October 12, 2012
In 2009 my 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Even as physicians, my husband and I were shocked to learn how out-dated and dangerous the treatments our precious 3-year-old would undergo. Even more shocking was the reality that she may not survive. She didn't. The truth is, children are small and economically powerless, and sick children even more so. Pediatric cancer research simply does not receive the attention or the funding it deserves. Because of that, kids have not seen the improved survivals seen in many well-funded, well-researched adult cancers. Cookies for Kids' Cancer is truly a grassroots-run organization that is working to chnge that. CFKC gives 100% of bake sale proceeds directly to pediatric cancer researchers who have ideas that very well may lead to a cure. Volunteers from any community and from any background can put on a bake sale. The CFKC website has many tips and ideas about how to put together a bake sale, and they provide support to anyone who registers a sale. Furthermore, the experience of putting on a bake sale is a wonderful learning opportunity for children of all ages. From baking to making signs to dressing up as cookies to drum up support, kids get phenomenal experience from putting on a bake sale. Plus it is a great opportunity to develop not only empathy and responsibility, but to help kids realize they really can accomplish their goals. What a proud moment it is to count the donations at the end of the sale!
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