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This week, we are honoring 9-year old Addyson Brankle, who has been fighting medulloblastoma (brain tumor) for the past five years.

Addyson was only 4-years old when she was originally diagnosed with a brain tumor.  She has relapsed 3 times since that initial diagnosis and is currently battling cancer right now.

Her nominator described her as:

One amazing girl and fighter…never let [cancer] get her down and goes to school every day, unless she’s in the hospital.

Addyson Brankle – HOC Hero of the Week

You can leave messages for Addyson on her Caring Bridge page.

We’re praying for you, Addyson!

Thanks to everyone sending nominations in for the HOC Hero of the Week!  We are blown away by the children and teenagers you are nominating.

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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Thanks again for the many nominations of deserving children and teens who are battling or have battled cancer!

This week we chose to honor four-year old Connor Tilney.  Connor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last October and faces 2 years of chemotherapy.

Here are some recent photos of Connor:

Connor Tilney: HOC Hero of the Week

Connor Tilney: HOC Hero of the Week

Let Connor know you’re thinking about him and his family by visiting his Caring Bridge page.

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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We received many nominations for our very first HOC Hero of the Week, but no one received more nominations than Haylee Bjorn.  Haylee is a 10-year-old girl fighting A.L.L. Leukemia, diagnosed just days before Christmas, 2011.  Those nominating Haylee described her contagious upbeat spirit and big smile that lights up a room.

Haylee Bjorn

We couldn’t think of a better person to be our first Hero!  Here are some of the comments received in support of Haylee:

When others were celebrating Christmas and Santa – she and her family were worrying about health…But there it was – that smile – the smile that she has continued to show to the world – the smile that says I am going to make it ….and it will be OK…she reminds us all to enjoy the day, live it to the fullest and savor the gifts we have. So yes – hero of the week – hero of the decade – this young girl who shares herself with all of us.

Her spirits have been nothing but positive thus far. In a matter of two months, she has manged to touch so many hearts. Her positive attitude makes her a hero in everyones eyes. Even when things got rough, her precious smile never left her face. She endured a month long stay in the hospital due to complications. She is truly an inspiration and a true HERO to every heart she touches.

My heart breaks for her everytime I see her…in pain or she is afraid to do or take something, yet my heart is filled with joy and love for her smile and how much I LOVE THIS KID and seeing how much everyone else loves her…every mother knows they would do anything for there child and how much they love them, but when you’re in this position your reminded every minute of every day.

Let Haylee know you’re thinking about her and sending her prayers through the Pray for Haylee facebook page.

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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We received this in our inbox from Brittany!  Please check out Alex’s web site.

My niece Alexandria (Alex) loved her Minnie Mouse hat!
The following is a link to her website with her story
https://www.wepay.com/donate/178864

Thank you to our donors and supporters that make Alex’s smiles possible as she shows off her new hat.

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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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Sound of Heart was 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!

Directed by Jessica Rotter, Produced by Dennis Lawrence, Music by Cazz, Edited by Hunter LeMoine.

A very special thanks to the cast and crew!

Everyone a part of this volunteered their time and efforts. We’re so thankful for you all.

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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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