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Denny’s restaurants raising funds for childhood cancer research
Staff Report~ 5/28/2014
PHOENIX – Beginning June 1, 58 Denny’s restaurants throughout the Phoenix area will once again join the fight against childhood cancer by partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national not-for-profit dedicated to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one cause of death by disease in children in the U.S.
Local participating Denny’s location include 4121 W Anthem Way in Anthem, 2525 W. Deer Valley Road in Phoenix, and 3160 W. Carefree Highway in Tramonto. For a complete list of participating Denny’s, see www.dennys.com.
Denny’s fourth annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraising campaign takes place throughout June with the goal of raising $350,000 through the sale of paper “cookies,” which serve as a symbol of support for the non-profit organization. Diners can purchase paper cookies for $1, $5, $10, or a donation of their choice and sign their name, the name of a loved one or a personalized message on each paper cookie before it is hung on the walls of participating diners.
Since 2011, Denny’s has raised nearly $250,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, fully funding two pediatric cancer research grants. This year, Denny’s in Phoenix are part of a larger effort spanning 12 states and 180 Denny’s restaurants raising funds for the cause.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded in 2008 by the mother of a young boy named Liam who was diagnosed with cancer as a toddler. Sadly, Liam lost his battle with the disease in 2011 at the age of six. The organization generates the majority of its funds each year through grassroots events like bake sales held across the country.
Pediatric cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS combined. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides annual research grants to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to help advance the development of less toxic, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.
For more information on the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer foundation, see www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.