When Jennifer Windrum’s late mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, she became inspired to do something special to show she cared for her.
She wanted her mom, Leslie Lehrman, to know she was there for her — even though she was 1,200 miles away. So Windrum gave her two sock monkeys. During that trip an idea hit her: giving companions to those with cancer.
Cancer is very demanding on not just the person with the disease but the family and friends as well. Sometimes you can’t be there physically all the time with your loved one.
Windrum created SMAC! monkeys (sock monkeys against cancer) — stuffed animal buddies to comfort those suffering from cancer. The two styles of monkeys are NoMo and Phoenix.
The goal of the movement is to give back. When you purchase a monkey, one is given to a person with cancer. Most of the people who purchase the monkeys donate both to the cause.
Windrum raised $35,000 to start her SMAC! campaign.
SMAC! donates a portion of the proceeds to cancer research and support programs and partners with healthcare providers to create an elite team of SMAC! monkeys to be delivered to each of their cancer patients.
“I am grateful the Nebraska Medical Center is allowing me to give the monkeys to their patients,” she said.
To learn more about SMAC! monkeys or donate, click here.
Photo by In The Capital
Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.
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