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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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This week we are honoring 1-year-old Logan Munro, affectionately known as Loganberry and Logie Bear.  Little Logan is battling a form of malignant brain cancer known as Medulloblastoma.  You can help him and his family by clicking the links at the bottom for his personal donation page!

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

Logan was born in February, 2011 and at his three month check-up, his doctor noticed his head was large for a baby his age.  Those concerns grew when Logan was not meeting certain milestones in development.  After a brain scan and biopsies, it was determined that Logan had five tumors.  He underwent surgery in December 2011 to remove one tumor.  The others were too large and now Logan is undergoing chemotherapy to decrease the size of the others in order for the doctors to operate.

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

According to Logan’s nominator (his cousin, Melissa):

Throughout it all, Logan continues to be a loving and happy baby. Logan is such a vibrant little boy who almost always has a smile on his face no matter what he is going through (In fact he recently was admitted to the ER and eventually isolation due to a fever and extremely low blood counts and except for when they were accessing his port, was smiling at all the nurses and doctors).  Between treatments, Logan is a happy baby who turns up the wattage on his grin when he sees his toy tow truck, watches Baby Einstein on TV or finds an adult with whom to flirt.

You can show your support for Logan via his Facebook page and donation site.  “Like” Logan’s page and show him and his family that we are thinking and praying for his health and recovery!

Logan “Logie Bear” Munro

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 would like to honor Kamryn Schumann, our HOC Hero of the Week!  4-year-old Kamryn was diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilms’ Tumor in November 2010.

Kamryn is an inspiration to ALL those around her! She was never a victim to cancer; she fought and beat cancer, and continues to be a strong girl! Who ever said that kids can’t be teachers? Kamryn has taught me to treasure life and face challenges in a new way. She’s truly an angel here on Earth!

Kamryn shows off her Disney Princess hat sent by Hats Off For Cancer in 2011

We are happy to report that Kamryn beat cancer in June 2011, and has been cancer-free ever since!

Kamryn in 2012, showing off her big smile as a cancer survivor!

To mark this incredible news, a family friend wrote this poem for Kamryn and shared it with us:

S– Sometimes life’s obstacles become one of our greatest ife stories its true, Even though we don’t understand why things happen they way they do.

U– Understanding God’s  plan is left unknown and hard, But we cannt give up hope and let down our guard

R– Remembering that your family and friends were all near made it easier to face challenges and anything you feared

V– Voices of prayer were spoken for you, To keep you wiht God’s angels and all you went through

I– In Novemeber you faced the biggest batttle of all, But throught the whole thing you stood courageous and tall

V– Victim of cancer, is what you were not,  You stayed strong and brave in every step that you fought

O– On June 27, 2011, the best news was sent from above, For God and his angels watched over you and surrounded you wth their love

R– Reading the scan came easy for doctors as they delivered the news that day- They said you were finished and a SURVIVOR it’s true, Forever and Always!

(written by Holly Cole)

You can keep track of Kamryn’s story through her CaringBridge 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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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 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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More than 500 groups are holding Mad Hatter drives throughout the United States during October and November.  This is our fifth year holding a special Mad Hatter event and coordinating them nationwide.  We’ve seen some great photos posted to our Facebook page.  Here are a few:

Howard Health and Life Sciences High School had fun on Mad Hatter Day. We raised close to $300 for Hats off for Cancer and collected so many hats!

Morningside Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah hosted our first Silly Hat Day at Morningside Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah. 119 new hats collected! and lots of fun hats worn to school to help raise awareness for childhood cancer.

Stephen F Elementary School in Jones Creek, Texas donated over 150 brand new hats for the cause! The students were thrilled to show they care! we closed the hat drive off with a Mad Hatter day Popsicle Party! Way to go SFA!

Girl Scout Troop 5497 from Gravette, Arkansas hosted a Mad Hatter Tea Party, and afterwards knitted hats for Hats Off For Cancer. The hats that have been knitted and collected will be donated to Arkansas Children's Hsopital and St. Jude's Hospital.

Gainesville, Florida at O2B Kids Midtown Branch celebrates the kick-off for their Mad Hatter drive and tea party.

Did your group hold a hat or fundraising drive this year?  If so, post your photos to our Facebook page.

Interested in signing up your group/school/company to participate in Mad Hatter 2011?  There’s still time to sign up here.

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