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This week we would like to honor our HOC Hero of the Week, John “PJ” Combs, a 16-year-old who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was 14.

PJ has been through a lot in his short life including more than 30 admits to the hospital, septic shock, pancreatitis, feeding tubs, upper and lower endoscopy, fevers, 50+ units of blood, 150+ units of platelets, an implanted port, IV antibiotics at home and the hospital, x-rays, ultrasounds, echo-cardiograms, having to learn to walk all over again, cranial radiation, chemo through IV, his spine and orally, and much more during the past two and a half years.

PJ is a fighter, though!

His mom, Elisabeth, said:

Doctors told me two and a half years ago that he might not live BUT he is still here and fighting so hard!

PJ never complains and tries to make everyone around him happy.

He is an inspiration to me and everyone he meets. He touches people to the deepest depths of their hearts with his strength and loving disposition.

I am his mother and he is MY hero and always will be.

To keep up to date on PJ’s fight, you can visit his CaringBridge page.

PJ, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.  You are our HOC Hero!

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 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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This week we are honoring Benjamin Perry, a 15 year-old young man who is fighting Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive type of soft tissue cancer.

Benjamin Perry

Ben’s cancer has spread into his arm and his lungs.  He starts chemo again on Thursday and hopes to have at least 1,000 likes on his Facebook page: Prayers for Benjamin Perry.  You can leave Ben words of encouragement and prayers as he begins this second round of chemo this week!

Benjamin Perry

Ben is described as a very strong person who always looks for the silver lining.

Last Thursday, he gave the doctor a high-five and said, “Let’s do this!”

Maybe we all need to see things in the eyes of a child.  Hit it head on and don’t look back.  Thank you Ben for showing your Momma many life lessons through out the past year. I love you! 🙂

So, help show Ben that you are thinking of him and sending prayers his way by “liking” his page: Prayers for Benjamin Perry!

You’re a hero to us, Ben, and to many people praying for you!

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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This week we are honoring 17-year-old Jordynn Schoenberger.

Jordynn Schoenberger – March 2011

Jordynn was diagnosed in March 2011 with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  She  started chemotherapy and lost her hair, but never lost her fighting spirit.  Jordynn even continued going to school when she was feeling up to it in between her chemo treatments.

As one supporter commented:

Jordynn is a brave and strong young woman.  She is an inspiration to us all. I am proud to be part of her life

Jordynn Schoenberger – March 2011

After months of treatments, Jordynn’s scans came back clear and she was declared cancer free in June 2011!  Jordynn will graduate from High School this summer.

Congratulations, Jordynn!  We’re so happy to hear that you are healthy!  Check out Jordynn’s support group on Facebook.

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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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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All the Above (ATA) Clothing created a Hats Off For Cancer designer t-shirt with 100% of the profits going to our charity.  ATA creates high-quality, stylish and innovative clothing that fosters self expression.  Their motto is “Express Yourself, Change the World”.

We’re so excited to present to you our designer t-shirt made especially for Hats Off For Cancer, to help kids battling cancer!  Purchase a shirt during the month of April and you’ll get free shipping.

Buy a shirt for yourself and for your family.  Every time you purchase a shirt, you are making a difference in the life of a child battling cancer.  100% of the profits go directly to Hats Off For Cancer.

 ATA CEO Cody Sudmeier with Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills" with their HOC shirts

ATA CEO Cody Sudmeier with Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills" with their HOC shirts

After you buy your shirt, take a photo and we’ll post it on our blog, web site and social media pages!

Founder Tara and ATA's Sharon proudly show off their Hats Off For Cancer t-shirts

Founder Tara and ATA's Sharon proudly show off their Hats Off For Cancer t-shirts

How do you express yourself and change the world?

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Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~ John Diamond

This week we want to honor 1-year old Rowdy Perkins.  Rowdy was diagnosed with 4S Neuroblastoma at less than a month old.  He started chemo and underwent four rounds as well as two surgeries to remove remaining tumors.

Rowdy Perkins, after being diagnosed with 4S Neuroblastoma

Rowdy’s mom let us know why Rowdy is a hero:

To us Rowdy is a real hero, we have learned soo much from him in the past year.  It is sad that Rowdy’s life so far has been filled with this hell, but we know how lucky we are that he was able to battle this beast and come out smiling and HEALTHY!

I hope that Rowdy’s story will inspire a lot of people…anything is possible if we have hope! 🙂

Rowdy Perkins

Happy and healthy!   1-year old Rowdy shows off his smile!

On July 1, 2011, Rowdy ended his treatments.  His most recent scans in February came out clean!  Congratulations Rowdy!  We honor you as our HOC Hero of the Week!  Check out his CaringBridge page and leave a message for him and his family!

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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