Denise Mickelsen

Connecticut

Two very young, sick children inspired me to fight for better funding for pediatric cancers: Emma, my cousin’s daughter, who was just 18 months old when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and Ben, my high school friend's son, who lost his battle against stage IV glioblastoma a few days after his 5th birthday.

Gretchen Holt Witt's loving example inspired me, too. One night, upset after reading a Facebook post about little Ben, I had a light bulb moment: I could do what Gretchen did for her Liam - host a bake sale - and in a very real way help kids like Ben and Emma.

It is so wonderful to not only raise much needed funds for research but to also get the opportunity to spread the word about the cause of finding a cure. Many people don't realize the devastating impact of this disease and that there is a way we can all rally to put an end to it.

That's what makes Gretchen and Cookies for Kids' Cancer so very special – not only do they fight tirelessly against the dire underfunding of pediatric cancer research in this country, but they also give those of us who love these sick children a way to feel less helpless, a way to DO SOMETHING. I’ll always be grateful for that.

My first Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale was a success! My family, friends, and coworkers all pitched in, our community got involved, and together we raised more than $7,000. There’s no stopping me now… I’ve been bit by the Good Cookie bug! I plan to keep fighting for these kids and spreading the CFKC message until the letter "C"really does stand for cookies.