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September 1st (today) marks the beginning of a month dedicated to bringing awareness to children fighting cancer. Here at Hats Off For Cancer we focus on children fighting cancer all year round.  However, this is a great opportunity to get the larger public involved in becoming more aware and more involved in helping these brave, young cancer patients.

I found a wonderfully written letter in the news this morning and I would like to share it with you.  It was written by Rod Hamilton, a Representative from Minnesota in District 22B.

For 43 families, today will be a difficult day. Thirty-six of them will have a child diagnosed with cancer; seven will see their child lose their battle.

Each year, 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment. The rate of childhood cancer has been increasing over the past 20 years, and it is now the leading cause of death by a disease in children under age 15. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer: 6 years old. The causes: Unknown. The effect: Lifelong.

These statistics are sobering. Let them prompt you to take action. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You can make a difference. Become a blood donor. It’s not the first thing people think of, but children in cancer treatment need blood. Remember, too, that every child battling cancer has a family. Give them your support and assistance as they endure tough times.

So by now, you’re probably wondering if there’s something you can do to help these kids.  Fortunately, there are ways that you can help provide smiles for these brave children while they’re fighting for their lives.

  • Hold a Mad Hatter hat or fundraising drive in your community, at your school, at your company or business, or with your organization (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Key Club, Lions, Kiwanis, PTA, Dance Team, Cheerleading Team, etc…) Register for your official e-packet here: http://bit.ly/MadHatterHOC
    • Host a Mad Hatter Tea Party
    • Hold a Crazy Hat Parade and show off your craziest hat
    • Charge $1-$2 to wear hats at school for the day
    • Have an “Unbirthday” party and ask your friends to bring new hats to the celebration
    • Host a booth at your town’s fall carnival
    • The possibilities are endless!
  • Use our “Request a hat” form to personally request the perfect hat for a child that you know who is battling cancer.
  • Host a Tea Party and wear your favorite hat
  • Get a local band to put on a concert in honor of these kids and ask for a donation for Hats Off For Cancer at the door.
  • Ask your school to hold a dance and charge a small admission or a new hat for entrance.
  • Have a decorating or knitting party and create beautiful hats for the kids who lose their hair.
  • Go to your local hospital and volunteer during their play time.  These cancer patients are kids, too.  They want to have fun just like any child.
We hope that these suggestions will motivate you to help make a difference this month in the lives of children fighting cancer.  Together, we can make a childhood cancer patient’s day a bit happier and their smile a bit brighter.

Hats Off For Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS and considered tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.  All donations will receive a gift receipt in order for tax purposes.  As one of the leading hat programs As one of the leading and original hat programs, Hats Off For Cancer has donated more than 1,000,000 brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since it began in 1996. 

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Our founder, Tara Lawrence, is a Volunteer of the Year finalist for the CLASSY Awards with Stay Classy.  The 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, recognizing the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide.  This award could bring us $10,000 that we so greatly need to continue helping improve the quality of life for children battling cancer.  Would you mind taking a minute to go to this site and vote for Tara Lawrence as Volunteer of the Year?  You only need to vote once.

Here’s the nomination that helped Tara earn a spot in the final round of voting:

Hats, hats and more hats! Over 1,000,000 hats have been donated, organized and shipped to children fighting cancer worldwide because a ten year old girl looked into the eyes of children fighting cancer and did something positive to help. Starting with one simple letter written by Tara requesting a donation, a national nonprofit organization was born, motivating thousands of volunteers worldwide to bring smiles and hope to the faces of children battling cancer.

Losing her grandfather to cancer, Tara volunteered at the American Cancer Society in his honor. Meeting children who hated losing their hair to cancer treatments, Tara began collecting new hats bringing smiles, hope and happiness into their lives. Hats Off for Cancer became the nonprofit that rallied volunteers from all walks of life. Presidents, celebrities, schools, churches, scouts, the FBI and everyday folks felt the comfort of donating a simple hat. Hat drives, walk-a-thons, hat parties, silly hat days and personal collections were all organized and donated by people worldwide. A hat, while at times may seem small, and to some even insignificant, actually represents a special message to these heroic kids. A hat signed by a treasured celebrity, a hat created by a caring woman who personally knit her message of love into every stitch, or a hat decorated by that excited Scout, sent their message, “We care and we are thinking about you!”

Considered the first hat program in the country, Tara is honored and humbled by the many programs that have popped up emulating HOC. Since HOC is a grassroots program, no one takes a salary. All donations go directly into the program for the shipment and everyday costs of running a program of this magnitude. The biggest challenge is the continuance of donations to maintain HOC, but this has not stopped Tara. Visiting hospitals handing out hats, Tara has sat in many hospital rooms with children holding their hands while they received their chemotherapy, sat with parents who had stories that filled her heart with love and hope, and cried with parents who were told there was no hope at all. Each child has their own special story, and a special spot in her heart.

Tara says, “After each visit I walk away with a promise to myself and the children that I will never stop doing what I do until every battle has been won for each child fighting cancer.”

Read more about the CLASSY Awards and find Tara’s nomination here.

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Hats Off For Cancer is Proud and Honored to Announce:

Thanks to the efforts, hard work, and just plain good fun of these amazing kids we at HOC are honored to announce that we have reached and surpassed our 1,000,000 hat donation mark!!!Congratulations to GS Troup 537, Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin Boots 4-H group.

Idaho Magic Valley Time-News, May 3, 2011: Girl Scout Troop 537, of Hagerman, Idaho, challenged the local Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin’ Boots 4-H group to a “Hats Off For Cancer” hat drive this past month, with a goal of 500 new hats for kids.Hats Off For Cancer collects and donates hats of all kinds to children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.The Hagerman youth gathered for a “wrap-up celebration” to count the hats and help package them up for delivery. The Girl Scouts brought in 104 hats, the Boy Scouts gathered 153 and the Blazin’ Boots brought in a total of 259 – reaching a Hats Off grand total of 516 hats.The groups plan to hand-deliver a majority of the hats to St. Luke’s Children Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. Another portion of the hats will be sent to The Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin.

GS Troup 537, Boy Scout Troop 107 and the Blazin Boots 4-H group help Hats Off For Cancer surpass the 1 million hat donated mark!

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Mad Hatter Day 2010

Cub Scout Pack 19 Brick NJ shows off the hats they collected...more than 2,000 hats in total!

It’s our fifth annual Mad Hatter Day (10/6/2011)! Time to put your thinking “mad hatter hat” on and create your own very special way to do your part helping kids with cancer!

Join schools, companies, organizations, sports teams and folks just like you who collected hats and donations for Hats Off For Cancer’s Mad Hatter Day to benefit pediatric cancer patients. Hold a special hat day at your school and donate $1 to wear a hat for the day, host a booth at your town’s fall carnival, get out your craziest hat and hold a parade, or a walk-a-thon. Or how about holding a Mad Hatter Tea Party! Just get your friends together, get organized and enjoy this fun day while doing something to help a child battling cancer. This can be held in September or October.

Register here http://bit.ly/MadHatterHOC and we’ll send you an information e-packet including the official rules. The first twenty to sign up will receive a complimentary Hats Off For Cancer gift pack to be used as a prize for your event. A special grand prize will also be awarded to the winner/group who collects the most hats/donations during this event! Be creative, have fun, but most of all remember the good that you are doing by joining us for this amazing event! Put a smile on the face of a child with cancer.

Connect with us:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HatsOffForCancerOrg

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/HatOffForCancer

Web site – http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org

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Join Hats Off For Cancer for National Volunteer Week during April 10-16, 2011 and hold a hat and fundraising drive for children battling cancer!

Young cancer patient received Britney Spears hat

A young cancer patient shows off her autographed Britney Spears hat

Hold a special event at your school or office, in your town or with your organization.  Get out your favorite hat and hold a parade, a walk-a-thon, or a fundraiser.  Just get your friends together, get organized and enjoy this fun week while doing something to help a child fighting this terrible disease.

Register here and we’ll email you a hat drive kit.

Be creative, have fun, but most of all remember the good that you are doing by joining us for this amazing event! Put a smile on the face of a child with cancer.

First 5 groups to sign up will receive a special Hats Off For Cancer gift pack with wristbands, pins, key chains and more!

Hats Off For Cancer is a 501 c 3 organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for children battling cancer.  Founded in 1996 by a 14 year old, the nonprofit has reached nearly 1 million childhood cancer patients worldwide and mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually to give back to those in need.

http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org

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