It started with a headband for kids with cancer. But since we launched in 2012, we've discovered dozens of amazing childhood cancer organizations that are enhancing the lives' of patients and working towards a cure.
Our headBAND Together series aims to raise funds and awareness for these organizations through donating 10% of our online proceeds to a designated organization that week.
November 4th- HeadBAND Together with Designing Dreams
The mission of Designing Dreams is to inspire hope and happiness in the lives of children with cancer and cancer-like conditions by making their dream bedroom a reality. They provide a positive space of healing for children on their journey to recovery through complete transformation and redesign of their bedrooms.
That have completed 15 bedrooms thus far and are finishing the 16th and 17th in November. They hope to continue to be able to provide more and more dream bedrooms each year for these strong, brave children.
August 19th- HeadBAND Together with Rally Foundation
We headBANDed with the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research in May and we have decided to headBAND together with them again! The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Since its founding in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $13.7 million in childhood cancer research grants all over the world. Rally has earned the top efficiency ratings from charity watchdog organizations, Charity Navigator and GuideStar. 92 cents of every dollar given supports Rally’s mission.
June 24th- HeadBAND Together with iDance4aCURE
IDance4aCURE's mission is not only to raise awareness but to be an active leader in the fight against childhood cancer by raising funds for cutting edge research. The organization has quickly grown into a national movement and they have already contributed over $400,000 to fund research at different Children's Hospitals around the country. IDance4aCURE has a goal to raise $1 million for childhood cancer research while uniting the dance world, education and empowering a new generation of childhood cancer advoactes.
May 20th- HeadBAND Together with Rally Foundation
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Since its founding in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $13.7 million in childhood cancer research grants all over the world. Rally has earned the top efficiency ratings from charity watchdog organizations, Charity Navigator and GuideStar. 92 cents of every dollar given supports Rally’s mission.
May 5th- Band Together with Kyle Petty Charity Ride
The inspiration for the Ride came in 1994, when Petty and three friends rode their motorcycles from North Carolina to a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Friends joined the ride along the way, and by the time the group reached Phoenix, it had grown to 30 riders. The turnout inspired Petty, and he decided to nurture the event into something bigger; The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was born.
Since its inception by Kyle in 2004 in honor of his late son Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.
Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route may contribute to the Charity Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, which accepts donations at local stops.
April 15th- Band Together with Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation
At the ripe old age of 20 Jeff Gordon paid his first visit to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was a PR guy who suggested the idea of visiting children in hospitals, and at the time, Jeff didn’t really get it.
Jeff continued making hospital visits, but about a year later the need for his help hit close to home when he learned that his crew chief Ray Evernham’s one-year-old son, Ray J, had been diagnosed with leukemia. For the better part of a year Jeff watched as Ray’s little boy faced chemotherapy, radiation and long hospital stays.
By 1995, Jeff was quickly becoming the most requested NASCAR driver for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He soon discovered that the majority of these kids with life-threatening illnesses had cancer. Seeing the physical and emotional toll this disease takes on kids and their families deepened Jeff’s desire to learn about the science of cancers in children.
He established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation in 1999, primarily dedicated to accelerating childhood cancer research. Since then, JGCF also has helped open the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C. and the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda. Through generous contributions, the Foundation continues to support these and other worthy programs.
March 11th- Band Together with Riley's Army
Riley was diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor in May 2006 at 5 years old. Initial treatment required surgery to remove her right kidney and 6 months of outpatient chemotherapy. Routine follow up confirmed relapse of her cancer with metastasis to her lungs June 2007. Riley has been treated for her cancer with chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and stem cell transplants. Despite mom and dad both being physicians, Riley’s diagnosis of cancer threw them into a world of treatment that was difficult to navigate. Their medical experience was a blessing that helped us on this journey and also allowed us to see potential ways to help other families in similar situations. Working, caring for a child with a serious illness and taking care of 3 additional younger children can be overwhelming. Not until Riley’s relapse did they allow others to significantly help them along this journey. Facing almost 2 years of chemotherapy, they knew they could not do it alone. They asked friends, family and their church for help.
The outpouring of support for Riley and her family was overwhelming. Riley’s amazing fight brought support from numerous individuals and churches throughout Greenville and surrounding areas. So many people have stepped across typical boundaries of faith, race and financial backgrounds to offer their prayers and support. This support allows them to maintain a healthy home environment which has been conducive to their family’s well being as well as Riley’s recovery at that time. A friend coordinated their volunteers to help in times of need. Some examples include volunteers to stay with Riley at the hospital when they must be away, dinners for the family during her hospitalizations, babysitting the children at home to allow them both to be at the hospital if needed, and numerous other services provided by so many. These supporters have become “Riley’s Army” to us.
We currently serve over 220 children and their families. Riley dreamed that there would come a day where no child would have to be alone in the hospital, and thanks to our growing hospital volunteer program, her dream will come true. In 2016, our volunteers provided over 1550 hours of volunteer service at the local children’s hospital. The needs of our families continue to grow and we are pushing forward with plans to expand, allowing us to help even more children & their families. We have 10 board members and 1 staff (Executive Directors), we have over 200 college students that volunteer and over 150 volunteers from the community.
To support the mission, shop at HeadbandsofHope.com now through 3/17 and let's #BandTogether!
Jan 26th- Band Together Day in Honor of William Sweger
Today we are honoring William Sweger by donating 10% of all of today’s online sales to the Jeff Musser Foundation.
William fought a long, hard battle with Leukemia. To know William truly was to love him. He touched the lives of many during his short time here with us. William was named the 2017 Boy of the Year and helped raise awareness for blood cancers.
Created in 2002, the Jeff Musser Foundation has helped families by providing financial aid to families with children in Lancaster County battling cancer. Families they work with are typically referred to them by social workers from local children’s hospitals and medical centers, and Jeff personally contacts these families to choose the ones most in need.
Through golf events, the Cadillac dinner event, grants and donations from other organizations who support our mission. With the help of growing funds, they have been able to expand their territory to give their support to families in need in Southern Central Pennsylvania. Since 2002, this foundation has been able give over one million dollars since 2002.
To support the mission, shop at HeadbandsofHope.com now through 1/26 and let's #BandTogether!
Dec 3rd-Dec 9th- The Dragonfly Foundation
The Dragonfly Foundation provides support to young patients, siblings/offspring and parents/caregivers- as well as direct support to social workers, Child Life representatives, and hospital staff that care for the patients while they are in the hospital.
They also provide distractions from the emotional, physical and financial toll of cancer and bone marrow transplants, as well as the post-traumatic stress associated with the trauma of diagnosis, treatment and recovery!
To support The Dragonfly Foundation, shop at HeadbandsofHope.com now through 12/9 and let's #BandTogether!
Nov 30th- Seth Laurie Day
Seth Laurie was diagnosed with a rare cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, on November 16, 2016 at the age of 3. Before then, he was a regular child with no medical problems. We just got word that his chemo went great and he is in remission! His dad joined Swim Across America and will be swimming in the San Francisco Bay and raising money to help fight cancer!
To support Seth and his dad's efforts, shop headbandsofhope.com on Nov 30th and let's #BandTogether for Seth!
Nov 5th-Nov 11th- All in For Allison
On November 1st 2016 Allison Colna was diagnosed with high risk pre B- cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This cutie is amazing and just recently got the news that her counts were perfect and her oncologist is super pleased on her progress!
To support Allison and her journey, shop at headbandsofhope.com now through 11/11 and lets #BandTogether for Allison!
Facebook: All In for Allison
July 23rd-July 29th- Kids Cancer Alliance
The mission of Kids Cancer Alliance is to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families through recreational and support programs.
Kids Cancer Alliance was started in 1981 as a joint effort between a group of volunteers in the Lake Cumberland area & the Kentucky Cancer Program. Their vision was to provide a "normal" camping experience for children with cancer. In the recent years, Kids Cancer Alliance expanded its services to children with cancer and their families. Kids Cancer Alliance now proudly offers oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs, as well as financial support all completely free to children with cancer and their families.
To support the mission, shop at HeadbandsofHope.com now through 7/29 and let's #BandTogether!
June 4th-June 10th-Izzy's Infantry Fighting Pediatric Cancer & Spinal Trauma
Izzy's Infantry Fighting Pediatric Cancer & Spinal Trauma is inspired by Isabel"Izzy Warrior Princess" who battles every day against a spinal cord tumor. Their mission is threefold: to fund research that will lead to better treatment options and a cure for childhood cancer; fund rehabilitation programs for children recovering from spinal cord injury; and improve the quality of life for children in treatment and their families through outreach programs and support groups.
Let's 'Band Together' to support Izzy's Infantry Fighting Pediatric Cancer & Spinal Trauma!
May 21-28th- Addi's Faith Foundation
Inspired by one little girl’s battle with brain cancer, Addi’s Faith Foundation was formed in hopes of freeing the world from childhood cancer. By funding critical pediatric research, AFF ensures advancements are made and that less toxic, yet more effective treatments are found. Until the cure is discovered, Addi’s Faith Foundation desires to provide emotional and financial support to parents as they care for their child with cancer. A registered 501(c)3 charity, Addi’s Faith Foundation has distributed over a million dollars since their inception in 2007.
Addi’s Faith Foundation is dedicated to ending childhood cancer. Our purpose is to fund childhood cancer research as well as provide financial and emotional support to families struggling to care for a child with cancer. We believe that there is a cure out there and together we can find it.
- fund research -- given $800,000 to MD Anderson Cancer Center for a pediatric brain tumor research project and pledged an additional $1,000,000
- help families -- given $275,000 to 230 families who are caring for a child with cancer
- we hold an annual 5K (Walk by Faith) in Nov. and a golf tournament (Addishack) in April and lots of other smaller fundraisers.
- started by my husband (Tony) and I in honor of my daughter, Addison Faith, who died from brain cancer just a few weeks shy of her second birthday. knowing that less than 4% of funding is allocated to pediatric research, we set out to raise funds so that more research could be done. We need safer and more effective treatment options.
So help us 'Band Together' to support Addi's Faith Foundation!
April 16th-22nd- Pinky Swear Foundation
Founded in 2003, Pinky Swear Foundation is a 501c(3) not-for-profit passionately committed to helping children with cancer and their families by responding to the immediate crisis facing families with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Pinky Swear supports families’ quality-of-life with financial assistance for basic needs and through experiences that create emotional support, so they can focus on what's most important: their child battling cancer. Inspired by a pinky swear promise made between a 9-year-old boy and his dad, the foundation engages kids to help grow the community of Keepers of the pinky swear. Pinky Swear Foundation fundraising activities include annual kids triathlon events, a family 5K/1M series, National Pinky Swear Day on December 11, and other community engagement events around the nation. Visit www.pinkyswear.org for more information.
The Pinky Swear Story
Pinky Swear Foundation was founded in honor of Mitch Chepokas, who lost his battle to bone cancer in 2003. In December 2002, 9-year-old Mitch overheard his pediatric oncology ward neighbors stressed about money for Christmas gifts, and generously decided to give away his savings – $6,000 – to other kids fighting cancer. After sneaking envelopes of cash under doors and on nightstands, Mitch told his dad it was the most fun he’d ever had, and he wanted to do it again the following year. With a terminal prognosis, his dad had to tell Mitch the truth: that he wouldn’t be around the following Christmas. That’s when Mitch made his dad, Steve, ‘pinky swear promise’ to continue to help families with kids with cancer even after he was gone.
Pediatric Cancer Facts
- A child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes
- The average age of diagnosis is 6 years old
- The average length of treatment is 2 years
- The average family will spend 25% of its disposable income on non-medical related expenses associated with the treatment of their child
- One in 11 families with a child diagnosed with cancer will file for bankruptcy.
So help us 'Band Together' to benefit Pinky Swear Foundation.
March 5th-March 12th 2017: Emma Paulson
Emma's story: "Over Thanksgiving break of 2016, I came to Children’s for my regular oncology clinic check-up and blood work expecting everything to look fine. Everything looked good, but my labs showed a drop in platelets, which was slightly concerning. After coming home from finals, we re-checked labs and found my platelets were half of what they were just weeks before. The leukemia team wanted to bring me in the following week for a bone marrow biopsy to confirm what we suspected. We got the call that afternoon saying that my leukemia had relapsed; just weeks away from marking 5 years since my original diagnosis on January 17th 2012. After a month of re-induction therapy, it was determined my plan going forward for treatment will include 2 more phases of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant this spring. This second time around is scarier knowing what’s ahead, but also so much easier since I already know and love all the nurses & doctors here so much. I appreciate all the love and support we’ve received already and can feel the prayers working."
Emma is such an inspiration to us! So 'Band Together' with us for Emma Paulson!
February 5th-12th 2017: Penn State Dance MaraTHON
Thon is a year- long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against childhood cancer. These efforts culminate every February in a 46- hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. THON's sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds, not only covers treatment costs for childhood cancer patients at Penn State Hersey Children's Hospital, but also funds innovative research to find a cure. Since 1977, Penn State students have raised over $137 million for The Kids.
As an organization, THON is inspiring a generation of young adults to get involved and take action, empowering themselves and their community. Each year, over 15,000 Penn State student volunteers dedicate their time and effort to THON, making it the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Penn State students are united by their commitment to the cause-finding a cure for childhood cancer.
January 15th-22nd 2017: The Fighter Foundation, Inc.
The Fighter Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization was created in honor of Michelle Boyd DeJong and inspired by her "fighter" mentality. The primary objectives of The Fighter Foundation are to raise funds for brain tumor research and awareness, support quality of life improvement for brain tumor patients and their caregivers while promoting community involvement and civic pride.
Fighter Store: http://fighter.storenvy.com
December 18th-25th 2016: St. Baldrick's Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer researchers who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are- and that starts with funding research jus for them. Join St. Baldrick's at stbaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.
Since 2005, they've invested over $200 million in childhood cancer research grants worldwide.
November 6th-12th 2017: The Monday Life
The Monday Life helps hospitalized children feel better. They are a non-profit on a mission to bring the best healing environments to every hospitalized child on the planet and their work is made possible by people giving just $1, every Monday.
Research shows that a patient's environment has a tremendous impact on healing,so things like music, art, and technology can become experiences that help children heal
October 16th-22nd 2016: Me Fine Foundation
Me Fine Foundation, Inc. was founded by friends and family of Folden Lee IV who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in May, 2003. He received several rounds of chemotherapy at UNC Children’s Hospital but relapsed shortly after treatment. He then survived two consecutive cord blood transplants and extensive radiation at Duke Children’s Hospital. In spite of gallant efforts, the leukemia cells once again returned. Folden was 2 years old.
During the 15 month battle with this disease, Folden’s family found that along with the tremendous stress of caring for a child with a life threatening illness, most families are also weighted down with overwhelming medical costs. Additionally, families are obligated to provide personal outpatient housing and living expenses while their child is undergoing treatment. Some caregivers lose their jobs, their homes and are separated from other family members for extended periods while their child is receiving treatment. Resources for these kids are extremely limited.
Me Fine was founded in order to pool resources for families facing life changing challenges. No one can change what these children are forced to endure medically, but our combined efforts can certainly change the financial burdens of their caregivers and make their countless days in the hospital a little easier to endure.
June 19-25th 2016: The Rachel Lynn Henley Foundation
In September of 2007, Rachel Lynn Henley was a freshman in high school, thriving in her new school as a great student and a strong and talented athlete. In November, at fourteen years old, Rachel's busy, happy life was turned inside-out when she was diagnosed with Synovial sarcoma - a rare soft tissue cancer that was found in her shoulder. After 7 months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries she was found to be cancer free in the Summer of 2008. However, in 2012, when it seemed like life was back to normal, Rachel and her family learned their worst nightmare had come true when Rachel's cancer returned with a vengeance - now in her lungs and in an area over her liver.
Rachel endured 3 more years of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries all with a beautiful smile on her face and positive spirit intact. Rachel chose to live her life to it's fullest and encourage others to do the same. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she made the decision to make a positive difference in the world. Rachel wanted to give back as so many others had done for her. Rachel's battle ended on June 2, 2015, but she continues to inspire so many, every day.
August 14-20th 2016: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation was founded in 2007 following the passing of 14 year old, Andrew McDonough, to leukemia. Less than 48 hours after helping his team win a Pennsylvania State Championship in soccer, Andrew was diagnosed with leukemia and went into septic shock and cardiac arrest. The doctors did not expect Andrew to live through the night. He survived that initial battle and, over the next 166 “bonus days”, Andrew underwent nearly 50 operations, 4 strokes, and a brain aneurysm before dying in his sister’s arms on July 14, 2007.
Andrew’s blood type, and the way he lived, was “B+” — Be Positive.
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