CURE STARTS NOW INC

Family Never Fights Alone

aka Monkey in My Chair   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  www.thecurestartsnow.org

Mission

Our mission is to fund cures for pediatric brain cancers and other homerun strategies for curing cancer. We also serve to educate and aid families battling cancer with patient centered programs focusing supporting families through education, Warrior programs and other programs.

Ruling year info

2007

CEO and Executive Director

Ms Brooke Desserich

Main address

10280 Chester Rd % Brooke Desserich

Cincinnati, OH 45215 USA

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EIN

26-0269131

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Curing cancer

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation
(501c3 Federal Non-Profit) is one of the only cancer foundations dedicated to a “homerun” cure for all cancers, starting first with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer. Many experts believe that the lessons we learn from fighting pediatric cancer may in fact provide us the critical first step in winning the battle against all forms of cancer, both pediatric and adult.

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. And isn’t that the way we’ll ultimately win the battle?

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.
  
In our search for the cure, we are not alone.Joined by institutions, foundations and individuals, The Cure Starts Now has been involved with the funding of over $16,000,000 in pediatric cancer research since its creation occurring at the best hospitals and institutions worldwide. From state-of-the-art mouse modeling to unprecedented registry cooperation and drug screening, some of the very best in
cancer research is possible because of your support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In 2011, The Cure Starts Now created and produced the International DIPG Symposium. As a result, in 2012 The Cure Starts Now founded the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Collaborative.  Developed to work hand-in-hand with research produced from the Symposium, today the DIPG/DMG Collaborative is made up of around 25 independent foundations that agree to fund revolutionary research in a transparent, non-duplicative manner in such a way that funds can be ready as research collaboratives are built.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Jeffersonian Award for Community Service 2016

Rotary International

Affiliations & memberships

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Jeffersonian Award for Community Service 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Pediatric Cancer Research Funding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

DIPG/DMG Symposium & Collaborative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Symposiums, collaborative and chapter meetings.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Parents

Related Program

DIPG/DMG Symposium & Collaborative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Parents, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

DIPG/DMG Symposium & Collaborative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Academics, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to educate, aid and fund revolutionary cancer cure strategies that focus on those cancers that experts believe will fundamentally change how we fight cancer, thereby winning the war not by numbers but by science.

We seek to educate through awareness campaigns and our bi-annual DIPG Symposium. The Cure Starts Now aids families battling cancer with our Warrior program, one-on-one support and other programs. 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. 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.

Since the inception of the charity we have raised over $18 million in research funded and held five successful DIPG Symposiums.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CURE STARTS NOW INC

Board of directors
as of 12/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Keith Desserich

Keith Desserich

Doug Desserich

Tamara Ekis

Gavin Baumgardner

Melissa Saladonis

Terry Regan

Alyssa Hawranko

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.