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The Once in a Lifetime Gala is celebrating its 16th year on March 9, 2024 at Duke Energy Convention Center Grand Ballroom and has already become one of Cincinnati’s largest and most unique galas, bringing in more than $733,000 in 2023 alone. It is estimated we will sell out again this year with over 800 guests at $150-$250 per ticket. The event hosts exclusive auction items and perks for our special guests. Following the extensive 400 item silent auction, guests are invited to a gourmet sit-down meal. The evening ends with an entertaining live auction of once in a lifetime experiences.


Most of our sponsors have been with us from the beginning of
this event with many of them choosing to increase their financial donations each year. Companies who support the gala, and most importantly pediatric cancer research, become vital partners with The Cure Starts Now. They choose to not only support the event, but also become further involved through partnerships later in the year or by serving on our councils to help guide the direction of the charity. Our sponsors are distinctly aware that in addition to their need to support The Cure Starts Now for the charitable reasons, they receive enormous advertising benefits for their company.


Started in 2007 by Cincinnati residents, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has revolutionized cancer research worldwide with its focus on a “homerun cure” for all cancers, starting first with pediatric brain cancer. In 2023 we reached over $23 million in funding which has allowed us to provide funding of new experimental treatments and research at top pediatric oncology hospitals including over $6 million to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital alone. Today, our fundraising initiatives have taken many forms from the bestselling Graeter’s Ice Cream Flavor of Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream that sells nationwide, to community partnerships with each of our 40 chapters nationwide. The Cure Starts Now has also been recognized by The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, People Magazine, Inside Edition and media worldwide for the inspiration it offers to all that fight cancer. Elena’s inspiration has also touched millions worldwide, cited as a top search term on and as the subject of the New York Time Bestseller “Notes Left Behind”, which benefits the charity.


The Cure Starts Now was founded by cancer parents, Brooke and Keith Desserich. Nearly all of our chapters are also run by cancer families
in honor of their children. What does this mean? We are passionate about funding research in the most effective and efficient way possible.


The Cure Starts Now is vested in representing all cancer families in our efforts. We love to go above and beyond to make sure we give our children the attention they deserve. Just as we worked tirelessly with Lauren Hill to spread her message out around the world and amplify her efforts, we will continue to do this until a cure is found.


In Loveland, Julia Grant is raising funds for a cure as a way for people to remember and honor the death of her twin brother.

Read this personal letter from Julia Wolf

DIY Fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now – GRANT FOR GRANT…

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