Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by parents Gretchen and Larry Witt, inspired by their son Liam's battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies. And the reason for the lack of therapies was very simple: lack of funding. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved. Right here in Charlotte, we have hundreds of families who continue to fight this battle every day.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18. Through the concept of local bake sales, Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.
Facts about Kids’ Cancers
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. Important statistics to know:
- Cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis & AIDS combined.
- 46 children per day are diagnosed with cancer totaling nearly 13,000 new cases per year.
- Cure rates have improved dramatically and advances in childhood cancer research has provided seminal insights into the cancer problem in general. Today, 4 out 5 children diagnosed with cancer can be cured.
- While long-term goals for the pediatric cancer community will focus on securing more federal funding for childhood cancer research (more than the 1-2% of the National Cancer Institute budget that is current expended), philanthropy plays a critical and essential role in the ongoing battle against childhood cancer.
Want to learn more? Visit http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org/