Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

CURE STARTS NOW INC

aka Monkey in My Chair

Cincinnati, OH

Mission

Our mission is to educate and aid families battling cancer with patient centered programs focusing on facilitating continued interaction between school and patients through Monkey In My Chair program. As well as fund cures for pediatric brain cancer.

Ruling Year

2007

Principal Officer

Ms Brooke Desserich

Main Address

10280 Chester Rd % Brooke Desserich

Cincinnati, OH 45215 USA

Keywords

pediatric cancer research monkey in my chair

EIN

26-0269131

 Number

4541920302

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Monkey In My Chair Program

DIPG Symposium & Collaborative

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Our Results

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Average grant amount

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Context notes

Average amount granted to hospitals, researchers and institutions for DIPG research for the year.

Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Context notes

Number of research grants awarded each year. DIPG Symposium years (2015 + 2017) is significantly higher than non-DIPG Symposium years ( 2016 + 2014).

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Context notes

Amount of research grants awarded each year. DIPG Symposium years (2015 + 2017) is significantly higher than non-DIPG Symposium years ( 2016 + 2014).

Number of conference attendees

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families,

People with cancer

Related program

DIPG Symposium & Collaborative

Context notes

Number of people attending the DIPG Symposiums hosted each year. DIPG Symposium is bi-annual and are scheduled for 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017.

Total number of organization members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families,

Parents

Related program

DIPG Symposium & Collaborative

Number of conferences held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Parents,

People with cancer

Related program

DIPG Symposium & Collaborative

Context notes

Number of DIPG Symposiums hosted each year. DIPG Symposium is bi-annual and are scheduled for 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017.

Average number of dollars received per donor

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Context notes

Average donation amount.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Academics,

People with cancer

Related program

Monkey In My Chair Program

Context notes

This tracks number of people receiving Monkey in My Chair kits each year.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Educate, Aid and Fund Cures for Pediatric Brain Cancer.The Cure Starts Now represents a revolutionary new strategy in cancer research; one that fights cancer not according to numbers but instead based on knowledge and research. The Cure Starts Now’s mission is one that knows no boundaries and stops at no borders. It is an international effort of families, friends, businesses and even strangers, united in the desire to cure cancer, one child at a time. And it all started with one child, but today the inspiration is carried with us all.

We seek to educate through awareness campaigns and our bi-annual DIPG Symposium. The Cure Starts Now aids families battling cancer with our Monkey in My Chair program as well as our assistance funds. Lastly, each year, thanks to our extensive network of chapters and families, we are able to use money raised to fund research selected through an extensive grant process with our highly specialized Medical Advisory Council.

Through our extensive network of chapters and families, we are able to use money raised to fund research selected through an extensive grant process with our highly specialized Medical Advisory Council. We are also able to provide unlimited quantities of Monkey in My Chair kits to hospitals and families nationwide. With our bi-annual DIPG Symposium, we work with researchers and institutions to ensure that research data is being shared and efforts are made to collaborate on research.

For our Monkey in My Chair program our success indicators are a growth not only in the number of hospitals the program is activ ein, but also the number of kits shipped and registered. Each year this number increases. For research, our success indicators are the amount of money that is spent on research each year.

Since the inception of the charity we have raised over $2.6 million in research funded and held two successful DIPG Symposiums.

External Reviews

Financials

CURE STARTS NOW INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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