SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer Named a Semifinalist in the Big C Competition

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SMAC! has fantastic news to share!

SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer was selected as one of 168 semifinalists (out of 750+ entries) to move on to the second phase of the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s inaugural Big C competition, aiming to change the way the world lives with cancer. SMAC! is a global movement in the fight against cancer that arms those with cancer with true “creature comforts” – reminding them no one fights it alone. SMAC! will now compete for one of 20 spots in the contest’s next round, the venture accelerator program.

“All 168 entries have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, VP of marketing at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.”

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The 168 remaining entries represent possible solutions to the biggest challenges people affected by cancer face following a diagnosis, according to LIVESTRONG Foundation research. Of the remaining ventures, 20 will move on to the venture accelerator phase from July 14-Sept. 15, where contestants will be paired with cancer survivors and business mentors to turn their ideas into action.

On Sept. 29, five finalists will be announced and flown to Austin, Texas, to present their innovations during the Ride for the Roses weekend, where the grand prize winner will be selected. Sixty ventures will receive a total of $140,000 in seed funding, based on their innovation’s utility, ingenuity and benefits to cancer patients and survivors. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000.

Please wish us luck as we continue the competition. As always THANK YOU for your support of SMAC!.

Need a SMAC! monkey for yourself or someone else? Ordering is super-duper easy right here.

The SMAC! Monkeys Are Here. Time For a SMAC!-down on Cancer.

 

We're on our way!

We’re on our way!

 

SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer have officially been “unleashed” and are ready to SMAC! cancer big time.

First of all, thank you for bringing us to life last November through a crowdfunding campaign. We cannot possibly tell you how grateful we are. Second, thank you for your patience. There were many unanticipated delays with the manufacturer that pushed production back, getting us into your hands several months later than we hoped. The good news: SMAC! monkeys NoMo and Phoenix are on their way.

 

NoMo getting stitched up.

NoMo getting stitched up.

SMAC! Monkeys in the Mail!

One thousand SMAC! monkeys have hit my garage and I will personally be sending them to you or taking them to the Nebraska Medical Center (if you opted to have them sent to a cancer patient(s) ASAP. I will also be holding a press conference at the Med Center (and livestreaming it) to deliver more than 400 SMAC! monkeys to cancer patients. Seriously…how amazing is that? More details to come. THANK YOU for making it happen.

 

The movement has begun.

The movement has begun.

Monkey Business

Due to your generosity and commitment to SMAC!-ing cancer, SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer is now a social enterprise – a startup business focused on creating social change in the world of cancer by encouraging giving to those impacted by cancer, providing tangible sock monkey love & comfort and directing dollars to cancer research and programs.

Yep, you can now order SMAC! monkeys online.  Look at these incredible crowdfunding campaign stats that got us here:

  • 400 people pledged to the campaign
  • Exceeded total estimated goal of $35,000. You pledged$35,681.
  • Raised over $5,000 within 24 hours – the highest-earning first day in the history of the social crowdfunding site StartSomeGood
Mom snoozing with NoMo & Phoenix.

Mom snoozing with NoMo & Phoenix.

Whether you gave $5 or $1,000 – or anything in between – you brought SMAC! to life. My Mom’s (Leslie Lehrman) legacy is now in action. Mom wanted others with cancer to find the same comfort with the SMAC! monkeys as she did. She passed away on December 5, 2012. However, I was able to tell her on Thanksgiving Day the campaign hit its tipping point and became a reality. She was so very happy.

 

Survivor Heather Theresa with Phoenix at the LUNGevity Hope Summit.

Survivor Heather Theresa with Phoenix at the LUNGevity Hope Summit.

SMAC! in Action

Once you get your SMAC! monkey(s), here are several ways to get your SMAC! on:

  • Share your story:  Simply take a photo of you with your SMAC! monkey (or someone you gave it to) and upload it here. You can be as simple or creative as you want to be. We just want to be sure you are feelin’ the SMAC! love.
  • Social Media Shout Outs: To see social media shout outs of your pledges, type #SMACfounder in the search area on the “SMAC! in Action” page on the website. (Coming soon for those who opted in.)
  • Website Founder Listings:  To see your name /company as a SMAC! founder go to Campaign Founder Levels. (Coming soon for those who opted in.)

 

Time for a SMAC!-down

Again, our eternal gratitude to YOU for making this dream a reality. Now, we all need to keep this movement going…and growing. Tell your friends the SMAC! monkeys are now available to order. Everyone out there impacted by cancer deserves  their own special creature comfort. Let’s make it happen!

 

More thanks than possible,

Jennifer Windrum

 

Pre-Order Your SMAC! Monkeys Now!

Phoenix & NoMo

Phoenix & NoMo

Pre-order your SMAC! Monkeys now. It’s easy as pie. Just click here and go on your merry way! l

SMAC! on friends. SMAC! on!!