Is it possible to make a difference with a cookie? I have a story that will show you the power that baking can have when it’s combined with a mothers love and courage.
Courage isn’t something you plan for. It’s often the gut reaction to a tragic event that drives you beyond exhaustion. That’s where Larry and Gretchen Holt Witt found themselves when their beautiful 2 year old son Liam was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
Amidst the pain they were going through as a family, Gretchen and Larry were even more frustrated to learn how little research was being funded for childhood cancer, and that “the primary reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies”.
Sitting back was not an option, so Gretchen did what any mom on a mission would do… she held an enormous bake sale. As volunteers rallied around the family, a community assembled to bake 96,000 cookies. They had raised $400,000 for new childhood cancer research, and that was only the beginning as they created Cookies for Cancer, an amazing charity that bakes up cookies for a cure.
Unfortunately, Liam lost his battle with cancer on January 24th of 2011.
In Elina Furman’s blog she writes to Gretchen:
“ I think about your courage, hope and your bright smile and your deeply sad eyes as we talked about your son, a conversation I worried was too painful for you; though now I see it was the retelling of your story over and over that kept you ruthless and strong in your quest to save Liam.”
“Every step, every dollar raised, every minute you have spent has already added up so much and I hope this Valentine’s Day letter serves as a reminder that so many of us have been touched by your struggle and courage.”
Elina’s beautiful call to action encourages us to have our own Valentine’s Day Cookies for Cancer bake sale in Liam’s honor.
Cookies for Kids Cancer has raised over $2.5 million on behalf of pediatric cancer research. With only 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s funds going to pediatric cancer, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising funds to support research for new and better therapies for pediatric cancer. 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.
So on this Valentine’s Day, let’s do our part to help in the fight for kids battling cancer everywhere. Whether it’s buying cookies or organizing a bake sale locally, let’s make this holiday about spreading the love and joy of families who need it most.