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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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The Power of a Month

As we observed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout the month of September, we were inspired by the power of one community united in mission.  We are proud of what we accomplished together, walking arm in arm, drawing attention to a disease that relentlessly threatens our children and families.

A special program to raise a $1,000 a day throughout September called CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time focused a spotlight on a child personally affected by childhood cancer. Some of the featured children, or CURE Kids, are in the midst of their fight, some have conquered the disease, and some have died at the hands of the dreaded disease.

“Each day in September, we shared with our community the story of one or two featured children and asked people to honor these brave warriors with their donations,” says Kristin Connor, CURE’s Executive Director. “Our goal at month’s end was to raise $30,000 to put toward the fight to end childhood cancer in our lifetime while also honoring these very special children… one day at a time.”

The results were nothing short of remarkable.  More than $170,000.00 was raised as a result of the month-long outreach promotion. Donations will help fund research that will lead to better treatments and cures for pediatric cancers.

Also in September, in an effort to call attention to the urgent need to find a cure for pediatric cancer, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue presented a formal proclamation to CURE’s Kristin Connor and several board members at the Georgia State Capitol. The proclamation supports the work CURE is doing to support cancer research and officially names September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Georgia.

On September 19, 2009 mothers of children with cancer were honored at the fifth annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon, hosted by Chris Glavine and benefiting CURE. The luncheon raised an astonishing $250,000.00. More importantly, it raised the hopes and dreams of each mother there, a hope that childhood cancer will be cured in our lifetime.

Two golf tournaments were held in September to benefit CURE.  The first annual Hayley Hunter Golf Classic was held on September 17, 2009 at the Bradshaw Farms Golf Course in Woodstock, GA, raising $16,000 for the Hayley Hunter Research Fund.  The 2009 CURE Golf Classic was held September 25th, hosting 144 golfers at the Oaks Course in Covington and raising nearly $30,000 for CURE.

Although the page on the calendar has turned, our efforts on behalf of children with cancer will not diminish. We hope you will continue to join with us in our fight to cure childhood cancer.

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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 Avery Schroeder

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 1, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Avery Schroeder. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time.  Donate to Avery’s Fund.

AverypicAvery Schroeder’s Story:

I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia on April 8, 2005, I was 11. My symptoms were back and leg aches. They started in January 2005. It was not daily that my back and legs hurt, it was every now and then. In March 2005, at the spring parent-teacher conference my teacher Mrs. Brown advised my mom to have full blood work on me, because my coloring wasn’t always right. My mom thought I was just being 11.

On April 7, 2005 I went to the pediatrician for blood work, when I got there the doctor also thought I was just being 11. So they just did a finger prick. A normal hemoglobin count is between 12-14, mine was an 8. They decided to do full blood work. The next day the pediatrician called and said that my blood had “coagulated” and they needed another sample, but this time at Scottish Rite. My mom and I remained unphased. We went to the hospital and got the blood drawn, my mom asked how long it would be before we knew the results, the Dr. said within the hour, there was a runner in the room. We went home and my mom started cooking dinner (fish and broccoli because she thought I had an iron deficiency) there were 9 minutes left on the timer, and the phone rang it was the Pediatrician, she said, “pack Avery a bag and bring her to the ER”. We both were still clueless. As soon as we arrived, they rushed us into a room and began preparing my hands for an IV. The nurse, who was doing this, told me that I either had Anemia, Leukemia, or some other disease with a very long name. I asked what leukemia was, because I didn’t know. She told me it was a blood cancer. After they left I asked my mom if she thought I had cancer, and she said, “Not in my wildest dreams!” Just after that, Dr. Allen Anderson came in and asked my mom to step out of the room, I told him, “No you tell me right here.” So he came over to me, knelt by my bed and told me that I had Pre B Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. I was in total shock, I don’t even know what my initial reaction was, but my first question to him was, “Am I going to die, when?” He told me not to worry, and that I had a very good chance of surviving.

My treatment lasted 27 months. I spent 48 nights in the hospital, 25 spinal taps, 8 blood transfusions, 3 platelet transfusions, 5 different types of chemo, and 75 + clinic visits. On August 1, 2007 I finished treatment and I am now an official cancer survivor.

My story might sound challenging and hard to endure but I survived. In the past 4 years I have lost 11 friends to cancer and have countless friends battling this terrible disease. What is surprising is that not one of my chemos was made specifically for children, most chemos are designed for adults and pediatric oncologists hope they will have the similar effects on children. So here we are children most of whom are under the age of 16, who have barely had time to live life, let alone be kids. For someone who has battled childhood cancer and who has lost many friends to this horrendous disease, this is hard to understand. We need to make a change and start saving all of the fighters!

In her own words: Avery Schroeder

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 Avery’s Fund

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

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Announcing 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!

We will honor a different CURE child each day during the month of September. Each child’s goal is to raise $1000 for CURE.  These young heroes hope to help others who may be going through the same journey with childhood cancer.   

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 effected by childhood cancer.

Click here for a full list of families participating in CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time.

For more information on CURE, please click here.

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