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2010 Midtown Music Fest Benefits CURE

Join Live Sound Promotions Saturday, August 21st at 6 p.m. as they present Fused 2010 Midtown Music Fest, a showcase of Atlanta’s hottest new breakout artists. 15% of festival ticket proceeds will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

Tickets to Fused 2010 Midtown Music Fest are available Saturday, August 7th for $22, use promotional code “CURE” to receive an additional $3 discount. Event is 21+. For more information and to purchase your tickets online visit livesoundpromotions.com.

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Sillyband Swap and Bake Sale Benefiting CURE

Want to do something fun and support CURE Childhood Cancer at the same time?

Join “My Room Rocks” for a Sillyband Swap and Bake Sale benefiting CURE on August 18, 2010 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm!

Bring your sillybands for trading and buy a yummy bake good while you swap bands with other wearers or with the My Room Rocks selection. No charge to swap the bands and all money raised from the bake sale will go to CURE.

My Room Rocks is located at 10995 State Bridge Road (Bridge Point Shopping Center) in Alpharetta/Johns Creek.

For more information, contact My Room Rocks owner Mary Sittler at 678-566-3200.

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CLASSIC CADILLAC OF ATLANTA DEDICATES MONTH OF AUGUST TO SUPPORT CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER

Classic Cadillac of Atlanta is giving back to the community in a unique way by dedicating the entire month of August to CURE Childhood Cancer. By partnering with CURE, Classic Cadillac customers will have the opportunity to aide in efforts to raise money and awareness of CURE whose focus is in improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer. CURE Month at Classic Cadillac will kick-off August 1st where customers can donate directly to CURE and where their donations can
be matched dollar-for-dollar!

From August 1st through August 31st, Classic Cadillac will be accepting donations in transaction of dealership services. Don’t have a Cadillac but want to support the cause? Well, throughout the month of August, Classic Cadillac is offering oil changes on any car make and model. Donations will be accepted at the Classic Cadillac dealership at 7700 Roswell Rd. They will match donations dollar-for-dollar for up to $100, and the grand total of funds raised will be revealed during a check presentation at the CURE “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon on September 25th at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Atlanta.

Ranked number 1 as the largest volume Cadillac dealership in Georgia, Classic Cadillac prides themselves on their community outreach and involvement. Owner, Mike Dominicone stated, “We are thrilled to partner up with such a wonderful and giving charity such as CURE Childhood Cancer. CURE is a charity that is very dear to my heart and I want to raise as much money as possible in the month of August. It is so important to give back to our community and I am happy to start with CURE.”

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A Trendy New Way to Support CURE Childhood Cancer

HopeWatch.org is a non-profit organization which strives to make a difference in this world by giving back to the community.

Why watches? When Dyan Smoltz went to Italy on a trip, she noticed the trendy hot new item was this clever waterproof watch that came in many colors and sizes. Everyone was wearing them! So she bought them for her four children, two of whom are teenagers, and all of their friends wanted one. Later, Dyan’s daughter needed to raise money for a mission trip and thought she could sell the watches to raise money to pay for the trip.  Dyan thought this was a great idea. Then one day over coffee, Dyan and several of her friends were brainstorming about giving back to the community. She suggested using the watches to raise money for many worthwhile endeavors, not just one mission trip.

Needless to say, HopeWatch is making a difference one watch at a time. For each watch sold, HopeWatch is giving back to the community, supporting different charities locally, regionally, and globally. Whether you purchase a HopeWatch for yourself, for friends, or for a fundraiser, you’ll be helping people all over the world.

Smoltz shares the organization’s mission, “It’s all about community. Based on a premise that we could start a business to raise money for others, we began. We wanted to use our gifts and talents to do something bigger than ourselves and in doing so, give back to our community.”

HopeWatch has been generous in adding CURE to its list of charities it is supporting! So every time you purchase a watch online, CURE receives a 20% donation.

And even better, you can now pick up a HopeWatch right here in Atlanta!  Golsen Family Dentistry and All Around Gymnastics in Atlanta are selling the watches on behalf of HopeWatch and have both chosen CURE Childhood Cancer to be their charity!  So you can purchase a HopeWatch at either of these businesses or online and CURE will benefit.

Grab a watch for yourself, your friends, your family members or your co-workers and support CURE Childhood Cancer at the same time!

Visit http://hopewatch.org/ to purchase your HopeWatch now!

*Don’t forget to be sure and select CURE from the charities drop down menu when you select your watch size.

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Christmas in July

For Jenny and Tré Wilkins, Christmas can be especially difficult. They lost their beautiful four-year-old daughter, Catie, nearly three years ago to cancer. If there is a glimmer of light in the midst of such loss, however, the Wilkins credit a mischievous elf for providing hope and honoring Catie’s legacy.

Desperate to get through the first Christmas without Catie, Jenny searched for a way to remember her daughter.   The owners of Host an Elf worked with Jenny to create a program called Elves from Catie which honors Catie by allowing others to purchase an elf for a child with cancer, with 30 percent of the proceeds going to CURE Childhood Cancer earmarked for pediatric cancer research.

Last Christmas Elves from Catie, sent 537 elves into the arms of children who could use some comfort and raised $2,685 for CURE Childhood Cancer!

In anticipation of an even better 2010, Elves from Catie will be hosting “Christmas in July”. During July only, a 3rd elf will be donated for every two that are sponsored.

For more information or to donate an elf to a child with cancer, visit www.elvesfromcatie.com.

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A Summer for a CURE

CURE challenges kids to use their summer free time to help kids with cancer

CURE Childhood Cancer is pleased to announce a new challenge offering kids a chance to earn 6 free tickets to Six Flags Over Georgia.   Inspired by the selflessness of four remarkable kids, “A Summer for a CURE” offers kids a way to direct their summer free time productively, helping other kids – kids with cancer – who don’t have the luxury of spending their summers playing in the pool or going to the beach.

Last summer, cancer survivor Trenton Kindred (age 6) and his brother, Taylor (age 13), decided to hold snow cone stands in their front yard to raise money for CURE.  Two afternoons of selling snow cones to neighbors resulted in nearly $300 for CURE.  The idea was Taylor’s, as he stopped to consider how thankful he was his brother was cured and how sorry he felt for brothers and sisters of other kids with cancer who he knows from his own experience feel sadness because their sibling is still sick.  Taylor approached his mother with the idea of a snow cone stand, asking if she thought the money they raised would help fund a cure.

The Kindreds are back at it this summer, with their sights set high. They hope to raise $1,000 through their snow cone stands to donate to researching cures.

Nik (age 11) and Riley Thomson (age 9) haven’t personally experienced childhood cancer, but their inspired resolve to make a difference is strong.  On Mothers’ Day, they held a Lemonade stand in their front yard, raising $300 for CURE.  Nik explains their efforts:

“We made a lemonade stand in our neighborhood to try and raise enough money to sponsor a mom for the “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon [$125]. But everybody has been so generous, I think we will be able to sponsor a couple of moms, and we are going to donate the money to CURE. Our grandpa was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and he went through a lot of pain. We could not imagine a child going through the same or worse pain. It is so sad to understand that a child cannot do the same things that we do like playing sports, climbing trees, riding their bike, or just running around. Instead, they have to go to the hospital every day for chemotherapy. The moms of the kids who have cancer must wake up every morning thinking my child might die today. We would not be able to live with that pain. That would be our wish, to cure every child of cancer. In the distant future, our wish may come true.”

Nik, Riley, Taylor and Trenton have shown us with their example that kids of all ages can make a real difference, inspiring countless people with their efforts along the way.  CURE is challenging kids to follow their lead and use their summer free time to help other kids who are not as fortunate.  Through our “A Summer for a CURE” challenge, kids have the opportunity to hold fundraisers like lemonade or snow cone stands or otherwise creatively raise money for CURE.  Kids have until August 10 to submit their donations to CURE along with their story of how they raised the money along with photographs.  The top fundraiser (minimum donation of $500) will receive 6 free tickets to Six Flags Over Georgia.

For complete rules and guidelines, click here.

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A Message from CURE Executive Director Kristin Connor

Dear Friends of CURE,

As June kicks off, CURE’s fiscal year end rapidly approaches.  Our entire community of friends and supporters have made such a difference in our ability to serve childhood cancer patients and their families over the past 11 months. We want you to know, specifically, what we have been able to accomplish this year.  We would also like to ask you to consider helping us raise the additional $50,000 we must raise by June 30, 2010 to reach our goal.

With the help and support of many generous donors, we have been able to fund six specific research projects at the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University.  These projects are focused on the study of resistance of certain pediatric tumors to currently available chemotherapy and the means to exploit the proteins that allow for that resistance.  The six projects we are funding are aimed directly at the 21% of children with cancer who are not presently being cured.  The researchers we are funding are using different tumor cell lines, i.e. leukemia, neuroblastoma, and medulloblastoma, which allow them to learn if the tumor type has unique resistance characteristics and expand their findings across several tumor types.

While we are working hard to advance research, we are also working hard to support families in the thick of the battle with childhood cancer.  We have reached approximately 300 families through our Early Outreach program at or near the time of diagnosis.  The world starts to spin as these families begin to absorb the news that their child has cancer, and we are there to begin this journey by their side. Our relationships with these families start early, through these first difficult days, and continue through personalized support efforts for the months and years to come.

We have also been able to provide emergency financial assistance to 247 families struggling financially as a result of their child’s diagnosis with mounting expenses which become overwhelming for so many.  We helped pay for transportation to get children to and from the hospital for treatment, we paid rent and utility bills for parents who were unable to work because of the caretaking needs of their sick children…we even paid funeral expenses so a child could have a dignified burial.

We have been in the hospitals serving lunch and dinner and providing important fellowship and support to struggling families each and every week this year.  One mother told us, “It is always so nice to be able to go right into the family room and get food, a friendly smile or just be able to escape and cry for a few moments amongst others who know exactly how I am feeling. I remember CURE being there on Thanksgiving Day, which was the day my son was diagnosed. As a matter of fact, CURE is always there when we are. We love you all.”

We also have provided comfort and support to more families than ever before who live with the grief and heartbreak of losing their child to cancer.  In January, we hosted 126 people at our annual Bereavement Weekend.  This weekend is instrumental to many grieving parents as they learn to live with the loss of their child.  One father shared that he has attended the weekend for the past 8 years, since his son passed away, and that as soon as the weekend was over, he would begin to look forward to next year’s event because he is finally at a place where he feels like he can help other parents in dealing with their grief.  Families with a very recent loss need to see and hear from others who are ahead of them on the agonizing road of grief.  Wherever they are in their journey with grief, they come to see that there is hope and healing ahead.

CURE has been busy with many other efforts, again, all enabled by the generous support of so many.  We truly could not provide the services to our families or invest so significantly in research without the financial and volunteer support of each of person.

With one month to go before our year wraps up, we ask you to consider helping us to meet our financial goals for the year. If you are able to give, we would be grateful for your support. No gift is too small to make a difference in the life of child with cancer.

With gratitude,

Kristin Connor
Executive Director

Charity Navigator evaluated CURE Childhood Cancer and awarded CURE an ‘Exceptional’ 4-Star Rating – an accreditation defined as exceeding industry standards and out preforming most charities in its cause.  Click below to read more.

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