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Last Monday, the Hats Off For Cancer family lost a great member of the team, one of our Teen Ambassadors, Kevin Cordasco.  Kevin was 16-years old and he had been battling cancer since age 9.  He is featured in our music video for Sound of Heart (http://youtu.be/PcDonfj_qKY) and in our Public Service Announcement (http://youtu.be/VEIV7W5YlfU).  Kevin is an inspiration to us, and to so many that knew him.  We are grateful for the opportunity we had to spend time with Kevin and see his courage and passion for life first-hand.  Kevin used his life to make a difference, and we are thankful for all that he did!

Below is an article from The Acorn newspaper detailing Kevin’s accomplishments and his battle with cancer:

Community mourns loss of Kevin Cordasco

SYLVIE BELMOND/Acorn Newspapers

A vigil will take place this evening between 7 and 9 p.m. at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village to remember the life of Kevin Cordasco, a 16-year-old Calabasas teen who died March 11 following his long bout with neuroblastoma.

The much-loved Calabasas High School junior was diagnosed with the disease at 9 and was recognized throughout the community as a beacon of courage in the face of insurmountable odds.

During his ordeal, Kevin had been in and out of hospitals in three different cities searching for a cure. He endured multiple surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments and fought his way through a number of relapses with spirit intact.

As he was being named Honorary Mayor for the City of Calabasas in January, Kevin said his parents, Kevin Sr. and Melodie, and younger brother, Cade, encouraged him to be strong and resilient.

“Our city is grieving alongside the Cordasco family over the loss of their beloved son and brother,” said Mary Sue Maurer, mayor of the city.

Even after doctors ran out of options to slow his disease, Kevin refused to give up. Maurer said Kevin and his family symbolize the spirit of the community. His mantra was “courage, strength and believe.”

“That is what he personifies for this community,” said C.J. Foss, Calabasas High principal.

“Kevin has been and continues to be a tremendous inspiration to students and staff at CHS. His courage, positive spirit and joy for living came through anytime you talked to him or talked about him,” Foss said.

During the past six years Kevin spoke in front of thousands of people and inspired many with his determination and will

In addition to being named Calabasas Citizen of the Year in 2008, he received the A.C. Stelle Middle School Courage Award when he graduated from eighth grade. He also was honored by the Calabasas boys’ basketball team as the team’s Most Inspirational Player.

Foss said students at CHS are making plans for a special memorial in honor of Kevin.

Kevin Cordasco will rest in the company of heroes in the Garden of Valor at Pierce Brothers in Westlake Village. His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Fri., March 15 at St. Bernadine’s Catholic Church, 24410 Calvert St., Woodland Hills.

There will be a procession to Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village followed by a 1p.m. reception at the Westlake Village Inn at 31943 Agoura Road.

The public is welcome to attend.

Link to article: http://www.theacorn.com/news/2013-03-14/Community/Community_mourns_loss_of_Kevin_Cordasco.html

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Tuesday, February 26th 2013
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s largest crowdfunding-for-good platform, Fundly (www.fundly.com) today announced the winners of the Fundly Campaign of the Year Challenge to recognize standout crowdfunding campaigns among the more than 30,000 fundraising campaigns on its platform.

Fundly is showcasing these standout examples of crowdfunding for social change to recognize the creativity, dedication and success of those leading the winning campaigns and inspire others to learn from the winners’ inventive ways of using Fundly’s platform to leverage their social networks to fundraise for a diverse array of causes.

“Fundly Campaign of the Year winners are inspiring examples of crowdfunding’s highest potential – driving social change,” said Fundly CEO, Dave Boyce. “Fundly’s mission is to help more people give more, and these winning organizations and individuals personify that mission and will undoubtedly motivate and help others succeed in their fundraising efforts.”

The Fundly Campaign of the Year Winners are:

  • Best Campaign by an Organization: Hats Off for Cancer– Campaign to collect and donate hats of all kinds to the courageous children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.
  • Best Campaign by an Individual: Help Ashwin Vishnuvardhan – Campaign to benefit Ashwin and his family, after this kindhearted student was diagnosed with Acute Myalobalstic Leukemia.
  • Best Campaign for Kids or Pets: Have a Heart for Myles  Campaign to benefit a loveable dog with a grave heart condition known as Patent Ductus Arterosis (PDA).
  • Best Event-Based Campaign: Walk for Humanity– Campaign to support the annual charity fundraising event led by MKA USA, America’s leading Muslim youth organization, to raise funds for soup kitchens and social projects benefitting families nationwide.
  • Most Inspirational Campaign: #MAKEASTAND! LEMON-AID Campaign launched by nine year-old Vivienne Harr to combat child slavery and human trafficking, with funds going to global nonprofit Not for Sale.
  • People’s Choice Campaign: Ella’s Fund – Campaign to benefit the young family whose unborn child was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

To date, Fundly has enabled more than 30,000 campaigns led by individuals, volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations of all sizes to collectively raise more than $305 million for their causes.

About Fundly
The world’s #1 crowdfunding platform for social good, Fundly’s mission is to help more people give more. The largest, most widely-adopted and easiest-to-use crowdfunding-for-good platform, Fundly has enabled more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations, volunteer groups and individual fundraisers large and small to collectively raise more than $305 million and counting. Fundly is the proven fundraising solution for everyone from local PTAs, to Run-Walk-Ride events, to the world’s largest charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America and Children’s Miracle Network. Learn more about Fundly at www.fundly.com and see Fundly in the news at http://fundly.com/press/

Contact: Deborah Schneider / dschneider@prandcompany.com / 415-277-6973

SOURCE Fundly

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Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/02/26/worlds-largest-crowdfunding-good-platform-fundly-announces-campaign-year-winners#ixzz2M3ZI8ZZk

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NCIS: Los Angeles cast members Eric Christian Olsen, LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah and Barrett Foa signed four DVD’s from The Second Season DVD (6 disc set) to be auctioned off for Hats Off For Cancer.  100% of the winning bid will go to helping kids and teens with cancer.  We even received them (hand-delivered) from our celebrity spokesperson (and NCIS cast member), Eric Christian Olsen.  Bidding ends on Friday, November 23rd, so bid soon and bid often to help kids and teens battling cancer.  Click here to see the listing and bid!

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Eric Christian Olsen hand delivers signed NCIS: Los Angeles DVD’s and hats to Hats Off For Cancer!

 

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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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Do you know a child or teen that is battling cancer or battled cancer?

Nominate them as our HOC Hero of the Week and we will feature them on our blog and web site with a link to their personal story and fundraising page!  Send a short (200 words or less) note about your Hero along with a photo to hatsoffforcancer@gmail.com by Friday at 5 p.m. each week and we will highlight a new Hero each Monday morning.

Let’s help celebrate all of the brave children and young adults who are battling or have battled cancer!

Caden is 6 years old and was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma brain tumor this summer.

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On Tuesday, February 14, Alvernia University will join Girl Scout Troop 1790 and several other sponsors to collect new hats for Hats Off for Cancer.  Alvernia and the sponsors of this event encourage each fan in attendance to bring one brand new hat to be donated.  The hats will be thrown onto the basketball court during halftime of the Men’s Basketball game versus Messiah that starts at 6 p.m.

Alvernia University Athletics – Toss Your Lids for the Kids!.

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Donate to Hats Off For Cancer

As 2011 comes to a close, consider making a year-end donation to Hats Off For Cancer.  Children are fighting cancer every day.  Help us make those days brighter by contributing to their happiness and improving their quality of life through a donation as this year ends.  Your money goes directly to shipping, purchasing and storing the hats that are distributed to childhood cancer patients around the world.  We thank you, but more importantly, these children thank you!  Donate here.

All donations are tax-deductible.  Hats Off For Cancer is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

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