This holiday season Band of Parents is running a fundraiser: They are holding the mother of all bake sales and baking 96,000 cookies, with virtually all of the proceeds going to the Band of Parents Foundation and benefiting research through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Click through to see how you can make a very real contribution to the fight against children's cancer - whether it be through baking, buying, or eating...
More on neuroblastoma from Band of Parents:
Neuroblastoma is a cancer that affects young children and is the second most common solid tumor in infants. Cancer kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. But pediatric cancers collectively receive less than 3% of the National Cancer Institutes $4.7 billion dollar annual budget.
One of the unfortunate realities of pediatric cancer is the severe lack of research funding and little incentive by drug companies to spend R&D money developing drugs that likely won't see a return on the investment. As parents we are determined to do everything we can to improve the statistics for our children and bridge the gap between limited funds and effective treatments, even if it means baking 96,000 cookies.
Currently, MSKCC doctors have identified a very promising new treatment they believe could be developed relatively quickly and could help save more children with this deadly cancer, but no funding is available for it. This fundraiser hopes to change that. Because almost everything is volunteered, almost 100% of cookie sale proceeds will go to MSKCC for the research.
Here's how you can get involved!
1. If you're in New York... Volunteer to help bake cookies in a commercial kitchen from December 1-9 in Brooklyn. Over 200 volunteers are urgently needed to help bake and package! Download this flyer for more info about signing up for a two-hour shift.
2. If you're elsewhere... Buy some cookies! The cookies are being sold online November 16 - December 15. In addition to cookie sales, they are organizing a special auction of cookies and other holiday treats baked by acclaimed chefs, magazine test kitchens and other culinary outlets as well as other auction packages from people wanting to support our endeavor. Visit Cookies for Kids Cancer to buy cookies or donate directly.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the world to get involved to cure children's cancer.