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Monkey In My Chair Wins Grant Award

The Cure Starts Now Awarded $15,000 Livestrong Solution Grant to Aid Monkey In My Chair Program

May 27, 2020

Cincinnati, OH | May 26, 2020 —The Cure Starts Now has received a $15,000 Solution Grant from The Livestrong Foundation to aid the highly respected Monkey In My Chair program in supporting children currently battling cancer. This award is part of the immensely competitive Livestrong Solution Grants program which seeks to recognize and fund organizations that are creating long-term, trailblazing and innovative solutions for overlooked problems caused by cancer, and is one of eight issued this year.

This grant will allow the Monkey In My Chair program to positively impact the lives of 200 children afflicted with cancer all across the United States by providing them with a Monkey In My Chair kit. Monkey In My Chair is a free program that provides children battling cancer with a life-size stuffed monkey with a backpack that attends school for them while they’re out for treatment and encourages classmates to write notes of support to their friend, thus helping cancer-ridden children stay connected with their classmates and schools. July through September is the busiest time of year for the program with 50-75 kits shipped every week and with the cost to produce and ship each kit to the family or hospital being $75, it adds up quickly so the need for support is still crucial.