Bake a Difference with OXO: Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

OXO Cookie Spatula

50% of the profits from these OXO "Be a good cookie" spatulas go to benefit Cookies for Kids' Cancer.


Just the sound of those two syllables can suck the air out of the room and right out of your lungs. When it sits in the room with you---or in you, or in your child---well, I'm not sure there are adequate words.

I doubt that anyone among us can say that they don't know anyone at all who has had the air sucked out of their lungs, or at least knows someone who has. The statistics are frightening, staggering.

I know cancer fairly well.

It took my grandparents.  All of them.

It took a dear, dear friend.

It took my brother.

Now, I am an only child.

And my parents? I am not a parent of a human, so I honestly cannot even imagine. But I saw. And heard. So I know without knowing, and even that is, at times, overwhelming.

All is not bleak, though. Far from it. People have a need to understand and to fix and to heal. To push back that dread visitor and bar it from entering ever again.

There is no solid cure.


But there is hope. There are movements. And there are people for whom a diagnosis or even a death does not signal an end but the beginning of another movement.  Folks made partly of magic for whom an end is a rallying cry; a call to action.

We don't know how strong we are until we need to know.

Cancer hit home for two OXO employees (called OXOnians---I love that) when their young son was diagnosed. They founded Cookies for Kids' Cancer in response to their son's diagnosis.  Through bake sales---of two dozen cookies to two thousands dozen---they are raising money to support research into defeating pediatric cancers.

Liam is no longer here.  Liam fought for four long years---fully two thirds of his too-short life. But that's the thing about a movement. Oftentimes tragedy begets resolve.  This year OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer through the proceeds of "be a good cookie" spatula sales and bake sale proceeds matching.  This is what happens when a movement gathers steam. Has a laser-focused goal.  Takes on a life of its own. Through Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Liam is still very much here and is doing wonderful things.

Has cancer sucked the breath from your lungs? Has it signaled ends or the beginnings of new normals? Do you want to be a part of this movement? A movement that, though started in breathless sorrow, sows Hope and Joy and Cookies. Comfort. And money which is sorely needed to help fund research.

Some movements require running. Or at least walking. And at least one wants us to Race.  Cookies for Kids' Cancer gives us bakers something to do.  We may not know how to find a cure. And we might not want to run, let alone Race. But we know how to bake.

Here's what you can do. What we can do. Host a Bake Sale. Bake a dozen cookies; take them to work; sell them for a dollar apiece.  Bake two dozen. Organize a neighborhood cookie sale. Or one at your kids' school. Or at your place of worship.  Sell them outside the grocery store.  Tell people what the money is for. Tell them about Liam. And about his parents. And about their work family, the lovely OXO folks, who put their weight and their pledge behind a movement. So now word is out. Now you know.

Bake. Sell. Give. Do.

To learn more, to donate or create a giving page, or to register your Bake Sale so it is eligible for OXO matching funds, please go to Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

Thank you.

From Liam's Family.

From OXO.

From me.


*I learned about Cookies for Kids' Cancer from the OXO representative at the Mixed Conference for Food Bloggers this past weekend.  She spoke passionately about Liam's family and about the organization. She spoke as an OXO employee, but she also spoke as herself, as a person whose dear friends had the air sucked right out of their lungs but chose hope rather than to stop breathing.  We food bloggers were asked to help spread the word about Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Which I would have done anyway even if we hadn't been asked.

This is an Amazon affiliate link, so if you purchase the spatula through this link, I will receive a few cents on the dollar. Normally I'd use that money to help feed our kittens. For each spatula purchased here though, I will match the affiliate earnings and then donate that money to Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Thank you.






  1. says

    I’m purchasing that spatula ASAP! One of my dear friends from childhood, Justine, died from Neuroblastoma – she was diagnosed at 18, was gone by 20 and there’s not a day I don’t think of her. Sadly, from what I saw online, Neuroblastoma also waged battle with Liam. That is a deadly one and I pray that they find a cure. Major kudos to Liam’s parents, OXO and you for spotlighting this.

  2. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas says

    Awesome post. I did a video to raise awareness for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and I really hope we can all make a difference together!

    • says

      It takes us all working together, doesn’t it. And one brick at a time, we help build a road to a better tomorrow. I will have to watch your video–I’m so glad that you stopped in and commented, Joanne.

  3. says

    Very poignant and well written, Jenni. I also lost a sibling to cancer (20 years ago, now,) and it still sucks big rocks. Cookies for Kids Cancer is an amazing organization. I had the privilege to see Gretchen Holt-Witt speak last year, and I was/still am in awe of her strength and fortitude. If we food bloggers can help bring awareness to forward the cause of bringing available treatments to children with cancer, then how can we not do what we can? Well done, Friend! 🙂

    • says

      I completely agree on all counts, Kirsten. I’m sorry that we have this sad experience in common, but I’m glad that we can take action. It won’t bring back our family, but it can help to keep other families whole.

  4. says

    Loosing people to cancer sucks. I never met my grandmother, she died when my mom was 18. My mother never met her grand twins, she died before they were born. My first husband died of cancer.
    thanks for writing about the possibilities to help. Off to bake gluten-free cookies now.

  5. Kimberly Beaulieu says

    I am so sorry you lost people you love to cancer Jenni. I lost my dad about 5 years ago. Took care of him at home for about 8 months cuz he wanted to be home in the end. Hardest yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. This is such an amazing cause and I love that you are doing all you can to help. I cannot even fathom or begin to comprehend losing a child. I hope lots and lots of money gets raised in Liam’s honour.

    • says

      I do too. It’s such a large issue for so many people that everyone wants to try and help. This seems like a good way for bakers to try and help.

      Must’ve been hard to see your dad waste away, but I know you’re grateful for every moment you guys spent together.

  6. says

    What a moving post, Jenni! I was an oncology nurse in my former life, so I know the heartache cancer causes…I’m sorry it’s touched you so deeply. You’ve reminded me to make my own donation. xo

    • says

      Thank you so much. It was a heartfelt post for sure. The good news is that I think most folks who are touched by cancer are moved to try to make sure that it doesn’t happen to others. With everyone working together for a common goal, hopefully that will happen in our lifetime. Thank you again, @google-96f978412c10345298e82cfeae3cb0b0:disqus 🙂

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