Team CKc Courier for November 14, 2015

Hello CKc Community!

Fall is here and we are FINALLY getting a glimpse of it in Orlando today, with a high of 79 degrees. Much better than the record-setting 90 degree temperatures we experienced earlier in the week! For all of our Cannonball Community members in cooler climates, we are envious of you! ;-)

Cannon and Melissa did get a taste of the cooler weather during their trip to Michigan this past week for Cannon's brain MRI, MIBG scan, CT and other tests related to his DFMO clinical trial requirements to ensure he is remaining NED (No Evidence of Disease). The Wiggins family is so very excited to report that the scans were clear and sweet Cannon remains NED! Way to go, Cannonball!

We are excited to have reached 22,000 Cannonball supporters on Facebook this week! We hope all 22,000+ of you are learning more about the needs facing the pediatric cancer world and are sharing your knowledge and passion. It takes a village and we need you to help us end the suffering of children with cancer. To our newest members, and to those of you who have been there from the beginning, we are THANKFUL for each of you. Thank you for joining our CKc Community!

CKc Community, we need your help! We are in need of corporate sponsorships and auction items for our first annual Gold Gala in April 2016. Sponsorship packages are available at a variety of investment levels and we can even help customize a package for your company’s needs. Don’t miss out on this easy and effective way to support CKc and our mission to further pediatric cancer research in pursuit of a cure. Proceeds from the Gold Gala will go directly towards funding pediatric cancer research. Any donation of items or level of sponsorship is appreciated, and you don’t need to live in Orlando to help! If interested, please contact the Gold Gala Chair, Shereen Toffetti, at Gold.Gala@cannonballkidscancer.org. Our Gold Gala team is truckin' along and just signed on a fabulous caterer for the event! We will be launching an event page on our website soon that will contain all of the details you will need to know about the event. Stay tuned!

Team CKc is also working on developing a formal grant application and review process. Lots of hours are being poured into this project and we are moving the ball forward at a steady pace. Our plan is to launch, early next year, the ability to apply for a CKc grant.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support Cannonball Kids' cancer! On Wednesday, November 18, Style Encore in Orlando (4910 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando FL 32803) is hosting "Ladies Night Out Benefiting Cannonball Kids' cancer". Meet Cannonball Kids' cancer co-founder Melissa Wiggins and learn more about what CKc is doing to eradicate children's cancer. Melissa will personally autograph copies of her book, "Thankful For The Fight", which will be available for sale (all book sale proceeds go towards pediatric cancer research). You can also participate in a CKc Card Club opportunity and enjoy making holiday cards for kids with cancer. Enjoy lite bites and wine and shop for a great cause! A portion of the evening's sales will go towards raising money for pediatric cancer research.

Melissa is running the OUC half-marathon on December 5 in Orlando. Please come out and cheer on Melissa and our CKc team as they run each mile for a different child who has lost his or her life to cancer or continues to fight this horrific disease. Please read Melissa's blog post on why this race is so important to Team CKc. Sign-up for the half-marathon before November 19 and run with us or stand along the route and cheer on Team CKc!

Our CKc Card Club is going strong and we are working with several schools who have adopted the card club for a holiday project. If you have, or know of, a child fighting cancer who would like to receive a handmade holiday card, or if you work for a hospital and you would like some cards sent to your department for distribution to kids with cancer, please email debra.brett@cannonballkidscancer.org. We will do our best to send along some holiday cheer!

Until next time!

Debra