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CURE Invites Families to Join in Fundraiser and Awareness Initiative “CURE’s Kids Conquer Childhood Cancer One Day at a Time”

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – but many people (too many people!) have no idea that cancer affects children, much less that a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month exists.  CURE Childhood Cancer is planning a fundraising and awareness initiative to raise awareness of childhood cancer and CURE during the month of September, and we would like to invite our families to participate.

We are very excited to announce the second annual “CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time.”  This initiative is a way for our families to get involved and help raise awareness in our community about the problem of childhood cancer and much needed funds for research. Each day in September, CURE will highlight a very special child in our CURE family who has been affected by cancer.  Some of the children we highlight are currently fighting the battle, some are children who have finished therapy and are living the cure, and others are children who have lost their battles but will be loved and remembered always.

For families who wish to participate, CURE will feature your child and his or her story on our website, blog and Firstgiving fundraising page.

CURE will set up a Firstgiving fundraising page especially for each child where donations can be made in honor of that child on or for their special day in September.  Our goal is to raise $2,000/day each day ($1,000 for each child featured) to help fund research which will lead to better treatments and cures for childhood cancers.

Families who participate will help in spreading the word about their child’s day to their network of friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to support the day by helping to reach or exceed the $1,000 per child goal.

If you would like to participate, please contact Lisa Branch at


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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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CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time is Back!

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, CURE started a special program to honor special children with cancer each day throughout September called CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time, raising money to support important research into cures for cancers that affect children.  Last year, more than $170,000 was raised to support lifesaving research.

This September, CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time is back! CURE Childhood Cancer is featuring special CURE Kids each day for the entire month of September, each having been personally affected by childhood cancer. Some featured children will be in the midst of their fight, some have conquered the disease, and some have lost the battle and will be honored on their special day.

Did you know that cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. today? While we certainly cannot only think of childhood cancer during the month of September, we are hopeful that this special month can truly make a difference again this year.

Each day, the featured children and their families have committed to reaching out to their networks in an effort to each raise $1,000 to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. Currently, only 2% of federal funding for cancer research is directed at solving cancers that impact our children, so efforts like this truly do make a difference. Our goal at month’s end is to raise $60,000 to put towards the fight to end childhood cancer, while also honoring these very special children One Day at a Time!

Join us in the fight against childhood cancer this September.  We ask you, is there a special child in your life who has been affected by cancer that you’d like to honor this September?  We encourage you to help us in our efforts by letting us honor your little warrior and joining our efforts to raise $60,000 in one month.

If you’d like more information on how to get started honoring a special CURE Kid in your life, please email Lisa Branch at You’ll be asked to provide pictures and a story about your child’s journey that we may share with our supporters and your friends and family members.

We look forward to honoring each and every special child this September –  share yours with us.

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Tennis for CURE – a Great Success!

Tennis for CURE was a great success! On Saturday, May 1, 60 tennis players gathered at Horseshoe Bend Country Club to play tennis in honor of Maddie Dreesman, a 10 year old resident of Horseshoe Bend currently battling cancer. Each team consisted of an adult and junior player. The round robin event was hosted by Tennis Kids and Teens, Inc. / Double Aces, Inc. and included a raffle and silent auction.

CURE Childhood Cancer is pleased to announce over $3000.00 was raised!

We would like to thank the all of the players and the following sponsors for their support of this event:

Get Fit With Joseph
Grace Mary Jewelry
Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Horseshoe Bend Country Club
Kasserole King
Leeway Multimedia
Old Alabama Family Dentistry
Resurgence Incorporated
Secure World Technical Services
Tennis Kids and Teen, Inc. / Double Aces, Inc.
Trader Joes

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Tetley Tea Raises Money for CURE

Tetley® Tea hosted an event at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, 5/25 to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer and to cool down HOTlanta with the refreshing taste of Tetley Iced Tea. The event included Tetley Iced Tea giveaways, a meet-and-greet with Sir Tetley – a new character portrayed as an English gentleman, celebrated man about town and Tetley Tea enthusiast – as well as the opportunity to throw pitches to dunk B98.5 DJ Justin Tysinger in a tank of Tetley Iced Tea with the tea brand donating $1 per pitch. Thanks to all who came out and supported this event and helped raise $1000 for CURE!

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Ride to Remember Casey Event Recap

The First Annual Ride to Remember Casey Poker Run was a tremendous success! They raised $3000.00 for CURE Childhood Cancer!

The members of the American Legion Riders Post 216 are committed to making this an annual event and look forward to it growing each year. Casey Callaway, the grandson of one of their members, passed away in 2007 from cancer and this ride was in his memory.

CURE would like to thank all who participated in this event and everyone who worked so hard to make it possible

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The 16th Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic return on May 2, 2010 at Concourse Office park (I-285 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road). Presented by AirTran Airways, this year’s Lauren’s Run will draw more than 2,000 participants to its 5k Race, 2k Fun Run/Walk and much adored Tot Trot.

The race course is lined with tribute signs, featuring pictures of cancer patients, survivors and those lost to cancer, providing a poignant reminder of why we gather.  Form a team, register online, create a fundraising page, purchase a tribute sign. For more information and to get started, click here.

Lauren’s Run will be followed by CURE’s Annual Picnic, where participants will welcome childhood cancer patients and their families. Childhood cancer patients and survivors are invited to attend the picnic even if they do not participate in Lauren’s Run.  Sponsored by Amusement Masters, Speedway Children’s Charities and Publix, the picnic will include delicious food provided by Folks, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and a special area for toddlers and young children.  Hearts and Hooves will also be on hand with miniature horses.

A special and heartfelt thanks to our generous Run and Picnic sponsors:  AirTran Airways, Speedway Children’s Charities, Coca Cola, Equifax, 1Source International, Publix, Wilmington Trust, Virtual Management Technologies, Real Estate Mortgage Networks, Damaballa, Anodyne Health, Tom Kashi Insurance Agency, Wells Fargo.

We also thank our generous in kind sponsors:  Amusement Masters, Folks, Coca Cola, Lynn Crow Photography, Springer Mountain Farms, Contagious,  Metro Awards, American Mountain, Rayen Studios, Playball, Hearts and Hooves, Concourse and Cousins Properties.

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