5th Annual PAC2 Holiday Shopping Guide - 2012 Edition

Dear PAC2,

we are honored to share with you the efforts of these amazing groups who are offering holiday events & items that will help in the fight against childhood cancer.   The list is as inclusive as possible, please contact us at info@PeopleAgainstChildhoodCancer.org to add info.  Thanks to all participating organizations; together we can beat childhood cancer!



Once again, Aflac is teaming up with Macy's to sell our special, plush ducks. All of the proceeds go to over 50 hospitals dedicated to the research and treatment of pediatric cancer. Get your duck today by visiting www.aflacholidayduck.com. Together with your help, we can make a big difference in the lives of children touched by cancer.


Here’s an inspiring book to give for the Holidays: ““My name is Carson Leslie, and I have been battling brain and spine cancer for the past three years. I love sports, babies and Mexican food.  I have written a book to give a voice to the teenagers and children who have cancer but are unable to express how such an illness affects their personal, social, physical and emotional life. I want others to understand how to be a better friend to someone he/she knows that has a life threatening disease.  Click to purchase Carry Me and benefit The Carson Leslie Foundation.


Did you send your cards out yet?  Designed to bring peace and balance to your world, each box is a work of art. A wonderful gift for friends, family and teachers for only $24.00 a box. The profit from your purchase will help I Care I Cure fund research to find gentler and more tolerable therapies for children with cancer.  Click here to purchase.


How about a hat to keep that bald hear warm, or anyone’s?  MaxLove Project provides therapeutic resources and comprehensive integrative care to children fighting cancer. MaxLove is its nonprofit headwear brand and its creative funding initiative.  All info is available at www.givemaxlove.org/.  They sell hats to benefit SuperKids fighting cancer. For each beanie sold, a SuperKid style is given to a child fighting cancer. In addition, they share proceeds with their partners including The St. Baldrick's Foundation, Peach's Neet Feet, The Purple Society, Bruins Fighting Pediatric cancer, and soon the McKenna Claire Foundation.


Here comes Santa Claus, right down Katy, Texas, in the form of "Stuff the Sleigh." Stuff the Sleighis a all-volunteer holiday toy drive benefiting pediatric cancer patients treated at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) - West Campus, and their siblings. “Stuff the Sleigh of Katy” is celebrating it's third year and if your in the area would love your support. 


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is thrilled to introduce our 2012 holiday ornament. The newest addition to our collection is inspired by a lemonade stand created by one of our childhood cancer heroes, Ishani Sathianathan, during the Red Poppy Festival Parade in her hometown of Georgetown, TX. Secure your 2012 ornament today and purchase past year’s ornaments from 2010 and 2011 (at a discount) for a complete set. Purchase the 2012 design for $20 or the entire set of three for $50. Make a $100 donation or more to ALSF’s end of year “Every Dollar Counts” campaign in honor of hero Ishani Sathianathan and receive a complementary 2012 ornament. A variety of options available to give the gift of hope!


Warm the hearts of children with cancer as well as your head with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s new winter hat. Navy blue with ALSF’s iconic yellow logo, this hat is the perfect gift for anyone on your list looking to show their support for a cure.  Purchase online for just $15.



Give childhood cancer the cold shoulder with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s cozy black fleece jacket. Available in both men’s and ladies sizes for $28, you’ll be wearing your support for an end to childhood cancer on your sleeve, literally! Purchase online.


During the 2012 holiday season Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation is running a campaign called: SEND A DINA DOLL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – TO A CHILD BRAVING CANCER. They are asking those who want to make a difference to donate a DINA DOLL that our foundation will give to a child who will be in the hospital over the holidays. More than just a doll, DINA serves as a constant pal to a child fighting cancer, complete with a story coloring book and a special note of inspiration placed in the pocket of her dress. Each doll can be sent to a special child for a $20 donation to Compass to Care. Their goal is to send 2000 DINA DOLLS home.


Our good friends at The Pablove Foundation are fighting childhood cancer with love  this Holiday Season.  And what’s not to love about this little guy or girl decked out in Pablove gear!!  Of course there are other gifts; cycling gear, clothing, jewelry, etc.  Visit shop.pablove.org.

How about spreading some joy? Help the Jessie Rees Foundation spread joy by sponsoring a courageous child in need and becoming an official member of the JoySquad! Membership is only $20 a month for one year and will give 12 kids a much needed boost of joy. Each JoySquad member receives their own mini JoyPack which includes an official JoySquad t-shirt and 6 customizable mini JoyJars. That’s a total of 18 people benefitting from your support, 12 kids fighting cancer and 6 people you love. In additions, you will also get a monthly update from us so you know who received your boost of joy.


The Mason Leach Superstar Fund was created in loving memory of Mason Leach, a five year old little boy who lost his battle to medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in October 2007. The Mason Leach Superstar Fund is a designated fund at Children's National Medical Center. Its mission is to encourage and empower patients to recognize their inner strength and feel like a "superstar." This year they are participating in the 2nd Annual Gifts That Give Hope Arlington Fair on Saturday December 8, 10am - 2pm at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 2315 S Grant St, Arlington.  Click here to see how you can support kids at Children’s National.
The Friends for Life (FFL) Guild was formed in 2006 to help fund pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  It's a great resource in the Pacific NW, many groups working together. (:))  Its signature event is the annual sale of  hand-blown glass ornaments.  This year FFL's ambassador is Emerson.  Visit friendsguild.org/shop


CureSearch is offering beautiful cards and other gifts to help the fight against childhood cancer.  Visit store.brightdoc.com/store.


The Seany Foundation is proud to be part of this year's CauseKeepers' Christmas Campaign. This holiday season proceeds from the sale of tshirts, hoodies, and bracelets purchased through December will go directly to The Seany Foundation. Help make the holidays a little brighter for kids fighting cancer: Shop 4 the Fight.


Once again, our friends at the National Children’s Cancer Societyhave a direct link to Santa who has generously offered to raise money for children with cancer! For a $6 donation, he will send a personalized letter to a child—straight from the North Pole! In addition, he is also offering MAGIC KEYS for an extra special gift.  All orders received by Wednesday, December 5th will be postmarked from the North Pole. Those received after that will still come from Santa but may not have a North Pole postmark. All orders must be received by Monday, December 17th. Order your letters and keys today!


CancerFree KIDS provides the seed money for doctors to begin their work on a specific research project—focusing on new and innovative ideas.  We are a niche non-profit and provide a much needed source of funding for innovative ideas for children’s cancer research.  Our first grant recipient’s work is moving to clinical trials next year and this drug crosses the blood/brain barrier while causing the cancer cells to die without damaging surrounding healthy cells!  This year you can send Courage the Lion, the softest, most snuggly lion around,  to help support this cause, visit www.sendcourage.org.


Chase After a Cure glass bracelet beads are the perfect Holiday presents this year! Beads fit all European bracelets including Pandora. The beads are $25 each and benefit childhood cancer research. This is a great way to give back this holiday season! Visit the Chase After a Cure store to purchase your today. www.chaseafteracure.com/store


While we are on big cats, how about supporting the Bear this year?  Purchase your very own Barrett  Bear and support Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.! He's soft, cuddly and even has his own Facebook page! Visit https://bearnecessities.ejoinme.org



Our buds at The St. Baldrick’s Foundation have compiled a list of their favorite gifts that give hope to children with cancer and their families:

St. Baldrick’s Tribute Gift
Make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one this holiday season to fund childhood cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Learn more about where the money goes or click here to donate.

Headbands of Hope
Headbands of Hope was started by one girl who wanted to spread hope to all fightinghttp://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0109/7662/products/img_4435_large.jpg?200 cancer. For every headband purchased, one headband will go to a girl with cancer and $1 will be donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. (Promo code "stbaldricks" for free shipping) Learn more about Headbands of Hope or click here to buy.

Marvel-Designed “Super Heroes Save Lives” T-Shirt
For every purchase of the exclusive Marvel-designed “Super Heroes Save Lives” t-shirt, a portion of the proceeds will fund childhood cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Click here to buy.

MaxLove Fedora or Beanie
MaxLove is a nonprofit headwear company working to ensure that kids fighting cancer not only survive but thrive. For each Momma Fedora sold, MaxLove will donate $5 to the Foundation. In addition, for each Hope Beanie sold Dec. 2-9, MaxLove will donate $3.00 to the Foundation. Learn more about MaxLove or click here to buy.

Seeds of Happiness
Seeds of Happiness was born out of an act of kindness – a St. Baldrick’s participant who wanted to do something for a family touched by cancer. For every purchase of a St. Baldrick’s Seed of Happiness, $9 will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Learn more about Seeds of Happiness or click here to buy.

Votre Vu French Accents Makeup
Votre Vu has gone above and beyond in the fight against childhood cancers – from head-shavings to nationwide awareness with their mobile beauty bar. For every French Accents cosmetic purchased, Votre Vu will donate $1 to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Learn more about Votre Vu or click here to buy.


Our friends at the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s

has become our nation’s largest annual childhood cancer awareness event. Each year during the December holiday season, a 25 foot tree is placed in the lobby of a building in Washington DC. The tree is solely decorated with thousands of gold ribbons (the symbol for childhood cancer). Each ribbon bears the name of a child who has, or has had cancer. The tree glitters strong in our nation’s capitol for all to see. Thousands each year are touched as they are reminded of our nation’s youngest cancer patients. Visit https://www.acco.org/AwarenessandAdvocacy/Awareness/TreeEvent2012.

The nonprofit Childhood Cancer Guides suggest the gift of information to help survivors stay healthy after treatment and beyond. The 3rd ed of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future is available in print or as an ebook at online booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) or from the distributor. Reviews, excerpts, and ways to buy are at www.childhoodcancerguides.org/survivors.  A few moms of long-term survivors founded and run the nonprofit. Here are a some reasons why the info in the book is important :

  • More than 60% of childhood cancer survivors have late effects; almost half of those late effects are severe or life threatening (Oeffinger, KC. NEJM 2006; 355: 1572-82)
  • Less than 6% of primary care doctors know the late effects from four common chemotherapy drugs used in children (ASCO annual meeting, 2012).
  • Few survivors get adequate follow-up care (Institute of Medicine. 2003; Childhood Cancer Survivorship, pp. 101-105)
  • Few survivors know the details of their treatment (Kadan-Lottick. JAMA 2002; 287(14):1832-9)
  • The need for information is high; availability of accurate information is low.


The Isaiah Alonso Foundation Mission is to raise awareness for childhood cancer and to provide financial assistance to families of kids with cancer.  It's also our mission to help fund the cure.  Together we can make a difference, helping one family at a time!  We think their card says it all.....visit www.isaiahalonsofoundation.org.


Our friends at Gold: The New Pink are offering awareness gear, Ultimate Hike gear, phone cases, an much more in our shops! Even Christmas cards and postage stamps! All proceeds benefit childhood cancer research!  Visit www.zazzle.com/2TrakMind.


The CURE Childhood Cancer believe cards are made from a heavy card stock with a matte finish. They feature the message “believe” on the front and the message “Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness,” on the inside. The back of the card features CURE’s mission, small photographs of some of CURE’s kids, a short message about the cards, and our website address. These cards are a great way to show your support for CURE while spreading the word to your loved ones about our organization. Visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org/tag/holiday-cards.

The Aaron Rodgers 12 Days of Christmas Program to Benefit the MACC Fund Starts December 1 at Kohl’s Department Stores.  Kohl's is partnering with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to tell stories of hope of 12 children who are battling childhood cancer. For 12 days, Kohl's will feature a different child and story. Each day you shop at metro Milwaukee Kohl's stores from December 1-12, Kohl's will donate 5% of net sales of all toy purchases to the MACC Fund. Visit www.jsonline.com/general/twelvedays


Childhood Cancer Careline’s annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program helps to ease the financial and emotional hardship of the holidays for childhood cancer families. This program is made possible entirely through community support, and every year our organization has been blessed with the donors, volunteers, and sponsors needed to help us fulfill our mission. Visit www.childhoodcancercare.org/programs/holiday-adopt-a-family


What kind of cookies are YOU leaving Santa this year?  Believe it or not, he just texted us and said his  favorite are from Cookies for Kids Cancer!! Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by parents inspired by their son Liam's battle with cancer. They 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.  Visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.orgfor Santa’s favorite cookies and a variety of gifts.


Catie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, on her first birthday, September 26, 2003 and fought through 11 surgeries, 36 months of chemotherapy, and 30 radiation treatments until January 19, 2007. Catie brought a smile to the face of all who met her. One of her favorite possessions was her Elf. Each morning while her Elf was visiting the first words out of her mouth were “what did that Silly Elf do now”. Please help honor her spirit by sponsoring an “Elf from Catie”. For $15 an Elf , “A Gift from Catie” will be sent to a pediatric cancer patient and $5 will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer. Visit www.elvesfromcatie.com.


The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of 14-year-old Andrew who battled leukemia and sepsis before leaving us on July 14, 2007. Andrew’s B+ blood type became the perfect message – Be Positive – to reflect how Andrew lived his life and how he inspires others to do the same.  B+ gear makes a great gift, just visit bepositive.3dcartstores.com.


Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research is national non-profit organization based in Atlanta that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this seal. Rally is supporting more than 60 childhood cancer research projects across the country.”  And you can tell the world about them with a Holiday card by visiting rallyfoundation.org.


“If eleven year old Erin Buenger, who’s all too short life touched so many in the community, could travel to Washington DC and lobby members of Congress while going through chemotherapy.  If she could raise money by making lanyards and writing her own cookbook, all the while while making the honor roll, then surely you can find the strength to serve even while you face challenges in your own life.”  President Barack Obama, October 16, 2009.   Get your lanyards from Erin’s Dream Lanyards at chooseaverb.blogspot.com/p/browse-our-lanyard-lines.  If you're not a lanyard kind of person, we also have eyeglasses chains, dream wands, earrings, necklaces, boot bling, keychains--all artfully made by volunteers with 100% of all proceeds going to the childhood cancer cause.


If NOTHING catches your eye, you can always buy a Hyundai (Hyundai Hope on Wheels) or Dell (Dell funds fight against childhood cancer), and tell the sales people WHY you are doing it!  Thanks to two great corporate sponsors fighting childhood cancer.



And last, but not least.  Way back when, or maybe it was yesterday, a group of Mom's formed here at PAC2.   Since then, they have shaved their heads three times, been featured on the Stand Up To Cancer broadcast, and just generally raised awareness and become their own movement.  This group, the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, is about $45,000 from achieving an unbelievable milestone: One Million Dollars Raised For Childhood Cancer Research.  What an amazing gift it would be if they reached the $1 million plateau over the holidays. 

Visit Help Get the 46 Mommas to $1 Million.


Happy Holidays.


PS - Just to be clear, and not to lose the spirit, but: The American Cancer Society funds about 1/2 a penny of every dollar it raises to childhood cancer. The folks above are focused solely on childhood cancer and typically 70 to 80 percent of the funds they raise are directed to the organizations mission.



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