The Cure Starts Now

Support Continues to Grow in Massachusetts with New Chapter Honoring Selina Oehmen


The Cure Starts Now Adds Third Chapter in Massachusetts.

Somerset, MA | December 18, 2018 — International non-profit, The Cure Starts Now, announces its 41st chapter in Somerset, MA in honor of Selina Oehmen.

This past Giving Tuesday, The Cure Starts Now brought together over 130 families whose children battled DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) – one of the deadliest, most aggressive forms of cancer that primarily affects children – to fundraise for pediatric brain cancer research.

Two DIPG parents, Ken and Michelle Oehmen, decided during the event to start The Somerset Chapter of The Cure Starts Now in honor of their daughter who battled DIPG, Selina Oehmen.

“We fight in memory of our daughter, Selina Ann, and in the hopes that someday soon no child or family will have to go through the horror that currently comes with the diagnosis of DIPG. We choose to join The Cure Starts Now because of the amount of time, money, and dedication this organization has put into the research needed to find the Homerun Cure. We want to be part of an organization that will help us keep Selina's memory alive while trying to find a way to make it so that other families can continue to make memories.” – Ken Oehmen

The Cure Starts Now believes, as the experts do, in the Homerun strategy – that in order to cure cancer, you have to focus on those forms that are immune to conventional treatments, those that affect children, and those that are the “biggest bullies.” To do this The Cure Starts Now funds research previously thought to be too ambitious or impossible.

By operating with less than 3% overhead, The Cure Starts Now is able to ensure that money donated through the fundraising efforts of its chapters goes directly to funding innovative research.

The Cure Starts Now is one of the only cancer foundations 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 $12.5 million in cancer research, resulting in over 80 cutting edge research grants in 6 countries since 2007.