Today’s the last day to donate to our national G-Team campaign that partners with The Cure Starts Now. The charity helps find a cure for pediatric brain cancer through fundraising and awareness efforts. It also provides services like “Monkey in My Chair” which helps children afflicted with the condition, their classmates, and teachers cope with cancer in a fun and creative way.
The key to this program is the “Monkey Kit,” an innovative, informative, and smile-inducing idea. It’s sometimes hard for children to explain their absences during treatment to their peers, so The Cure’s “Monkey in My Chair” program helps ease the transition. The kit contains a large stuffed monkey to sit in the child’s seat while they are out of school and a smaller monkey for the child to keep as a reminder that his or her place is being held. Educational material is provided to the students at school and children at home are able to send online messages (Monkey Messages) back to their classmates.
In addition to funds raised in this G-Team campaign, Chiquita will also match each donation up to $25,000. Keith Desserich, Chairman and Founder of The Cure Starts Now Foundation said:
Helping thousands of children nationwide every year, the ‘Monkey In My Chair’ program is often the only connection children undergoing cancer treatment have with their friends back at school. We’re honored to have both Groupon and Chiquita help us touch thousands of children and raise funds for such an important cause.
We appreciate everyone’s support thus far during this campaign and encourage you to spread the word on this final day of fundraising!