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March 26th, 2015

Purchase A Tribute Sign to Honor Someone Special At Lauren’s Run

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Lauren’s Run tribute signs are a special way to honor and remember someone whose life has been affected by cancer. The tribute signs will serve as decorative inspiration along the race course. They are yours to keep after the event, or you may leave them with CURE to use at future races. The deadline for ordering tribute signs is Monday April 13th!

Cost: $25

Size: 18” X 24”

To order:

1. Visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org and click the “DONATE” button

2. Under “Donation Amount” enter $25

3. In the comments section, please indicate “Tribute Sign”

4. After you submit your payment, please submit your tribute sign photo and/or message to Karen McCarthy at karen@curechildhoodcancer.org. Please submit the largest-sized photo possible and limit the message to 10 words or less. Photo files must be .jpg or .tif file-types. Scanned 4×6 pictures must be 300 dpi. Scanned 8×10 pictures must be 200 dpi. 

 

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March 17th, 2015

CURE Childhood Cancer Joins Planet Green E-Waste Recycling Program

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For the past 15 years, Planet Green has provided recycling programs for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds for the causes closest to their hearts by collecting and sending in used inkjet cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics. To date, Planet Green has raised more than $40 million for various causes, and now they’re supporting CURE’s mission to end pediatric cancer!

The Planet Green recycling program is open to anyone including businesses, organizations and schools within the United States. There is no cost to join and a portion of every item sent to Planet Green will be donated back to CURE Childhood Cancer.

Here’s how you can help put an end to the negative effects of e-waste and childhood cancer, all in one.

Join the program

Simply click on http://planetgreenrecycle.com/curecancer to sign up by entering your name and email address in the green box to the right. Once your account is approved you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to administer and promote your Planet Green Recycle program.

What to do

Fill a 12” x 12” box with any of the items listed below and once the box is full or has a minimum of 20 combined items, sign on to http://planetgreenrecycle.com/curecancer to download a pre-paid shipping label and drop the box off at any UPS location. It’s that simple.

The following items are accepted. This is a great opportunity to do some spring e-cleaning!

  • Inkjet Cartridges
  • Cell Phones/Pagers & Accessories
  • GPS & Radar Detectors
  • Mobile Hot Spots
  • Calculators
  • eBook Readers
  • iPods/MP3 Players
  • Digital/Video Cameras
  • PDAs
  • iPads/Tablets
  • Video Game Consoles & Handhelds
  • Video Games & Accessories
  • Laser/Toner Cartridges (Please Note, pre-paid shipping labels cannot be used to ship these items)

In addition, you can order recycled cartridges through Planet Green’s online ordering and a portion of the proceeds will also go towards CURE Childhood Cancer’s fundraising page.

For more details on the Planet Green Recycle program, visit the FAQ page or email info@planetgreenrecycle.com.

 


March 13th, 2015

2nd Annual Believe Ball to Honor Retired 11Alive News Anchor, Jill Becker

5084-192On Saturday, May 16, 2015, CURE Childhood Cancer will have its 2nd annual Believe Ball at the St. Regis Atlanta. Guests will enjoy a live auction, seated dinner, awards presentation and dancing—all while raising funds for childhood cancer research.

Recognized as one of the city’s premier social and philanthropic events of 2014, the inaugural Believe Ball made a strong name for itself in the Atlanta community. The first Believe Ball was a sold out event with more than 600 guests and corporate elite in attendance. With the help of dedicated sponsors, supporters and volunteers, more than $750,000 was raised during the 2014 Believe Ball! We are more than exited for the 2nd annual Believe Ball and are appreciative of those who will join our efforts to find more effective treatments for childhood cancer, and most importantly, a cure.

During this year’s ceremony, CURE will be honoring award-wining, retired 11Alive news anchor, Jill Becker, for her tireless dedication to furthering CURE’s mission of curing pediatric cancer within our lifetime.

110919090101_jillbecker400 Jill is a CURE board member and has emceed for the Quiet Heroes mothers luncheon many times. Jill’s son Matt was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma at the age of 3. Through the midst of the confusion and sadness cancer often brings to families, Jill says she will never forget the kindness CURE showed to her family while Matt was sick.

“That caring is the heart and mission of CURE, and that is why this organization has my heart and my commitment,” Jill said. “I am honored to be a part of CURE and to continue to share this love with these beautiful children and their families as we search for the cure that ends childhood cancer.”

For more information about the 2nd annual Believe Ball benefitting CURE, visit believeball.org


March 10th, 2015

2014 Polo in the Pines Raises $45,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research and Family Support

BlogOn October 11, 2014 Polo in the Pines guests stomped the divots, dined on Ocean Catering Company’s tasty selections, and danced the night away- all while supporting CURE’s mission to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime. This great event specifically supports sarcoma cancer research, sarcoma awareness and family support for those affected by this rare form of cancer.

In its first three years, Polo in the Pines has raised nearly $250,000 for sarcoma cancer research, bringing in about $45,000 from last year’s event! In addition to all the fun, each year Polo in the Pines honors a childhood cancer survivor in hopes that guests will always be inspired to give back to those affected by this disease. Guests heard the stories of childhood cancer survivors Stephanie Zimmerman and Trey Rood who shared their experiences with sarcoma cancer and stage IV melanoma. Read more about Stephanie and Trey’s personal journeys with childhood cancer here.

CURE Childhood Cancer is grateful for all supporters and guests who attended the 2014 Polo in the Pines, and we can’t wait until next year! Thank you to Presenting Sponsor, Fowler Connection and Sean O’Keefe Events for making this memorable day possible. Click here to see the full photo album of all the activities.

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March 9th, 2015

Thank You 2015 Sisters On A Journey Sponsors!

1011107_284542781698543_1979901954_nOn March 7, 2015, supporters of The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund joined together for the 5th year of its signature Sisters on A Journey event at Effingham County High School in Springfield, GA. The name “Sisters On A Journey” is in honor of the many women (sisters) who supported the Wilkins family throughout Catie’s journey to a cure during her battle with brain cancer. For the 5th year in a row, the Effingham Sisters On A Journey dinner was a sold out event!

Through this special event, the bond of these “sisters” grows stronger as new and old supporters help raise awareness of targeted therapy research, which Catie’s Fund specifically supports. As Sisters On A Journey continues to expand, Catie and the stories of other inspiring children battling cancer will live on.

CURE Childhood Cancer and Catie’s Fund are thankful for the support of the community, sponsors, volunteers, table hostesses and raffle donors. We would like to take the time to thank our 2015 Sisters On A Journey sponsors who have made this tradition a great success over the years.

Thank You Sisters On A Journey Sponsors!

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Diamond Sponsors

 Bank of Newington

Great Dane Trailers

Edwards Interiors

Platinum Sponsors

EnrioVac

Oglethorpe Mall

GaGa and Papa

Team Rivers

Lisa Cameron

Gold Sponsors

Kelly and Kelly LLP

The Vorel Family

Greenblade Turf & Sod

Silver Sponsors

 Thomas and Hutton Engineering

Effingham Health System

Bill Hitchins, State Representative

Jack Hill, State Senator

EMC Engineering

Mike and Paige Cromer

Stone Industrial Contractors

Holly McNally, Origami Owi

Bronze Sponsors

Southern Rental Systems

Coastal Pediatrics

Neidlinger Paint & Body

The Pinyan Company

Dr. Joseph Edwards, III

In-Kind Sponsors

JoAnn’s Florists

Simply Southern

Andy’s Lawn Machinery, Inc.

Tell Scarlet

Arc Media Group

Tiffany Bradley

J.R. Goss Productions

Huc a Poos

Hyatt Regency Savannah

Hercules Bar and Grill

Papa John’s of Rincon

Allison Bright

Joyful Noise

Kenny Williams

 

 

 


March 2nd, 2015

Introducing the Creedlove Fund: A Little Boy Who Loved Big

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CURE’s newest Believe Fund was inspired by a little boy who loved big. While Creed Campbell’s life was short, the impact he had on all who knew him, and many who did not, is immeasurable.

Creed’s story really started before he was born. He came into this world 11 weeks early weighing just 2lbs. He spent his first 91 days in the hospital, with lots of challenges to overcome. While there, he was diagnosed with an adrenal insufficiency, the first of many illnesses to come. At 6 months he began his ongoing journey at Scottish Rite when admitted for adnoviral pneumonia. At age 3, he began monthly IVIG treatments. This was basically giving him an immune system to hopefully stop him from getting sick.

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.50.39 AMThe next five years of his life he battled more serious bacterial infections, puzzling the doctors as to how and why he continued to develop these illnesses. It just didn’t make sense. His family learned very quickly just how unique Creed was. On his fifth birthday, he became sick again. One of the many doctors requested a bone marrow biopsy; he felt like something had to be going on there because nothing else was adding up. A week later the results we in. Creed had Myelodysplasia/ Monosomy 7.

This is a disease that attacks the reproduction of bone marrow and was the reason for the chronic illnesses so far. Myelodysplasia left untreated will develop into AML (acute myeloid leukemia). Not wanting this to happen, his parents moved quickly with the treatment process, which was a bone marrow transplant. There were many tests along the way. The first being, locating a donor. Because neither of his parents were a match, they had to look further. Within a few months a perfect match had been located!

In August 2010, Creed was hospitalized to begin chemotherapy and total body irradiation. This was a 10 day regimen to prepare his body for the transplant. He spent the next month in the hospital watching his counts rise and fall. But that wasn’t his biggest challenge. Creed developed another issue while his body began accepting and reproducing new healthy cells. This issue was called Hemolytic Anemia. This caused his body to destroy his own platelets, causing his lungs to hemorrhage and landed him in the PICU. There he spent the next 3 months, overcoming this illness, fighting for his life all the while causing lots of questions and confusion for the doctors. After another three months in the hospital, relearning how to walk, eat etc., it was time to go home.

Creed CampbellThe next seven months were picture perfect. Something Creed wasn’t familiar with. He had never not been sick. His family was learning what that looked like. That winter the Hemolytic Anemia reared its nasty head again, this time attacking his red blood cells. Creed was admitted back into the hospital for treatment. This time the illness was extremely resistant to treatment, and that caused a lot of problems for Creed. After 3 months of fighting, Creed passed away on April 15, 2012. Although Creed’s life as seen on paper looked grim and hard, through his eyes he saw none of that. His life was lived to the fullest and he loved big!! He never met a stranger and those who knew him loved him. He was a bright light in a big world and will never be forgotten.

The Creedlove Fund was started to provide support to patients undergoing treatment for childhood cancer and their families. Click here to donate online and choose “Creedlove Fund” in the Designation section. Your gift will be directed accordingly. Checks can be made out to CURE Childhood Cancer with “Creedlove Fund” written on the notes line. Mail checks to:

CURE Childhood Cancer
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402
Atlanta, GA 30338


February 25th, 2015

Student Hosts Dress Down for CURE Day to Honor CURE’s Kid

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Declan Boustead, a 2014 CURE’s Kid and third-grader at Big Shanty Intermediate School describes having cancer as “being on a weird roller coaster ride.” Throughout his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia one thing is for sure- he’s had a great family and friends like Izzy to help along the way.

Izzy is friends with Declan’s sister, Kennedy, from figure skating. Izzy is nine years old and goes to Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.

She decided to host a school fundraiser to help raise money for research because she knew it was International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on February 15th. Izzy’s mom, Sinead, called the school principal and pitched the idea of raising money for CURE Childhood Cancer. Principal Jennifer Hernandez said she would love to but she wanted it to come from Izzy directly. A child helping other children to overcome such a huge challenge as cancer always means something extra special.

Izzy arranged time to speak with Dr. Hernandez, made the posters to advertise and collected the money- what a true leader!  Izzy asked for $2 to dress down on a Friday. The students wore CURE tattoos on their cheeks and arms. With only 300 kids in the school, Izzy collected $410!  Izzy’s story is a great example how one idea can lead to something so much greater.


February 24th, 2015

2015 Sam Robb Memorial 5K Reaches $10,000 Goal

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Here at CURE Childhood Cancer, we are so thankful for the fundraising efforts of those in our community, especially those benefitting our Named Funds. The Sam Robb Memorial 5K & Fun Run just wrapped up it’s seventh year, and it was a great time indeed!

When Sam Robb relapsed to cancer in 2007, his peer and Centennial HS Cross Country Team member, Andy, wanted to do something in Sam’s memory to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. Since its incredible inception, this run has raised more than $60,000 for CURE.

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For pictures, click here and for more upcoming Sam Robb events, visit www.samrobb.com.

Don’t forget to save the date for The Sam Robb Brewfest! This fun event is less than a month away- last year this was a sold out event! We hope to see you there, and thank you for your support of The Sam Robb Fund.

 


February 23rd, 2015

A Fighting Spirit: Melissa Strong Believe Fund Launches

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Every child should be able to live life happily and free of sickness, but the hospital has become Melissa Strong’s playground. Melissa was diagnosed with AML when she was only two years old and began five rounds of intense chemotherapy.

As doctors began to treat the relapsed leukemia, they found out that Melissa’s leukemia is unfortunately unresponsive to chemotherapy. Melissa is now waiting on an experimental bone marrow transplant at St. Jude to cure her leukemia.

While her heart suffered damage from the intense chemotherapy, Melissa hasn’t missed a beat. She loves painting, playing with dolls, puzzles and anything active. Melissa’s parents have taken on the role of raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Her fighting spirit has inspired the launch of our newest Believe Fund, the Melissa Strong Fund.

To donate to the Melissa Strong Fund click here to donate online and choose “Melissa Strong Fund” in the Designation section. Your gift will be directed accordingly.

Checks can be made out to CURE Childhood Cancer with “Melissa Strong Fund” written on the notes line. Mail checks to:

CURE Childhood Cancer
1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402
Atlanta, GA 30338

 

If you’re interested in starting a Believe Fund or CURE Named Fund or for more information, contact Kristin Connor, Executive Director at 770-986-0035 or kristin@curechildhoodcancer.org.

 


February 18th, 2015

How to Register for Lauren’s Run

It’s time to register for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Picnic on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA. For those who may need a little help registering to race, starting a race team, or joining a race team, please use this step-by-step guide to help guide you along. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kate Myers at kate@curechildhoodcancer.org.

Step 1: Get Started
CLICK HERE to visit the Lauren’s Run online registration website.
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Step 2: Register Now
On the left-hand side of the screen, click “Register Now.” When the Waiver/Agreement opens up, click “I agree.”

Step 3: Select Registration Type
On-screen you will see four options for registration:
Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 2.35.55 PMStart a Team: Select this option if you would like to start your own race team, which others will be able to join. Members of your team will be able to fundraise independently, and all of your fundraising efforts will show up listed under your team name! You’ll be able to customize your individual registration/fundraising page as well as customize your team race page.
Join a Team: Select this option if you know of an existing race team that you would like to join. You may register as an individual runner and will have the option to raise money as well.
Join as an Individual: Select this option if you simply want to register as a single runner/walker for Lauren’s Run. You will have the option to raise money for Lauren’s Run, but it is not mandatory.
Register Multiple People: Select this option if you want to register multiple people at the same time. If you select this option, you will still be given the choice to register multiple people as individual runners, start a team, or join a team!


Step 4: Join as an Individual (Skip ahead to Step 5 or Step 6 if you are not registering as an individual)

If you’ve already registered for ANY event using the website Friends Asking Friends or Sphere, you may log in to your account on this page. More than likely this will be your first time, so proceed with filling out the information on-screen to set up a login. You may also simply click one of the social media icons listed on-screen to use one of your existing social media account to create your login. This is a nice option if you don’t want to keep-up with another login! When you’re finished, click “continue.”
Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 2.43.20 PMYou will continue to the next screen, where you will fill out your personal information (such as name, age, etc.) as well as select the specific race you would like to register for.
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Fill out your billing information and click “Continue.” Note: once you click “continue” your card will be charged.
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The next page will show your registration/payment confirmation. When you click “continue” at the bottom of the page, you will be brought to your “My HQ” page where you will be able to customize your (optional) fundraising page. Please see Step #7 for information about how to edit your HQ.


Step #5: Join a Team (Skip ahead to Step 6 or Step 7 if this does not apply to you)

Click “Join a Team.” On the next screen, a drop-down menu will appear, allowing you to select which existing team you would like to join. Click “continue.”
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You will also be given the option to make an additional donation and/or create a fundraising goal. Both of these steps are completely optional. When you’re finished, click “continue.”

Fill out your billing information and click “Continue.” Note: once you click “continue” your card will be charged.
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The next page will show your registration/payment confirmation. When you click “continue” at the bottom of the page, you will be brought to your “My HQ” page where you will be able to customize your (optional) fundraising page. Please see Step #7 for information about how to edit your HQ.

 

Step #6: Start a Team (Skip ahead to Step 7 if this does not apply to you)
If you would like to be a Lauren’s Run team captain, select this option. When you start a team, your friends and family will be able to register as a runner and join your team. All of your (optional) fundraising efforts will still show up on your individual fundraising pages, but will pool together on your team page to show how your join efforts add up!

Click “Start a Team”  and new screen will open where you may enter your Team Name and some optional fundraising/registration goals.
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If you’ve already registered for ANY event using the website Friends Asking Friends or Sphere, you may log in to your account on this page. More than likely this will be your first time, so proceed with filling out the information on-screen to set up a login. You may also simply click one of the social media icons listed on-screen to use one of your existing social media account to create your login. This is a nice option if you don’t want to keep-up with another login! When you’re finished, click “continue.”
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You will also be given the option to make an additional donation and/or create a fundraising goal. Both of these steps are completely optional. When you’re finished, click “continue.”

Fill out your billing information and click “Continue.” Note: once you click “continue” your card will be charged.
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The next page will show your registration/payment confirmation. When you click “continue” at the bottom of the page, you will be brought to your “My HQ” page where you will be able to customize your (optional) fundraising page. Please see Step #7 for information about how to edit your HQ.

 

Step #7: Edit Your Page in My HQ
Once you’ve registered for the race, you may customize it under “My HQ.” Once you’re logged in, click “Build/Edit My Webpage” on the right-hand side of the screen.

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On the following page, you may edit your headline, upload a custom picture, and customize your story. We recommend you add a personal note as to why you are racing and/or fundraising for Lauren’s Run. This will help your friends and family understand why CURE is so important to you, and could help inspire them to donate to your fundraising efforts! Just find the “Edit the text” field underneath the photo, and fill in your story here.

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Your HQ also allows you to edit your profile information, send emails to your friends and family (asking them to help support your fundraising efforts), enter offline donations, etc.


Step #8: Fundraise for CURE

While fundraising is optional, we encourage you to ask your friends, family, and coworkers to support your participation in Lauren’s Run! Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, 100% of funds raised at Lauren’s Run support CURE Childhood Cancer’s mission to find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime. Simply log in to My HQ, click “My Webpage,” click “View Personal Page” and copy your URL. Share this with your friends and family!

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, March 26th at Lauren’s Run and the CURE Annual Picnic!

 

FAQ
1. I accidentally joined the wrong team, or joined as an individual but would like to join an existing team.
Log in to your account. When you’re in “My HQ” click the “Tools” tab at the top of the screen. Then click “Edit Profile.” Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and edit your team status.

2. I want to change my fundraising goal.
Log in to your account. When you’re in “My HQ” click the “Tools” tab at the top of the screen. Then click “Edit Profile.” Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and edit your “event information” fundraising goal.


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    LAUREN’S RUN AND CURE ANNUAL PICNIC

    Register now for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run on Sunday, April 26th at 8:00 am at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA. All Lauren’s Run registrants are invited to attend the CURE Annual Picnic immediately following the race. This is the perfect family day, filled with fun, games, prizes and a delicious lunch. Register now.

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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.