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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Get Music – Give Hope

The best introduction to Stanton Lanier is to first listen to his music before you listen to his story. Stanton’s stated mission, to offer “peace and rest in a hurried world,” is accomplished through storytelling, but not in words. His stories are told through instrumental melodies on the piano, transporting a global listening audience to that unique interior place that brings peace to each person’s life and circumstances. Many of his live performances are coupled with exquisite pictures of nature that create a powerful sensory experience.

Music to Light the World is the non-profit organization Stanton founded in 2004 with a vision to offer “peace to the soul” through scripture inspired piano. This organization brings peace, hope and healing to many who need it most through donating CDs and performances to groups such as cancer patients, families who have lost children to cancer, hospitals and inner city ministries. Get Music, Give Hope is an initiative where, for every album purchased, Music to Light the World donates one album to a cancer center or hospital. Music to Light the World is gaining strength and support from prominent philanthropists in Atlanta and beyond who are equally dedicated to touching lives with a message of hope.

The song “Peace” on his award winning CD “December Peace” was written by Stanton because of his friendship with CURE board member Alan Thomson on the night Hayley Thomson earned her angel wings. Stanton Lanier has generously donated a CD for each mom attending “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” this year.

If you would like to find out more about Stanton Lanier and his mission, please click here.

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The Sam Robb Beach Run Was a Success

The First Annual Sam Robb Memorial Beach Run was a great success!  There were over 150 runners in addition to Fun Run participants on the Ocean City Beach in NJ on Friday, July 2.  The race proceeds along with contributions exceeded $6,000.  These funds will be directed to support the Sam Robb Research Fellow for Pediatric Oncology at CURE Childhood Cancer.

Pictures of the event can be seen on Flickr

The Robb family is looking forward to making the beach run a summer tradition. Thanks to all who supported this wonderful event!

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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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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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From the Desk of Kristin Connor

In these complex economic times, it has become increasingly common that organizations cannot succeed alone, and many nonprofits are embracing the concept of collaboration for mutual benefits. Indeed, collaboration has become quite the buzzword in the nonprofit world as the economic crisis has gripped our country and resources to support charitable efforts have continued to shrink.

However, collaboration is nothing new to CURE Childhood Cancer. Maintaining collaborative partnerships with other organizations has been a longstanding practice for CURE. CURE was founded in 1975 by Dr. Abdel Ragab, the first pediatric oncologist at Emory University. Because of the urgent need to fund a pediatric oncology research program at Emory and to provide support for families afflicted by childhood cancer throughout Georgia, Dr. Ragab organized a group of parents who formed CURE.

CURE’s first mission was in partnership with Emory and was to help raise funds for a special microscope and other equipment to assist in diagnosing different types of childhood leukemia, using newly developed techniques. In 1978, CURE contributed $20,000 to purchase the microscope and related research equipment. Additionally, CURE was soon able to provide partial support for the training of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellows during their research rotations.

From 1975 to 1981, the childhood cancer research lab was located at Grady Hospital. Since most of Dr. Ragab’s patients were being treated at Emory Clinic, CURE provided a significant donation in 1981 to establish a research lab on the Emory campus. This was designed as a temporary facility while plans were made to build a permanent lab on the campus.

Finally in 1987, a new outpatient clinic for childhood cancer was opened on the campus. Over several years, CURE raised more than one million dollars to build and equip a laboratory on the second floor of the pediatric oncology clinic. The Childhood Cancer Research lab was dedicated in 1989 and represented a huge step forward in providing an up-to-date facility with almost 3,500 square feet of space devoted to research in childhood cancer, the first of its kind at Emory.

Under Dr. Ragab’s leadership and with CURE’s backing, the childhood cancer research program at Emory continued to grow and soon became one of the largest pediatric oncology programs in the country in terms of patients diagnosed and treated each year.

From those early days and continuing today, CURE has worked collaboratively  and cooperatively with the staffs at children’s hospitals in Georgia and beyond to provide important support to families. We also work with other wonderful organizations like Camp Sunshine, Ronald McDonald House and Remember the Rainbows, meeting regularly to discuss the activities of each organization, assess the needs of the children and families we serve and the collective resources available and determine collaborative means to address the needs.

We firmly believe that the more we are able to work together successfully, the more we will achieve our goals of helping families suffering at the hands of cancer navigate the difficult road they are traveling and the faster we will be able to achieve our mission of curing this dreaded disease. Every step in that direction counts.

With hope,

Kristin Connor

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Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer: A Named Fund Truly Making a Difference

In 2007, Stephen and Erin Chance created CURE Childhood Cancer’s first “Named fund.” Their son, Patrick, had been diagnosed with Stage Iv Neuroblastoma at three years old. After realizing the dire need for funding for pediatric cancer research, the Chances created Press On: The Patrick R. Chance fund for Neuroblastoma Research to combine their fundraising efforts with the shared vision, experience, and success of CURE Childhood Cancer.

The Press On fund mission changed in an ironically positive direction in 2009 when Tara and Turner Simkins, dear friends of the Chances and early supporters of Press On, joined forces with the Chances as a result of their son, Brennan’s, diagnosis with AMl on the eve of his seventh birthday. During Brennan’s bone marrow transplant, and after Patrick had been off therapy for only three short months, Patrick’s cancer returned. Then, just three months later, Brennan relapsed. Both boys and their families and supporters are fighting to find a cure.

The Chances and Simkins have shared a friendship practically their entire lives. Now they also share the mission of the Press On fund. The brutal irony of their sons’ battles with cancer underscores their firm belief that their continuing experience “in the trenches” with their boys offers a providential opportunity to help raise money which can be targeted directly to therapies and trials which can make a difference now. from this perspective, their lives will be always changed for the better, relying on the strength of true friendship and faith to Press On through any circumstances for a CURE.

As a result of the generous support of family, friends, and a community of supporters, The Press On fund has directed several hundreds of thousands of dollars to promising research for neuroblastoma, specifically Dr. Donald Durden’s research of Pl-3 Kinase Inhibitor and Targeted Therapies for neuroblastoma conducted at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Press On has also directed $20,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support a team of dedicated neuroblastoma researchers investigating antibody therapies.

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