I stumbled upon a program a little over a month ago called OXO Blogger Outreach and, let me tell you, they are chalk full of wonderful opportunities for bloggers and non- bloggers! Their mission as a whole is to spread the word about pediatric cancer research and to find ways to get involved with funding it. The particular program that I read about is called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and was actually founded by two OXOnian’s (OXO employees), Gretchen and Larry Witt. Their son, Liam, has been battling Neuroblastoma (a type of pediatric cancer) since he was born, and it has been an incredibly tough fight, not only for him, but for his parents as well.
Here are some facts about Neuroblastoma:
- Neuroblastoma is the fourth most commonly diagnosed childhood cancer in the United States.
- It is a children’s cancer that develops in specific areas of the nervous system and is found primarily in the abdominal and chest area and associated with the adrenal glands.
- Neuroblastoma is a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue. It is a type of cancer the occurs primarily in infants and children, and is rarely found in children over age 10.
- Neuroblastoma symptoms vary depending on the location of the tumors in the body. Symptoms can include:
- Unusual lump or mass, typically in the abdomen
- Swollen abdomen
- Swelling in the face or throat
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems with urination or bowel movements
- Loss of movement in the hips or extremities
- There are various treatment methods for neuroblastoma and they vary depending on a variety of factors, including the child’s medical history and the stage of the disease. Several treatment options may be used, and can include:
- Retinoid therapy
- Radiation Therapy
- MIBG (radiation therapy) and stem cell transplant
You can learn more about Neuroblastoma and other types of pediatric cancer by visiting these sites:
One of the many challenges in fighting this disease is the severe lack of funding available for research, and this is exactly where Gretchen and Larry decided to step in and make a change. Cookie’s for Kids’ Cancer was developed to fill this void and to provide inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer through the concept of local bake sales. OXO is a company comprised of less than 70 employees, a relatively small group, which has knitted them together as close as family. The new’s of Liam’s diagnosis hit the employee’s hard, so they decided to take the idea of Cookie’s for Kids’ Cancer and “bake a difference”. They have held numerous bake sales, baked LOADS of delicious cookies and in the end have raised over $150,000 dollars to help support Cookie’s for Kids’ Cancer . This year, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to support research for new and improved therapies.
I was lucky enough to be selected to host a giveaway for this wonderful organization and am so excited to be able to share all of this information with you all. I received two “Be a Good Cookie” spatulas; one for myself and one to giveaway on Happy Hippie!
I used my spatula yesterday, when baking up a huge batch of Christmas cookies to send out for the Blogger Cookie Exchange, and it was great! Each time I used it, it reminded me of just how important it is to reach out to others, and of just how many things I have to be thankful for in my own life. :)
This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, December 21 at 5:00pm.
- Go to the OXO Good Cookies website, and comment telling me one thing that you learned from browsing around!
- Go to the OXO Good Cookies- Recipe Book, find a recipe that you would enjoy making, using this spatula and tell me about it in a separate comment
- Like Happy Hippie Blog on Facebook and leave a seperate comment telling me that you did
- Like OXO on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me that you did
- Follow Happy Hippie Blog on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you did
- Follow OXO on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you did
- Subscribe to this blog and leave a separate comment telling me that you did
“One hundred years from now, It will not matter what kind of car I drove, What kind of house I lived in, Or how much money I had in the bank, But the world may be a better place because I made a difference in a child’s life.”