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Monday, November 12, 2007

In Honor of Our Son Liam Witt

Dear Friends and Family,

As most all of you know we have been faced with the challenge of our lives this year as we fight to rid our son Liam of the cancer that has invaded his innocent little body. The reality of his type of cancer, neuroblastoma, leaves us with no guarantee as to his long term prognosis. The grim reality is that more than 50% of the children diagnosed with neuroblastoma relapse, and the survival rate for children diagnosed with high risk disease like Liam is in the neighborhood of 30%.

We, along with other parents facing this reality, find it unacceptable and have decided to act and do all we can to make a difference to improve these terrible odds. As a result the “Band of Parents Foundation” was created and our objective is to raise money to further the cutting edge research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), the worldwide leader in treating neuroblastoma. As a founding board member and VP of Marketing for the Band, I am encouraged by the research and future potential of treatments currently under development at MSKCC. Gretchen and I feel we must do everything in our power to give Liam the best chance possible and if he were to relapse we want to be sure there are treatment options available that today don’t existent. I have watched as other board members have lost their children and I cannot begin to explain to you the feeling of helplessness and misery I feel each day wishing I could have done more. Motivated by this bleak reality, Gretchen and I have put together an ambitious plan to raise more than $200,000 for MSKCC research. It is the first major event on behalf of the Band of Parents Foundation and it is called “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.”

We, along with a volunteer army, will bake and sell 8,000 dozen gourmet cookies (96,000 cookies in total) beginning November 16th and ending December 14th. The delicious recipes are from renowned cookbook author and dear friend, Sally Sampson’s recently released cookbook, Cookies. The cookies will be sold for $30 a dozen and all of the proceeds will go directly to research at MSKCC since almost everything related to the project has been generously donated.

I know that most of you are about to begin the tireless search for the perfect holiday gift for all those on your gift list and I thought this unique opportunity to give a gift that not only tastes good but feels good might appeal to some of you. See the attached PDF file for more details.

The cookies will go on sale beginning Friday, November 16th and can be purchased via the following website: http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org/

You might also want to visit the “Band of Parents” website http://www.bandofparents.org/ to learn more about the foundation we are so passionately involved.

We hope you will pass the email to anyone and everyone you know to help us ensure Liam and all the other children fighting neuroblastoma receive the future treatment options they so desperately need.

Bound by Hope,

Larry & Gretchen Witt