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Wishing everyone a Happy Mad Hatter Day!  We are thrilled that schools and groups around the country are using today, this month and the Fall season to hold drives and bring awareness to children and teens battling cancer!  Thank you for all of your support.  If you want to hold a Mad Hatter drive, it’s not too late.  Find out more information here: http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org/mad-hatter-drive

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Supernatural star Jensen Ackles and wife One Tree Hill actress, Danneel Harris, are asking for donations to the amazing charity Hats Off For Cancer in lieu of sending baby gifts. With 78 days left fans of Jensen and Danneel have already raised over $20,000. Click here to donate in honor of Baby Ackes. Jensen expressed his wishes by stating:

Some of you have expressed interest in giving Danneel and I baby gifts for our little girl. We would ask instead that you donate to this wonderful charity. We are truly grateful for your support and generosity.

The couple married in Dallas, TX back in May of 2010. Jensen, 35, and Danneel, 34, met on the set of short film The Plight Of Clownana, and started dating around the time of filmingTen Inch Hero. Best friend and co-star Jared Padalecki and his wife Genevieve had their first baby, Thomas Colton, last March. They were both groomsmen in each other’s weddings in 2010 and no doubt their children will become fast friends on the Supernaturalset. They are expecting their baby girl to arrive in June. With Thomas Colton only a year ahead of baby Ackles, who knows what the future could hold. Fans would love nothing more than to see a new Texas Padalecki/Ackles couple.

 

Article link: http://www.examiner.com/article/supernatural-actor-jensen-ackles-fundraise-for-hats-off-for-cancer

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Posted on February 7, 2013

More than 100 new hats were recently donated to the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, 300 Second Ave., Long Branch, to benefit children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

The hats were dropped off by three students representing the SkillsUSA club from the Monmouth County Vocational School District: Ebed Rincon of Ocean Township, Hector Pint, of Eatontown, and Marquis Johnson, of Neptune.

Active members of SkillsUSA from the auto mechanics, nursing and electrical programs participated in the hat collection, which was spearheaded by the district’s Middletown campus club advisor, Dan Marra.

Students approached Marra about the possibility of raising awareness for the Mad Hatter Hats Off for Cancer drive benefiting children and teens stricken with cancer.

Since its inception in 1996, Hats Off for Cancer has worked with hospitals, camps and individuals to distribute more than 1.5 million hats to cancer patients.

Link to article: http://atl.gmnews.com/news/2013-02-07/Front_Page/Hats_donated_for_children_fighting_cancer.html

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Canton Charter Academy Holds Month-Long Fundraiser to Support Children with Cancer

Friday’s were extra special at Canton Charter Academy in the month of January as students wore hats to raise money for children with cancer.

The school’s National Junior Honor Society sponsored a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Hats Off For Cancer. Students donated a dollar for the chance to wear a hat on Friday.

Fifth-grade Teacher Ken MacKinnon said the response from the students has been incredible. “They proudly stroll into school sporting their hats,” MacKinnon said. “I have even seen students donate more than they are required, or bring in fun hats for their classmates.”

Hats Off for Cancer uses donations to provide hats to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.

“A lot of kids don’t know how to relate to people who have cancer, and they don’t know how to reach out to help them,” said eighth-grade student Shannon Kasinger. “This organization makes it easy to help.”

MacKinnon said he hopes the fundraiser shows students that even the smallest donation can have a huge impact for a child battling cancer. All of those dollar hat days added up fast and the school donated $1,040 to Hats Off For Cancer.

Link to article: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/blog_posts/students-put-hats-on-to-help-hats-off-for-cancer

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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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This week we would like to honor two-year-old Johnathon Cahill, currently fighting stage 4 cancer.

This little boy is an inspiration to many.  A day after mother’s day this year, his family saw a lump bulging from his stomach.  After spending nearly a week in the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with a type of liver cancer called Hepatoblastoma.  This type of cancer only affects one in 1.5 million children.  The tumor covered 6/8th of Johnathon’s liver.  In August, doctor’s resected Johnathon’s liver.  Since he also had two small tumors on his lung, he was considered a stage 4 cancer patient.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, getting shots, and taking medications to beat cancer.

Johnathon’s sister, Sarah, describes her baby brother as a kid that refuses to sit in bed all day:

He gets right back up and plays with you.  Even when the chemo makes him unable to walk, he will sit on the floor and play through the pain.  Johnathon loves dancing and playing with cars and animals.  He has a strong personality that shines right through…and is a strong little boy who was born a fighter. While he’s in the hospital, he makes everyone smile.  The nurses told us that Johnathon is the reason that they love their job!  He’s inspired me to become an Oncology nurse and graduate a year early.

Sarah also says that some weeks are tougher than others.  This week, he starts chemotherapy at Columbia in NYC for his last three week round.  His family is incurring heavy medical costs, medication fees, as well as travel costs to get back and forth to the hospitals for Johnathon.

Johnathon’s name means “Gift from God” and he truly fits that meaning. Cancer won’t bully Johnathon, he will win this battle!

You can help Johnathon and his family!  First, check out his Hope for Johnathon facebook page set up by his sister, Sarah, and “Like” it.  Then head over to the fundraising page set up for him and his family and donate whatever you can to help out this brave 2-year-old.  Every little bit helps!

It’s obvious by looking at this little boy that he can light up a room, but he is also an inspiration to us at Hats Off For Cancer, making it easy to name Johnathon our HOC Hero 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

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To kick off the start of September, and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to honor our HOC Hero of the Week, Chris West.

Chris is a 14-year-old who has a probable relapse after fighting stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma last year.

 

Last year, Chris began complaining of arm pain and after many doctor visits, was told he had stage 4 Hogdkins Lymphoma.  In June, 2011, Chris had a port put in and started chemotherapy.

Chris was diagnosed during the last week of school in 2011.  Even though he spent his whole summer in treatment, he always had a smile on his face.  He kept that positive outlook the entire time.

Chris finished his chemo in October and finished radiation in December, 2011.  This past April, he was able to go on a Make-A-Wish trip, and celebrated his “End of Chemo” party in July, 2012.  He also got his friends together to fundraise for charities focusing on helping cancer patients.

Chris had to be home schooled last year due to treatments,  and was looking forward to going back to school this year.  However, after going for routine scans, only two days after his 14th birthday, Chris was told he had a probable relapse.  On what was supposed to be his first day back to school with friends, Chris had a surgeon consultation, and has his biopsy scheduled for September 10th.

Despite a relapse and returning to treatment and radiation looming over his head, Chris has kept his positive attitude.  He is scared and nervous, but focused on school work.

Please join us in praying for Chris and his family as they face cancer once again.  You can “like” his facebook page!  Help him get to 1,000 likes before he goes for his biopsy appointment on September 10th.

Chris, your selflessness coordinating fundraisers for charities to help others with cancer and your positive outlook are truly inspiring.  We are proud to name you our HOC Hero of the Week!

Check out Chris’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/prayersforchriswest

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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