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I know there are a lot of charities and good causes out there that are worth supporting. But I believe everything happens for a reason and that’s why I’m an avid supporter of Cookies For Kids Cancer.
You see, the day I saw their corporate charity partner, Glad to Give’s television commercial was just a couple of short months after I had heard about a little girl in our area, not even three years old, who had passed away from neuroblastoma cancer. Then, a family friend of ours sent the CarePages update we were not expecting. Her teenage son, who had been expecting the news that his cancer was in remission got a different report: it had returned instead. A year later, he is still fighting. And then, a little girl in our neighborhood from our old school and just one year younger than my daughter, had been diagnosed the year before with an inoperable brain tumor. She passed away last summer at the all too young age of eight years old.
None of this seemed right. I simply could not wrap my mind around what these families, especially their parents, must be feeling. It truly breaks my heart to read the stories of these sweet children who fight a battle they never asked for. I wanted to learn how I could help so I looked up the Cookies for Kids Cancer website and read all that I could about the charity. I had also been looking for a way for my children and I to get involved in supporting a cause that we believed in. The bake sale seemed like a perfect idea. While galas and other big events are all important parts of fundraising, they generally involve adults doing most of the planning or participating. With Cookies for Kids Cancer, children can be involved from the planning to the baking to the promoting to the selling.
WHY SHOULD YOU DO A BAKE SALE NOW?
WHY DO THEY NEED THE FUNDS?
–Cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis & AIDS combined.
–46 children per day are diagnosed with cancer totaling nearly 13,000 new cases per year.
–Cure rates have improved dramatically and advances in childhood cancer research has provided seminal insights into the cancer problem in general. Today, 4 out 5 children diagnosed with cancer can be cured.
–While long-term goals for the pediatric cancer community will focus on securing more federal funding for childhood cancer research (more than the 1-2% of the National Cancer Institute budget that is current expended), philanthropy plays a critical and essential role in the ongoing battle against childhood cancer.
Don’t think you have to raise a ton of funds…every little bit helps. Last year, when my kids and I had our first bake sale, we only raised a little over $150. But we felt good that at least it was something. Almost immediately they were asking when we could plan our next one!
IT EASY TO ORGANIZE!
Cookies for Kids Cancer makes it easy to organize your bake sale. Their website is full of downloadable flyers, signs, press releases and all sorts of other resources to help make the work easier. You can also check out the tips I provided in my post last year for organizing a bake sale.
Be sure to register your bake sale with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer at http://register.cookiesforkidscancer.org/. This will make you “official” and help make sure that GLAD will match your bake sale proceeds. ‘
Won’t you host a bake sale this May?