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April 24th, 2014

Atlanta ClearChannel Radio Stations Pick Lauren’s Run Team Captains

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 4.00.50 PMWe’ve been spreading the word about the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic for the past few months, and now the time is finally here! Lauren’s Run is this Sunday, April 27th at Concourse Office Park. Pre-register online here to have your 2K, 5K or 10K race timed, or register the day of the race! Invite all of your friends, family and coworkers to join together for a good cause!

Our volunteers, sponsors and CURE families have done such a great job of helping us get the word out about Lauren’s Run, as well as the many different other ways we help children and families battling childhood cancer. We would especially like to thank ClearChannel Radio of Atlanta for joining the fight this year! They’ve helped us share information about Lauren’s Run over the air to reach families all around Georgia and the country.

ClearChannel stations Power 96.1 and 94.9 The Bull’s Caffeinated Mornings Show are both forming 5K teams for the 20th Annual Lauren’s Run to see who’s really got the most committed listeners. This is a great opportunity for listeners to meet other families and get involved in the community! So if you haven’t picked a Lauren’s Run team yet, there’s plenty of room to sign up for one of their teams. Both Atlanta stations have picked special Lauren’s Run team captains for race day. George is on team Power 96.1 with Scotty K and Riley, and Livi is on the Caffeinated Radio Morning Show team for 94.9 The Bull with Jason and Kristen. Take a look at the pics from their on-air visits this week–it meant so much to see such big smiles on these children’s faces!

 

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April 22nd, 2014

CURE Mother’s Day Gifts for Any Special Mom

7010-254Mother’s Day is a day we all hold special in our hearts. At CURE, we have the pleasure of connecting with many different mothers and families who practice diligence, patience and courage every day. When it comes to honoring our mothers, it can be difficult to find the proper gift that symbolizes just how much we truly appreciate them. With Sunday, May 11th quickly approaching, CURE is proud to offer you a wide variety of gifts that are fit for any special mom in your life, while honoring what is most important to them: taking care of children in need. Please consider purchasing one of the following gifts for Mother’s Day, each of which will benefit CURE.

Mother’s Day Cards

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Purchase a custom made Mother’s Day card from CURE, complete with a heartfelt quote, to thank your mother—or any other special moms in your life—for their steadfast time and sacrifice over the years, or just simply celebrate your love for them today! These special cards come in a pack of 5 and cost $20. Thanks to the printing donation by Standard Press, 100% of the sale price will benefit CURE! Click here to purchase.

 

“Cooks That Care” Cookbook

 

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Most moms—whether your mom, a grandmother, or family member—have one thing in common: they know how to make the perfect home cooked meal.  Created by CURE’s Maddie Briscoe Research Fund, the “Cooks That Care” cookbook is filled with 384 pages worth of delicious recipes for your friends and family to enjoy. The cookbook costs $12 and 100% of proceeds benefit the Maddie Briscoe Research Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer! Click here to order.

 

IceMilk Aprons 

 

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This gift and the “Cooks That Care” cookbook are a perfect pair! Inspired by her grandmother – a masterful seamstress with a love for cooking – IceMilk Aprons embraces the idea of family heirlooms, tradition, and making memories. Individual aprons range from $35 for children to $85 for adults or you may purchase a Mother-Daughter set for $90-$120. Just enter code CUREChildhoodCancer and 25% of proceeds will be donated to CURE. Click here to shop.

 

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Keep your favorite cause (CURE!) close to your heart with this fun lego heart necklace by constructiveHEARTS. Simply select your choice of sterling silver chain, the color of your lego heart, and your charity of choice – CURE Childhood Cancer. Approximately 40% of the purchase price will be donated to CURE! Click here to shop.

 

Good Deed Beads 

 

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Good Deed Beads was started by a mother and daughter team, but is inspired by children with cancer. Each beaded piece of jewelry is made by a 12 year-old and her mom and with each piece they sell, they donate 50% of the selling price to CURE Childhood Cancer. They hope to make a difference in the life of a child with cancer. Click here to visit the website.

 

CURE Charm

 

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What mom doesn’t like to be glamorous from time to time? These delicate CURE charms are designed for a small bracelet or necklace and are the perfect Mother’s Day keepsake. Each charm, which says “CURE” on one side and “believe” on the other, is only $5. Shop for charms here.

 

CURE Totes and Reusable Bags

 

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Because moms are such multi-taskers, it helps to have a sturdy bag or two around. Our reusable bag is perfect for grocery shopping or for carrying your lunch. Our stylish, CURE tote bag can be used as a small weekend bag or gym bag. Whatever the choice, I’m sure your special mom will know just what to do with it. The large tote bag is $15 and the reusable bag is only $3!  At that price, you could easily pair a bag with another nice CURE gift. Pick your favorite at the CURE store.

 

“Believe Like the Children Believe” Shirt

 

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All moms, at one time or another, have had to look beyond their struggles and remain a child at heart, especially the many mothers caring for children with cancer. “Believe Like the Children Believe Until it Comes True” is a quote that fits any hardworking mom and the design gives them the style to match. This women’s tee is made of soft, thin cotton with distressed collar and sleeves and priced at $25. Purchase this shirt or other clothing selections at the CURE store.

As this year’s Mother’s Day cards say, “because of our mothers’ strength, courage and wisdom, we too can believe.” Happy Mother’s Day everyone!


April 21st, 2014

Lauren’s Run Prize Giveaways Are Still Going on This Week

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 3.42.53 PMPrize giveaways for Lauren’s Run fundraisers are still going on this week! Time is going by quickly—The 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic is THIS Sunday! If you would still like to register as a runner/walker or create a fundraising page, you have until this Friday, April 25th.  Can’t make it Lauren’s Run, but you would still like to help? You can simply register as a fundraiser only or as a Phantom Runner, which receives a Lauren’s Run T-shirt after the race for their $35 donation.

Register or donate to Lauren’s Run by visiting our FirstGiving page: http://bit.ly/20thLaurensRun

So far for Lauren’s Run, we have 944 registered runners and 257 fundraisers! No matter the amount raised or when it was donated, we wanted to make sure all of our dedicated supporters would have an equal chance of winning a Lauren’s Run prize. That’s why we’re giving out prizes EVERY DAY this week before Lauren’s Run! Whoever raises the most money in a 24-hour period will win a special treat. The first winner for this week is Cece Meyers of the Silverman Soldiers team. She won three $10 gift cards to Starbucks and a $40 gift card to Copeland’s restaurant!

Our top three fundraisers overall will be awarded prizes at Lauren’s Run on April 27th. In the lead so far are:

 

Emily Giovinazzo of Team Marco with $5,230

The Purple Monkeys with $4,315

Ginger Kindred of Trenton’s Tigers with $4,291

 

And one more special congrats to Team Marco for surpassing their original goal of $5,000! There’s still time for you or your team to win a prize, so make sure to help in any way you can this week until Friday, April 25th. Good luck fundraisers!


April 17th, 2014

Thank You 2014 Lauren’s Run Sponsors

It is important to CURE, and the many families and volunteers who support us, that this year’s Lauren’s Run be bigger and better than before. However without our 2014 Lauren’s Run sponsors, we would have trouble making this goal a reality. From food and prize donations to publicity and volunteer support, our sponsors have put CURE first in the midst of their crazy schedules to help us continue living out our overall mission: to find a cure for childhood cancers in our lifetime. As our sponsors continue to help CURE, we ask that you also support these important businesses in your everyday lives!

Register for the 20th Annual Lauren’s Run or join a fundraising team here: http://bit.ly/20thLaurensRun

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April 15th, 2014

Vote for CURE and We Could Win $10,000!

534c373cb5a9b-EntryHeaderAs a special way to give back to Atlanta’s top 11 charitable organizations, 11Alive and Chicken of the Sea have teamed up for the 11Alive Celebrate Kindness Contest, which awards $20,000 to non-profits that are making a difference in the community. We’re very honored that CURE has made this year’s list—However, the amount each charity will win is entirely up to YOU!

Starting Tuesday, April 15th until Wednesday, April 23rd, vote for CURE once per day. The Grand Prize Winner with the most votes will win $10,000! The remaining 10 charities will each receive $1,000 for being entered into the contest. All votes will need to be in by 4:59 EST on Wednesday, April 23rd.

The good thing is, this act of kindness requires no money at all! It’s simple—take just one second out of the next nine days to vote for CURE!

Set a reminder to vote during your morning routine, vote before your workday commutes, or even after your evening stroll—whichever way is most convenient for you. You can help spread the word by sharing the contest link (http://woobox.com/5mnsho) on your Facebook page or by email to your family, friends and coworkers. It may seem like just one click of the mouse, but in the grand scheme of things you are helping us save thousands of lives! Click here to cast your vote for CURE.


April 14th, 2014

The Inaugural Sam Robb Brewfest Was a Success!

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The Sam Robb Fund held its first brewfest at SweetWater Brewing Company on March 29th to help fund training for young pediatric oncologists at the Emory University School of Medicine and support families through CURE’s Open Arms program. We have great news—although no surprise to us because of our amazing support system—the inaugural Sam Robb Brewfest was a great success! Approximately 350 people attended this sold out event, and over $10,000 was raised in support of our Pediatric Research Fellow and Open Arms program!

The night was filled with music, food, drinks, an auction, and wonderful conversation.

A special thanks to our individual sponsors Pete & Melanie Delin, The Wilkie Family, The Rutledge Family, Lou Brown Jewell and the Ascari Family.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to our many corporate sponsors:

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We cannot wait for the next brewfest! The 2014 Sam Robb Brewfest was surely a night of great food, good music and even better company.

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Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 4.15.04 PM Make sure to save the dates for these upcoming Sam Robb Fund events:

Sam Robb Memorial Golf Tournament
Legacy on Lanier Golf
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cabernet for CURE
The Sam Robb Fund Wine Tasting
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sam Robb Memorial Holiday Classic
December 27-28-29, 2014
For additional information about these events, please visit www.samrobb.com.

 


April 9th, 2014

2014 Lauren’s Run Diamond Sponsor Promotes Local and Global Change

food-security.jpg_1453745529We’re very happy to announce that DLA Piper LLP, one of the world’s biggest law firms, is a 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic Diamond Sponsor! Since opening its Atlanta office in 2006, DLA Piper’s legal team has grown to nearly 30 lawyers, positioning the company as the leading law firm in the Southeast.

Along with being a renowned global leader in its industry, DLA Piper has also helped make many positive changes in the Atlanta community and worldwide. Since 1988, much of DLA Piper’s philanthropy or pro bono legal work has been centered around a number of important worldly causes like world hunger, gender equality, human trafficking, juvenile justice, environmental sustainability, HIV/AIDS and many more.

In particular, DLA Piper has supported many food banks to fight hunger in 23 countries and span the creation of the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN). Each summer, the firm holds an annual food drive to support local food banks in Atlanta and other DLA locations. In 2012, all DLA Piper offices combined raised $130,000 and collected about 30,000 pounds of food!

CURE knows first hand how important it is to provide nourishment to families in need through our Open Arms program. Not to mention we’re advocate fighters for children’s rights and putting an end to devastating diseases! Now, CURE is joining forces with one of the best to beat childhood cancer in our lifetime. We feel more than honored to have DLA Piper as a part of our Lauren’s Run sponsorship team this year and are hopeful that childhood cancer will be voiced as a prominent global issue!

Don’t forget to register for Lauren’s Run if you haven’t already. We’ll see you April 27th at Concourse Office Park!


April 8th, 2014

The Effects of a Child’s Cancer on the Parents’ Relationship

Mark R. Zuccolo, Ph.D., LMFT

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.37.29 PMWhen parents are involved in the care of a child with cancer, they experience both positive and negative changes in their relationships, communication, stress, and their roles.

Emotions such as anxiety, guilt, anger, and distress ebb and flow during the course of the child’s illness. These emotions are felt and expressed by all family members, often more overtly by mothers and children. The child’s cancer  affects the family’s need for care, self-esteem, social interaction, and functioning. Consequently, parents may find it necessary to change or modify their family roles to cope with the demands of their child’s illness.

There are variations in the impact of the child’s illness on fathers’ and mothers’ relationships. While some relationships are weakened by these extremely stressful circumstances, others are strengthened during the cancer experience.

According to an extensive 2010 integrative review of parents of children diagnosed with cancer by DaSilva, Jacob, and Nascimento, time since diagnosis appears to be an important factor in the couple’s relationship. Many of the changes occur shortly after diagnosis. However, when the child has been ill for 1 year many parents report fewer changes in their relationships. After 2 or 3 years, many couples report positive changes. After 4 years or more, most parents note little to no additional changes. In times of the child’s remission, family life is likely to return to normal, and couples note a sense of their strengthened relationship. If the child’s cancer relapses, however, the entire crisis process can be reestablished. Some couples report greater emotional closeness, while others realize that their adverse circumstances simply reveal the marriage’s strengths and weaknesses.

High stress factors can also produce negative changes in couples’ relationships. Some mothers may feel that, despite a strong relationship with their spouse, the adverse and stressful circumstances generated by the child’s illness are weakening the connection with their partner.  The parents’ intimate relationship and sexuality has been reported to worsen for almost half of the couples surveyed. Many couples invest, at least for a time, the majority of their physical and emotional energy in their child’s illness, often leaving little or no time and energy for intimacy and leisure activities.

Difficulties in communication appear frequently in parents of a child with cancer. Healthcare professionals may be able to identify parents at risk for developing conflicts, communication problems, and lack of alignment between parents that could interfere with providing optimal care for their child with cancer.  If these symptoms are observed, they should be addressed, preferably in counseling.

Each spouse deals with the child in his or her own way and may feel that they cannot meet the other parent’s needs. Some mothers expect fathers to help when they feel overwhelmed with caring for the sick child and managing the daily routine and often jobs, as well. Fathers, however, may feel especially burdened by their jobs and may want down time away from work. These conflicting needs must be reconciled through communication and negotiation between the spouses, as they are both equally valid and heartfelt.

Fathers may find it difficult to acknowledge their weaknesses and vulnerability in moments of grief and loss. They may choose to repress fear and inner conflict, perceiving that they are socially expected to show strength and courage. Accordingly, many fathers may not share their uncertainties and feelings of difficulties with their wives because they may be afraid of appearing weak, preferring to be seen as the rock the family rests on.

Mothers may find that during the illness, their role as wife may be totally replaced by the caregiver role. We may see the fathers, who were not formerly directly involved in household tasks, starting to assume these roles, even when they have a full-time job.  Generally speaking, in times of crisis, mothers focus on involvement in the child’s life, represented by being physically present, while fathers advocate for and support their children and their wife.

Both partners need to be comfortable and flexible in dealing with these role changes by emphasizing the importance of working together in a partnership, as a team, independently of how roles are shared.  It is important to be emotionally available for each other, whether separated or together. Bonds are strengthened when the couple is together, and they individually suffer in each other’s absence. Despite the inevitable tensions, couples can share strategies for handling situations as they emerge, and they mutually provide encouragement and support for each other.


April 7th, 2014

Raise Money for Lauren’s Run and You Could Win a Prize!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 3.23.59 PMIt’s often said that those who give to others will be rewarded in return. That’s why CURE has decided to give back to those who have done their part to make the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic a tremendous success! Over the years, Lauren’s Run has raised more than $3 million for childhood cancer research, and we know that this would not have been possible without the enormous amount of community and family support CURE receives—Simply, it’s the least we can do to show our gratitude.

We will be giving out a series of prizes to Lauren’s Run fundraisers up until Friday April 25th, two days before the race. We will also make sure to give these well-deserved winners a shout out on our Facebook page!

Raise $250

All participants who raise $250 or more will automatically be entered to win a special prize from CURE. Only 3 winners will be chosen out of this category! Drawings will take place on these days —Sunday April 13th and April 20th, as well as Friday April 25th.

Raise Money One Week Before Lauren’s Run

It’s never too late to give! April 21st through April 25, the week leading up to Lauren’s Run, a prize will be rewarded EACH DAY to the person who raises the most money in each 24-hour period, according to their FirstGiving page.

Top Overall Fundraisers

Last, but certainly not least, prizes will be presented to the top three fundraisers overall at Lauren’s Run on April 27th!

Prizes will include Starbucks gift cards, upscale Atlanta restaurant gift cards from Ocean Prime, Buckhead Life and Fifth Group, Braves game tickets and many more. No large task is conquered alone, so encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join the cause and donate to your fundraising page! To register for Lauren’s Run and create your own fundraising page click here.


April 4th, 2014

Pay Tribute to Someone Special During Lauren’s Run

The 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic is about three weeks away! Each year, we look forward to honoring the many children who are still fighting cancer strong, the families who have offered their own children and others endless support, and also those whose memories will still live on. To register for Lauren’s Run on Sunday, April 27th please click here.

Lauren’s Run tribute signs are a special way to honor and remember someone whose life has been affected by cancer. Whether an immediate family member or child of a co-worker or friend, these signs are the perfect reminder of why CURE and Lauren’s Run participants are so committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Tribute signs will serve as decorative inspiration along the 2K course and are yours to keep after the event.

The cost of each sign is $25 and measure 18” X 24”. To order, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org and click the “DONATE” button. In the comment section, please include that the $25 payment is for a tribute sign honoring or in memory of your loved one during Lauren’s Run. Once you’ve paid for the sign, email Karen@curechildhoodcancer.org  with the person’s name, a 4×6 or 8×10 photo and the endearing message you would like printed on the sign. Messages must be kept to 10 words or less.

*Photo files must be .jpg or .tif. Scanned 4×6 pictures must be 300 dpi. Scanned 8×10 pictures must be 200 dpi. 

The deadline for ordering tribute signs has been extended to Monday April 14th!

Please contact Karen at Karen@curechildhoodcancer.org or 770-986-0035 ex. 26 with questions.

Register for Lauren’s Run here.

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    INAUGURAL BELIEVE BALL - SOLD OUT!

    On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the St. Regis Atlanta, CURE will honor Tom Glavine, and his wife Chris, for their tireless dedication to CURE's mission as well as celebrate Tom's recent induction into the MLB Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about the event and check back soon for a link to bid in a fabulous online auction.

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    LAUREN'S RUN & CURE PICNIC

    Register Now for the 20th Annual Lauren's Run 10K, 5K, 2K and Tot Trot on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA. After the run, walk to the ultimate family-friendly CURE Picnic, a day including lunch, football with NFL players, inflatables, games, prizes, and more!