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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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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 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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April 3rd, 2014

NCR’s Sprint for Cancer Joins Lauren’s Run!

1796906_729818850391563_1188588869_oThe 20th Annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Picnic is getting closer and closer! With that being said, we would like to take a moment to thank those who are dedicated to making this year’s event a success. In particular, we’d like to thank the 2014 Lauren’s Run Presenting Sponsor NCR.

By day, NCR is a global technology company that helps businesses make customer transactions easier and more enjoyable. But more importantly at its core, NCR is a longtime supporter of childhood cancer research! Like CURE, NCR hosts an annual 5K, 10K and Family Fun Walk/Run event for racers of all ages and abilities called Sprint for Cancer to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Together, NCR has raised more than $1.2 million to help fund pediatric cancer research and aid families affected by childhood cancer. However this year, NCR has teamed up with CURE to host the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual picnic. By combining our donations, runners and volunteer efforts for one important cause, this year’s contributions and community support are expected to quadruple!

We are more than grateful to fight this cause with Lauren’s Run Presenting Sponsor, NCR this year. Lauren’s Run is Sunday, April 27 at Concourse Park in Atlanta, GA; we hope to see you there for the biggest Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic to date! Register here: http://bit.ly/20thLaurensRun


March 26th, 2014

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Honors Two Crews Middle School Students Affected by Cancer

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 the Chick-fil-A at Scenic Highway in Snellville, GA teamed up with Alton C. Crews Middle School of Lawrenceville, GA to host a special percentage night during which friends, families and local church members could enjoy a delicious Chick-fil-A dinner to donate to an even better cause. While most schools and organizations use the Chick-fil-A Spirit Night to raise money for their own endeavors, Crews Middle School divided 20% of all Chick-fil-A purchases between themselves and CURE Childhood Cancer!

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Supporting pediatric cancer awareness and research holds a distinct place in the hearts of Crews Middle School students and faculty; one Crews Middle student is currently diagnosed with cancer and another has lost the battle. This joint opportunity has allowed CURE and Crews Middle School to honor those students and to make more community members aware of this important cause!

Chick-fil-A proceeds alone brought in $290, but parents and attendees gave $120.90 in jar collections, bringing the total to $418.90! This was one of the best Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights at the Scenic Highway location, and that number is sure to rise as more and more people continue to spread the word!

The owners of the Chick-fil-A at Scenic Highway, Tom and Mary Balsamides, have been long supporters of CURE Childhood Cancer. In addition to this percentage night, Tom has also provided chicken biscuits for the CURE Golf Classic for the past 20 years!

Worth more than any dollar amount raised, there was surely an increase in pediatric cancer awareness throughout the Snellville and Lawrenceville community following the event! All it really takes is one dollar, one event or one conversation to make the world of a difference.

CURE would like to say thank you Tom and Mary Balsamides, Chick-fil-A Marketing Director Robin Mauck, Crews Middle School teacher Rod Hames, CURE volunteer Norma Nyoff and all other teacher, parents and students for making this event possible!

 


March 11th, 2014

Middle Schoolers Making a Difference

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 9.52.21 AMFriday, Feb. 21, 2014 marked the 2nd Annual Caps for CURE event for rivals Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle Schools. Inspired by teenage cancer patient Sarah Barr, who came up with the idea of a Caps for CURE fundraiser, eighth grader Annie Jones took the idea to a friend who attended a rival school, and the two persuaded their principals to create a friendly competition: The principal of the school with the lowest percentage of participation in Caps for CURE would have to wear the other school’s colors to a sporting event.

For the second year in a row, students and staff at both schools wore a hat, cap or bandana to school for a donation of $1.00Additional donations were accepted for a chance to win prizes.

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Ironically, earlier in February, with the event already planned, a Riverwatch seventh grader was diagnosed with leukemia. The student’s best friend’s family was so moved by the fact that the school was already planning to do something to help kids with cancer, the family donated $150 to the fundraiser. With so many chances to win, the student’s best friend won the grand prize, a new iphone 5.  Selflessly, the winner immediately gave the iphone to his friend battling cancer.

A Riverwatch parent who was helping out as a volunteer observed the heart-filled act of kindness. Himself a survivor of childhood cancer and so touched by the outpouring of compassion and love among the school’s students and staff, he offered to personally match all funds raised at Riverwatch that February day.

Together, Riverwatch and South Forsyth raised more than $4,000 in a single morning! After the matching funds were added, the two schools donated a total of $6,891.35 to CURE Childhood Cancer!

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South Forsyth parent Amy Hulett spoke of the impact of Caps for CURE on the two school communities, “We live in an area where children have been diagnosed with cancer – one very recently. The fact that the kids can do something to help as simple as donating a dollar makes an impact on them. They see that what they are doing matters.”

“My hope is that others can see that if people could just give a little time, kids will get intrigued and they will participate. Cancer is something that’s touching their friends and classmates – they want to help,” said Amy. “You can make a big difference with just a little investment of time. If you give a little time, you will see how easy it is to make an impact.”

CURE is grateful to the Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle School students, teachers and staff for making such a BIG difference for kids with cancer!

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February 11th, 2014

How to Register for Lauren’s Run

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Lauren’s Run on April 27, 2014! To make registration – and fundraising – as simple as possible we ask that you register online via FirstGiving. CURE has been using FirstGiving for almost 6 years; it’s safe, secure, and easy. For those who need extra guidance, here are step-by-step instructions on how to register for Lauren’s Run. Also included in this post are instructions on how to create your personal fundraising page, join an existing team, or start a new team.

Step 1: Click here to visit the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic page on FirstGiving.

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Step 2: Click the red “Register” button and select which type of registrant you are. Your choices are Adult 2K ($25), Adult 5K ($25), Adult 10K ($30), Children 12 and Under ($20), Phantom Runner ($35) and Fundraiser Only (Free). Select Phantom Runner if you are not able to attend Lauren’s Run, but would like to support the cause. We will mail you a t-shirt after the race is complete. Select Fundraiser Only if you would like to create a fundraising page for Lauren’s Run but will not be attending the race or picnic. You may pay-for and register multiple people at the same time.

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Step 3: Create your FirstGiving Account. In order for us to keep track of all registrants, you must create an account on FirstGiving. If you already have a FirstGiving Account, click the button that says “Sign in via FirstGiving” or “Sign in via Facebook.” If you do not have a FirstGiving Account, fill out the information on-screen and click “Next.”

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Step 4: Fill in the Lauren’s Run Participant information for each person you are registering. Click “Next” after each registrant’s information has been submitted.

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Step 5: The next screen gives you the option to join a team or create a team. You do not have to be on a team and may skip this step; simply click “I don’t want to join a team” at the bottom of the screen. If your friends, family, work, or other organization already formed a team, find them on the list and click “Join.” If you would like to create a new team, look for where it says “Would you like to start a new team?” towards the bottom of the screen. Click the words “Click here” and fill out the information to create a team. Teams are a great way to organize the fundraising efforts of multiple people and allow you to really see the impact you all have made as a group!

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Step 6: The next screen gives you the option to set up your individual fundraising page. This is the page in which you will direct all of your friends and family to support your fundraising efforts. This page is optional. If you do not want to fundraise for Lauren’s Run, click “Skip” at the bottom of the page. If you do wish to fundraise, fill out all information on this page. We highly recommend that you use your name for the title of this page, add a photograph, and include a personal message as to why you believe it is important to support CURE. Adding these personal touches will allow for donors to make a stronger connection to you – and CURE! When you’re finished, click “Next.”

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Step 7: The final screen allows for you to enter your credit card information to pay for your registration.

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Step 8: Now that you’re finished, if you signed up for a fundraising page, it’s time to get to work! Talk to your friends about your connection to CURE and create an email to send out to all of your contacts, directing them to your individual fundraising page. Don’t forget to share your fundraising page on Facebook as well as Twitter!

For additional questions, please contact Lisa Branch at 770.986.0035 x22 or lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the 2014 Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic on April 27th!


October 28th, 2013

Blow Out Event Raises $10,000 for CURE

Recently, Andrea Goldklang held a fundraising event that benefitted CURE at her salon Belle de Jour. Andrea’s son, Nolan, was diagnosed with leukemia and is now over 22 months post treatment.  You can read Nolan’s story by clicking here.

Below, Andrea shares with us about the fundraiser she held last month. We want to thank Andrea and all of the wonderful women who participated for their support of CURE. Without events like these, we would be unable to fund critical research and support patients and their families. Again, we thank each and every one of you.

When Nolan was going through his treatment 2 years ago for AML I went ahead and opened Belle de Jour Salon, it had been in the works since before Nolan presented and I know it didn’t make a lot of sense to move forward with my business but it made me happy and was a nice distraction. If Nolan was well enough I was able to go to work one day a week during his treatment, my clients were incredible, loyal and patient with me. 

lemonade cureSaturday, September 28th was our turn to give back. We closed down our salon to regular appointments and had a Blow Out Event. Women came and got their hair styled and make-up done all for a great cause. My children, Nolan and Aubrey, along with their friends had a lemonade stand in front of the salon during the event. We gave away fresh lemonade but proudly accepted donations for CURE Childhood Cancer. The children were thrilled with how generous their customers were $5, $10, $20 for a lemonade and we had to keep emptying out the envelope full of cash.

My stylists and several volunteer make up artists and baby-sitters generously gave up their pay and tips for the day to give to CURE Childhood Cancer. Clients were pampered and beautiful and so generous, we had a suggested minimum donation of $35 but many clients wrote checks for well over that, $100, $200, $300, their generosity was overwhelming

At the end of the long day we had brought in $5000!

On top of that I committed personally to donating 10% of all services for September. My wonderful sister who owns Range Boutique and Brina Beads donated 15% of her sales for that Saturday and she was amazed at the number of customers who came out to shop specifically to support CURE Childhood Cancer and to honor our family! With the combined efforts, we were proudly able to raise a total of $10,000.

It was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year!


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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!