How does a parent not crumble to pieces when the words “your child” and “cancer” become so inexplicably intertwined? When you’re forced to bear the burden of staying strong when all forces are taking you out at the knees, be the comfort for your child when all you want to do is break down and crumple, and when you would do anything to leach that disease out of them and put it all on yourself because that’s what you were meant to do – take away your child’s pain.
I simply can’t imagine.
My only experience with pediatric cancer came from a boy named Andrew when I was in first grade. He was my first crush with a buzz cut and off center smile. When I met him in Mrs. Patterson’s class, his innumerable and extended absences were noticed. Small stacks of papers and homework assignments mounted, and in my first-grade mine I saw them go all the way to the ceiling. I wanted to help finished those assignments for him just to ease the burden of school while his blood was coursing leukemia through his system. It was the only way I knew how to help.
Five years, countless treatments, surgeries and scans later he went into remission. We continued on in school together and finished up high school, playing spring ball together and graduating in ’04. Occasionally I get updates on all of the friends from high school, finding out he married a girl from our graduating class and they have been blessed with adorable and healthy children. It’s amazing to think how different it all could have been.
There are so many stories like these, from our standard bearer Kirsten to that of our cause Gretchen Holt-Witt – you just never know when it could hit home. So, to hell if we’re going to sit idly by while all that is standing between is the funding and gumption for people to go out and raise awareness for a cause that could very well effect any one of us and our children.
Yes, I said “to hell with”. It’s cancer, and it deserves to be put in it’s place.
An eye opening 25% of children affected with cancer are unable to be treated due to the staggering costs and lack of effective treatments. Twenty five percent of children is twenty five percent too many in my book.
In honor of kicking pediatric cancer square in the junk and putting it in it’s rightful place, the wonderful women participating in Pie Week have teamed up for Be A Good Cookie Week.
Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic started us off with her story, her giveaway and her unstoppable cause.
Yesterday we were kept rolling with Jeanne from Inside Nana Bread’s Head and today you get me!
Each of us, including Mad’s from LaPetite Pancake, Kat from Tenaciously Yours and Allison from Decadent Phillistines will be sharing with you a recipe from the Cookies for Kid’s Cancer book, written by Gretchen Holt-Witt.
Kirsten and Jeanne are hosting giveaways featuring this book, and some awesome other Good Cookie worthy loot. So, please join us as we kick pediatric cancer’s ass and earn some money for the cause while doing it!
For my part of these reindeer games, I chose to bake the German Chocolate Cookies featured in the book. How could I not fall totally in love with chocolate, coconut and pecans? I couldn’t, that’s how.
With cookies this airy and crammed with chocolate these will be a hit for years and CFKC-events to come!
German Chocolate Cookies
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup lightly toasted and cooled pecans, coarsely chopped
4 ounces German's sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle and mix until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and mix until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the coconut, pecans and chocolate and mix again.
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Alternatively, you can roll the dough into a log (see boxed copy, page 00). Transfer to the oven and bake until the underside of the cookie begins to firm up, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining dough.