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We all know someone who’s life has been changed by a cancer diagnosis.  Whether a family member, close friend, co-worker or perhaps even yourself, any type of cancer is sure to turn lives upside down.

A cancer diagnosis for a child is almost unbearable to wrap one’s mind around.  Yet, many of cancer’s victims are indeed our beloved little ones.  I know first hand how such a diagnosis turns lives upside down.

Several years ago my niece, at the age of 2 was diagnosed with Leukemia.  I remember well the frantic phone call from my sister as my niece was immediately hospitalized at a children’s hospital an hour from their home.   What followed was months of painful treatments, several hospital stays,  countless doctor appointments, hair loss, and a family who’s lives had taken a dramatic turn.  The dishes in the sink, the unswept kitchen floor and the half folded laundry no longer seemed important.  All focus was now on the treatment of this little girl.

During the 2 years of this ordeal, our family was impressed and forever grateful to all those who helped and gave support whether from near or far.  From the volunteers at Denver Children’s hospital who read stories to a child too sick to leave the bed to the hospital staff who so lovingly took care of her, to friends and neighbors who for 6 months arranged dinner to be brought to the family each Wednesday, the most harrowing day of treatment.  Each and every act of love and support was a blessing and did not go unnoticed.

When Hillary began to lose her hair, although a well-known and expected side effect of chemotherapy, it was nonetheless heartbreaking to watch.  Hats had never become so important.  Especially during the winter months.  Those donated to Hillary were comforting on so many levels.

Fast forward 15 years, gratefully that little girl is now 17,  healthy and planning for the rest of her life.  Some families aren’t so lucky.

Last fall when I first heard about the Hats Off For Cancer foundation,  my neice’s experience came flashing back and the hardship seemed like just yesterday.  So I jumped at the chance to help give back just a little bit .  We here at the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau began collecting new hats for children throughout the month of September.  With the help of Wells Fargo Bank and many Sacramento residents, we were able to collect over 100 new children’s hats that were donated to and gratefully accepted by UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Thank you to Hats Off For Cancer for fascilitating this wonderful endeavor to help cancer’s youngest victims.

Alyssa Green, SCVB and http://www.sacramentokids.net

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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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It’s always inspiring when cancer patients, cancer survivors, or parents/family members of cancer patients volunteer to coordinate a drive for Hats Off For Cancer.  We were delighted to hear from Angela Franchino, a current cancer patient from Denver, Colorado, who held a drive in her area with Tarver Elementary, Colorado Center, and ReadyTalk.  She managed to find time in between treatments to collect more than 600 hats, bag them and donate them.  We are truly inspired by her selflessness!  Our hats are off to you, Angela!

Here are some photos that she sent along:

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Like the song in the background? It’s Sound of Heart, written and sung by Cazz featuring Dennis Lawrence exclusively for Hats Off For Cancer. Buy it on iTunes, all profit goes to Hats Off For Cancer: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-heart-hats-off-for-cancer/id469444476

While more than 45 children are being diagnosed with cancer every day, Hats Off For Cancer is hard at work providing hats and smiles to these heroic kids. More than one million children on five continents have benefited from this program since it BEGAN in 1996. You can join us and help bring smiles and happiness to the brave kids fighting the battle of their lives. Start a Hats Off for Cancer Club at your school, hold a hat drive or fundraising event in your community or at your company. Personally, I have seen how the gift of a hat can brighten a difficult day, and believe me it is worth our time and effort. To learn more log on to www.hatsoffforcancer.org. Together we can put a big smile on the face of a child fighting cancer!

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September 1st (today) marks the beginning of a month dedicated to bringing awareness to children fighting cancer. Here at Hats Off For Cancer we focus on children fighting cancer all year round.  However, this is a great opportunity to get the larger public involved in becoming more aware and more involved in helping these brave, young cancer patients.

I found a wonderfully written letter in the news this morning and I would like to share it with you.  It was written by Rod Hamilton, a Representative from Minnesota in District 22B.

For 43 families, today will be a difficult day. Thirty-six of them will have a child diagnosed with cancer; seven will see their child lose their battle.

Each year, 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment. The rate of childhood cancer has been increasing over the past 20 years, and it is now the leading cause of death by a disease in children under age 15. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer: 6 years old. The causes: Unknown. The effect: Lifelong.

These statistics are sobering. Let them prompt you to take action. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You can make a difference. Become a blood donor. It’s not the first thing people think of, but children in cancer treatment need blood. Remember, too, that every child battling cancer has a family. Give them your support and assistance as they endure tough times.

So by now, you’re probably wondering if there’s something you can do to help these kids.  Fortunately, there are ways that you can help provide smiles for these brave children while they’re fighting for their lives.

  • Hold a Mad Hatter hat or fundraising drive in your community, at your school, at your company or business, or with your organization (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Key Club, Lions, Kiwanis, PTA, Dance Team, Cheerleading Team, etc…) Register for your official e-packet here: http://bit.ly/MadHatterHOC
    • Host a Mad Hatter Tea Party
    • Hold a Crazy Hat Parade and show off your craziest hat
    • Charge $1-$2 to wear hats at school for the day
    • Have an “Unbirthday” party and ask your friends to bring new hats to the celebration
    • Host a booth at your town’s fall carnival
    • The possibilities are endless!
  • Use our “Request a hat” form to personally request the perfect hat for a child that you know who is battling cancer.
  • Host a Tea Party and wear your favorite hat
  • Get a local band to put on a concert in honor of these kids and ask for a donation for Hats Off For Cancer at the door.
  • Ask your school to hold a dance and charge a small admission or a new hat for entrance.
  • Have a decorating or knitting party and create beautiful hats for the kids who lose their hair.
  • Go to your local hospital and volunteer during their play time.  These cancer patients are kids, too.  They want to have fun just like any child.
We hope that these suggestions will motivate you to help make a difference this month in the lives of children fighting cancer.  Together, we can make a childhood cancer patient’s day a bit happier and their smile a bit brighter.

Hats Off For Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS and considered tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.  All donations will receive a gift receipt in order for tax purposes.  As one of the leading hat programs As one of the leading and original hat programs, Hats Off For Cancer has donated more than 1,000,000 brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since it began in 1996. 

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Hats Off For Cancer is Proud and Honored to Announce:

Thanks to the efforts, hard work, and just plain good fun of these amazing kids we at HOC are honored to announce that we have reached and surpassed our 1,000,000 hat donation mark!!!Congratulations to GS Troup 537, Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin Boots 4-H group.

Idaho Magic Valley Time-News, May 3, 2011: Girl Scout Troop 537, of Hagerman, Idaho, challenged the local Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin’ Boots 4-H group to a “Hats Off For Cancer” hat drive this past month, with a goal of 500 new hats for kids.Hats Off For Cancer collects and donates hats of all kinds to children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.The Hagerman youth gathered for a “wrap-up celebration” to count the hats and help package them up for delivery. The Girl Scouts brought in 104 hats, the Boy Scouts gathered 153 and the Blazin’ Boots brought in a total of 259 – reaching a Hats Off grand total of 516 hats.The groups plan to hand-deliver a majority of the hats to St. Luke’s Children Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. Another portion of the hats will be sent to The Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin.

GS Troup 537, Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin Boots 4-H group help Hats Off For Cancer surpass the 1 million hat donated mark!

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Join Hats Off For Cancer for National Volunteer Week during April 10-16, 2011 and hold a hat and fundraising drive for children battling cancer!

Young cancer patient received Britney Spears hat

A young cancer patient shows off her autographed Britney Spears hat

Hold a special event at your school or office, in your town or with your organization.  Get out your favorite hat and hold a parade, a walk-a-thon, or a fundraiser.  Just get your friends together, get organized and enjoy this fun week while doing something to help a child fighting this terrible disease.

Register here and we’ll email you a hat drive kit.

Be creative, have fun, but most of all remember the good that you are doing by joining us for this amazing event! Put a smile on the face of a child with cancer.

First 5 groups to sign up will receive a special Hats Off For Cancer gift pack with wristbands, pins, key chains and more!

Hats Off For Cancer is a 501 c 3 organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for children battling cancer.  Founded in 1996 by a 14 year old, the nonprofit has reached nearly 1 million childhood cancer patients worldwide and mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually to give back to those in need.

http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org

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