Archive for June, 2012

This week we would like to honor our HOC Hero of the Week, John “PJ” Combs, a 16-year-old who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was 14.

PJ has been through a lot in his short life including more than 30 admits to the hospital, septic shock, pancreatitis, feeding tubs, upper and lower endoscopy, fevers, 50+ units of blood, 150+ units of platelets, an implanted port, IV antibiotics at home and the hospital, x-rays, ultrasounds, echo-cardiograms, having to learn to walk all over again, cranial radiation, chemo through IV, his spine and orally, and much more during the past two and a half years.

PJ is a fighter, though!

His mom, Elisabeth, said:

Doctors told me two and a half years ago that he might not live BUT he is still here and fighting so hard!

PJ never complains and tries to make everyone around him happy.

He is an inspiration to me and everyone he meets. He touches people to the deepest depths of their hearts with his strength and loving disposition.

I am his mother and he is MY hero and always will be.

To keep up to date on PJ’s fight, you can visit his CaringBridge page.

PJ, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.  You are our HOC Hero!

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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Big thanks to Social Entrepreneurship and Change students at Pepperdine University for collecting hats in class!

Waves of Good

As a group of movers and shakers, sometimes sitting in the classroom is a tough necessity for students in the Social Entrepreneurship and Change program at Pepperdine.  Being cooped up for multiple days in a learning environment is simultaneously invigorating and frustrating.  We want to learn, but we also want to go and do.  

That’s why, in the true spirit of entrepreneurship, Cohort 3 decided it would be Good to Give…something tangible we could do at each Face to Face Session to contribute to a cause (the go and do!) while we are in class (the sitting and learning!)  Good to Give (or G2G as it’s affectionately known) is an in-kind donation program where SEC students collectively combine their resources to make a small dent on a societal issue. 

So far this semester, G2G supported the local nonprofit Hats Off For Cancer.  Hats Off For Cancer gives hats to…

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