It is such a difficult situation; fighting cancer can be the hardest thing a family ever goes through. But one Omaha woman's effort is to make that battle a little easier.
"You know it's so difficult when someone you love has cancer and you're not able to be there with them,’ said Jennifer Windrum.
Windrum's mom was diagnosed with lung cancer, 1200 miles away. Windrum was worried that her mom would feel alone during treatments. It made her feel uneasy so she created SMAC Monkey’s.
“SMAC which stands for sock monkeys against cancer. One monkey is “Nomo”. He is the all cancer fighting SMAC money. The other is "Phoenix” and he is the lung cancer fighting monkey.
Phoenix is named after the city her mom lives. It’s the city she joined us, via Skype, for the interview as her mother was losing her battle.
“My mom is the inspiration behind the whole SMAC monkey line. And it's a very tough time right now,” said Windrum.
At the beginning of November Jennifer began the SMAC nation campaign. She has a goal to raise $35,000 to fund the production of SMAC monkeys. They will give patients a tangible item to hold on to when sometimes they feel alone.
“It’s all about giving and creating social change. I'm hoping these little guys can do,” said Windrum.
From Omaha to Phoenix, Jennifer hopes her dream becomes a reality in honor of her mother.
“That’s exactly what she wants. And I will do anything to make that become a reality for her and for everyone else that's dealing with cancer,” said Windrum.
Want to help? It’s easy to get involved. Just go to SMACancer.com. If Windrum reaches her goal, she plans to keep the business going. If you buy a SMAC monkey, another one will be given away.
As of Monday night she had raised $24,000.