18Loop Inc

Doing Good with Technology

aka 18Loop   |   Rutherford, NJ   |  www.18loop.org

Mission

18Loop is in the process of running the Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study (JEIRS) with its partner the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). JEIRS involves the distribution and monitoring of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to children with cancer to help them with Stress Management, communication and entertainment. The plan calls for fifty children to participate, after which the results will be gathered and reported. 18Loop currently has feedback from the initial participants, and is excited to announce that Servier Pharmaceuticals is funding the second phase of JEIRS. We plan to widely distribute VR headsets to children with cancer after the completion of our research. We will also engage in governmental Advocacy and Awareness, which we have begun in early 2021.

Notes from the nonprofit

18Loop is in the process of running the Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study (JEIRS) with its partner the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). JEIRS involves the distribution and monitoring of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to children with cancer to help them with Stress Management, communication and entertainment. The plan calls for fifty children to participate, after which the results will be gathered and reported. 18Loop currently has feedback from the initial participants, and is excited to announce that Servier Pharmaceuticals is funding the second phase of JEIRS. We plan to widely distribute VR headsets to children with cancer after the completion of our research. We will also engage in governmental Advocacy and Awareness, which we have begun in early 2021.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

2017252656 Gregory Tarnacki

Main address

101 Orient Way Apartment 1C

Rutherford, NJ 07070 USA

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EIN

82-1498855

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, it is estimated that 15,780 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. That number is increasing steadily by 1% a year. Annual global diagnoses are 300,000. The cure rate for pediatric cancer has improved tremendously and survival rates now top 80%. However, this still means that almost one in five pediatric cancer patients do not win their fight. The problem is that a typical treatment schedule lasts an average of 1,000 days. Treatment is taxing. Mood and motivation are key to success. 18Loop seeks to aid and comfort these kids with cancer in order to help them tolerate treatment, recover and thrive. We believe that our Virtual Reality (VR) will indirectly contribute to an improved cure rate in a future where we have realized our mission. 18Loop will decrease the discomfort of treatment and impr0ve mood, thus making it more effective. 18Loop is an IRC 501(c)(3) charity. We are a New Jersey nonprofit with tax ID: 82-1498855. We are GuideStar Gold.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Virtual Comfort

Virtual Comfort is a program that deploys VR headsets to low income cancer kids in order to help them tolerate treatment, recover and thrive. There was a study done ten years ago that spoke of the promise of VR in cancer recovery and we are deploying modern tech to further the case study and deliver results.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Children, Preteens, Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people

Related Program

Virtual Comfort

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our advocates are tracked in our database and reflect a diverse group of individuals who have offered financial support through donations or who have shown interest in our programs.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Preteens, Young adults, Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people

Related Program

Virtual Comfort

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We launched the Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study with the American Childhood Cancer Organization in 2020. Our current goal is to test the effect of VR on 30 children with cancer.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Preteens, Young adults, Terminally ill people, Chronically ill people

Related Program

Virtual Comfort

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

18Loop was featured in Cancer Care Parcel in 2020. Executive Director Greg Tarnacki was interviewed for the Team Engagement Podcast by Blue Sky Consulting.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

18Loop's goal is to deploy VR to ensure that pediatric cancer patients tolerate treatment, recover and thrive. In our active Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study (JEIRS) run with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), we are entering Phase II. All current Phase I participants reported a better experience during hospital stays. 18Loop has just received funding from Servier Pharmaceuticals that will allow us to continue to purchase technology for JEIRS.

We will focus on three areas to help our kids:

Advocacy and Awareness
Technology Deployment (VR headsets)
Scientific Research

.18Loop's goal is to deploy Virtual Reality (VR) to ensure that pediatric cancer patients tolerate treatment, recover and thrive.

We will focus on three areas to help our kids:

Advocacy and Awareness
Scientific Research
Technology Deployment (VR headsets)

18Loop believes that Virtual Reality will be a key component of future learning and healthcare. The Spatial Computing Revolution is coming over the next 10 - 15 years and our Virtual Comfort Program capitalizes on technology that now can significantly impact mood and combat pain. There is a lot of scientific evidence pointing to the efficacy of VR in the hospital environment, and we plan to conduct our own studies with the pediatric oncology populace.

VR is no longer niche technology. Oculus is owned by Facebook and is a mainstream product that Facebook subsidizes to drive additional marketshare. The overall VR market will grow 98.7% (CAGR) year over year through 2025. There is a relatively small market now, but that will change soon.

Our solution focuses on VR meditation, computer science and gaming and is designed to improve the overall mood and lift the spirits of kids with cancer.

18Loop is the only nonprofit offering Virtual Reality (VR) solutions to kids with cancer to aid recovery. Our goal is to help our kids to tolerate treatment, recover and thrive better than they would without our technology.

VR technology in 2020 has improved enough that the optics and environmental performance are sufficient to make an impact without negative side effects. We plan to deploy the Oculus Quest 2 in our Phase II Virtual Comfort Pilot. The smaller size, lighter weight and better optics of this headset will deliver an amazing experience. Coupled with Tripp Virtual Stress Management, Oculus will offer more than other providers can using mobile technology with in-house environments. Therefore, 18Loop can be said to offer better VR for free to our kids than other firms can produce for a for-profit charge.

18Loop has shipped 40 mobile headsets to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) for distribution to kids with cancer. 18Loop is currently collaboratively running the Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study (JEIRS) with the ACCO. JEIRS has targeted 15 initial teenage cancer kids and we will work with an additional 15 in Phase II. Phase I of JEIRS generated data on hospital visits, home recovery, pain tolerance, communication and entertainment. Our Virtual Reality (VR) scored very highly, with every participant reporting a better hospital experience. Most felt their fight with cancer was better off overall with VR.

What is next for 18Loop is using our new funding from Servier Pharmaceutical to expand our research study and generate more qualitative and quantitative data. For this, we will work with the ACCO and our partners at Tripp.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    18Loop's constituents are pediatric cancer children and their families. We gather qualitative metrics regarding their progress with the use of our Virtual Reality (VR) environment. All of the children in our first phase are affiliated with the American Childhood Cancer Organization, with whom we jointly run our program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    18Loop's Virtual Reality (VR) solution has produced no negative side effects in our target base. Our kids (in their teens) have reported better experiences in the hospital across the board. Based on our safety findings and the recommendation of our environment partner, we have opened the second phase of our research to younger children. These kids will be supervised in the use of VR, but we expect them to realize similar results to the older children. Their families should benefit as well.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    18Loop is allowing our cancer children and families to guide the type of experience that we offer to them. We are discovering that VR is useful not only for Stress Management, but for communication, gaming and pain management. We will continue to adjust our program based on the feedback of our kids and their families.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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18Loop Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

2017252656 Gregory Tarnacki

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Board co-chair

2017252656 Russ Soper

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/06/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.