- Stuffed monkeys hold a place for kids at school
- Three giving-levels available
- Donations matched
About This Deal
Young children diagnosed with cancer must often miss school for an extended period of time while they receive treatment. Upon returning, the students can have difficulty explaining their absences and interacting with peers and teachers. The Cure Starts Now supports efforts to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer through expansive fundraising and awareness efforts, and provides services for those afflicted with the condition.
The Cure’s Monkey in My Chair program aims to connect kids being treated for cancer with classmates during their absences, and foster a sense of normalcy when they return. Program participants receive a monkey kit containing a large stuffed monkey to sit in the child’s seat while they are out of school, and a smaller monkey for the participant to keep as a reminder that her or his place is being held. The in-school monkey carries a backpack with a book to help teachers explain the situation to classmates, and during the cancer treatment, children can also access an online service called Monkey Message, which helps them communicate and share pictures and documents with their classmates. The online component of the program also provides educational activities that foster interaction between the class and its absent student.
Join G-Team and donate $10, $20, or $30 to help connect children receiving treatment for cancer with their classmates. If G-Team members raise $450, then The Cure Starts Now can provide monkey kits to 15 children, with matching donations from Chiquita. Each additional $60 raised will fund another monkey kit. Chiquita will match each donation up to $25,000, and any donations in excess of $300,000 will be donated toward pediatric cancer research. G-Team members can register their donations here, and those who donate $30 will also receive a free children's book (shipping included).
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.
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