Heroes Come in All Sizes: Join the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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A diagnosis of childhood cancer is a reality facing 15,000 kids in the U.S. each year. This September, mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by lending support to the companies determined to put up a fight against the disease day-in and day-out.

With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, now’s the time to help spread awareness and learn how you can support people who are on a mission each day to bring an end to childhood cancer. For the 43 kids diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. every single day and their families, funding the research for better treatment is imperative. What’s more, the staggering stats make it essential to consider the financial hardship faced by these families. In addition to the cost of treatment, each diagnosis typically reduces the household to a single income while one parent devotes time and energy to help their child fight this disease. Travel costs, mental support and end-of-life expenses are a reality for many of these families. Fred Rogers wisely stated, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Join ranks with the helpers today by supporting these 5 companies who fight alongside brave kids everyday to beat childhood cancer.           

Love Your Melon

From its simple origin in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Zachary and Brian, the founders of Love Your Melon, had one simple goal: to put a hat on every child battling cancer in America today. With an original goal of 45,000 hats, they’ve now put over 147,000 American-made, 100% cotton beanies on the heads of kids with cancer. With 50% of the proceeds going directly to improving the therapeutic experience and providing much-needed financial support to families, their warm, comfy hats are turning stories of pain into stories of strength. As the weather turns cooler, you can help turn despair into hope by purchasing your own Love Your Melon beanie to keep you warm this season. Provide ongoing support to the cause by joining the Monthly Melon Club. If you own a business and are moved to act, become a partner and provide support to families today.  

Headbands of Hope

It’s time to band together in the fight against pediatric cancer and kick it to the curb once and for all. Jess, the founder of Headbands of Hope, met a number of kids with cancer while working as a photographer at Disney World while she was still a student. Inspired by the kids, she began volunteering at a wish-granting organization and realized just how many children wear headbands after suffering hair loss from chemo treatments. Back at school, she felt compelled to act and created Headbands of Hope where for each headband she sold, she’d donate one to a child fighting cancer to help them feel a little more beautiful. After her site launched, her mom became her first customer and things have been on a roll ever since! Support the cause today when you buy your headband or join the Headband of the Month Club.  

TheTruth365 Documentary Film and Grassroots Movement

Every kid with cancer deserves a voice, but with only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget being directed toward developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancers, that voice is having a hard time being heard. Just because the patients are smaller, doesn’t mean their voice should be, so The Truth 365 created a full-length documentary to educate people on the state of childhood cancer funding and has taken to social media to mobilize people to spread the word that Congress and the NCI must make this a bigger priority. With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, educate yourself by watching the film, join the social media campaign and spread the word. Contact your representative to let them know funding for childhood cancer matters to you.

THON

THON’s dance-marathon seed was planted in 1973, raising $2,000 for their sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Now, THON has blossomed into the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Their incredible history led to breaking the million dollar mark in 1992, and their efforts in 2018 topped 10 million dollars! Each year, over 16,500 student volunteers participate in a year-long fundraising effort to benefit the life-saving childhood cancer research and specialty-care providers at Four Diamonds and contribute financially to the comprehensive support available to patients and their families. Here at THON you find nothing but helpers. Today, you can be a helper! Donate to next February’s dance for the cure or participate in THON’s local fundraising events. 

Cookies for Kids Cancer

With over 40,000 kids fighting cancer in the U.S. right now and with more children dying from cancer than any other disease, the sobering statistic motivating Cookies for Kids Cancer is the number of tough cookies out there fighting the fight with smiles on their faces! It all began when Gretchen and Larry Witt heard the harsh diagnosis that their son, Liam, had cancer. They were shocked to learn that a serious lack of funding has created a deficit of effective treatments for pediatric cancer patients. Determined to fund research for new, improved and less toxic treatment options, Gretchen and 250 volunteers came together and baked 96,000 cookies to raise their first $400,000 dollars for the cause, and the cookies have been in the oven ever since. Buy delicious gourmet cookies or make a donation today to fund the most promising childhood cancer research projects and help all the tough cookies out there.