Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a non-profit organization that raises money for the research of new and better therapies for pediatric cancer patients. Money for the group is raised largely through bake sales, so Macaroni Kid Roanoke is hosting one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
The bake sale will take place outside Glazed Bisque-It at Promenade Park, 3534 Electric Road, Roanoke. Lots of local citizens and businesses will donate homemade baked goods for the sale, but local MKR publisher Jamie Clark said she is still looking for volunteers who can help with those baking efforts.
Here’s some additional background on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer written and sent to me by Clark:
“The first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale was held in December 2007, when the mom of a young child with cancer decided to have an enormous bake sale where she and others would sell 96,000 cookies to raise money to help fund a pediatric cancer treatment in development. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, all 96,000 cookies were baked and sold in just three weeks. The bake sale raised over $400,000. From the support the first bake sale received, the idea to create an organization for people to hold their own bake sales came to life with the creation of a national organization.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is not about one child or one type of pediatric cancer. It is about changing the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and pediatric AIDS combined. Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Survivors of childhood cancer face a broad range of physical and psychological challenges imposed by the disease, and some will suffer its long-term effects for the rest of their lives. Despite all these statistics, there has not been a new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer in 20 years.
Together we can raise the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer research and to provide more families and children with the hope they deserve.”