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Our own board member, Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Marty Deeks on NCIS: Los Angeles, needs our votes for the CBS Celebrity Cook-Off competition to help win $5,000 for Hats Off For Cancer!  Just go to this web site: http://www.cbs.com/superbowl/celebrity-cook-off/ and click on the Vote buttons next to Eric’s recipe.  Share them on your facebook page and twitter.  The more votes, the better!

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Fort Bend Herald

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 11:39 am By Denise Adams

ImageTerry High School student Melissa Ramos, 15, was diagnosed with acute myleloid leukemia on April 11, 2011. She underwent chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsies and spinal taps at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, determined to put up a fight.

During the treatments, Ramos also lost her hair, but she never lost her sense of hope, especially as friends and family gave her their unconditional support.

A classmate and friend, Kristen Wigington, donated her hair to Locks of Love specifically for Ramos. Her mother’s co-workers donated platelets of blood, and others in the community rallied to help this always smiling teen.

On Sept. 22, 2011, Ramos left the hospital and on Oct. 10, 2011, she received word she was officially in remission.

To give back, Ramos, a member of the Terry High yearbook staff, organized a school hat day in conjunction with the national “Hats Off For Cancer” organization. The national organization has donated over 1,500,000 brand new hats to cancer survivors.

As the hat day approached, Ramos, R.J. Hernandez and their families made dozens of orange ribbons for students to pin to their hats to signify they’d donated to the “Hats Off” day.

Her fellow yearbook staffers helped make posters and Ramos raised awareness for the need to fund a cure for cancer by sharing her story with her classmates.

In total, the Terry Rangers donated $190 to “Hat’s Off For Cancer” in Melissa’s honor who is still in remission and said she “feels fine.” Ramos said she’s happy that, in some way, she can help others.

“I wanted to give something back and to help find a cure for cancer,” Ramos said.

Anyone wishing to know more about HOFC can visit their website at http://hatsoffforcancer.org.

Link to article: http://www.fbherald.com/news/article_0a21267e-5371-11e2-b3d9-0019bb2963f4.html?_dc=25795173365.622757

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by STEVE STOLER
WFAA
Posted on November 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

FRISCO — A Frisco principal says bald is beautiful. And now, he doesn’t have to worry about his hair in the morning.

He made good on a bet with students.

Imani Miller is a dancer. She’s a lieutenant on the Heritage High School drill team. In September, she had a relapse of leukemia. She’s undergoing chemotherapy. Imani is one of two students at Heritage who are battling cancer.

“It’s really hard to wrap your mind around the fact that someone so close to you has been suffering so much,” said Bethany Alexander, Imani’s friend.

Heritage principal Mark Mimms made a promise to his students: If they raised thousands of dollars for a cancer organization, he would shave his head.

“I chose to do this because I want to honor them,” Mimms said. “My hair will grow back.”

In one week, students exceeded the principal’s challenge. They raised $6,600 for Hats Off For Cancer.

“They were coming in, digging the change out of their purses or out of their pockets, and turning it in,” said Jacqueline Hollowell, DECA sponsor.

Students who helped raise money saw the shaving in person. The rest of the school watched it from their classrooms.

“And I think it was an eye opener to the students that there are a lot of students going through a lot worse than they are, and that we need to be appreciative,” said Tannaz Zakeri, Imani’s friend.

News 8 spent some time with Imani Miller. She didn’t feel up to appearing on camera. She’s in remission and must endure two-and-a-half years of chemo treatments. She and her mother told us all the love coming from her school is therapeutic.

“And to know that her friends and her classmates and the teachers and everyone is not only thinking about her, but rallying for her, it means a lot,” Kimberly Miller said. “It’s a huge boost for her, emotionally.”

The kids at school say it’s been a boost for them too, knowing they’re bringing comfort to two classmates, in such a tough time.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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This week we would like to honor two-year-old Johnathon Cahill, currently fighting stage 4 cancer.

This little boy is an inspiration to many.  A day after mother’s day this year, his family saw a lump bulging from his stomach.  After spending nearly a week in the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with a type of liver cancer called Hepatoblastoma.  This type of cancer only affects one in 1.5 million children.  The tumor covered 6/8th of Johnathon’s liver.  In August, doctor’s resected Johnathon’s liver.  Since he also had two small tumors on his lung, he was considered a stage 4 cancer patient.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, getting shots, and taking medications to beat cancer.

Johnathon’s sister, Sarah, describes her baby brother as a kid that refuses to sit in bed all day:

He gets right back up and plays with you.  Even when the chemo makes him unable to walk, he will sit on the floor and play through the pain.  Johnathon loves dancing and playing with cars and animals.  He has a strong personality that shines right through…and is a strong little boy who was born a fighter. While he’s in the hospital, he makes everyone smile.  The nurses told us that Johnathon is the reason that they love their job!  He’s inspired me to become an Oncology nurse and graduate a year early.

Sarah also says that some weeks are tougher than others.  This week, he starts chemotherapy at Columbia in NYC for his last three week round.  His family is incurring heavy medical costs, medication fees, as well as travel costs to get back and forth to the hospitals for Johnathon.

Johnathon’s name means “Gift from God” and he truly fits that meaning. Cancer won’t bully Johnathon, he will win this battle!

You can help Johnathon and his family!  First, check out his Hope for Johnathon facebook page set up by his sister, Sarah, and “Like” it.  Then head over to the fundraising page set up for him and his family and donate whatever you can to help out this brave 2-year-old.  Every little bit helps!

It’s obvious by looking at this little boy that he can light up a room, but he is also an inspiration to us at Hats Off For Cancer, making it easy to name Johnathon our HOC Hero of the Week!

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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I have been receiving a lot of emails from schools, groups and companies, asking how to help spread awareness during September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I thought it might be good to address that here on the blog.  First, check out our Get Involved section on the Hats Off For Cancer (HOC) Web site if you know how you want to help.  If you’re still unsure, keep reading.

One of the easiest and more impacting ways to get involved is by hosting a Mad Hatter Drive at your school or church, in your community, with an organization or at your place of work.

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There are a ton of different ideas for your drive listed in our e-packets.

  • Some that have been very successful for groups in the past include designating a “Hat Day” where you collect a $1 donation from each person that wears a hat for the day.
  • Another great idea for an elementary or middle school is asking everyone to bring in their craziest hat and put it on during an assembly, asking for a $1 donation for HOC, and then holding a “Hat Parade” outside so everyone can see the fun hats and handing out prizes in certain categories!
  • You can host a Mad Hatter tea party and charge admission, either a new hat or a couple of dollars.
  • Hat drives are also a great way to give back, asking everyone to bring in new, kid-friendly hats to give to HOC.
  • Some groups have held a Battle of the Bands or a local concert after school or at church and used the admission fees to donate to HOC.
  • High Schools and Colleges have challenged rival schools to a competition to see who can raise the most money or collect the most hats.
  • Contact your local grocery store about partnering to ask patrons to donate $1 and they can write their name on a hat cut-out and post them up in the store display area.
  • Church groups and civic organizations and groups can knit or crochet soft hats.
  • Schools have used assembly time to show the HOC PSA and music video as a way to help everyone understand a little more about cancer and who is being helped through volunteering for Hats Off For Cancer.
  • Companies can give workers additional casual day passes for those that have participated in a donation or hat drive, or hold a golf outing with your company as the sponsor.
  • Everyone can get involved by hosting a virtual fundraiser through our online donation page where you can set up your very own page for Hats Off For Cancer and send the link out to family and friends.
  • You can find more ideas based on your type of group and event by visiting the Get Involved section of our Web site: Get Involved.

Truly, the opportunities are endless.  However, the most important part to remember is that you’re helping to spread awareness of this terrible disease, and you’re encouraging others to donate in a very simple, but in a way that is very meaningful and important to those benefiting from it.

Ultimately, one of the goals of Hats Off For Cancer is that everyone who participates in or coordinates an event, realizes how easy it is to give back, and uses this as a springboard to continue seeking out opportunities to give back to others in need.

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Here is a fun way to promote awareness. Just share this photo on your facebook page or tweet it to your followers!

Remember, getting involved can be as easy as you want it to be, but the impact can be felt for the rest of your life.

Thank you for reading and we hope you’ll consider joining us in bringing some much needed awareness to the courageous kids and teens who are battling and have battled cancer!

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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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