Cure Childhood Cancer


October 5th, 2012

Inspired by Children, CURE Vice President Raises Over $12,000

At the end of September Leslie Zacks, CURE Childhood Cancer‘s Vice President of the Board of Directors, participated in the Augusta Half-Ironman Triathlon. Inspired by Patrick, a young boy who lost his five and a half year battle with Neurobslatoma, Leslie participated in order raise money for the families affected by childhood cancer.

He was able to raise over $12,000 for CURE and has shared with us about the experience. Trust me, you will want to read what Leslie had to say.

Three years.  Apparently that’s how long it takes to forget excruciating pain.  At least for me.  Three years ago to the date, I competed in the Augusta Half-Ironman Triathlon.  That’s a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride followed by a 13.1-mile “run.”  In 2009, I tried my best but suffered mightily and looked like a sleepwalking zombie as I crossed the finish line in 5 hours 44 minutes.
This past weekend, I touched the hot stove again and competed in the same triathlon.  The race is chock full of elite triathletes from far flung places trying to qualify for “Worlds,” which I presume is a race at Epcot because I will never see a World Championship without a remote control in my hand.  I did my best to fit in with these elites and that was not an easy act for a balding, 44-year old father of 3 who eats dessert, doesn’t shave his legs, and doesn’t ride a bike that costs more than his car. Thanks to my selfless wife and family, however, I did train hard.  In fact, in 80 days of rigorous training:

  • I rode my bike 1,003 miles
  • I ran 197 miles
  • I swam 46 miles
  • I burned over 75,000 calories during training and 3,627 during the race
  • And after all that, I lost a whopping 2 lbs! (Thanks mom and dad for the genes of a three-toed sloth.)

I entered the race with 2 goals: (i) to raise as much money as possible for CURE Childhood Cancer; and (ii) to beat my time from 2009.  I am happy to report that I painfully accomplished both goals.
First and foremost, I cannot thank you enough.  If you are receiving this e-mail, then you donated to my cause, inspired me, coached me, trained with me and generally kept me moving forward over the past few months.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Swim.  The day before the race I played in a golf tournament.  There, I met a woman who looked at me like I had 5 heads when she heard I was racing. “You’re gonna swim in the Savannah River?  Do you know what they found in there?” I interrupt and respectfully asked her to hold her thought until I was in the next county. Her comment seemed to inspire me because I swam like a scorched salmon.
Bike.  Despite a few ambulance sightings and near misses, I rode swiftly and comfortably… until the first cramp. I stretched my calves at mile 50 and my right quad seized up as if it had been electrocuted. It would never recover. I would consume electrolyte tablets as if they were crack. Unfortunately it was too late. My fate had been sealed because I had not taken in enough fluids during the early miles of the bike. I had followed my training plan but it was quite humid on race day and I clearly needed more liquids.
Run.  For the next hour and 58 minutes, I would resemble Frankenstein trying to take his first steps, with a piano on his back.  I limped, hopped and shuffled.  Thankfully Augusta is a very genteel Southern city.  Instead of telling me to “hustle” or “finish strong,” spectators would say “Bless his heart” or “What’s wrong with him Mommy”?
I was in pain.  I questioned whether I could do this.  I questioned whether I could finish.  The next few hours of my meaningless race were in doubt and there was nothing I could do but quit or choose a painful course.  At that very moment, my mind drifted to Patrick, Brennan, Flynn, Jordan, Julia, Trenton, Hayley and so many other beautiful children who have endured so much worse.  I thought about their loving families and the difficult and painful decisions they had to make.  My pain subsided a bit and is replaced with a profound sense of determination to continue doing everything in my power to PressOn. 

I gut out a 9-minute mile pace over the half-marathon and finish.  When I arrived at the finish line, let’s just say that the elite triathletes had already finished, talked about Worlds or whatever they talk about after a race and then vanished.  
In the end, I wasn’t the best but I wasn’t the worst either. I had accomplished my goals. I raised over $12,000 for CURE and I beat my 2009 time by over 17 minutes, finishing with a time of 5:27 which put me in the top 30% of the 3,400 racers. Sure, I’m walking like the Tin-Man right now, but it’s worth it.
Again, I cannot thank you enough for all you do and don’t be surprised if you get another request to donate to my triathlon efforts.  It’ll likely be in about 3 years.

October 5th, 2011

Kickin’ Kids Cancer

CURE Childhood Cancer is pleased to announce Kickin’ Kids Cancer 5K Fun Run/Walk, a race dedicated to seven children whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Registration – 7:15 am
Race – 8:00 am
Brookstone Country Club
Acworth, Georgia

Click here to register!

Prior to October 22, registration costs $20 for adults and $10 for children. From October 22 to Raceday, registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for children. All proceeds will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer and Camp Sunshine.

Registration comes with a free Kickin’ Kids Cancer t-shirt! Make sure you register prior to October 22 to be guarenteed to receive your requested t-shirt size. Additionally, parking is limited, so please carpool!

Please download this form for more information and to register for the race. For any additional questions, please contact Kathleen Stoler at or visit the Kickin’ Kids Cancer website.

We hope to see you all at the race!

August 31st, 2011

Meet our CURE Community of Bloggers!

We are so appreciative for our friends in the blogging community, our “CURE Community,” that support CURE Childhood Cancer.  Because of their dedication and support, they are able to spread awareness for childhood cancer to so many of their readers that we could not otherwise reach.

Below please find our blogroll of CURE Community bloggers. Be sure to click thru to visit their site and show some love for the support they provide us too.

Interested in joining our CURE Community too? It’s easy. Simply write a post about CURE Childhood Cancer on your blog, grab one of the blog badges below and link it to our website, and then be sure to leave us a comment with a link to your blog on this post, letting us know you’ve posted. You will then be added to our CURE Community website page!

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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 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

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

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, 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

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.

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    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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