Mother raised millions with Cookies for Kids Cancer

June 1, 2011 2:32:56 PM PDT
When we met Liam in December of 2007, he was three. He was a bubbly little fella, and his favorite question was "why?" However, what he didn't know was that he was suffering from an aggressive form of cancer, called neuroblastoma. Only 30% of children who are diagnosed survive. Unfortunately, Liam was not one of the lucky ones. In January, this gentle giant died.

And so, Gretchen is doing exactly what she was doing back in 2007, times a million. When Liam got sick, Gretchen had no idea. She held a bake sale to raise money for a possible treatment that would ease Liam's suffering and help other kids who were going through the same thing.

They called themselves the "Band of Parents" and would pick up frozen cookie dough from a truck at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They would then hustle the dough back to a kitchen and would bake, package and send out orders. They had hoped to sell 96,000 cookies, and they did, in just 48 hours.

So much so, Gretchen was able to launch "Cookies for Kids Cancer", a national organization that encourages people to hold bake sales in their communities, like the one in Chelsea. 100% of the profits then go to pediatric cancer research.

So far, Gretchen has raised $2.5 million. There is not a day that goes by when Gretchen doesn't think of Liam, a little boy whose spirit is alive, even though he isn't. To check out Cookies for Kids Cancer visit

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