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Pledge NOW to Bring “SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer” to Life!

NoMo the SMAC! leader

NoMo the SMAC! leader

NoMo is the ringleader of  “SMAC! – Sock Monkeys Against Cancer”, a gang of monkeys that provides tangible support to those with cancer, reminding them no one fights it alone.

Right now, NoMo is just a prototype.

But, with YOUR help, NoMo and his SMAC! buddy, Phoenix, can soon be in the hands of those with/impacted by cancer to help them SMAC! it, by pledging your financial support here.

(Check-writer only? See bottom of this post for details).

Funds pledged to my SMAC! campaign on the Start Some Good crowdfunding platform are used to launch my startup – the SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer product line, which so far includes two SMAC! monkey prototypes:

        NoMo, the ALL cancer fighting monkey

        Phoenix, the “WTF? (Where’s the Funding) for Lung Cancer?” fighting monkey

NoMo and Phoenix

SMAC! Monkeys Phoenix & NoMo

I have one month to raise approximately $35,000 to launch the SMAC! monkey product line (November 1-30). You get some sweet rewards for pledging. Check them out here.

My ultimate goal: Create a custom monkey for each type of cancer.

My ultimate dream: Anyone diagnosed with cancer gets a SMAC! monkey from their hospital.

The Big Why

This whole entrepreneurial endeavor isn’t just about some random monkeys and attaching cancer to their name. It’s about my Mom… and too many others like her.

The SMAC! monkey line was inspired by my Mom, Leslie Lehrman, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer six years ago. No, she never smoked. ANYONE can get lung cancer (‘nother whole story).

Mom snoozing with NoMo & Phoenix.

Cancer can be a very lonely existence. Family and friends can’t always be there. My Mom lives more than 1,200 miles away, making her appointments, tests, scan results and treatments that much harder for both of us.

This is why I created SMAC! — to give Mom a “buddy” she could hug to remind her that I am with her.

It’s hard for me to describe how my boys (NoMo and Phoenix) make me feel. I look into their little eyes and they just make my heart melt. It may sound silly, but when I get up, I say ‘good morning’ to them too. They just make me happy…even on my darkest days.
                                                                                          -Leslie Lehrman (Mom)

Mom has taken her SMAC! monkeys everywhere – to chemo, doctor appointments and to the couch for some much needed rest (and snuggle time). She says they are now part of the family.

SMAC! Nation

Mom and I want to build “SMAC! Nation,” a global movement in the fight against cancer that arms those with/impacted by this dang disease with cancer-crushing companions of the sock monkey kind. 

With YOUR help, SMAC! Nation will be built with great philanthropic purpose, with giving at the heart of it all.

The SMAC! Mission

Tangible Support: Provide constant comfort, sock monkey “mojo” and a cancer-busting buddy to those moving through their cancer journey.

Giving: “One SMAC! = Two” Business Model:  When you buy a SMAC! monkey, one will be given to someone with cancer (model to go into action the minute the company can financially sustain it).

Create Social Change: By giving to those impacted by cancer, you will also be contributing to advances in cancer research and programs (model to go into action the minute the company can financially sustain it).

So, doing good to create good – all bundled together in one package.

Mom with NoMo & Phoenix at chemo.

Corporate Giving

Following the implementation of One SMAC = Two, my next giving goal is to direct steady SMAC! corporate funds to the following:

National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators
Professional organization that supports oncology nurse navigators assist patients and families to receive essential support services that help ease the burdens during cancer treatment.

Liz’s Legacy at the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center
One of 66 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the U.S. Funds will be directed to lung cancer research.

I’m a huge advocate for ensuring people understand where their money is going when they give to any cause.

Jane and NoMo going for a spin.

Conscious Capitalism

Yes, there is such a thing as conscious capitalism and I’m a big believer. “SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer” will operate under Jennifer Windrum Inc. as a socially conscious for profit company.

A good and successful example of combining a for profit with a social mission is TOMS Shoes. Like TOMS, SMAC! is more than just a product. It’s a movement that inspires people to want to help – to want to give – to want to be part of a larger mission to do good.

Please know I will be open, honest and forthcoming about where your SMAC! dollars go throughout the startup process and beyond.

Little SMAC!-ers spreading the word!

Join the Movement

For kids and adults alike, the SMAC! monkeys are ready to get down the business.

Join the movement! Help bring NoMo and Phoenix to life to help you and/or your loved ones SMAC! cancer.  Pledge here!  

Pledge today!

ps…if you only feel comfortable pledging by writing a check, you can send a check to the following (needs to arrive by November 28th):

Gothenburg State Bank
Leslie Lehrman SMAC! Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 81
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Please add a sticky note: “To be deposited into account # 944041”

Those who write a checks are, unfortunately, not eligible for campaign rewards, but you will still help send SMAC! monkeys to cancer patients at the Nebraska Medical Center.

 pps…Feel free to hang out with the SMAC! monkeys online. They kinda think they are social media super stars.







  • Asmaa

    That is not a condition and there isn’t a name for it. Symptoms help in the disongais process. If a patient is seen in the emergency room for example, they may be admitted listing a few to several probable disongais based on tests done up to that point.

  • Krishan

    Really? Good job. I have beaten the game, well as many lvlees as there are, but there are some glitches like hitting spikes on the other side of the wall. Plus, how long did it take you to make the lvlees?

  • Irma

    Does screening for lung cacenr save lives?For many years, doctors have been trying to determine if the early detection of lung cacenr can save lives. Screening is the use of tests or exams to detect a disease in people without symptoms of that disease. For example, the Pap test is used to screen for cervical cacenr. Because lung cacenr usually spreads beyond the lungs before causing any symptoms, an effective screening test for lung cacenr could save many lives.Until recently, no lung cacenr screening test had been shown to lower the risk of dying from this disease. Earlier studies of 2 possible screening tests, chest x-ray and sputum cytology, did find that these tests detected lung cacenrs at an early stage, but this did not improve a person’s chance for a cure. For this reason, major medical organizations have not recommended routine screening with these tests for the general public or even for people at increased risk, such as smokers.

  • NoMo

    I can’t thank you enough for your generous donations. Moving closer and closer with each one! Wahooo!

  • Liz Scherer

    So happy to be a part of this! Here’s hoping we SMAC the heck out of cancer!

    • NoMo

      THANK YOU so much, Liz, for all your support. We will definitely SMAC! cancer to the curb.

  • Emma Peyton

    Hello. I was reading your blog and wondering if I could help spread your organization toward the East Coast.

    • Jennifer Windrum

      Hi Emma. Thanks for your message. Yes, I will take any help I can get to get the necessary funds raised to launch the SMAC! monkey line. What kind of ideas do you have in mind? Would love to chat. Jen

      • Todd Werner

        Hi. I am looking to try the SMAC monkey movement in my community as part of a college project? Any ideas?

    • Todd Werner

      Hi. I am along the EAST COAST. Maryland actually and am looking to try the SMAC monkey line as a save the world project for my local college. Any suggestions? Thanks, Todd

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  • Callie Willis

    I have been following your story since July now and I am so excited for you and your mom that you have reached your goal! My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in July of this year also a Non Smoker. I was wondering how do I go about getting my mom a SMAC monkey? I have also been explaining your story to her and she was so thrilled to hear you have reached your goal. If there is some where I can purchase one or anything I need to do. We are currently seeking treatments at MD Anderson of Houston Texas.
    Thank you and I will continue to pray for you and your mother.