Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by a mom, Gretchen Holt, after her two-year-old son, Liam, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. With the diagnosis, Holt confronted a few hard truths: There is no cure for her son’s illness, and only 30% of children survive. And then she learned that research and experimental treatments are limited by a lack of funding. That was a fact she felt was within her power to change. So she organized a giant bake sale—we’re talking about almost 100,000 cookies, 250 volunteers, and they raised $400,000 for pediatric cancer research! After this success, and when offers of help—and orders for more cookies—continued to pour in, she realized that she could make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancers.
Today, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is going strong, and in fact the charity is in a tight race to win a $20,000 grant. You can help them win by visiting Jimmie Johnson Foundation or princeliamthebrave.blogspot.com and voting. Then tell all of your friends. And vote again tomorrow and every day until Sept. 29th.
You can also visit cookiesforkidscancer.org and learn more about how you can support their cause. If you want to host a bake sale, below are a few of my all-time favorite Cooking Light cookie recipes.
Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies
Crunchy Sesame Cookies
Hello Dolly Bars
Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries (shown below)