The Cure Starts Now

Support Grows in Illinois in Honor of Makanda Williams


The Cure Starts Now Adds Illinois Chapter

Macedonia, IL | December 14, 2018 — International non-profit, The Cure Starts Now, announces its 40th chapter in Macedonia, IL in honor of Makanda Williams.

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.

One DIPG parent, Sarah Carlton, used her momentum from the event to start The Illinois Chapter of The Cure Starts Now in honor of her daughter who battled DIPG, Makanda Jaide Williams.

“I fight for my daughter Makanda who lost her battle with DIPG on April 28th of this year, for every child that has battled, and for every child that will be diagnosed in the future. I hope to see a cure in my lifetime and want to do anything I'm capable of to help that happen. I decided to join The Cure Starts Now because I wholeheartedly believe in their mission. I feel it's best to help raise necessary funding for research and to know that those funds are going to where they matter most.” – Sarah Carlton

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.