Did you know that this year more than 13,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer?? What that amounts to is 13,000 children, families, and loved ones who will begin a battle they never imagined they would fight. I am excited to share a little about Cookies for Kids Cancer! In 2007 Larry & Gretchen Witt were one of those families. After their son, Liam, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2, they started the biggest fight of their lives. They are now the President and Vice President of a non-profit organization they founded, Cookies for Kids Cancer.
When 2-year-old Liam Witt was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007, his parents Larry and Gretchen were shocked to learn of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to lack of funding. They pledged to support the funding of research for safer, more effective treatments for children battling cancer. With the help of 250 volunteers, his mom Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies, raising more than $400,000 for research. Word spread, and people nationwide began asking, “How can I help?”
I volunteered with an organization in my local area for a few years to help those families affected by pediatric cancer. I never really took the time to think about how many kids and families are affected or how I could make a difference in their lives. As a Mom, myself, I know that I can’t stand it when something is up with my little boy – even as simple as a cold! We are struggling with some things and waiting for answers is the hardest part. I appreciate the support that everyone has given me, and I know that I need to provide support when others need it to. No matter what we are going through, we are all still Moms. ;).
How can YOU Help?
There are several ways you can help Cookies for Kids Cancer in their mission: host an event, buy merchandise from their store, use their Amazon link when making purchases from Amazon, and donating to the cause. Everyone can help in their own way — how can you help this year?
I am excited to give away the “Best Bake Sale” Cookbook for their Cookies for Kids’ Cancer store to one lucky This N That with Olivia reader.