Help End Childhood Cancer & Get Free Ice Cream with Cones for the Cure

Posted on Sep 14 2016 - 2:22pm by Susan Bewley


As some of you know, there are some things that are very dear to my heart. One of the things is helping non-profits that work toward ending cancer. As someone who lost a dear friend to cancer as a child, it is a cause that is very dear to my heart and I love helping when I can.  Of course, one of my favorites is The Cure Starts Now. Every year, they do a fun charity with Graeter’s ice cream – Cones for the Cure – and have a special flavor available at most Graeter’s locations – Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream. This year, Graeter’s and The Cure Starts Now are trying to raise $100,000 to help the cause and, of course, giveaway free ice cream!

About The Cure Starts Now and Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Started in 2007 in tribute to a 6-year-old girl named Elena Desserich, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has revolutionized cancer research worldwide with its focus on a homerun cure for all cancers.  The Cure Starts Now has funded over $6.7 million in groundbreaking pediatric brain cancer research.  With 26 chapters in 3 countries, The Cure Starts Now is making a difference in the fight against cancer. The Cure Starts Now has also been recognized by The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, People Magazine, Inside Edition and media worldwide for the inspiration it offers to all who fight cancer.

Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream was named after Elena as part of a wish donated by Graeter’s to The Cure Starts Now’s annual Once in a Lifetime Gala & Auction. The Groteke family won the wish and invented the flavor in 2008. Elena’s heart painting is the inspiration for the pint design. A portion of the proceeds from every scoop benefits The Cure Starts Now.


Photo Contest

One of the cool things they are doing as part of this promotion is a cool photo contest! The top 5 photos will be selected by WLWT and 96 Rock by 9/19/16 for final voting by followers of “Cones for the Cure” Facebook site – the picture with the most “likes” wins. The grand prize winner will receive a Party Pack of ice cream courtesy of Graeter’s.  The winner will be announced on 10/1/16 on the Cones for the Cure Facebook page! To enter, you must use the hashtag – #conesforthecure ! For more, make sure to read the official rules here!


Free Ice Cream

Want the chance to try this awesome ice cream for yourself? Sunday September 18th is the second free ice cream day from 3-8 PM at Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Dayton and Pittsburgh Graeter’s stores. While you are there, make sure to donate $1 or $5 to the cause while you enjoy your free ice cream.  By donating $5, you also get an awesome Graeter’s coupon book!

Are you planning on helping the cause? Make sure to learn more by visiting Cones for the Cure on Facebook!


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

23 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rust September 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm -

    Wounds like a wonderful program! We love Graters and I am happy to hear of their involvement.

  2. Sarah L September 14, 2016 at 10:47 pm -

    Very worthwhile cause. Too bad I live so far away. Want that blueberry icecream.

  3. Debra Holloway September 15, 2016 at 7:18 am -

    This is such a wonderful program. It is so wonderful when these work toward a cure.

  4. Loreen September 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm -

    This sounds like a great idea. I think that lots of people will be interested in this cause!

  5. deanna September 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm -

    What a great contest. That ice cream, sounds good too.

  6. Sue E September 15, 2016 at 5:09 pm -

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3 to 8 pm at Graeters – I see one is listed in my city. I will check it out! I love companies that give back or help a good cause!!
    I do try to do my part in supporting the organizations who are working to find a cure!!
    It is a subject that has gotten me down to my bones literally!! I am in remission right now from Multiple Myeloma.
    ALL cancers are horrible & need to be wiped off the face of this earth!!

  7. Kara Marks September 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm -

    What a neat program. I hope this idea will spread!

  8. Laura September 16, 2016 at 5:08 am -

    What a wonderful cause! I absolutely love this. Plus, who doesn’t like ice cream? 🙂

  9. Lisa Coomer Queen September 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm -

    This is awesome! Such a great cause to contribute to. We lost a young neighbor last year. It is something I don’t think you ever forget.

  10. Amy Green September 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm -

    I like it when companies do promotions for a good cause. “Blueberry pie” is a popular flavor variety right now. Even Oreo cookies have caught on! It is so heartwarming that this ice cream company is raising awareness to combat children’s cancer. I just wish we lived near one!

  11. Dorothy Hubbard September 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm -

    I wish they had a Graeters location near me, but they don’t, I love ice cream and certainly would support this worthy cause..

  12. clojo9372 September 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm -

    This is such a wonderful program. So many children are suffering with this horrible disease. I’m glad to see companies giving back and helping raise awareness and hopefully one day find a cure!

  13. Jerry Marquardt September 19, 2016 at 11:33 pm -

    I think that this is such a wonderful cause. I thank you for being an allied winner to supporting this.

  14. Margot C September 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm -

    Such a good program for an important cause, plus ice cream!

  15. Barrie September 20, 2016 at 4:58 pm -

    I’ll have to make sure to purchase Graeter’s in the stores to support them and their charities!

  16. Natalie September 23, 2016 at 8:40 am -

    What a great way to raise money to help cure cancer!

  17. Anita Jude September 23, 2016 at 11:48 am -

    wow ..I need to check this out they have a wonderful program for awesome cause and their ice cream looks delicious would love to try

  18. Christina Gould September 24, 2016 at 6:52 pm -

    I’ve never heard of Graeter’s ice cream. What a great cause. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Sandra Watts September 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm -

    That is fantastic and I will be purchasing their products more from now on.

  20. Quanda September 24, 2016 at 9:30 pm -

    What a great cause! The Cure Starts Now has funded over $6.7 million in groundbreaking pediatric brain cancer research…interesting.

  21. Kimberly Flickinger September 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm -

    This is such a great cause. Too bad I do no live near Cincinnati, but excellent cause.

  22. Amber Ludwig September 30, 2016 at 10:03 am -

    So awesome of them!! Such a beautiful cause!! I wish I could contribute!!

  23. Patricia Barraclough September 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm -

    Too bad we don’t live close enough to participate in this program. It is always reassuring to see communities get behind campaigns like this. As much as our family likes ice cream, we could really get behind their fund raising efforts.