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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 18th, 2014

CURE Partners with Kroger Community Rewards: Shop and Swipe for a Cure

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CURE Childhood Cancer is honored to be part of a charitable partnership with Kroger Community Rewards this year! When you shop at Kroger, your purchase will help CURE raise much-need funds for childhood cancer research. Kroger is donating over $750,000 to participating non-profits this year, which will be divided amongst all participants. The more times a CURE-registered Kroger Plus card is swiped, the higher the percentage CURE will receive!

Here are the instructions to participate: 

  1. Register your card online at Kroger Community Rewards (be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy)
  2. Click on “Sign In / Register” (if you are a new online customer, you must click on “Sign Up Today” in the ‘New Customer?’ box)
  3. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store and entering your email address. You will also need to create a password and agree to the terms and conditions
  4. You will then get a message to check your email inbox, using the email address you registered with. Click on the link within the body of the email
  5. After seeing a new window, click on “My Account” and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  6. Click on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information” and input your Kroger Plus card number
  7. Update or confirm your information
  8. Enter “CURE Childhood Cancer”, select organization from list and click on confirm
  9. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see CURE’s name on the right side of your information page

Remember: Purchases will not count until after the card is registered. Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count. 

Now, you can give back to CURE almost everyday as you run your grocery errands. Kroger Community Rewards makes fundraising easy-all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Make sure to tell your friends, co-workers and family members about this simple way to give back to children battling childhood cancer!


June 27th, 2014

David’s Story

CURE Childhood Cancer supports all of our children and their families throughout their journey with pediatric cancer. It is the stories of these brave children that motivate us each day. We share with you the story of one of our inspirational children – David.

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December 18, 2012 will forever be etched in our family’s minds for the rest of our lives. We look forward to a new date that will join it: the day we are told we are cancer free and done with our chemo and visits!

It all started on Halloween when David was too sick to go out trick or treating with his friends. David was sick off and on from then through December. At one time he got a fever of 104 and it took us a while to bring it down. He would have soccer practices and come home achy and have a fever. But a few hours later the fever would be gone. We thought it was a sport-induced fever but no one had heard of that. Then, David got the flu. Would it ever end? He was feeling better during Christmas but I thought I would take him to the pediatrician just to make sure he didn’t have mono or something because we had just been going to urgent cares. The pediatrician said she would put him on a Z-Tab and see if that would knock it out. If it came back, she said they would do blood work and see if it was maybe mono. I told her that’s what I thought it was. Since we both shared the same opinion, the pediatrician said she would test David for mono and was back in two minutes. David’s blood counts were off! She wanted to send David for labs. She started talking about what others might say. It could be Leukemia and other stuff but I think she was preparing me because she knew. She’s married to an oncologist. No biggy, I wasn’t worried. We went about our day but the doctor kept calling saying she hadn’t gotten the labs. I wasn’t calling her saying, “What have you heard?” She was calling me! By the end of the day she and her husband were mad. I kept telling them, “It’s ok and we’ll wait for tomorrow.”

The next day she put us at the top of her list. On December 18, she called with the worst words you will ever hear, “David has Leukemia!” We packed a bag for at least ten days to stay at Scottish Rite. Our journey began. The first day was the worst with telling everyone, all the tears and not knowing what to expect.

But by the next day, David was calm and laughed if I cried! He has never asked “why me?” He has so much faith in our God and that he has God’s peace and strength. Even in losing his hair, it’s his “new” life and he goes right along like it’s nothing! And now the kid that used to hate finger pricks just throws his arms out there to let the nurses do their thing. The thing that he misses most is being able to play soccer in High School and possibly in college. It’s something he’s wanted his whole life.

Speaking from a cancer point of view, David has really had it easy. We feel bad for all the meals, gifts and functions that are given to us. There are so many so worse-off. We are so used to being at the helping end that it had humbled us all. We can never say thank you enough! Now don’t get me wrong, David has two and a half more years to go through spinal taps, chemo, office visits and I’m sure along the way, hospital stays. But we will continue his fight. You never know what’s in store. We were in the Mountains when David had a mini stroke caused by a chemo that he was on. You do what you have to do and move to the next phase and pray that it doesn’t get worse. The staff at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been amazing. It’s like going to visit friends when we do go. It’s horrible when the hospital staff have become part of your list of friends and you know what’s going on in their lives!

BUT, the worst part of this whole journey is watching the other kids’ lives being taken away from their family and friends who love them so dearly. It is heart breaking and something that no family should have to go through. In the short nine months, we have lost five children that have touched our lives. As the months go on, that is what is draining. You want to do all you can do to help! These kids were so strong, brave and lit up your life! They weren’t wallowing in pity, but living their lives the best they could. One child had to endure nine years of all of this only to have his life taken at the age of 11. We can’t let this happen! We have to find a cure. This is not a “it’ll never happen to us!” It did happen to us! 400 kids in Georgia are diagnosed with cancer every year! So please give to CURE and let’s give these kids back their lives of dancing, cheering, playing sports and having fun which all kids should be able to do! Please give in honor of David and all of our friends that we have lost.


June 3rd, 2014

Make Father’s Day Special With Custom Cards From CURE

8029-044Every day, 720 children are diagnosed with cancer.  However, that number doesn’t even amount to the many families affected by childhood cancer on a daily basis. Whether your own child has suffered from cancer or you know of another family that has had to deal with this harsh reality, pediatric cancer affects all of us. As the lives of these children change, their parents are also thrown into this frightening world and faced to make difficult discussions and adjustments to their normal lives. We know how challenging, yet heroic it is to set aside your own needs to put the desires of a sick child first, so we never hesitate to let these parents know that their sacrifices are much appreciated.

In honor of Father’s Day, CURE Childhood Cancer has made special cards revealing the strength and guidance of our fathers. When a mother hears the words “your child has cancer,” it is hard to imagine enduring that pain alone without a husband or family there to provide extra care and support. A mother and father duo is an even stronger force against childhood cancer, and we want our dads to know how important they really are in this fight!

Screen-Shot-2014-05-13-at-4.59.21-PMFor just $20, you can purchase a pack of 5 folded Father’s Day cards, with envelopes and a touching quote from the CURE store. The quote written on the cards says, “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” These words are perfect for any brother, husband, uncle, grandpa, son, cousin or dad. Please consider purchasing a pack of Father’s Day cards, which will benefit CURE while honoring the many fathers who are our backbones and the true bond that keeps our families together.

 


May 23rd, 2014

The Need to Make a Difference

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Emma showing off her Keychains 4 CURE Display to support childhood cancer research funding.

By: Emma Wernecke

I first became aware of CURE Childhood Cancer when an 8-year-old little girl from my community, Mary Evelyn King, died of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.   I read her story in the newspaper and admired her courageous words upon hearing of her relapse, “Cancer, I’ve beat you once and I’m gonna beat you again in the blink of your evil eye. “  Her heartbreaking story led me to learn much more about the lack of research and funding for childhood cancer.

This past year, our community grieved again as inspiring teenager Madeline McTier, an ACE cheerleader and mutual friend, died from the complications of brain cancer.  Most recently, a precious 6-year-old in our community, Katheryn Brezina, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma and thrown into the intimidating whirlwind of cancer treatments.

I am 16 years old, and I have now known seven kids, just in my own personal world, who have struggled with and/or died from childhood cancer. There is something desperately wrong with that, and I feel driven to do whatever I can to make a difference.

After reaching out to representatives at CURE to learn more about what I could do, I participated in Lauren’s Run last year and raised more than $1300 with the generous donations of family and friends.  This year I have created a school team to run with me and plan to significantly boost the fundraising goal and hope to inspire others to join in on the cause.

Last summer, I represented my school as Miss Starr’s Mill’s Outstanding Teen in the Miss Georgia Pageant, part of the Miss America Organization.  While there and throughout the year as Miss Starr’s Mill, I promoted my platform of childhood cancer and took every opportunity to raise awareness about the need for more research and funding.  Starr’s Mill wants to continue the effort to support this cause, so I am creating “Panthers Against Childhood Cancer,” a student-run club that will organize fundraising projects.  This summer, I am participating in the pageant again as Miss Peachtree City’s Outstanding Teen and hope to spread even more awareness for the cause to a large and receptive audience.

Recently, I created a business called Keychains 4 CURE.  I make and sell trendy and functional key chains in a variety of patterns with all profits going to CURE.  Over the past couple of months, just from selling at school and special events, I have sold over 400 key chains.  I am now expanding my operation because some businesses in the community are interested in carrying them in their stores.

It absolutely breaks my heart to know that there are kids who do not get to experience the childhood joys that most of us take for granted. I would love to see the day that the gold ribbon for childhood cancer awareness is as universally known and impactful as the pink ribbon has been for breast cancer awareness. I truly believe that day is coming.

 

 


April 29th, 2014

CURE Thanks the Inaugural Believe Ball Live Auction Sponsors

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 12.02.50 PMThe inaugural Believe Ball benefitting CURE Childhood Cancer is Saturday, May 3rd—only four days away! This elegant black tie event will feature a cocktail party, seated dinner and fabulous live and silent auctions. CURE will also honor Hall of Fame baseball legend Tom Glavine and his wife, Chris, for their tireless dedication to furthering CURE’s mission of finding a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.

As with any first time endeavor, we initially did not know how well this new event would be received by the CURE family, community and sponsors. Needless to say, the first ever Believe Ball is a SOLD OUT event! We have lots of people to thank for making this event such a success, and we are delighted at the opportunity to continue raising money for much-needed research while enjoying a beautiful evening with friends and family.

One of the most unique and special parts of the Believe Ball is the priceless live auction portion featuring once-in-a-lifetime collectors’ items, luxury vacation packages, jewelry, concert and airline tickets, spa treatments and other five-star experiences! The following generous donors will provide the invaluable Believe Ball live auction packages:

 

The Glavine Family

The Gearon Family

Lisa Howard

Dr. Jill Golsen

Larry & Leigh Connolly

John & Kristi Armstrong

Mike & Jennifer Walley

Gerry Klaskala

Jamie Adams

Steve Penley

Atlanta Braves

Tony Conway of A Legendary Event

Brown & Company Jewelers

Casa Riviera One

Bellevue San Marco Luxury

Château Monfort

Lefay Resort & Spa

Delta Air Lines

AutoNation

Trump National Golf Club

NBC Television

Sentient Jet

Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Spa

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Mr. & Mrs. Italy Luxury Hotels & Concierge Travel Services

 

Only those in attendance at the inaugural Believe Ball will have the opportunity to bid in the live auction. However, if you are not attending the ball on May 3rd, you still have a chance to bid in the silent auction, which will be open online prior to the evening of the Believe Ball! All you need is a computer or the BidPal mobile app to secure your items. CLICK HERE for the link to the silent auction or preview the live auction items at believe.org/auction.

 


April 25th, 2014

Hopeful Hearts Hosts Its First Spring Event Benefitting CURE

This weekend is a big one for CURE! Not only is our 20th Annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Picnic this Sunday, but also the first annual Hopeful Hearts event is this Saturday, April 26th at Buckhead Saloon from 3 pm-9 pm! Click here to purchase presale tickets for $10 or purchase tickets at the door for just $15. Tickets include food, drink specials, live music and the chance to take part in a silent auction. And the best part is, 90% of ticket proceeds will benefit CURE!

What a great way to kick-off for Lauren’s Run with your teams or simply enjoy your Saturday afternoon at this Hopeful Hearts event! Stay for the entire day-long event or just drop by to say hello to the CURE family. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful spring weather while dedicating your weekend to support childhood cancer research. There’s no sight of rain or gloom in the weekend forecast, so let’s celebrate for a CURE!

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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!

 

Livi on 94.9 The Bull

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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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    14th ANNUAL GEORGIA FITNESS - SUWANEE FEST 5K-10K CLASSIC

    Register for the 5K/10K on September 13th at the Suwanee Town Center in Suwanee, GA, and CURE will receive a $5 donation! This race is also a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Click here to learn more.

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    HOME BY DARK SINGER-SONGWRITER CONCERT

    Purchase tables or tickets for this unique concert experience, held at Chukkar Farm in Marietta, GA. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales for 8/1 and 8/2 will benefit CURE. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.