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Archive for April, 2012

This week we are honoring Benjamin Perry, a 15 year-old young man who is fighting Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive type of soft tissue cancer.

Benjamin Perry

Ben’s cancer has spread into his arm and his lungs.  He starts chemo again on Thursday and hopes to have at least 1,000 likes on his Facebook page: Prayers for Benjamin Perry.  You can leave Ben words of encouragement and prayers as he begins this second round of chemo this week!

Benjamin Perry

Ben is described as a very strong person who always looks for the silver lining.

Last Thursday, he gave the doctor a high-five and said, “Let’s do this!”

Maybe we all need to see things in the eyes of a child.  Hit it head on and don’t look back.  Thank you Ben for showing your Momma many life lessons through out the past year. I love you! 🙂

So, help show Ben that you are thinking of him and sending prayers his way by “liking” his page: Prayers for Benjamin Perry!

You’re a hero to us, Ben, and to many people praying for you!

If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them!  Fill out the nomination form here: http://hatsoffforcancer.org/nominate-hero

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This week we are honoring 17-year-old Jordynn Schoenberger.

Jordynn Schoenberger – March 2011

Jordynn was diagnosed in March 2011 with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  She  started chemotherapy and lost her hair, but never lost her fighting spirit.  Jordynn even continued going to school when she was feeling up to it in between her chemo treatments.

As one supporter commented:

Jordynn is a brave and strong young woman.  She is an inspiration to us all. I am proud to be part of her life

Jordynn Schoenberger – March 2011

After months of treatments, Jordynn’s scans came back clear and she was declared cancer free in June 2011!  Jordynn will graduate from High School this summer.

Congratulations, Jordynn!  We’re so happy to hear that you are healthy!  Check out Jordynn’s support group on Facebook.

If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them!  Fill out the nomination form here: http://hatsoffforcancer.org/nominate-hero

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Cancer has touched the lives of so many people and this is one way you can be involved and help.  The campus of Central Michigan University is having a collection drive from April 16 to April 30 for Hats Off For Cancer.

Coming to campus for a baseball or softball game? Drop off a hat!  Thought of someone special that you miss or hugged a child?  Drop off a hat in their honor.

Donations may be made in honor of a cancer survivor or in loving memory of someone special.

Collection sites are available across campus at the following locations:

  • Dean’s Office (Anspach 106)
  • Faculty Personnel Services (Warriner 308)
  • Human Resources (Rowe 118)
  • Student Disability Services (Park 120)
  • Volunteer Center (UC 106), CMIC (EHS 134)
  • Broadcast and Cinematic Arts office (Moore 240)
  • Communication Disorders Office (HP 2163)

Central Michigan University cancer survivors

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All the Above (ATA) Clothing created a Hats Off For Cancer designer t-shirt with 100% of the profits going to our charity.  ATA creates high-quality, stylish and innovative clothing that fosters self expression.  Their motto is “Express Yourself, Change the World”.

We’re so excited to present to you our designer t-shirt made especially for Hats Off For Cancer, to help kids battling cancer!  Purchase a shirt during the month of April and you’ll get free shipping.

Buy a shirt for yourself and for your family.  Every time you purchase a shirt, you are making a difference in the life of a child battling cancer.  100% of the profits go directly to Hats Off For Cancer.

 ATA CEO Cody Sudmeier with Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills" with their HOC shirts

ATA CEO Cody Sudmeier with Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills" with their HOC shirts

After you buy your shirt, take a photo and we’ll post it on our blog, web site and social media pages!

Founder Tara and ATA's Sharon proudly show off their Hats Off For Cancer t-shirts

Founder Tara and ATA's Sharon proudly show off their Hats Off For Cancer t-shirts

How do you express yourself and change the world?

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Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~ John Diamond

This week we want to honor 1-year old Rowdy Perkins.  Rowdy was diagnosed with 4S Neuroblastoma at less than a month old.  He started chemo and underwent four rounds as well as two surgeries to remove remaining tumors.

Rowdy Perkins, after being diagnosed with 4S Neuroblastoma

Rowdy’s mom let us know why Rowdy is a hero:

To us Rowdy is a real hero, we have learned soo much from him in the past year.  It is sad that Rowdy’s life so far has been filled with this hell, but we know how lucky we are that he was able to battle this beast and come out smiling and HEALTHY!

I hope that Rowdy’s story will inspire a lot of people…anything is possible if we have hope! 🙂

Rowdy Perkins

Happy and healthy!   1-year old Rowdy shows off his smile!

On July 1, 2011, Rowdy ended his treatments.  His most recent scans in February came out clean!  Congratulations Rowdy!  We honor you as our HOC Hero of the Week!  Check out his CaringBridge page and leave a message for him and his family!

If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them!  Fill out the nomination form here: http://hatsoffforcancer.org/nominate-hero

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This week we are honoring 1-year-old Logan Munro, affectionately known as Loganberry and Logie Bear.  Little Logan is battling a form of malignant brain cancer known as Medulloblastoma.  You can help him and his family by clicking the links at the bottom for his personal donation page!

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

Logan was born in February, 2011 and at his three month check-up, his doctor noticed his head was large for a baby his age.  Those concerns grew when Logan was not meeting certain milestones in development.  After a brain scan and biopsies, it was determined that Logan had five tumors.  He underwent surgery in December 2011 to remove one tumor.  The others were too large and now Logan is undergoing chemotherapy to decrease the size of the others in order for the doctors to operate.

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

According to Logan’s nominator (his cousin, Melissa):

Throughout it all, Logan continues to be a loving and happy baby. Logan is such a vibrant little boy who almost always has a smile on his face no matter what he is going through (In fact he recently was admitted to the ER and eventually isolation due to a fever and extremely low blood counts and except for when they were accessing his port, was smiling at all the nurses and doctors).  Between treatments, Logan is a happy baby who turns up the wattage on his grin when he sees his toy tow truck, watches Baby Einstein on TV or finds an adult with whom to flirt.

You can show your support for Logan via his Facebook page and donation site.  “Like” Logan’s page and show him and his family that we are thinking and praying for his health and recovery!

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them!  Fill out the nomination form here: http://hatsoffforcancer.org/nominate-hero

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