In February 2007, Gretchen Witt’s life changed forever. That month, she found out that her two-year-old son Liam had neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. So she began researching his condition to find out what she could do to help him. As she did her research, Gretchen learned that money is desperately needed for pediatric cancer research, so that kids like Liam can benefit from new treatments and possibly even cures. And so, Gretchen began to think about how she could raise money to help this cause that affected her so greatly. Gretchen liked to bake, so she thought “Why not raise money by baking and selling cookies?” Thus her idea, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, was born. Today, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research!
In this video, Gretchen tells how Cookies for Kids’ Cancer came to be.
- Here is an article about Gretchen and her cookie-making efforts.
- Here is another InspireMyKids story about a young girl’s efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
Topics for Discussion:
- What made Gretchen want to raise money for pediatric cancer research?
- Gretchen took something she enjoyed doing and used it to help others. Can you do the same?
- Visit the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website to learn how you can get involved in this worthy cause.
- Vist the Alex’s Lemonade Stand website to learn another way to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.