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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


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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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!

 

This week we are honoring 5-year old Kaleb Borders.

5-year old Kaleb was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer in February, 2012

The doctors said it was an inoperable brain tumor called Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Kaleb amazes all of his doctors and nurses.  He is the bravest person I’ve ever met.  Kaleb never gets tired or sick after chemotherapy.  He is brave through his blood draws and MRI’s.

We’re so inspired by Kaleb’s ability to still have fun and be positive while battling cancer that we wanted to honor him by naming him out HOC Hero of the Week.

You can help Kaleb and all of our Heroes by donating to our HOC Heroes fund here: http://www.fundly.com/hoc-heroes-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

Written by Jo Anne Embleton

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —

East Side teachers Emily McKnight and Mandy Johnston spearheaded the Mad Hatter Drive as part of a Hats Off for Cancer project at the PK-4 program.

Students from their 3rd and 4th grade Applied Learning Community classes collected 133 ball caps, berets and various other kinds of hats to donate to anational organization benefitting children with cancer.

The ACL students wrote PSAs about childhood cancers that also dispelled myths about the disease, they said.

Searcy said they researched the project and coordinated it from start to finish, along with taking charge of a Pink Out T-shirt sale held earlier in the month at the school to raise breast cancer awareness.

“They took it and just ran with it,” Searcy said.

Photo by Jo Anne Embleton

Photo by Jo Anne Embleton


http://jacksonvilleprogress.com/local/x699460859/East-Side-Elementary-collects-hats-for-children-s-cancer-project

The Orangefield Junior High Student Council and National Junior Honor Society have teamed up with “Hats Off For Cancer” to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.  For the past three Fridays, on each campus, students were invited to donate either a new hat or $1; in exchange, they could wear a cap during the day at school. So far the school district has raised $1,152.43 and  collected 265 hats.

“This is a cause that is close to many of our hearts. We wanted to help out in any way possible. I am proud of these kids.” said Principal Preston Clark.

Two sixth graders, Alexis Sturrock and Madison Taylor, were especially motivated to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Madison donated 123  hats and Alexis donated 118  hats. Alexis collected the majority of her hats from her grandmother Debra Sturrock, owner of Jubi Prints in Vidor and Madison worked closely with her mother, Evelyn Taylor, owner of Center Stage Boutique  in Orange, collecting hats. Madison and her mom participated in the campaign last year and plan to make it an annual tradition.

The hats and monies will be donated to Texas Childrens Hospital. The two junior high organizations will continue to take contributions until the end of October. Donations can be mailed to the campus at 7745 Sandbar Rd. Orangefield, Tx. 77639 or dropped off in the office.

“Hats Off For Cancer” collects and donates hats of all kinds to the courageous children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.

As one of the leading and original hat programs, Hats Off For Cancer has donated more than 1.5 million brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since 1996.

The program was founded by Tara Lawrence at age 14 after losing her grandfather to prostate cancer. Attending fundraising events for cancer research, Tara met kids her age who were battling cancer. The children told her over and over again how much they hated to lose their hair. After hearing this from so many children, Tara knew she could do something to help. In 1996, she began writing letters to companies, sports teams, and celebrities asking for the simple donation of a hat. The charity received more than 1,000 hats in the first three months, and has grown in the past 16 years to help more than 1.5 million children and set up drives on five different continents.

Still run as 100 percent volunteer, all funds go directly to purchasing, storing, and shipping hats, as well as helping cancer patients’ families in need, and running the Mad Hatter drive events around the world.

“Hats Off For Cancer” is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Photo: OJH sixth graders, Alexis Sturrock and Madison Taylor, organize hats they collected for cancer patients.

Original story: http://therecordlive.com/2012/10/18/orangefield-students-participate-hats-cancer-campaign/