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CURE named the beneficiary of the Atlant

CURE named the beneficiary of the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run 12/8 – http://ht.ly/eyNKN

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Summer’s Concert in the Park

Looking for a way to support CURE Childhood Cancer?  Join us for Summer’s Concert in the park on Saturday September 25th, 2010 in Southern Pines Regional Park in Dublin GA.

The day’s events will be as follows…

8:30 am: a Co-ed softball tournament. Make sure you get your team in this tournament for some fun!

9:00 am: Registration begins for the Poker Run. Get your motorcycles out and enjoy Riding for the CURE.

10:00 am: Car show

11:00 am: Chili Cook-off… Think you have the best chili, well lets find out.

3:00 pm: Awards for Poker Run, Car show, and Chili Cook off

Ongoing activities throughout the day will include barrell train rides, inflatable jumpy houses, horse and buggy rides, dunking booth, face painting, food vendors, bake sale, and flush cancer away musical toilets.

There will be tshirts, flip flops, bracelets and other items for sale, as well as a golf cart raffle so you can show your support for CURE Childhood Cancer.

The concerts begin at 4:00 pm.  Acts include Athens, The Scott Little Band, Deepstep, and Brad Meeks.

This event is taking place in honor of Summer Curry.  Summer Briana Curry was born with her twin brother on June 10, 1997. A precious and special little girl at the tender age of 8 she was diagnosed with AML. With hopes and determination of a cure Summer underwent a matched (her twin brother) donor bone marrow transplant. She was in complete remission with 100% donor cells when Summer relapsed and continued a bitter battled. She won her battle by means of a Heavenly body on September 19th, 2007. Summer was the sunshine of her families life and it is now by Grace that we survive without her. She will be forever loved,  and forever missed.

To read Summer’s full story, click here.

For more information on this event, contact Tiffany Giles at 478-697-7770 or tiffgiles@hotmail.com

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The Lovett School Takes Action Against Childhood Cancer

In an unprecedented move to fund a cure for childhood cancer, The Lovett School has donated proceeds from its school fundraiser to a nonprofit organization for the first time in its history.

In January, CURE Childhood Cancer received a $44,000 donation which the school raised at a gala/auction event that has traditionally been held to raise money in support of its own facility and internal programs.

The gift was bestowed to CURE in honor of one of Lovett’s 10th grade students, Cameron Street, who passed away just two days after the auction was held after a brave struggle with cancer.

“Personally, CURE has touched many lives at Lovett,” says Lee Griffith, co-chair of the gala event and a 1979 Lovett graduate. “A few of us had this idea to support the phenomenal efforts made by CURE and use this event as a model for our students and our own children. We are so proud to provide financial support to an organization that is so committed to funding cancer research to ultimately find a cure for childhood cancer. There is no organization more committed to that than CURE.”

Lauren Gearon, a long time CURE Board member, has three healthy children attending The Lovett School but knows all too well the impact CURE can make on a child with cancer.

Before she graduated from Lovett in 1986, Gearon was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. “As a survivor of aplastic anemia, I was treated as a pre-teen by Dr. Ragab, the founder of CURE. My parents have always actively supported CURE, and I was honored to become part of the Board in 1997.

Every child diagnosed with cancer deserves a chance to live a full, rich life but there are still too many children who die from cancer. We need to find treatments which will cure these children in ways that are toxic only to the cancer cells, not to the children.”

Gearon delivered an emotional speech at Lovett’s Founder Day Chapel, where the generous check was presented. She shared her personal experience and enlightened the audience as to the advances into pediatric cancer research through clinical trials and the need to increase the number of trials with desperately needed funding. Presently the federal government appropriates less than two percent of all cancer research dollars to childhood cancer. At the end of her address, there wasn’t a dry eye among those in the audience, some of whom have children currently receiving cancer treatment.

Thank you to the Lovett School for your remarkable generosity and support. We are extraordinarily grateful.

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HOPE Talent Show Benefits CURE Childhood Cancer

The 5th Annual Hope Talent Show has made a $1,700 donation to  CURE Childhood Cancer.  18 musical numbers were performed on March 7 by students from Mill Creek, Dacula and Mountain View High Schools as well as Osborne, Creekland and Twin Rivers Middle Schools. A wide range of genuine talent was exhibited through singing, dancing, song writing, piano, guitar and drums.

Mill Creek High School Junior, Savannah Turner, the show’s producer announced the winners:

Middle School Division:

3rd Place: Emma Bridger from Twin Rivers Middle School singing “Light of the World”

2nd place: Rachel Wiggins from Twin Rivers Middle School singing “Part of Your World”

1st place: Patrick Johnson from Creekland Middle School singing “Free to Be Me”

High School Division:

3rd Place: Carrie Moll from Mill Creek High School singing her original tune “Me without You”

2nd Place Caroline Renner from Mill Creek High School singing “Stay”

1st Place Amanda Merry and Grace Hubbard singing and Samantha Jensen dancing to “Colors of the Wind” These students all attend Mill Creek High School.

People’s Choice Award: DJ Mattocks from Mountain View High School and Alex Ubiera from Mill Creek High School singing and dancing to “Lean on Me.”

The exciting evening also featured performances from past HOPE Talent Show winners, the show’s producer, Savannah Turner and a budding star, 4th grader, Ashton Ritzal.

30 parent and student volunteers contributed their time for the show.  Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church graciously offered their facility for this effort.

CURE wishes to thank all who participated in this event and especially Savannah Turner for organizing this event each year!

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6th Annual HSMAI-Georgia Bowl-A-Thon Benefiting CURE

Help support CURE Childhood Cancer with a night of good food, specialty drinks, advantageous networking and, of course, bowling! The Georgia Chapter of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International)  is hosting their 6th Annual Bowl-A-Thon on Wednesday January 27, 2010 at Ten Pin Alley in Atlanta.

Registration begins at 6:00 pm. Bowlers will have an opportunity to show off their unique bowling moves, and even win one of the prestigious awards of the evening for best bowler, worst bowler, or best team spirit.

For HSMAI members, it’s $40 for individuals and $325* for a team of 6.  For non-members, it’s $50 for individuals and $375* for a team of 6.  Students get a special rate of $25 per person and $125* for a team of 6.

A portion of the proceeds from the HSMAI-Georgia Bowl-A-Thon go to CURE.  We hope you’ll join us for a fun night for a good cause.

For more information and for a schedule of the night visit www.hsmai-ga.org

* Team pricing includes the following benefits:  1) inclusion on the sponsor board at the event, 2) placement of promotional item in event goody bags, 3) recognition in the HSMAI-GA next newsletter, and 4) entry in the Team Spirit Award

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CURE’s Annual Bereavement Weekend

CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Bereavement Weekend is a powerful and inspirational weekend for many people.  We are so happy that we are able to share this weekend with those parents who we hold so dear to our hearts.  Below, Meri Long shares her experience with CURE’s Annual Bereavement Weekend, and how it touches the lives of so many.

Having joined CURE’s staff in September 2008, this 2009 Annual Bereavement Weekend was my first, and what a powerful, moving experience it was for me. When I told friends and family I was working the weekend of January 24th and 25th, they asked what I was doing. I explained I was helping to put on a weekend for parents who had lost children to cancer. Understandably, everyone had similar responses: “Wow that’s awful,” and, “That must be so depressing.” Not having been to a Bereavement Weekend before, I didn’t know what to expect.

What I found was that there was more love and hope in the room with the parents in attendance than I had ever witnessed. These parents were truly grateful to have a setting in which to share memories of their precious children with other people who understood their grief. Sherry and Dirk Tucker, a remarkable couple from Orlando, Florida who lost their son Zach in 2007, shared their story and experiences with the group on Saturday. They were able to truly connect with the other parents and shared ways in which they have been able to move through their grief journey. The Tuckers inspired
me with their belief that their purpose in life now is to help others work through their grief and find meaning in life after the loss of a child.

On Sunday, the second day of the workshop, Brenda Tuminello spoke candidly about her life in the decade after losing her only daughter, Stacey. She shared her story of going down a treacherous path and ultimately finding spirituality as her redemption. These stories and many others were shared among the attendees in small group discussions and throughout the weekend.

One of the most special aspects of the weekend was the candlelight ceremony, which included a slideshow of the children we remembered and honored. As a child’s name was called, his or her parent(s) lit a candle that had been specially decorated in remembrance of the child, while pictures of the child were projected on a large screen for all to see. The ceremony was moving and awe inspiring, much like the rest of the weekend.

The strength and resilience of the parents I met made a deep and lasting impression on me. They truly are heroes. The fact that they persevere and find meaning, hope and joy in life is inspirational.

Many parents find joy and purpose in helping other families who have lost children to cancer. Others work passionately on the efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer so that other parents will not have to endure what they do. They all seem to find comfort and solace in their immediate family and friends and in honoring and remembering their child. It was a privilege to be able to share in that remembrance with them.

In the evaluations of the weekend, many expressed their heartfelt gratitude for being able to share memories of their child in such an accepting and compassionate environment. Parents also shared that Bereavement Weekend is a time that they look forward to each year. We hope to provide the support for these courageous parents for many years to come and to broaden our support in any way we can.

To receive information about Bereavement Weekend 2010, contact Meri Long at meri@curechildhoodcancer.org

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21 Years and Counting…on CURE

In 1987, Joe Coleman was busy raising a four-year-old son, Joseph Jr., and Shannon, his two year-old daughter who was, as most toddlers are, extremely energetic and excited by her boundless ability to jump, skip and run faster and higher with each day.

Then, suddenly, one morning Shannon began limping. It would be the first step on a rocky path she and her family would stumble down together and one that would change the course of their lives in ways they could never have imagined.

At the age of two, Shannon was diagnosed with an acute case of leukemia, and her family was given a grim prognosis for her future. At that time Dr. Ragab, founder of CURE Childhood Cancer, was on staff at Egleston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ragab introduced Joe and his family to a support system which became an integral part of the family’s survival.

“During Shannon’s gut-wrenching treatment we naturally had so many questions. Our fear was overwhelming, and we sought support and encouragement from people involved with CURE Childhood Cancer,” says Joe. “What we received was a support system that helped us reach a bright light at the end of our darkened tunnel.” Joe says his family received critical direction and vital emotional support from CURE during the most difficult period of their lives.

In 1988, Joe joined CURE’s Board of Directors, and he has been an active part of the organization ever since. “I went to too many funerals of children who fought the battle and lost, unlike Shannon who won her battle against cancer, and I knew I had to stay involved with an organization which dedicates more than 90 percent of money raised to research and patient and family support,” Joe notes. “I truly believe we must continue to fund pediatric cancer research and, by doing so, we will find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime.”

Throughout Shannon’s three arduous years of treatment, Joe’s family not only benefited from the many resources CURE Childhood Cancer offered, but through CURE, they found hope and encouragement when they were wrought with fear that Shannon wouldn’t survive, much less live to be a thriving adult. Today, Shannon is currently studying to receive her Master’s degree in Autism & Behavioral disorders from Auburn University.

“I vividly remember wondering, when Shannon was ravaged by needles and nauseating chemotherapy, if I would be blessed to walk Shannon down the aisle on her wedding day,” Joe muses. Twenty-one years after her treatment, Joe will get his chance to do just that, as he will be Shannon’s escort down the aisle when she marries on June 19, 2010.

CURE Childhood Cancer pays tribute to Joe’s dedication and long commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

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