Graeter’s Ice Cream kicks off its annual partnership with Cones for a Cure

The annual Cones for the Cure kicks off Thursday, raising money for cancer research in Greater Cincinnati. It’s so much more than just ice cream, it’s about making a huge impact in the lives of children and families in the community. The Cones for the Cure campaign is working to find the home run cure for cancer. The 12-year partnership between Graeter’s Ice Cream and The Cure Starts Now works to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Keith Desserich started the organization in memory of his daughter, Elena, who passed away in 2007 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The organization has raised $16 million, $1 million of which comes from its annual ice cream fundraiser. Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice cream has raised over a million dollars. Money has been donated to sponsor trials at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Research has worked to extend children’s lives. Heidi and Anthony Varns say their 9-year-old daughter, Addison, was diagnosed with DIPG in 2019. Thanks to the Cones for the Cure, they were able to spend longer with their daughter than they expected. months after diagnosis, when diagnosed, she was given 9-18 months back in 2019. Because of organizations like the Cure Starts Now who are partners with Graeter’s, they have given us hope and we have our daughter here for 30 months because of Ice Cream. And the money they’ve raised goes straight to lawsuits that have given our daughter hope and extended her life for us,” said Hedi Varns. The Varns have a special message for families battling cancer: never give up. They say it’s amazing what people can achieve when they come together. The Cones for the Cure campaign will run from September 9 to 19 at all Graeter locations. Click here to donate online.

The annual Cones for the Cure begins Thursday, raising money for cancer research in Greater Cincinnati.

It’s so much more than just ice cream, it’s about making a huge impact in the lives of children and families in the community. The Cones for the Cure campaign is working to find the home run cure for cancer.

The 12-year partnership between Graeter’s Ice Cream and The Cure Starts Now works to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Keith Desserich started the organization in memory of his daughter, Elena, who passed away in 2007 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The organization has raised $16 million, $1 million of which comes from its annual ice cream fundraiser. Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice cream has grossed over a million dollars.

Funds have gone in to sponsor trials at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Research has worked to extend children’s lives.

Heidi and Anthony Varns say their 9-year-old daughter, Addison, was diagnosed with DIPG in 2019. Thanks to the Cones for the Cure, they were able to spend longer with their daughter than they expected.

“Last September 5, she celebrated 30 months after the diagnosis, on a diagnosis she received 9-18 months ago in 2019. Because of organizations like the Cure Starts Now working with Graeter’s, they have given us hope and we have our daughter here 30 months because of ice. And the money they’ve raised goes straight to lawsuits that have given our daughter hope and extended her life for us,” said Hedi Varns.

The Varns have a special message for families battling cancer: never give up. They say it’s amazing what people can achieve when they come together.

The Cones for the Cure campaign will run from September 9 to 19 at all Graeter locations. Click here to donate online.

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