The gold bows are back.
Local business owners, neighbors and runners are teaming up for “30 Days for a Cure” in September to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer, a national nonprofit that raises funds for new treatments for pediatric cancer – and a gold ribbon serves as the symbol for childhood cancer awareness.
Gold bows can be seen on Main Street in Fort Mill and on the main thoroughfare in Tega Cay. The third annual “30 Days for a Cure” event highlights a different local business each day that has donated to CFKC. In order to be named the “Good Cookie” of the day, the business makes either a flat donation or gives a percentage of the days’ sales to CFKC.
Dana Boutwell, Mrs. S.C. Strawberry Festival 2013, competed in the pageant under the CFKC platform. Boutwell watched a friends’ child battle cancer and felt that she needed to do something.
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“I just see so many ‘God winks,’” Boutwell said. “I feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do.”
In addition to the “30 Days for a Cure,” a 5K will be held on Sept. 12 at Walter Elisha Park. Proceeds will benefit CFKC, and there will be a bake sale the morning of the race.
“Don’t forget to bring cash with you,” Boutwell said.
The 2015 Strawberry Festival Queens will be in attendance at the 5K, and the Springfield Middle School dance team will be cheering on the runners with gold pom poms.
Over $70,000 has been raised in two years to benefit the foundation. Boutwell is excited, she said, because they are “so close to hitting the $100,000 mark.”
The $100,000 goal is significant because that is the amount of money needed to fund a clinical trial, Boutwell said.
“That’s hope to the families,” she said. “These clinical trials save lives.”
This year, Boutwell enlisted help from friends in several local neighborhoods to encourage their neighbors to purchase a gold ribbon. The neighbors were happy to engage in a bit “friendly competition” with other neighborhoods, and 700 ribbons were bought – doubling the previous year’s sales. “It just went like wildfire,” Boutwell said.
For the third year in a row, ribbons were made by Fredda Smith, owner of Buy the Bunch florist off of Main Street in Fort Mill. Ribbons were sold for $10 each – $6 went to CFKC and $4 went to Buy the Bunch. This event helps CFKC, encourages community participation and awareness and supports a local business all at the same time, Boutwell said.
“Every year we continue to see it grow and the support increase and people become more aware of the cause of childhood cancer,” Boutwell said.
Boutwell has a team of around 20 volunteers helping her with the logistics of the month. Melanie Kauffman is heading up the 5K.
Boutwell encouraged everyone to get involved in some way.
“Tie a gold bow on your mailbox,” she said.
“I was driving down the road and saw someone I didn’t know with a bow tied to their mailbox,” Boutwell said. “It’s just one of those moments that you know you’re doing what you’re supposed to do. There’s just no way not to do it,” Boutwell said.
Want to run?
What: Cookies for Kids Cancer 5K
Where: Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill
When: Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. Packet pickups will be on Sept. 11 at Fleet Foot Sports in Fort Mill
Cost: $25, $5 more to register the day of the race
Pushpointe of Fort Mill will also be offering a special yoga session at the park at 7 a.m. the morning of the race for $5. All money will be donated to CFKC.
Register by Sept. 1 to guarantee a t-shirt. Deadline to register online is Sept. 9
Registration the day of the race is from 7-7:30 a.m.
For more information, go to cookies5kfortmill.com
Want to help?
What: 30 Days for a Cure to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer
Where: Area local businesses
When: The month of September
Sept. 1 - Buy the Bunch Florist - 103 Railroad Ave. Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 2 - Hubee D's - 14126 Rivergate Pkway Charlotte NC 28273
Sept. 3 - Casual Water - 15083 Molokai Dr. Tega Cay, SC 29708
Sept. 4 - Sam's Xpress Car Wash - 2354 Parchment Blvd. Tega Cay, SC 29708
Sept. 5 - Crossing on Main - 102 Academy Street Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 6 - Beef O'Brady's - 940 Market Street Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 7 - BT Burgerjoint - 14130 Rivergate Pkwy Suite 300 Charlotte 28273
Sept. 8 - Express Oil Change - 1756 Gold Hill Rd. Tega Cay 29708
Sept. 9 - Wine Shop - 14142 Rivergate Pkwy Charlotte NC 28273
Sept. 10 - Toast Cafe - 2429 Hwy 160 W Tega Cay, SC 29708
Sept. 11 - Jimmy Johns - 1642 Hwy 160 Fort Mill, SC 29715
Sept. 12 - Melissa Rhyne Photography
Sept. 13 - 31 Party online – Hollyanne Shiplett– http://bit.ly/1J2X8Zl
Sept. 14 - Baxter's Bunch - 1504 Carolina Place Drive Fort Mill
Sept. 15 - Culvers - 3521 Foothills Way Fort Mill 29708
Sept. 16 - Hot Heads - 415 Tom Hall Street Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 17 - Empire Pizza - 1504 Carolina Place Drive Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 18- 39 Below Clothing - 2443 Cherry Road Suite B Rock Hill SC
Sept. 19 - Above and Beyond Learning - 1362 Hwy 160 E Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 20 - Art Space Studio - 14126 Rivergate Pkwy Charlotte NC
Sept. 21 - Dr. Biehl Dentistry - 105 Ben Casey Drive Suite 139 Fort Mill SC
Sept. 22 - Charanda's - 1504 Carolina Place Drive Fort Mill 29715
Sept. 23 - Wine Shop - 14142 Rivergate Pkwy Charlotte NC 28273
Sept. 24- McAlister's Deli - 936 Market Street Fort Mill SC
Sept. 25 - Empire Pizza - 4811 Old York Rd. Rock Hill SC 29730
Sept. 26 - Nest Furnishing - 1653 Katy Lane Tega Cay SC 29708
Sept. 27 - Danny's Pizza - 2435 Hwy 160 W. Fort Mill
Sept. 28 - Luke's Bar and Grill - 465 S. Herlong Ave. Rock Hill SC 29732
Sept. 29 - Z Bakery - 124 Confederate St. Fort Mill
Sept. 30 - Joelle - South Hill Designs - southhilldesigns.com/us/joellemarie