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October 22nd, 2014

Sign Up for a November Georgia Crafted Subscription Box to Benefit CURE

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Whether your child or a child of a loved one, friend or acquaintance, the impact of childhood cancer either hits close to home or right at home. In Georgia alone, more than 430 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the next year. That’s why it is so important for the Georgia community to join the global fight against childhood cancer. This month, Georgia Crafted- a monthly subscription service featuring products and crafts made by local Georgia artisans- has announced that a portion of its November proceeds will go to CURE Childhood Cancer! This great news was also announced in addition to a new collaboration with Yelp OTP to bring customers the best, exclusive products of shops outside the North Atlanta Perimeter area.

Products will include gourmet food, beverages, vanity products, home goods and more. The cost of the November subscription box is $29.99 and includes nationwide shipping. Customers can sign up for a one, three or 6-month recurring monthly membership. The deadline to order the November subscription box has been extended to November 7th and is the perfect holiday gift for those that would appreciate Georgia-made or Southern-style products. Subscribe here to take advantage of this great deal!

Georgia Crafted became inspired to donate to CURE after 5-year-old Austin Nemecek was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare yet high-risk form of cancer. Austin is the son and nephew of the owners of French Silver, a longtime partner of Georgia Crafted.

As CURE’s supporters and impact continues to grow nationwide, it is encouraging to also see more efforts being done right in our backyard.  Thank you to Georgia Crafted and Yelp OTP for considering CURE in its subscription service partnership. What a great way to support a global cause and local shops and artists at the same time!


October 20th, 2014

Gigi’s Gold Ribbon Cupcake Raffle Winner Gives Tom Glavine a Special Gift of Her Own

10099-087Each Saturday in September, select Gigi’s Cupcakes locations in Georgia held a special drawing that included the names of all CURE supporters who bought a delicious Gold Ribbon cupcake to give back to children battling cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The winners selected won an autographed baseball by Hall of Fame legend and longtime CURE Childhood Cancer supporter Tom Glavine. Not only was there one childhood cancer survivor selected as a winner, but two! That alone shows how much our efforts really can touch the lives of those affected by this disease.

One of the very special winners of the autographed baseball, selected by Gigi’s Cupcakes of Marietta, GA, was 4-year-old Zoe Studer. Zoe was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2012 and she fights each day with such strength, character and poise. Zoe was very excited to learn she had won this prize, but did not know why people autographed baseballs. Zoe’s mother explained that famous people sign their name to different objects for others to enjoy. So with that new knowledge, Zoe arrived at Gigi’s of Marietta to claim her signed baseball along with one of her own! Zoe signed a baseball and enclosed it in a glass case with the words “All-Star Cancer Fighter” inscribed on it.

Because baseballs are signed by others to enjoy, as her mother explained, Zoe wanted to give her autographed baseball along with her Zoe-bug ribbon to Tom Glavine.  And at the Champions for a CURE event at Andretti’s last month, Zoe got her chance to give her autographed baseball to Tom Glavine himself! She arrived, shining as bright as ever in her gold, little slippers and adorable pig tails. Thank you to Gigi’s Cupcakes of Georgia for helping CURE touch so many others and raise money for childhood cancer research. With this story in mind, we remind you that one seemingly small contribution can change the lives of so many others. We encourage you to not only #GoGold4CURE in September but all months throughout the year! Here’s a few ways to make your purchases count as you continue to help CURE on the journey to a cure.

 

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October 16th, 2014

25th Annual Golf Classic Surpasses Tournament Goal: Raises 61,000+ for CURE!

The 25th Annual CURE Golf Classic kicked off on Friday, September 26, 2014. This event has raised $1.2 million in the past 24 years, and we are also pleased to share that this year’s tournament raised $61, 000 for pediatric cancer research! With your generous support, we were able to surpass our tournament goal of $50,000. Check out the awesome pictures taken on this day!

CURE board member and Golf Classic chairman Joe Coleman shares with us the great news.

 

Friends,

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 5.00.00 PMIt is my pleasure to let you all know what a great success the golf tournament was this year. You raised over $61,000! In the 25 year history of this event, over $1.2 million dollars has been raised for pediatric cancer research. As a parent of a childhood cancer survivor, and friend to many who lost children to this horrible disease, it is the ultimate gift to a child or a parent that we work for a cure. You can be proud to know that when my two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, the survival rate of that type of cancer was 50%. Today, it’s 80%. It is because of organizations like CURE Childhood Cancer, who fund research, that these strides are made. But we must never stop searching for a cure until that survival rate is 100%. 

I want to personally thank all of our golfers and sponsors and encourage you to come back next year. Mark your calendars to bring another team on September 25, 2015. We could not do what we do without the contributions and dedication of our corporate sponsorships. Please budget now to make an even greater commitment to CURE next year. If we all plan now then each year more money can be raised to fund the research needed to save children’s lives.

 

Over the years we have managed to get most items donated so that virtually all of the money raised at the Golf Classic goes to the cause. We want to recognize these groups, companies and individuals for your support:

 

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Not only did BB&T Stephens & Company sign on as our Presenting Sponsor, but they also invited OccuSure to contribute as a Platinum Sponsor. 

 

PLATINUM PLUS SPONSOR:

In addition to their Platinum Plus sponsorship, 
CS Truck & Trailer also donated goodie bag prizes as well as beverages for the day.

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

In addition to their Platinum Sponsorship, Cintas also provided volunteer shirts, raffle items and a check to CURE.

OccuSure 

Volume Transportation 

 

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

ACS of Georgia

TNT Parts, Inc.

 

GOLD SPONSORS:

Barrons Fine Jewelry

Brothers Renovation (also sponsored a sign!)

Custom Werks, LLC

Georgia Commerce Bank

Georgia Motor Trucking Association 

Peach State Freightliner

Richard Kerns Truck Parts

Southeast Trailer Mart

 

IN-KIND SPONSORS:

Bradley’s Real Pit Barbecue donated lunch. 

Chick-fil-A donated breakfast.

Coca-Cola donated big prizes for the specialty raffle as well as great goodie bag items. 

Pro Coaters Inc. provided coolers for all golfers, items for the coolers as well as cash.

QuikTrip donated breakfast, drinks, snacks and money for our golfers. 


I’d also like to give a special thanks to The Oaks Course, who has selected CURE as their corporate charity and generously allows us to bring our own food and drinks to the course. They provide extra carts and ice at no cost to us and even provide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes as well as for the longest drive and the closest to the pin hole. Your support means so much to us.

Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity and support of CURE Childhood Cancer. I look forward to seeing each of you September 25, 2015!

 

Joe Coleman

Board Member – CURE Childhood Cancer

Chairman – CURE Golf Classic


October 15th, 2014

10th Annual Quiet Heroes Luncheon Raises $430,000 for Research

553Approximately 600 guests and honorees attended this year’s “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon on Saturday, September 26th. Hosted by Chris Glavine, the 10th Annual Quiet Heroes luncheon was the highest grossing year ever, raising $430,000! Thanks to the incredible support of attendees, donors and sponsors, this money will help raise research for better treatments and cures for children with cancer. This year, 240 mothers were invited as honorary guests on this special day. These courageous women, and all mothers caring for children with cancer, are often the quiet heroes in the long battle of treatment and to recovery so it is nice to have their efforts and leadership celebrated.

Cancer survivors Sarah Barr (18), Will Wagner (10), Joshua Mack (11), Kennedy Cobble (22), and Elena Tate (15) also shared their journey to recovery with guests. With such poise and grace, they all shared their personal experiences with this disease and how their mothers were there to help them every step of the way. From more humorous stories to tear-jerking moments, the stories shared were exceptional and unforgettable.

Just hours after the luncheon ended, CURE received a precious note from a first time attendee, a mother who lost her daughter a little over a year ago. She wrote:

“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the luncheon. It brought me to tears, as you know – tears of remembering the loss but also tears of gratitude, too. I am so grateful that I could be my daughter’s mom and that I could be there for her fiercely in every way I could possibly think to be. Like all the other moms in the room, I never pulled up and never slowed down, and I stayed by her side until she drew her last breath. The words of those kids spoke to me and helped me on Saturday. As I listened, I could feel in my heart that my daughter would have been saying those words to me, had she lived. All of you helped remind me that, through all the loss, I did a good job as her mother, as heartbreaking a role as that turned out to be. I truly thank you for honoring us mothers. It really means a lot.”
 

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No matter how many Quiet Heroes luncheons we may have had, there is always a special takeaway from each one- like this lovely note, confirming how important this time really is for mothers affected by childhood cancer.

Thanks for making this year’s “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” as enjoyable and inspirational as it was. Save the date for the 11th Annual Quiet Heroes luncheon on Saturday, September 19, 2015!


October 15th, 2014

NARI Atlanta Presents its Fifth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes

v5NARI Atlanta, the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will present its Fifth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Seven private homes transformed by NARI members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions. Proceeds from the tour will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour, and are available at www.AtlantaRemodelingTour.com, along with a downloadable map showing each home location. Valerie Hoff of 11Alive is the Tour’s Honorary Chair. The tour homes and the remodelers are:

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.42.38 PMAtlanta Design & Build – home in West Cobb/Marietta – the remodeler updated two key areas of the home. First, they renovated the existing kitchen, mudroom and family room to improve traffic flow and functionality, maximize storage, decrease clutter and create separate workstations for family members to use as they prepare meals. Second, the remodeler orchestrated a complete makeover of the home’s basement. A chopped-up floor plan was opened up, creating beautiful and functional entertainment spaces including a pool room, craft area, exercise room, home theater and den with custom wet/snack bar and wine closet. Both projects were completed within the home’s existing footprint.
  • Cruickshank Remodeling – home in Brookhaven – the homeowners had the opportunity to purchase and demolish the house next door, allowing them to create extensive outdoor living spaces. The significant grade differences between the two properties required the remodelers to incorporate retaining walls, fill and grading. The completed landscape includes formal gardens, a water feature, greenhouse, entertainment areas, pavilion and folly.
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  • Decks & More – home in Smyrna – The remodeler created a rustic retreat with a wood-and-stone outdoor kitchen adjacent to a 640-square-foot patio. The kitchen includes a custom-built barbeque grill, a hammered copper sink and a shirestone countertop. The kitchen is covered by a tongue and groove ceiling of southern yellow pine, topped with cedar shakes on the roof. Special details include hand-chiseled stacked stone with flagstone caps, specialty lighting and landscaping. In addition, the home’s exterior was given a complete makeover with new siding, roofing, portico, craftsman-style windows, lighting and custom iron balusters for the portico steps.
  • Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.45.11 PMDistinctive Remodeling Solutions – home in Roswell – the entire main floor of this home was remodeled to meet the needs of a busy family and provide function and efficiency within a classic design style. The kitchen was opened up and doors were repositioned to make the mudroom/laundry room the family’s primary entry and drop-off space. The master bath was updated and the powder room was doubled in size. Finally, a custom entertainment center in the living room and new hearth and mantle for the fireplace complete the enhancements.
  • Handcrafted Homes, Inc. – home in Chastain Park area of Buckhead – the remodeler created a terrace-level entertainment area with multiple purposes. The central area with its bar and game table is visible from the under-stair wine cellar and media room. The bar includes a sink, dishwasher, ice maker and refrigerator, with a TV above the bar. Custom cabinets were crafted from walnut grown on the homeowner’s farm.
  • Neighbors Home Remodeling – home in Sandy Springs – the remodeler created a Tuscan-style kitchen complete with faux painting and a hand-carved travertine farm sink. The old laundry room was converted into a functional pantry with slide-out shelves and a stacked washer and dryer to increase storage space. All electrical outlets, switches and lights are under the cabinets for a clean and unobstructed backsplash.

“Every year the tour has grown in popularity, as we showcase the beautiful and creative home renovations, expansions and outdoor living areas created by local remodelers, builders and designers, all of whom are NARI Atlanta members,” said Mark Buelow, president of Distinctive Remodeling Solutions and Chairman of the NARI Tour committee. “Our tour reminds Atlanta homeowners that NARI members represent the gold standard in the construction and remodeling industries and display the highest level of professionalism and expertise, which is why my firm has participated in the tour every year. It is also extremely gratifying to partner with CURE Childhood Cancer and donate a portion of the proceeds to this worthy organization.”


October 15th, 2014

CURE Expands Bereavement Care Program by Adding “Legacy of Love”

CURE Childhood Cancer believes that providing resources and comfort to families is an integral part of CURE’s mission. Our hope is that families turn to CURE for resources not only at diagnosis and during treatment, but when a family might need us most – if their child passes away.

Each January, CURE hosts our “Weekend of Hope and Healing.” Over this weekend, we gather together to celebrate the lives of the children who are no longer with us while providing essential skills-based presentations and workshops to aid parents in their grief process. Although brief, our time together is rich with fellowship and unspoken understandings each loss has on a parent.

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CURE greatly values our gatherings each January. We value the children who are no longer with us. We value the moms and dads who find themselves a member of this CURE family of grieving parents. Sadly, each year our Hope and Healing weekend continues to grow, welcoming more grieving parents into our fraternity of bereaved families. As this weekend grows in numbers beyond what we can accommodate in a single weekend, CURE remains committed to providing support, comfort, encouragement, and resources tailored to the unique needs of all our grieving parents.

Our growth over recent years has served as the catalyst to assess our Weekend of Hope and Healing to ensure we are meeting the needs of all our families in attendance. As we began to plan for 2015, we consulted with several grief experts who advised of the need to separate parents who have attended our Weekend of Hope and Healing a number of years from those who are attending for the first or second time. Because we desire to serve all bereaved families, we have identified the need to expand our bereavement programs in order to meet the needs of all of our bereaved families.

Our expansion will launch in 2015 with the addition of a day-long retreat which we have appropriately named Legacy of Love. This day-long retreat will allow families who have attended the Weekend of Hope and Healing five or more times the opportunity to continue to gather together in fellowship while celebrating and honoring the lives of their children. For these families, Legacy of Love will replace the Weekend of Hope and Healing and will focus on families reconnecting with other families in a recreational environment. Similar to Hope and Healing, Legacy of Love will include a speaker whose topic will be relevant to the grieving process of parents who are further in their journey. The day will culminate with a memorable candle lighting ceremony prior to dinner.

river-viewFor those families who have attended our Weekend of Hope and Healing fewer than five times, we will welcome you back to the Hilton Atlanta Northeast January 17-18, 2015. Families who have never attended or attended the Weekend of Hope and Healing more five or more times will be invited to attend our first annual Legacy of Love Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia on March 28, 2015.

We strongly believe these changes to our bereavement program will allow CURE to minister to the needs of all our bereaved families by continuing to provide a highly focused skills-based weekend workshop (Hope and Healing) for newly bereaved families and expanding our programs to provide a day-long retreat (Legacy of Love) for families who are further in their grief journey who continue to benefit from being supported by other parents who have lost a child to cancer.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Lisa Branch at Lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.


October 14th, 2014

CURE Childhood Cancer Selected as BNKJ 50 Weeks of Giving Recipient

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In celebration of its 50th year in business, Babush, Neiman, Kornman & Johnson, LLP of Atlanta, GA has announced its 50 Weeks of Giving Campaign. Week by week, BNKJ will highlight 20 different charities that the firm has generously chosen to donate to and encourage others to support their missions. The best part of it is, CURE Childhood Cancer was selected as a 50 Weeks of Giving recipient! Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was also chosen to receive this honor. As a donation recipient, BNKJ will also sponsor a CURE hospital lunch for $400 and provide volunteers to serve. Additionally, CURE will have three to five radio spots on WABE NPR Radio, 90.1 FM recognizing this accomplishment

For half a century, BKNJ has tirelessly served the Atlanta community and is now giving an extra hand to other organizations who strive to make a difference in the lives of families, children, students, veterans and all others in need. From artistic and educational enhancement to life-saving research and financial crisis support, BKNJ is helping Atlanta non-profits leave a lasting impact where it matters most.

CURE is honored to be considered as one of Atlanta’s most worthwhile organizations and thanks BNKJ for their part in spreading awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Make sure to tune it to WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta’s NPR radio station, this month to hear the radio spot highlighting CURE Childhood Cancer! To view the full list of 50 Weeks of Giving recipients, visit www.bnkj.com.


October 10th, 2014

Help Spread the Word about CURE this Halloween

Looking for a way to creatively wrap your Halloween candy AND spread the word about childhood cancer awareness? Download these free printable tags to attach to your treats. They’re free and are a simple way to spread CURE’s message to the parents of children enjoying Halloween goodies.

We’d love to see your CURE Halloween tags in action; take a picture of your candy and share it with us on Facebook. May you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween!

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October 9th, 2014

The Perfect End to September: Champions for a Cure

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.48.12 AMOn September 30, 2014, hundreds of supporters and sports fans were lined up at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games awaiting the start of the Champions for a Cure event at 5 pm. This is no surprise, considering CURE Childhood Cancer Champions Tom Glavine, Bernard King, Jessie Tuggle and Ryan Hunter-Reay were there to give out autographs. For just $25, guests talked with and received one autograph from each of our four champions on a custom-made autograph card. We’re excited to report that $3,760 in autographs was raised at Champions for a Cure!  That means nearly 150 people made a contribution! In addition to raising money for a cure, families and children of all ages enjoyed games and go-kart racing. CURE’s Kids played games for free, and all CURE families were invited as special guests with VIP access to the autograph section.

Our CURE Champions were so gracious to all attendees and took the time out to take pictures of the unforgettable experience. The renowned sports stars also raced each other at the NASCAR-inspired junior track on Georgia’s fastest indoor carts, reaching speeds up to 35 mph. You guessed it- 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won by a long stretch! More than any day of competition, Champions for a Cure was a special day where the community could gather together in support of the global fight against cancer. Approximately 28 million people worldwide suffer from some type of cancer, and it means the world to us that so many people came out to make a lasting impact in the lives of those affected by childhood cancer and every cancer.

Champions for a Cure was the perfect way to end Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. However, the most important fact of it all is that your support doesn’t have to stop once September is over! Fighting childhood cancer is a daily battle for those affected and should be for us as well. No one should have to fight this horrible disease alone. Each day our family of supporters grows and as we continue to raise funds for life-saving research TOGETHER, we become one step closer to finding a cure for childhood cancer once and for all. Thank you to Andretti’s, Auto-Nation and all of CURE’s Champions for such a memorable day! We hope to see even more supporters of this cause as the journey to a cure continues.


October 6th, 2014

Special Bidding Item: Southern Heritage Home Builders Custom-Built Playhouse

As you may know, auctions are an important part of CURE Childhood Cancer events and fundraisers because they help raise much-needed funds for childhood cancer research. Not to mention, they make our events all the more exciting! This month, donors Michael Phelps and Southern Heritage Homes are making every child’s dream come true with a special bidding item. They have graciously donated an adorable playhouse, complete with laminated hardwood floors, builder-grade quality windows, electricity outlets and custom painting fit for any childhood play area or backyard. The playhouse is 8 x 12 x 10 feet tall and comfortably fits four children.

Any additional costs to prepare land for the home will be at the buyer’s expense, however Southern Heritage Homes will assist and coordinate proper placement of the home as well as provide service contractors to prepare the landscape. The playhouse can be delivered within 50 miles of Atlanta for free. For any miles above 50 needed to transport the home, the winner will need to make arrangements for delivery.

Bidding on this custom-designed playhouse is NOW OPEN today and will end in two weeks. We encourage you to place your bid today or share with a family or friend whose child would enjoy this great surprise! View the images below to get a preview of this one-of-a-kind childhood home. Click here to get started!

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    BLUE RIDGE TURKEY TROT 5K

    Register now for the 5K Turkey Trot in downtown Blue Ridge, GA, with a portion of proceeds benefiting CURE. in its 5th year, the race takes place Thanksgiving morning. Click here for more information or to register.

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    TOUR OF REMODELED HOMES

    On Saturday, October 18th, NARI Atlanta will host its 4th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, in the Northern Atlanta suburbs. Tickets cost $10 in advance and all proceeds benefit CURE. Click here to learn more.