If you’ve read this blog, you might be familiar with Cookies For Kids’ Cancer. To jog your memory, I held a bake sale in the fall to raise money for the charity and managed not to eat everything that was baked before the bake sale.
Cookies For Kids’ Cancer is a charity started by Gretchen and Larry Witt, whose son, Liam Witt, died from neuroblastoma (a particularly aggressive childhood cancer) in January 2011, the same cancer that took the life of my brother in 1991.
I think it should be noted that Gretchen and Larry started the charity when Liam was cancer-free. They saw that many potential treatments for Liam and his hospital buddies were unavailable due to funding and that very little of the money raised for cancer research is allocated to childhood cancers. For instance, only 1% of the American Cancer Society funds go to childhood cancer.
What started as a Christmas bake sale has morphed into a charity aimed at bringing new therapies for childhood cancer from the bench to the bedside.
May 13 would have been Liam Witt’s 8th Birthday. To celebrate Liam’s life, the Cookies community has rallied this May. Here are some ways you can help, if you’d like.
1. LIAM’S BIRTHDAY BASH
This is not your average bake sale! Sponsored by Apple Seeds, Sneaky Pete’s Beverages, Thrive4Nutrition, and Brownie Brittle, this event promises to be huge! There are even some NYC “top” chefs participating – Chef Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar and B&B Restaurant…Chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen…Hill Country Barbecue…Mondrian SOHO…Maialino…Blue Smoke…The Modern. No small birthday party for Liam!
The bake sale is at the same time as Madison Square Park’s KidsFest so if you have kids, sounds like the perfect opportunity for a Saturday outing!
I can’t be there as my brother’s graduation is on Saturday, so I’m relying on all of you to eat my share of cookies! Tweet me pictures if you go! [Seriously, please do — I’m @meggiesmith].
2. BIC BANDS
BIC Bands has made Cookies For Kids’ Cancer their designated charity for May and April. So, order up, people!
Personally, I’m going to order gunmetal, petal pink, orchid pink, red, blue, green…
Liam’s Birthday Bash is put together by the people I babysit for, Mary and Colbert Cannon, as well as good cookie extraordinaire, Rachel Roberge. Their goal is $50,000 – and they’re almost halfway there. WOW!
Use the code “GOOD COOKIES” in any online order between now and 8/31/12 — 20% of those purchases will go to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.
5. ORDER/SEND COOKIES ONLINE [from the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website]
I’ve eaten these cookies myself (lemon sugar, chocolate chip, and peanut butter) and they’re Martha Stewart “it’s a good thing” quality.
You can feel free to send me some, should you be looking for someone to send some to.
On a somewhat related note, I’m almost through an amazing book called Blood Brothers, which is memoir by Lisa Solis Delong about facing childhood leukemia not once, but twice. I’ve found it interesting on a personal level as I think I’m always trying to understand more about what my parents went through (I was 5 when my brother was sick). However, there are many relatable themes in this book, including faith, spirituality, and how to deal with life’s many challenges.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa when I was in Eugene. While Gretchen has found her calling in raising money for pediatric cancer research, Lisa has found hers in helping families cope with the shock of a childhood cancer diagnosis, in bereavement counseling, and in end of life care issues. Her book and work is inspiring.
TELL ME: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY AND WHY?
Since I’ve spent so much time talking about Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, I’d love to hear your favorite causes.
Until next time..