Supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Motivation can take many forms, but when Lesa Helbein learned that one of her preschooler’s classmates was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, she knew she had to something.
At that point, Helbein didn’t know Grier Christenbury or his family well. Later, she’d learn that her husband and Grier’s father were classmates at Charlotte Latin. More motivation.
Attending an event to celebrate kids successful battles against cancer, and memorialize those who didn’t, that was the tipping point for Helbein.
“I felt that parents who are battling cancer with their children shouldn’t have to worry about hosting and attending events to help raise funds to save their child’s life,” said Helbein. “That afternoon I went to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website and jumped right in.”
One month later, they hosted their first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale and raised almost $15,000.
Another great motivator is seeing the impact that the effort has had on the fight against cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has funded more than six dozen childhood cancer research grants, resulting in 27 promising new treatments in clinical trials, available to children today.
“Charlotte has been one of the top fundraising cities in the nation, allowing our community to have a helping hand in funding some of these new and improved, less-toxic treatments for kids fighting cancer. That’s something that I think our city should be very proud of!”
She believes everyone has a role in supporting these families while their children take on the challenge of cancer treatment, and that everyone has something they can bring to the table.
“We could never have accomplished what we have in the Queen City without the help of so many amazing friends, family, bakeries, sponsors and volunteers,” said Helbein. “This is truly a community event!”
The Dunstan Group has long been a part of that cancer-fighting community in Charlotte, providing the creative energy – and the promotional products – to help Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, LIBSTRONG, and 24 Hours of Booty build their brands and reach their audiences.
“Doing good work for folks who do theirs for the greater good; that’s how we can all be part of the cure,” said Scott Dunstan, owner of The Dunstan Group.
From t-shirts, to stickers, magnets, hats, tattoos and more; The Dunstan Group has produced all sorts of branded merchandise for non-profits that add up to more than just name recognition. They mean dollars and cents for the cause.
Sponsorships on t-shirts alone equate to more than $10,000 before the shirts even go to print. Helbein said tees, hats and other gear are routine sell-outs, making them even hotter commodities for the next Bake Sale. That’s all money that goes toward their overall fundraising goal.
Logo’d and branded merchandise carries the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer marketing message between Bake Sales, too, as people sport those tees, hats and magnets all over town, across the country, or around the globe.
“I always think of sweet Grier when I pull up behind another car with a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer magnet on the back,” said Helbein. “Seeing our shirts and hats on people throughout the year brings me comfort in knowing that I live in a community that cares about these kids, and that Grier will never be forgotten.”
“Every little bit helps,” said Dunstan, “and knowing that we’re just a small part of their larger success… that’s all the motivation we need to stay involved.”