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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 lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org.

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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 lisa@curechildhoodcancer.org. 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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CURE Observes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

If cancer is a word which strikes fear universally as many claim, it is guaranteed to illicit extraordinary fear when it is associated with the children in our lives. It is a diagnosis that changes families forever.

With thousands of children being diagnosed each year, the need for awareness of cancer in children is paramount. CURE Childhood Cancer worked hard throughout September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, as we do every month, to raise awareness of the devastation of childhood cancer and to raise funds for research that will develop treatments which will cure all children with cancer.

Just imagine how hard it would be to receive a diagnosis of cancer during your or your child’s prime growing years. Yet, to know the children who fight cancer – to know how they face their disease and treatments – is to see strength that could move mountains. Those who haven’t been touched by childhood cancer can’t help but be moved and inspired by cancer’s youngest victims – by their bravery, their resilience, their spirits. That’s why we felt the best way to raise awareness during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was through their stories, written by them or their family members.

On September 1st, CURE launched the first annual “CURE Kids Conquer Childhood Cancer One day at a Time” initiative. Each day throughout the month of September, we honored and remembered two special children. Some children are on treatment, some are long term survivors and some children tragically lost their battles with cancer. The children we honored and remembered and whose stories we shared each day with our community represented the 12,700 children diagnosed each year. Each child is unique and each story is different. yet the children fight similar battles against similar vicious diseases, and in telling their individual stories, we hoped to ignite the hearts of those in our community and strengthen the resolve to find cures.

We could not have anticipated what this initiative would mean to us – the staff at CURE- to the families of the children honored and remembered and to our greater community. As we began our days reading the stories of the children honored that day and we took to heart their journeys, we were changed. Employers of some of the parents of the children honored and remembered offered donations to match those raised by the family, on their child’s day. Communities rallied around families as a show of support. Offers of volunteer service poured into the CURE office as strangers to the cause were awakened to the need for their support. yes, the initiative was a tremendous fundraising success, raising $161,000 in just 30 days. But it was so much more!

The page on the calendar has now turned and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month has concluded. yet we are energized to press on. We hope you will continue your walk with us over the course of the other 11 months of the year. Our children need you and so does CURE.

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Kristin Connor Looks Back on Childhood Cancer Awarness Month

Before my own son was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, I had no idea Childhood Cancer Awareness Month existed much less that it took place in September. If I had known, would I have done anything to get involved or support the awareness efforts? I’m not proud to admit that I might not have. I suppose I never felt I needed to be concerned about childhood cancer. Afterall, childhood cancer is something that happens to “other people,” right?

Wrong.

Childhood cancer affects thousands of children every year. It happened to my child. It could happen to any child. I have heard cancer in children described as “rare.” From a statistical standpoint, particularly compared to incidence of cancer in adults, I know this is true. However, once it touches your life, whether directly or indirectly, I believe you are never the same.

For all of us at CURE, September was a profoundly inspiring month. For years, I have heard parents lament that next to no one knows what September signifies. Compare that to October when everything is pink and everyone knows it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fact that these months are back to back and awareness levels are at opposite ends of the
spectrum leaves parents of children with cancer feeling disheartened.

We really wanted to do our part to change this, so this year we launched a new initiative called “CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One day At A Time.” Through this initiative, we tried to give families a vehicle through which to share the stories of their children with a large audience. We felt that sharing the stories of “our” children is the best way to raise awareness of the need for the fight against childhood cancer to be a priority in this country. From the feedback which has poured in, along with the astounding number of
people who donated to CURE’s research efforts in honor or memory of a specific child, we are certain we made headway.

From our perspective, September was a very, very meaningful month. We think people were made aware of the devastating impact cancer has on a child, his or her parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends and the larger community.

We think awareness was raised about the dire shortage of funding dedicated to research for cures for childhood cancer, no matter that cancer takes the lives of more young people today under the age of 20 than any other disease. People responded. You responded.

One of my favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Particularly after witnessing the progress the CURE community made in the month of September, I believe!

With hope,
Kristin Connor

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A Special Thanks from CURE Childhood Cancer

CURE’s Kid Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time has come to an end and we at CURE wanted to say thank you.  

Without all of the brave children and their families this would not have been possible, so thank you for all of your hard work raising awareness for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and money for CURE Childhood Cancer.

We would also like to thank all of our generous donors who have supported CURE throughout our journey during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

With all of your help we have been able to raise money to fund the essential research that will hopefully find a cure for childhood cancer.  We are still gathering donations so stay tuned for our final total for CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time.

Didn’t get a chance to donate yet? Donate now.

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CURE Childhood Cancer Honors Ashleigh Broadus

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 30, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Ashleigh Broadus. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Ashleigh’s Fund. 

Ashleigh BroadusAshleigh Broadus’ Story:

My childhood was anything but normal as I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 3. I was admitted to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, and my prognosis was poor. I was very ill, weighed only 23 pounds and had lost most of my ability to walk. I had no energy to do the things a normal 3 year old would do or carry on what would be considered a normal life for a child my age. I went through two and a half years of chemotherapy in hopes to cure the cancer. At age 5, I entered remission. My experience brought my family closer and helped us learn that every day is a gift. To this day, we believe every day is a blessing since there was a time when we didn’t know if surviving was possible. My family is very strong willed and never let me give up.

Today, I am twenty years old and, on November 15, I will be 15 years in remission. During times of need, we are all looking for inspiration and role models. My experience with cancer has inspired me to become a nurse in order to help those undergoing treatment. When I was receiving chemotherapy, I had a very good nurse – Nurse Liz – who constantly made me smile and continually reminded me that I was just a kid. She helped me to see it was ok to react as I needed to depending on what I was going through. She taught me to smile when life gets hard, and everything seemed to get better. I feel as a nurse, I can not only offer smiles and guidance but, most importantly, hope. My ultimate goal is to be a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology.

Currently, I attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. I will be beginning my junior year in August 2009, when I will begin nursing classes. This is a very exciting adventure, and I have dreamed about this opportunity since I was a little girl. Throughout college, I have volunteered with cancer organizations and had the opportunity to speak about my experiences to children under 18 who are undergoing cancer treatment. I strive to offer them hope.

They say you cannot succumb to the tears of the moment but must work to achieve the joys of a lifetime. Everyone searches for strength in different aspects of their lives; such as religion, family, and even friendships made along the way. My strength came from my parents who never let me give up on my dreams and guided me through every step. I am very thankful for my parents because without their strength, I may not have made it to today. Also, I am very thankful for my grandparents who have helped me through this journey and supported my efforts to fulfill my dreams.

For those families who have children with cancer, I offer you hope and encourage you to always stay strong. Surviving is possible – I am proof. The journey may be rough but, thanks to advancements in treatments resulting from research of the type CURE funds, the landscape for childhood cancer patients is more promising than ever. I further believe that getting involved and reaching out to others is the greatest gift we all have to give.

My future is bright and full of promise. I look around at all the people who have rallied around me, and I look forward to taking my place in life and giving back the way so many gave to me. Encouragement, hope, belief, and dreams are words we all want to hear from the people closest to us when they reflect on our life’s journey. In closing I found this saying and decided to adapt it as, “my words to live by”: “Cancer is so limited it cannot… Cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace, kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life, or conquer the spirit.” (Author Unknown)

In her own words Ashleigh Broadus

About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!

Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.

For more information, please click here.

About CURE Childhood Cancer:

Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.

The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.

Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.

Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.

Donate to Ashleigh’s Fund 

Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.

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CURE Childhood Cancer Honors Caroline Johnson

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 30, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Caroline Johnson. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Caroline’s Fund. 

Caroline Johnson PhotoCaroline Johnson’s Story:

Caroline Johnson is the daughter of Charles and Nancy Johnson of Bremen and has seen a lot of adversity in her life for a ten year old girl. She was born with a birth defect and had surgery the day she was born and spent almost the first month of her life at Scottish Rite. She was born with an omphalacele, which is a hole in her abdomen which allowed some of her organs to move in and out during the pregnancy and then was contained by a sack from the umbilical cord at birth. The omphalacele was repaired and she lived a normal life till the summer before she was to start kindergarten at age 5. Caroline’s sister, Katherine, noticed a knot beside her throat and alerted their mother. Nancy took Caroline to the doctor and tests were performed and determined that it might be some type of cancer. The pediatrician got in touch with doctors at the AFLAC Cancer Center at Scottish Rite and Caroline was sent to Scottish Rite that evening. Caroline was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. This solid tumor had formed in her abdomen and had surrounded her aorta. She missed her first days of school while she was in the hospital with her first round of chemotherapy. She would end up having five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove 85% of the tumor, two stem cell transplants, radiation, and six months of accutane therapy. She missed a total of 93 days out of school for kindergarten, but has been successful in school since that time. She has spent over 100 days of her life in the hospital at either Scottish Rite or Egleston. For the past couple of years, she has been declared with no evidence of disease. She made her first visit to the Survivor’s Clinic this past January. She has been under the care of Dr. Bradley George at the AFLAC Cancer Center for the past five years. Caroline is currently a fifth grader at the Bremen 4th and 5th Grade Academy, and she will turn 11 in October. Caroline has had a lot of support from her family and the Bremen community. CURE has been there for our family from the beginning. On the first day we were at Scottish Rite, we received a bag full of things from CURE.

About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!

Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.

For more information, please click here.

About CURE Childhood Cancer:

Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.

The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.

Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.

Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.

Donate to Caroline’s Fund 

Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.

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