Team CKc Courier for March 2, 2016

Hello CKc Community!

Happy March to you! Spring is in the air and we hope you are enjoying some gorgeous weather!

With spring around the corner, it also means the Gold Gala is almost here! It has been amazing to see this dream become a reality. Team CKc knew we could gather some of the most amazing individuals (a/k/a YOU, our CKc Community) for one evening and honor children fighting, or who have fought, cancer and dig deep to help fund pediatric cancer research trials to give hope to children who desperately need our help. You, our CKc Community, are helping to make this dream come true. From donating event services and committing to corporate sponsorships, to providing items for the silent and live auctions and buying tickets to the event, we are blown away by your support!

Our beautiful event invitations have officially been mailed and we are seeing RSVPs start to come in! Due to limited space, the event is by invitation only. If you received an invitation, please RSVP early to secure your tickets to this not-to-miss inaugural event. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are also still accepting corporate event sponsorships and auction donations. Thank you to our newest sponsors! Premium Sponsor, MTW Attorneys at Law, and Pewter Sponsor, Stan Weaver and Company. If you would like more information about sponsorships or how to make a donation, please email gold.gala@cannonballkidscancer.org.

Our goal for the Gold Gala is to raise at least $100,000 in ONE night. Why? Because, we need your help to fund two new pediatric cancer clinical trials for 2016. Last year, due to your support, CKc raised $100,000 in our first year and you made it possible for us to help fund an amazing clinical trial for pediatric brain cancer. We are excited to tell you there are now six children enrolled in this trial with room for two more at this phase. You made this possible! Because of your donations, these children have hope for a cure that wasn't available just a short while ago. If you are unable to attend the Gold Gala this year but you still want to help support pediatric cancer research, please consider making a donation through our web site. Every dollar raised is important, regardless of how it is received. Thank you for your support!

The Wiggins family is asking for your prayers for Cannon this week. He is undergoing scans today to ensure his body remains NED (No Evidence of Disease). It has been a full few days of preparation for the scans. Please pray hard for good news for Cannon and his family and the continuation of days of play and silliness, and for getting the chance to just be a kid.

Cannon administering his own nuclear medicine via IV.

Cannon administering his own nuclear medicine via IV.

Melissa is happy to report continued progress is being made on her second book, "After The Fight" which is a sequel to "Thankful For The Fight", an inspiring true story about their family's journey to save Cannon's life. The new book will focus on how their family tries to adjust to their "new normal" after Cannon was declared NED. Hospital visits, treatments, and on-going therapies are still needed as they also try to provide Cannon with the chance to just be a happy, adventurous little boy.

We would like to thank Morgan Stanley - Downtown Orlando branch, for providing an opportunity earlier this week for Michael to speak to their employees about how their donations are impacting pediatric cancer research. Thank you, Morgan Stanley - Downtown Orlando, for your continued support!

CKc Community, we would like to ask for your support of a sweet little boy and his family via the CKc Card Club. Grant is fighting a relapse of neuroblastoma. Here is what Grant's family posted on their Facebook Page: Grace for Grant...

"The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. Our family cannot thank you enough for the prayers and support. We want everyone to know that we are not waiving the white flag, we still have a lot of fight left in us. Please know that we have been doing this for 2 years now and we have talked to just about every hospital and doctor that specializes in Grant's cancer. We have some tough decisions to make but we feel we have a grasp on what is available and possible. In this world of childhood cancer you can't just choose a treatment off the shelf like a gallon of milk at a Walgreens. We have to qualify for a trial and it has to be available for use on children. We are asking for prayers for guidance and peace with our decision. We know God is in control anyways and his will be done regardless.

That being said, we have had many requests to send Grant something.  So I thought, why not?  Grant LOVES getting surprises and gifts.  And it doesn't have to be a toy or anything big.  He loves getting cards, especially cards from other kids.  Many people have sent us things over the 2 years and they have all meant so much to us that people we don't know have taken the time to make something special for our son.  So, for those wanting to brighten Grants day, I propose a card campaign. How cool will it be for our kids to get cards from people all over the country, and the world for that matter, and let them physically see how many people care for them and are pulling for Grant?  It is one thing to tell Grant and his siblings there are a lot of people praying and supporting him, but it will be more meaningful to physically see it in the form of a heart felt card. So if you feel led to, we would love for you and your children to make a card for Grant and we would also ask that some of you pick one of his siblings or at least include his siblings along the way also to keep them encouraged.  Cancer effects the entire family and his siblings unfortunately have to watch this bad news unfold also and it is very scary for them.  So below is the information of where to send the card, names, and what Grant loves.  We really appreciate your love and support as we walk this treacherous road.  One step at a time. One prayer at a time. #graceforgrant."

Grace For Grant Card Campaign

Grant 4 - He loves anything Spiderman, Paw Patrol, and Minions...he LOVES stickers, too.

Hudson - He is 7 months old.
James 6 - He loves football (UGA and Falcons) and Minecraft.
Sydney 8 - She loves anything Disney, singing, drawing/art.
Sarah 10 - She loves Minecraft and gymnastics.

Grace For Grant Headquarters
4260 Communications Drive
Norcross, GA 30093

Thank you, CKc Community!

Until next time,

Debra