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April 13th, 2011

Kingpins for Keith Raises $2,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer!

Kingpins for Keith, a bowl-a-thon in memory of Keith Towels and benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer was held on March 24 at US Play of Kennesaw. Over 35 people came together to bowl and honor the memory of Keith Towels, who died of AML in 2005 at the age of 2. The event raised over $2,000 for CURE!  We would like to thank all who organized, participated and sponsored this wonderful event.


April 11th, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities with CURE Childhood Cancer

We are currently seeking volunteers for CURE Childhood Cancer for the following programs. We greatly appreciate your support and time in volunteering!

CURE Brown Bag Lunch Program
As an extension of our Open Arms Meal Program, CURE delivered the first Brown Bag Lunches to the parents of children with cancer who are inpatient at Scottish Rite and Egleston Children’s Hospital on February 22, 2011.  This program is a means to help defray the overwhelming costs of caring for a child with cancer and the lengthy hospital stays required for treatment.  Because of CURE’s amazing support from our volunteers and others who want to make a difference for these special families, beginning in April 2011 we will introduce a 2nd Brown Bag Lunch each month.  We will deliver 60 CURE Brown Bag Lunches twice a month to the hospitals. We are looking for groups, companies and/or organizations to sponsor a lunch, either by donating the cost of the food ($300 for one month) or, preferably, by collecting the food, assembling the bags and delivering them to the CURE office for delivery to the hospital by CURE Volunteers.

CURE is looking for 3 volunteers who can commit to one Tuesday a month between the hours of 11:00 and 1:30 to deliver the Brown Bag lunches to the hospitals. Please note that because you will be visiting the hospital once a month, you will be required to complete the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Volunteer Application Process as well.  If you are interested in more information about this special long term volunteer opportunity or donating to our Brown Bag Lunch Program, please email lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org or call Lisa at 770-986-0035 ext. 22.

In Office Volunteers Needed
CURE needs two office volunteers on Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30am.  We will work on preparing t-shirts to present to the dedicated nurses at Scottish Rite and Egleston Hospitals in honor of Nurse’s Week in May.  If you are available to volunteer, please email Leigh at leigh@curechildhoodcancer.org.

Silent Art Auction
We are in need of 2 volunteers for a Silent Art Auction sponsored by PRESS ON, a CURE Childhood Cancer named fund.  Volunteers are needed at the Druid Hills Golf Club on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 8:00pm -11:00pm. CURE volunteers will assist with the check-out process for winning bidders.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Lisa at lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.


January 31st, 2011

The Serendipity Life Joins with CURE Childhood Cancer to Make a Difference


Two Organizations are Better than One.

The Serendipity Life, a creative new fundraising company, announces that it has joined with CURE Childhood Cancer to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer.  Serendipity has just launched its highly anticipated consumer based fundraising website and is featuring CURE Childhood Cancer as their first “Good Cause” to support.

Jonathan Potts, CEO of The Serendipity Life states “In the past, fundraising was a secondary source of funds for thousands of organizations.  Today, it has become their primary source – which means they must devote more of their hard won resources towards fundraising activities. The age of the traditional “fundraising drive” is over. In today’s new economic reality, if you aren’t fundraising every day of the year, you are losing valuable revenue. We have created a fundraising platform designed to minimize the stress of those raising the funds as well as remove many of the internal costs to the non-profit organization. It gives the supporters of these organizations a way to contribute to their favorite causes 365 days a year while enjoying our company’s high quality products. The causes, such as CURE Childhood Cancer, receive 50% of the proceeds from the sale of these products. It really does simplify the process of fundraising for everyone involved.”

“It’s really not that different than any other online shopping experience,” says Potts, “Only in this instance you by purchasing a Serendipity Life branded product you are immediately contributing to the causes that are most important to you. And if your cause isn’t already listed on our site, we have an easy process to add it.”

As part of a new age of responsible giving, The Serendipity Life has created a business model that rewards shoppers with very high quality products as it rewards worthy causes by contributing 50% of the purchase price directly to them.  The company utilizes several innovative techniques to create a positive experience for both Causes and Consumers alike.  Simply point your web browser to http://www.theserendipitylife.com, explore the many causes available, select your favorite cause, shop, and checkout.


December 17th, 2010

CURE Childhood Cancer Honored by Gift from Wells Fargo At Days of Giving Event

Many Groups in Program Have not Received Support Before

CURE Childhood Cancer was honored by Wells Fargo with a $1,000 grant at the company’s Days of Giving ceremony at the Mansour Center in Marietta on Nov. 16.

The donation to (GROUP) is among contributions to 240 non-profit groups, each for $1,000, to organizations across Atlanta made at five community breakfasts.  The company began the program in Atlanta last year and in 2010 expanded it by more than a third.  Before the program began, Wells Fargo had not supported many of the groups before.

“These unrestricted dollars will allow us to continue to help the community,” said Executive Director, Kristin Connor.  “With the economy still suffering, the money couldn’t come at a better time.”

“A hallmark of Wells Fargo is local decision-making and local involvement,” said Mindy Mercaldo, community bank president.  “Through Days of Giving we’re connecting with local communities in a whole new way.”

She added that CURE Childhood Cancer was selected by frontline employees of the company for the honor.

Across Atlanta Wells Fargo has 5,000 employees and serves half of all Atlanta households.  It has nearly 200 bank locations. Wells Fargo will make a total of $5 million in contributions to some 500 groups across Georgia in 2010.

Added Mercaldo, “We know the needs continue to be great across our area, especially now.  This is a new way to help more people and more groups that we haven’t been able to reach in the past.”


November 5th, 2010

CURE Childhood Cancer offices have moved!

CURE Childhood Cancer has moved! As of November 5, 2010, our office will be located at:

1117 Perimeter Center West
Suite N402
Atlanta, GA 30338

Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same:

770.986.0035 (office)
770.986.0038 (fax)

Please update your records!


October 8th, 2010

Pupils join cancer battle in big way

Special thanks to The Augusta Chronicle for the article below about fundraising efforts to support our named fund – Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer!

By Nikasha Dicks

Episcopal Day School fifth-grade pupils were busy last week working for a good cause.

Fifth graders from Episcopal Day School had a bake sale Friday raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer.  Michael Holahan/Staff

Michael Holahan/Staff
Fifth graders from Episcopal Day School had a bake sale Friday raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer.

The pupils raised more than $4,000 for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer. The fundraising drive was in honor of Brennan Simkins and Patrick Chance, who are fighting cancer. It was the fifth-graders’ Angels Project.

Funds raised went to CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fund childhood cancer research and provide education and support to patients and families.

Press On was created by Patrick’s parents in 2006 to provide funding for neuroblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia research.

The Episcopal Day School pupils’ fundraising project involved by selling cupcakes, brownies and cookies at school and in their neighborhoods; selling wristbands that said “Brennan Simkins Press On;” and speeches and public service announcements. Some pupils also tithed their allowance.

Palmer Bachelder and Crimmins Hankinson set up a lemonade stand at their brothers’ soccer games distributing free cups of lemonade and getting donations. They were able to raise about $400.

It was touching to see people donate for the cause, said Palmer, who has known Brennan “since he was a baby.”

“It hit me right here,” the 10-year-old said as he pointed to his heart. “It makes me sad to know that there are people with cancer. I really wanted to make a difference and help raise as much as I could for research so they can find a cure.”

McCall Stevenson, 11, agreed.

“It made me happy that people cared so much to donate,” she said. “It proved that even if you donate $1, it will make a big difference.”

“Even one penny counts,” added Palmer.

Raising thousands of dollars in such a short period says a lot about where the children’s heart was and their commitment to helping other kids, said the school’s chaplain, Rev. Dr. Frank Sawyer.

“They’ve done an excellent job,” he said. “They’ve really embraced what it means to help others.”

Time to give

Press On’s efforts to raise money for the CURE Childhood Cancer organization continues through Dec. 30. If you would like to donate, go to www.firstgiving.com/2010curekidspatrickandbrennan.


July 7th, 2010

Volunteer Spotlight: Elesha Bateman

This on-going Volunteer Spotlight series highlights one of much-appreciated volunteers at CURE Childhood Cancer that goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference for our organization and in the world of childhood cancer.

I began volunteering for CURE Childhood Cancer after watching a sweet friend almost lose her child to leukemia. I had an almost desperate need to do something, anything to help her.  I could do meals and I could pray.  I could listen…but I needed to do more – I needed to make a difference for my friend.  The more I learned about childhood cancer and the more families I met through my friend, my need became more desperate.

And then, CURE held the first A Tribute to Quiet Our Heroes luncheon.  I sat on the first host committee and have continued volunteering on every host committee since.  I love our event and what it means to all of us.  That luncheon in 2005 has since led to many other opportunities to volunteer with CURE.

For me, volunteering honors my friend and so many others like her that I have grown to love, by never giving up this fight for their children, for my children, for the future.

If you find yourself “desperate”, I encourage you to jump in.  Join the Quiet Heroes committee, become a volunteer with CURE Childhood Cancer, work an Open Arms dinner, donate.  You’ll get so much more than you could ever give…I promise.

—Elesha Bateman

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with CURE Childhood Cancer, click here.


February 16th, 2009

Recent Press: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Dance so that children with cancer can survive

Read today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution story “Dance so that children with cancer can survive” featuring the upcoming Valentines Dinner & Dance benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer.

Dance so that children with cancer can survive

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mary Beth Dever laughs just thinking about how much dancing she’ll be doing at this year’s Valentine’s Day dance —- or not.

The point is she’ll be there trying to make a difference, hoping any moves she and her husband John make will help propel researchers that much closer to a cure for childhood cancer.

Dever knows what it’s like when that word —- cancer —- suddenly slips off the lips and into your world.

Click to read the full story at ajc.com.


November 6th, 2008

A Successful Lauren's Run!

This will be a short entry, but quite relevant to the cause at hand!  This past weekend, the dedicated staff at CURE and related families and supporters hosted a wonderful morning of exercise, fun, food and friends.

In a previous post titled “Imagine a World Without Childhood Cancer”, we referred to the impact childhood cancer can have on communities, and the necessary and important role community plays in healing families from this type of storm.  Lauren’s Run provided such a beautiful picture of this unity, hosting communities of friends, colleagues, neighbors, and classmates supporting both survivors and lives lost.

The day also provided a precious reminder of the joy and light that children bring into our lives.  In this case, their light shown through a fundraising run / walk / picnic with Frisbees, balls, climbing walls, and slides — all the things kids would enjoy.  This magical quality that children possess, though, is not restricted to the fun circumstances we experienced this weekend.

Indeed the joy, laughter, determination, and caring hearts of children carry them and their families and their communities down some of the most difficult paths life presents.  In a pediatric cancer center, IV poles become skateboards; hallways become bowling alleys; hospital doors become canvases for the rooms’ inhabitants; nurses become best friends.

How precious our children are…making the sunny days brighter and hiding the nights with their smiles…Thanks for visiting our BLOG, come back often.
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Alan Thomson
Father of Hayley Thomson, Feb 2003 – Dec 2004
CURE Board of Directors


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