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By JOANNA MAZEWSKI | April 8th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, who is expecting his first child with his wife, Danneel Harris, wants his fans to help him out with a good cause.

In lieu of baby gifts, Jensen is asking that fans donate to the Hats Off For Cancer organization on Fundly.com. So far, he has managed to raise almost $20,000. Here’s what he writes:

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.

Talk about a great cause from a very great actor, right? Plus, there’s only so many baby wipe warmers you can get! To donate to the cause, check out the link here!

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Article linked from: http://www.babble.com/celebrity/jensen-ackles-wants-fans-to-donate-to-charity-in-lieu-of-baby-gifts/

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Thousands help kids battling cancer during 6th annual Mad Hatter fundraisers for Hats Off For Cancer | PRLog.

Thousands help kids battling cancer during 6th annual Mad Hatter fundraisers for Hats Off For Cancer

On one of the silliest days of the year, Mad Hatter Day, Hats Off For Cancer charity is hosting their 6th annual nationwide Mad Hatter fundraiser and hat drive for kids and teens battling cancer. This is a wonderful opportunity for groups to help.

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Collage of Hats Off For Cancer hat recipients
Collage of Hats Off For Cancer hat recipients

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 04, 2012 – Thousands help kids battling cancer during 6th annual Mad Hatter fundraisers for Hats Off For Cancer.

LOS ANGELES – The 6th of October is one of the silliest days of the year, also known as Mad Hatter Day. It is almost exactly half a year away from April Fool’s Day and is represented by the illustrations found in the hat of the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In celebration of this silly day, Hats Off For Cancer is hosting their 6th annual nationwide Mad Hatter fundraiser and hat drive for children and teens battling cancer.

Since its founding in 1996, Hats Off For Cancer has donated more than 1,500,000 brand new hats to hospitals, camps and individuals worldwide. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for groups to raise funds, awareness, and provide hats to children and teens with cancer.  In 2011, a record of over 500 groups participated in this wonderful event.  With the help of schools, businesses, churches and sports teams across the country, Hats Off For Cancer hopes to bring even more smiles to the faces of children with cancer.

“Hats Off for Cancer is one of the few great charities where we can all have a direct and tangible effect on the lives of others. In the most simplistic yet profound way we can give the gift of hope in a journey that sometimes breaks us, but with the outcome, that after words, we are stronger in the broken places.”
-Eric Christian Olsen (Actor, NCIS LA; Celebrity Spokesperson and Board Member, Hats Off For Cancer)

Events are currently planned in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  It’s not too late for groups to register their events at the Hats Off For Cancer web site: http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org/mad-hatter-drive.

About Hats Off For Cancer:

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 1,500,000 brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since 1996. Hats Off For Cancer continues to focus on ways to improve the lives of children and teens battling cancer. Hats Off For Cancer is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.  More information can be found on the Hats Off For Cancer web site: http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org.

For Media Inquiries please contact: Tara Lawrence, 424-888-4632

director@hatsoffforcancer.org  |  http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org.

Watch the Hats Off For Cancer Public Service Announcement featuring NCIS LA actor Eric Christian Olsen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEIV7W5YlfU.

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I have been receiving a lot of emails from schools, groups and companies, asking how to help spread awareness during September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I thought it might be good to address that here on the blog.  First, check out our Get Involved section on the Hats Off For Cancer (HOC) Web site if you know how you want to help.  If you’re still unsure, keep reading.

One of the easiest and more impacting ways to get involved is by hosting a Mad Hatter Drive at your school or church, in your community, with an organization or at your place of work.

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There are a ton of different ideas for your drive listed in our e-packets.

  • Some that have been very successful for groups in the past include designating a “Hat Day” where you collect a $1 donation from each person that wears a hat for the day.
  • Another great idea for an elementary or middle school is asking everyone to bring in their craziest hat and put it on during an assembly, asking for a $1 donation for HOC, and then holding a “Hat Parade” outside so everyone can see the fun hats and handing out prizes in certain categories!
  • You can host a Mad Hatter tea party and charge admission, either a new hat or a couple of dollars.
  • Hat drives are also a great way to give back, asking everyone to bring in new, kid-friendly hats to give to HOC.
  • Some groups have held a Battle of the Bands or a local concert after school or at church and used the admission fees to donate to HOC.
  • High Schools and Colleges have challenged rival schools to a competition to see who can raise the most money or collect the most hats.
  • Contact your local grocery store about partnering to ask patrons to donate $1 and they can write their name on a hat cut-out and post them up in the store display area.
  • Church groups and civic organizations and groups can knit or crochet soft hats.
  • Schools have used assembly time to show the HOC PSA and music video as a way to help everyone understand a little more about cancer and who is being helped through volunteering for Hats Off For Cancer.
  • Companies can give workers additional casual day passes for those that have participated in a donation or hat drive, or hold a golf outing with your company as the sponsor.
  • Everyone can get involved by hosting a virtual fundraiser through our online donation page where you can set up your very own page for Hats Off For Cancer and send the link out to family and friends.
  • You can find more ideas based on your type of group and event by visiting the Get Involved section of our Web site: Get Involved.

Truly, the opportunities are endless.  However, the most important part to remember is that you’re helping to spread awareness of this terrible disease, and you’re encouraging others to donate in a very simple, but in a way that is very meaningful and important to those benefiting from it.

Ultimately, one of the goals of Hats Off For Cancer is that everyone who participates in or coordinates an event, realizes how easy it is to give back, and uses this as a springboard to continue seeking out opportunities to give back to others in need.

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Here is a fun way to promote awareness. Just share this photo on your facebook page or tweet it to your followers!

Remember, getting involved can be as easy as you want it to be, but the impact can be felt for the rest of your life.

Thank you for reading and we hope you’ll consider joining us in bringing some much needed awareness to the courageous kids and teens who are battling and have battled cancer!

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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 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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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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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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