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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Some Housekeeping Items

Liam will need blood and platelets beginning next week. If you would like to donate either, please contact the blood donor room at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Liam's blood type is O-. If you're not his blood type but donate in his name, he will receive a blood bank "credit." Blood type does not have any impact on platelets so anyone, as long as you pass Memorial Sloan-Kettering's long list of questions, can donate platelets and be used by Liam regardless of blood type. Here is a link with more information: http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/11698.cfm

- We have been asked quite frequently, "what can we do to help?" At this point the thing we need the most is for people to join us in our effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research. And knowing how great the need is for research money for pediatric cancer funding to make up for the disparity between other cancers, and that pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S....why wouldn't we? So, how can you help? In the fall we are launching Cookies for Kids' Cancer and are partnering with a national magazine to spread the word far and wide. The goal is to have individuals/businesses/organizations/churches/synagogues/schools/doctor's offices/clubs/societies/fraternities/sororities/students fulfilling community service commitments hold bake sales in their community in support of pediatric cancer research. We will have more details in upcoming weeks, but if you're interested please send an e-mail to us (gretchen.holt@gmail.com) so that we can send you information. Also, in September all 47 Lord & Taylor stores will be selling Cookies for Kids' Cancer cookies in the children's department as a fund raiser. If you live near a Lord & Taylor, stop by and visit their bake sale as a show of support beginning September 13th. We need people to be motivated enough to get involved in whatever way they can. Every person can make an impact and help institute change. Every child fighting cancer deserves a fighting chance and together we can and we will make a difference.

A very humble thank you for your continued love and support.
Gretchen, Larry, Prince Liam and Princess Ella