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Cobb County Friendship Club Awards Grant to CURE

The Cobb County Friendship Club is an organization of county government employees who give back to the community by donating a portion of each paycheck to assist charitable organizations and fellow employees. Since its inception in 1972, the club has donated more than $1.3 million to local charities and provided more than $250,000 to county employees who faced financial crises.

CURE Childhood Cancer is proud to once again be the recipient of a grant for our Early Outreach program. CURE’s Early Outreach Program is aimed at connecting with families of newly diagnosed children to let them know that they are not alone and to provide them with important encouragement and resources that will help them through their journey with childhood cancer.

One component of this program is the CURE Travel Totes, which are given to newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients. These totes include practical information and tips for families facing a cancer diagnosis as well as other items that we feel will be useful to families throughout their journeys.  The totes mark the beginning of our relationship with patients and their families. Our trained staff continue to build on these relationships in many ways, always with the goal that we will be a source of support, help and encouragement for our families.  We spend time with families at the outpatient clinic, on the inpatient units where appropriate and at Open Arms. Other aspects of outreach include cards, newsletters and invitations to special functions and events.

The Friendship Club has been a long time supporter of CURE and we are very grateful for their support over the years. Thank you to all of the Cobb County employees who participate in this program!


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HSMAI Supports CURE Through Auction

The Georgia Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) raised $1800.00 in donations for CURE Childhood Cancer at its recent luncheon at the 755 Club at Turner Field.

The donations came from funds raised at HSMAI’s annual Chinese Auction, the organization’s signature event featuring a serious silent auction and an electrifying live auction, and at its annual Bowl-A-Thon, pitting hospitality executives against each other for best individual and team score.

Over the last 15 years, HSMAI-Georgia has donated over $46,000.00 to
CURE.  CURE wants to thank  the Georgia HSMAI chapter for all of their hard work and support.

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2009 NOJOE Foundation CIRCUS supports CURE

The 2nd Annual NOJOE Foundation Charity Circus was held in Dallas, GA on November 21, 2009 and was a tremendous success.  Over $1,000 was raised to support CURE Childhood Cancer.

Performers came from all across the southeastern U.S. and donated their time and talents for the show.  “We are truly overwhelmed that the community and performers have supported this show so amazingly. We sold out the show,” said Joey Thurmond owner of NOJOE’S Clown Circus.

The show featured Joe M. Turner magician, guest Ringmaster, The Georgia BubbleMan Robin Booth, The Freestyle Connection BMX Stunt Team, and a cast of clowns including RJ, Lovey, Lucky, Poke-A-Dot Patti, & Lew-E.  Miss Jamie performed an act from the Polynesian Islands called Poi.  Toot the daredevil clown performed wire walking, and juggling.  The star of the show, NOJOE, performed great new routines and his amazing balancing act that included bicycles, and a 12” step ladder.

The show ended with a finale of confetti showers over the audience. After the show the children were invited to take pictures and get autographs with their favorite stars of the show.

On Friday December 4th a check was presented to CURE Childhood Cancer. Plans are already underway for next year’s NOJOE Foundation Circus.

CURE would like to thank Joey Thurmond, President of NOJOE’S CLOWN CIRCUS, for his continued support of CURE!

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Joanna Lummus Honors a Friend on her 10th Birthday

CURE Childhood Cancer loves to hear stories of generous children who give all they have to help a friend, a family member, or even someone they don’t know who is going through the hardships of battling cancer.  We are so proud of these children that we want to share their stories with you.

Joanna Lummus may only be 10 years old, but she’s got a huge heart filled with love, and a desire to help others.

On October 3, Joanna turned 10 years old but many would say she is far wiser than just 10 years. Her family has been neighbors of the Street family for about 9 years, and their son Cam has been battling Ewing’s Sarcoma since July 2006.

Joanna really admires Cam’s bravery and “stick-to-it-ness,” so much so that she decided to turn her birthday this year into a special way to honor her friend and help fund a CURE for childhood cancer. Instead of receiving birthday presents, she asked her party guests to make a donation to CURE Childhood Cancer in Cam’s honor.

Joanna hosted about 15 girls at a roller skating costume party at the gym at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. The girls played games and skated to music in their costumes. Joanna decorated a shoebox with pictures of children and asked all her friends to place their donations inside. Joanna collected over $180.00 in honor of Cam Street to help find a CURE for childhood cancer!

CURE and the Street family are so very proud of Joanna and want to wish her a very happy birthday!

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From the Desk of Don Campbell: President, Board of Directors

UnknownThe last two years have represented significant growth in many ways for CURE Childhood Cancer. Under Ken Biggerstaff’s leadership as President of the Board of Directors for the past two years, CURE has achieved many accomplishments. Here is a sampling:

• Achieving 12% growth in fundraising from $1.7 million to $1.95 million, allowing CURE to increase funding of critical research.

• Funding of six specific research projects covering neuroblastoma, leukemia and brain tumors.

• Reaching 75% of newly diagnosed patients and their families in Georgia through our Early Outreach Program.

• Assisting 224 families with emergency financial assistance through our Family Emergency Fund.

• Adding eight new members to the Board of Directors.

• Strengthening our CURE staff to add important expertise to accomplish our mission.

Please join me in saluting the contributions that Ken has made during the past two years and throughout his 11-year relationship with CURE. We look forward to his continuing support and guidance in the fight to cure childhood cancer.

On behalf of all CURE Board members, I would also like to congratulate our Executive Director, Kristin Connor, who serves as our day-to-day leader. Her personal commitment, unending energy and leadership have built the foundation for CURE’s ongoing and future success toward curing childhood cancer. She has earned the respect and admiration of the Board, her team and the greater CURE community. Her contributions are a key reason that CURE has been and will continue to be successful.

Each of you reading our newsletter has a vested interest in finding a cure for a disease that devastates our children and their families. Your trust and confidence in CURE’s mission also cannot go unrecognized. Thank you all for your support – through your donations, your time, and your guidance. And thank you for spreading the word about CURE’s vision and mission.


Our fiscal year ended in June and as noted above, we had an excellent year – especially considering the recessionary economy. Regardless of what’s happening in the economy, though, childhood cancer never abates. CURE’s effort to fund a cure, therefore, cannot abate.

This past spring, the Board of Directors developed and approved a strategic plan to guide CURE over the next three-to-five years. CURE’s strategic plan builds on the key strengths of the organization and sets new goals to take CURE ever closer to our vision and ultimate mission.

We believe strongly that our mission must balance two critical objectives: 1) funding significant and impactful research on one side; and 2) helping patients and their families throughout their journey with childhood cancer on the other.

On the research side, we invest in the stellar childhood cancer research programs at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. As noted earlier, we funded six research programs last year and will continue to support like programs in the coming year. Our patient and family support programs will also continue in earnest

You will receive shortly the CURE Annual Report where we will outline last year’s accomplishments and our plans for the coming year. Thank you for investing in CURE.

For the children with cancer,

Don Campbell, President; CURE Childhood Cancer Board of Directors

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What exactly does CURE Childhood Cancer fund?

CURE Childhood Cancer’s vision is to find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.  We at CURE believe this is fully attainable and in efforts to get their we focus on three areas: research into childhood cancer, the most critical and urgent needs of patients and their families and eduction to support the future caregivers and researches who work tirelessly to find a cure and be their for our families.  

What exactly does CURE fund?

  • Research into the development of “targeted therapies” – that focus only cancer cells and do not harm surrounding healthy cells. Targeted therapies are critical to ensuring that patients are spared the devastating and often life-threatening “late effects” caused by current conventional therapies
  • Basic and clinical research
  • Training of future pediatric oncologists and researchers through the fellowship program at Emory University School of Medicine
  • Emergency financial assistance for families stricken by childhood cancer
  • Professional development and continuing education efforts for nurses, family support team members, and others caring for children with cancer
  • Innovative programs that address the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families, such as meals to inpatient families, outreach at the time of diagnosis, and bereavement support 

For more information on CURE Childhood Cancer and our funding visit us at

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Catie’s Story – The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund

Learn more about The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund and how this awesome little girl changes our lives. 

About Catie

Catie Wilkins was the firstborn child of Tre’ and Jenny Wilkins.  A slight gross motor delay led to an eventual diagnosis of medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, on her first birthday.  Catie and her family were plunged into a world of doctors and surgeries and chemotherapies and medicines with little warning. 

Catie’s treatments included 12 surgeries, 4 different chemotherapy protocols and 6 weeks of radiation.  Her tumor continued to persist and eventually grow even through very harsh treatments.  She battled cancer for 3 years and 4 months before succumbing to a common virus due to an immune system that was compromised because of chemotherapy.

Catie battled cancer for most of her life, but more importantly, she lived FULL for her entire life.   Often people who hear that she fought this wretched disease for all but her first year feel that she must have had a rough existence.  Folks who think this did not know Catie.  She crammed a whole lot of living and fun and laughter into her all too short 4 years and nearly 4 months.

Catie was funny and tough, loving and mischievous.  She was quick to tease her daddy and you should have heard her laugh when she pulled something off on him.  Her favorite place on earth was the beach where she loved to catch hermit crabs and play in the sand.  She was an animal lover, with dogs and tree frogs topping her list of favorites. 

It’s impossible to capture the essence of Catie in just a few words.  She was, in some ways, just a normal kid.  But she was an old soul with a wisdom beyond her years.  Those who knew and loved Catie were forever changed by the enormity of her spirit and determination to live FULL in spite of what life threw at her.

Purpose of the Fund

The primary purpose of the Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund is to fund clinical research.  Research will include evaluating and treating the side effects (both acute and late effects) of treatment for childhood cancers, as well other research that CURE is supporting for more effective and less toxic treatments for childhood cancers.  

About Childhood Cancer 

Childhood cancer remains the number 1 disease killer of children, taking the lives of more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and AIDS combined.  Research has improved survival rates.  Still more than 3,000 children die each year of cancer, and until a cure is found for all there is still work to be done.   Additionally, many survivors of pediatric cancers live with lifelong side effects from the treatments they received to survive.  The severity of late effects of treatment varies, but problems include (but are not limited to) decreased cognitive function, infertility, endocrine problems, growth abnormalities, hearing loss (moderate or severe), renal dysfunction, heart problems, and secondary malignancies.  Simply surviving is not enough.  More research is needed so that survivors of childhood cancers can not only live, but live well.  The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund was established to support these research efforts.

To Donate to The Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund 

Click here and this will take you to the CURE Childhood Cancer website.  Simply Click give at the bottom of the page and type “Catie Wilkins Fund” in the comments section.  Your gift will be directed accordingly.  Checks can be  made out to CURE Childhood Cancer, with “Catie Wilkins Fund” written on the notes line. 

Mail checks to: 

CURE Childhood Cancer

1835 Savoy Drive, Suite 102

Atlanta, GA 30341

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