Four years ago, our daughter Satya, was diagnosed with cancer. Read more here.
This week, she heads off to preschool, healthy, Wonder Woman backpack on her shoulders, cape flying in the wind. But we know that not every kid gets to go back to school, which is why we are incredibly grateful to the Hoboken community for rallying around us as we try and support our extended family, the kids and families currently battling pediatric cancer.
The truth is, while pediatric cancer threatens everything you know and love, the world keeps spinning for everyone else. The days go by, the bills pile up, and the combination of it all is overwhelming, exhausting and, quite frankly, bullshit. So, Agan and I have made it our family's mission to support these families through our work with the Tomorrows Children's Fund, the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Hoboken businesses have opened their hearts and wallets for the third year in a row to raise money and awareness for these kids and families and we hope that you'll come out and show your support.
1. Sweeten your day and the day of a kid fighting cancer this September. Choc O Pain bakery (157 1st St.) will be donating 10% from the sale of each choc o pain - their best-selling and namesake chocolate pastry - to the Tomorrows Children's Fund from 9/1-9/30. All four Choc O Pain locations will also have a donation jar near the register. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
2. Love books? Hate Cancer? This is the fundraiser for you. Little City Books (100 Bloomfield St.) will be asking patrons to purchase books from a curated list for the kids being treated at Hackensack Hospital. Books can be purchased online or in the store. The bookstore will also donate 20% from the sale of each of the books on the list to the Tomorrows Children's Fund and Tackle Kids Cancer - both at Hackensack Hospital - for the entire month of September. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
3. Smoothie Operator: Sip on Satya's favorite Shaka Bowl smoothie this September - the Aloha, delicious and bright pink- and the Shaka Bowl sisters will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Tomorrows Children's Fund and Tackle Kids Cancer, both at Hackensack Hospital. This promo is available at both Hoboken locations (110 Washington St. and 720 Monroe St.) and the restaurant will also match donations up to $500. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
4. Get baked: Go shorty, it's your Birthday Macaron Day! Stop by Baking Mama (88 Hudson St.,) on Saturday 9/22 when the shop will be donating all proceeds of their popular "birthday macaron" flavor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And, from 9/23-9/29, the shop will donate 50% of the proceeds of the special macaron to St. Jude in Satya's honor. (Supporters outside of Hoboken will be thrilled to know that Baking Mama can ship these delicious treats!)
5. Give a buck! Little Hoboken is donating 25% of the proceeds from the September sales of their "If found, please microwave" coffee mug to benefit the Tomorrows Children’s Fund and Tackle Kids Cancer, both at Hackensack Hospital. Little Hoboken is also the media sponsor for the various fundraising efforts happening around Hoboken to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
6. Book it: Raakhee's first children's book, Super Satya Saves the Day, is out 10/2, with a special pre-sale reading and event at Little City Books on 9/30 at 11 a.m. This event will be co-hosted by Addie, Briana and Satya, three of the girls the book is dedicated to and all fierce cancer warriors. The Mirchandani and Singh family will donate $1 for every copy of "Super Satya Saves the Day" sold at Little City Books on 9/30 to the Tomorrows Children's Fund. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
7. Look good, feel better. Athleta in Hoboken (316 Washington St.) will be doing a discount with donation. Stop by the store on Thursday 9/13 between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., make a donation and receive 20% off your entire purchase. (Certain exclusions apply.) Money raised will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
8. Little school, big hearts. Hoboken Little School will be collecting change to change the lives of the kids and families battling pediatric cancer. All money collected in September will be donated to the Tomorrows Children's Fund. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
9. Sweat it out: Hudson River Fitness will donate $5 for any new member who join the gym in September. All money raised benefits the Tomorrows Children’s Fund. (100% of money raised will be used for patient care.)
Raakhee Mirchandani is a writer, editor, and author of "Super Satya Saves the Day", out 10/2. A special pre-launch event will be held at Little City Books on 9/30 at 11 a.m. You can pre-order her book here.