Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 4 Hats on Day at WOCS

Today was "Hats on Day" at JJ's school.  They had to pay at least $2.00 to have the privilege of wearing a hat to school today.

This is taken from the website at the Foundation for Children with Cancer:

What is Hats On Day?
Hats On Day was founded in 1995 by four sixth-graders in St. Louis, Missouri. They began the fundraiser when their friend and classmate Kevin Beffa was diagnosed with a type of childhood cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Kevin had been a bright, happy child with a passion for soccer. When he got sick, he began to miss school, had to give up his favorite sport, and lost all of his hair from treatment. Kevin also needed a bone marrow transplant, so Hats On Day was planned to show support for Kevin during his suffering and to raise money for his surgery. However, just days before the event, Kevin passed away.
The founders have continued in Kevin’s memory with the aim of creating awareness about children undergoing chemotherapy and related issues like hair loss, illness, and missing school. From 1995 to 2008, the fundraiser has grown from just a few participating schools to schools across the country. The funds raised are used to make young cancer patients’ daily lives more comfortable as they deal with this disease. When you participate in Hats On Day, you make life happier for children with cancer and show compassion for the many difficulties young cancer patients face.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to host Hats On Day! But you can host the event anytime throughout the school year.
Hats On Day has grown to be one of the most influential and profitable fund-raisers among school age children, raising over $1,000,000 in the past 10 years.

This is a picture of some of the kids from JJ's school that wore their hats!

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