would like to purchase. In the comments section, please add the note “Mom Sponsor.” Tickets $150 each to ensure that one mother attends the event.

For more information about this event, visit www.quietheroes.org.

 

A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta

3315 Peachtree Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30326


July 31st, 2014

Joy to the WORD Inspirational Art: Customized Whimsy Canvases for CURE

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Atlanta-based artist, Eileen Sirica Cardillo creates unique, hand-painted canvases of inspirational art and calligraphy through Joy to the WORD. This art collection is not only made with love, but with a purpose to bring joy and inspiration to others through encouraging words depicted on canvas. For years, Eileen was a professional freelance artist and calligrapher, but it wasn’t until watching her children grow older, witnessing a friend endure the final stages of her battle against cancer and turning the golden age of 50 years old that Eileen felt the need to have a more creative and joyful direction that would give her greater meaning in life. That’s where Joy to the WORD comes in.

To benefit CURE Childhood Cancer, Eileen has created the Joy to the WORD Whimsy Collection. When you purchase a piece of artwork from this collection, 20% of your purchase will be donated to CURE! On her website, Eileen shares that ”these paintings are made in honor of “Warrior Princess Kaylee”, big sister “Radiant Rylee”, and their family, as well as many families close to my heart whose children are battling or have battled childhood cancer.” If you have a favorite prayer, poem, quote or word of encouragement that you would like to share with someone or display as a positive reminder, consider having a Joy to the WORD canvas made! As supporters, survivors and loved ones who have suffered from or are fighting against childhood cancer, we know first hand how important it is to remain positive and always BELIEVE a cure is possible.

For pricing information, or to place and order, please visit www.joytothewordart.com, email escardillo@bellsouth.net or call 770.294.0390.


July 25th, 2014

The 25th Annual 2014 Golf Classic

315The 25th Annual Golf Classic benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer will be held the last Friday in September – September 26th – at the beautiful Oaks Golf Course in Covington, GA. This event has raised $1.2 million in 24 years thanks to your generous support! To help up celebrate the 25th anniversary, let’s make it the biggest year yet. Help us reach our tournament goal of $50,000 which will be put towards CURE’s $2.5 million commitment to fund pediatric cancer research.

25th Annual Golf Classic
Friday, September 26, 2014
8:30 AM & 1:30 PM Shotgun Starts
Oaks Course in Covington, GA
Individual registration fee: $125
Foursome registration fee: $500
Register Now

Golfer registration fee includes golf, cart, breakfast, awards, snacks and beverages. There will be two shot-gun starts, 8:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. on a “first-to-register” basis. Each shotgun start is limited to 100 players, so register early! In addition, all golfers will be served lunch from 12:00-2:00 P.M.

404667_10151140939909504_1276105794_nSteps to Register Online:
1: Click this link
2: Enter your registration dollar amount under “donation”
3: Enter “Golf Classic” as your Program Area
4. Enter the names of your foursome players (if applicable) in the comments section
5: Enter your Payment Information

Steps to Register via Mail:
1. Click here to download the form
2. Fill out all information and mail to:
CURE Golf Classic
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N402
Atlanta, GA 30338

Become a Corporate Sponsor:

Sponsorship is critical to helping make this event a success. We are grateful to all of our sponsors and are still seeking partners for our 2014 Golf Classic. To download a sponsorship form, please click here.

Sponsor a  Hole $125 Hole sign
Sponsor a Hole & a Foursome $600 Foursome, hole sign
Sponsor a Beverage Cart $1,000 Cart banner (2 available)
Gold Corporate Sponsor I $500 Banner, award (no foursome)
Gold Corporate Sponsor II $1,000 Foursome, banner, award
Diamond Corporate Sponsor $2,500 Foursome large banner, award
Platinum Corporate Sponsor $5,000 Two foursomes, large banner, award
Presenting Corporate Sponsor $10,000 Four foursomes, large banner, recognition as presenting sponsor, logo on player’s favors, promotional items in goodies bags, acknowledgement in CURE newsletter

 

Become a Contest Sponsor:

Longest Drive Contest (4 available) $500 + contest prizes
Pitching Contest on Driving Range (4 available) $500 + contest prizes
Closest to the Pin Contest (4 available) $1,000 + contest prizes
Putting Contest (1 available) $1,500 + contest prizes

 

Click here to download the paper sponsorship form or click here to register for sponsorships online.

Steps to Register for Sponsorships Online:
1: Click this link
2: Enter your sponsorship dollar amount under “donation”
3: Enter “Golf Classic” as your Program Area
4. Specify your sponsorship level in the comments section
5: Enter your Payment Information

Steps to Register for Sponsorships via Mail:
1. Click here to download the form
2. Fill out all information and mail to:
CURE Golf Classic
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N402
Atlanta, GA 30338You may fax, mail or e-mail your completed form.

For your convenience we accept checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For more information, you may contact CURE Childhood Cancer at 770.986.0035 or online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

For more information or questions, contact Joe Coleman at 770.484.1448 x103 or email joe.c@csrepair.com.


July 24th, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – Pete and Mel Delin

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.41.10 PMAs they say at Nike®… “Just Do It”!  Most of the time that will be sound advice. But, when it comes to volunteering for CURE Childhood Cancer, there is always a wonderful and inspiring outcome!

Melanie and I have been volunteering for over seven years. We do it to help the kids and families in their battle against this horrible disease that steals so much from so many. We do it to help raise money to support research. We do it to help support the nurses and doctors. We do it to help raise awareness. We do it for the wonderful families who are the quiet heroes in a long and painful battle during treatment and recovery. And, like most volunteers, we do it to help…we want to give back!

But, as every volunteer will tell you, the volunteer will get far more out of the volunteering experience than you can ever give back. Whether its Lauren’s Run, the Annual Golf Classic, the Believe Ball or the Sam Robb Brewfest, you will have a great time and be inspired beyond expectations. And, volunteering for CURE Childhood Cancer will put life’s daily journey into a very different perspective.

So, if you are not volunteering…”Just Do It”! If you already volunteer, consider doing it more.  And, most importantly, take the kids, take friends and tell everybody you can so that they can experience the joy and inspiration that you do and so that we can continue to build a larger and more passionate army of volunteers to win the battle against childhood cancer.

And, thank you to the CURE families for the lessons Melanie and I have learned from all of you. And, thanks to the brave children and families, thanks to the doctors and nurses and fellow volunteers…you have inspired us in extraordinary ways!


July 18th, 2014

Atlanta International Fashion Week Supports Community, Fashion and a Cure

On July 29th-August 3rd, Atlanta will host its 8th International Fashion Week to promote the arts, community and retail market in Atlanta with tailored programs to highlight the city’s attractions including Fashion Lives Here, Shop Atlanta and Tour de Atlanta. This grand event includes participation from many countries including Africa, Europe, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as renowned sponsors Mercedes Benz, W Hotel, World Fashion TV, Paul Mitchell, Comcast, Revlon, Columbia Pictures and more!

In addition to “bridging the gap and connecting continents through fashion,” Atlanta International Fashion Week also supports various foundations and causes to raise awareness and funding through special events. In the past, the global aids epidemic has been highlighted during this week but now, childhood cancer will be supported through this platform as well! Purchase a ticket for the Atlanta International Fashion Week’s, “Celebrity Walk for Charity” on July 29-August 3rd to raise awareness and funds for non-profits and charities. Both local and national celebrities, as well as NFL and NBA athletes, will strut down the runway, and a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to CURE. This event will be held at Atlanta’s historic and illustrious 200 Peachtree in the heart of downtown. For information about how to purchase tickets email info@atlantaintlfashionweek.com or call (888) 867-3099.

With an average attendance of 3,000 people, worldwide membership of more than 35,000 and television viewers around the world, CURE Childhood Cancer is elated that others will learn and become more aware of childhood cancer and its prevalence as a real global cause! To learn more about CURE’s mission click HERE.

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    JOIN US! CURE'S KIDS CONQUER CANCER

    Would you like to share your child's story as part of our fundraising event, CURE's Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time? Click here to learn more or email Lisa Branch at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.

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    10th ANNUAL "A TRIBUTE TO OUR QUIET HEROES"

    Tickets are on sale now for the 10th Annual luncheon celebrating the mothers of children diagnosed with cancer. Join us Saturday, September 27th at the InterContinental Buckhead. Click here to purchase tickets or learn more.