The Cure Starts Now

Cancer Research Fundraiser Goes Global & Exceeds Expectations by 700% Despite COVID-19


The Cure Starts Now’s "The Great Relay for Research" Raised Over $175,000 for Homerun Cure™ Cancer Research

Cincinnati, OH | October 1, 2020 — The Cure Starts Now’s first annual “The Great Relay for Research” raised $179,105 for Homerun Cure™ cancer research surpassing their original goal by over 700 percent.

With the cancellation of nearly 120 crucial spring and summer fundraising events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cancer research grant funding cycle for The Cure Starts Now is in jeopardy.

The Cure Starts Now adapted by going virtual with an increased social media presence and by hosting online events like “The Great Relay for Research.” During this relay, each of the foundation’s 41 chapters were given the baton to fundraise virtually in their communities for one day before they passed it to the next chapter. Every dollar donated counted as one mile and the goal was to circle the equator, which is approximately 25,000 miles. With the support of The Cure Starts Now’s chapters and their generous communities, the relay circled the globe seven times.

"We are incredibly proud of our chapters and all the work they put in to make The Great Relay for Research a success. Our chapters are the reason we are able to continue funding innovative Homerun Cure™ cancer research. We couldn’t do this without them." – Brooke Desserich, Executive Director of The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now has seen great success with virtual events this year. Most events rely on the community coming out in person to attend an event and the change to a virtual platform brought much uncertainty, but their supporters continue to prove they are just as dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure™ for cancer.

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About The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now was started in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, a Cincinnati girl who battled a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG. Today, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has over 40 locations in three countries and is the only cancer foundation dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure for cancer by focusing on one of the rarest, most aggressive forms of cancer. Believing in more than just awareness, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $15 million in cancer research, resulting in over 97 cutting edge research grants in 15 countries since 2007. Learn more about The Cure Starts Now and their mission to find the Homerun Cure for cancer at, and follow for updates.