Be a Good Cookie This Holiday Season

by Laura on November 28, 2011

in Blog


The Family Eats Holiday Cookie Fundraiser: Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, Family Eats (aka the Everage family) looks forward to a joyous celebration. The kids are singing Christmas carols, making their lists in anticipation of visiting Santa Claus at Macy’s in the city, decorating the family Christmas Tree, shining our shoes for our annual visit to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker on Christmas Eve followed by evening Mass, and, best of all, exchanging gifts.

As we ready for this joyous season, we are thankful for all that we have.

That’s why this holiday season Family Eats has pledged to make a difference in the lives of families who may not be as fortunate. In the spirit of giving, Family Eats is raising money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Pediatric cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis & AIDS combined. Each day, 46 children 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.


Why Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by Larry and Gretchen Witt who were inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2007 at the age of 2.  Tragically, Liam came to the end of his courageous 4-year fight with cancer on January 24, 2011 at the age of 6.  During their journey, the Witts 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. Though devastated by their loss, the Witts remain more determined than ever to continue the fight against pediatric cancer. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. (Click here for more information on what Cookies for Kids’ supports) 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.

Here is how you can help us raise at least $2,500 for the cause.

Family Eats’ Holiday Cookies

Our efforts this holiday season marks the first Family Eats giving efforts. In honor of Liam, the entire Witt family, and other families fighting the same fight, we will be baking holiday cookies to raise money for pediatric cancer. Family Eats has pledged to bake and sell cookies within our Northern California community. For a suggested donation of $25, donors will receive a dozen holiday cookies baked by the Everage family. And, for those in the Cleveland area, Mom has pledged to bake cookies for the cause. Simply visit our donor page, make a donation of at least $25, then to confirm the day you’ll be receiving your cookies, or for any further questions. The Everage family and Mom will start baking.

Donate on our Page:

For those not in Marin or Cleveland, you can still donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cause. Family Eats has set up adonation page, to track our progress. Click here, to visit our page, and to learn about how others are baking for the cause.

Spread the Word:

You can also help spread the word by sending virtual cookies to friends, colleagues and loved ones. Glad is partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to exchange cookies this holiday season. Help them reach their goal of 1 million cookies by sending some to a friend or by flinging some in their game. Each cookie sent means 10 cents for pediatric cancer, so send as many as you like. Visit the Glad Facebook page and start exchanging.

Buy the Limited Edition Good Cookie Spatula:

You can help support the cause by purchasing a limited edition Good Cookie Spatula from OXO. Since the Witts (who work at OXO) founded Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, the company’s employees have pledged their time and energy by baking cookies and hosting bake sales. Proceeds were matched by OXO’s parent company. This year, OXO introduced a limited edition “Good Cookie” Spatula, etched with an inspirational message that serves as a reminder to “Be a Good Cookie.” Your purchase helps OXO supportCookies for Kids’ Cancer, up to $100,000. Click here to find a participating retailer, or purchase one now at

Then head over to OXO’s Facebook page and send a virtual cookie. OXO will make a donation, per cookie shared, up to 10,000 cookies.

** Be our first donor and you will receive our Good Cookie Award – and a limited edition Good Cookie Spatula from OXO.

** All donors will be entered in a giveaway to receive a Holiday Cookie Tray, generously donated by Rosanna Inc. We will choose 2 donors (on December 17th) to receive the trays! Thanks Rosanna!

** And, if Family Eats is one of the first 200 supporters to raise at least $2,500, we will be named to “Breville’s Best List” that will feature our name and event location. As a special Thank you, each host named to the Brevilee’s Best List will be sent a Breville 5-Quart Die Cast Stand Mixer, donated by Breville. Family Eats will then choose one of our lucky donors to receive the mixer.

However you choose to donate, remember that Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a 501(c)3 public charity. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. When you make a donation, you may choose the kind of pediatric cancer you would like your funds to support, or you may simply select “General Fund” and the Medical Advisory Board will ensure your contribution supports the most promising new therapies.

Thank you for your support of this worthy cause.

Happy Holidays from Family Eats


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