Ashleigh was just 19 years old when she was diagnosed with stage four osteosarcoma –a type of bone cancer. Battling an extremely aggressive cancer, Ashleigh and her family would spend days at the hospital hoping for the best possible outcome. Rather than allowing her perspective to be negative, Ashleigh’s brave instinct was to go into battle mode and do everything she could to beat the cancer and live life to the fullest.
Since 2016, Love Your Melon has helped grant more than 25 wishes through Make-A-Wish in Colorado, Illinois, Greater Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Minnesota. Make-A-Wish is making children’s dreams come true, and we are honored to be a part of it! This is one story of a child's wish coming true.
Dakota is battling B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). At only three years old, she has endured a lot of difficulty for a child. When our Campus Crew at the University of Central Florida heard about Dakota, they decided they wanted to do something special to put a big smile on her face.
Meet Aria, a five-year-old superhero who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She is an incredible girl with an amazing smile and cheerful spirit! Our Campus Crew at Buffalo State brought Aria on an adventure to give her a fun therapeutic experience in the midst of treatment.
What an incredible year! Together, we created thousands of smiles over the past 12 months. We are amazed by your incredible support and we couldn’t be more grateful. To celebrate a wonderful year, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite highlights of 2017.
Relating to superheroes can help children feel strong, brave and empowered. A child who encounters a superhero lights up with joy and admiration because those heroes are courageous in the face of difficulties.
While many are familiar with our mission to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer, some might wonder how their purchase at loveyourmelon.com directly impacts these children and supports the fight against pediatric cancer.
We're gearing up for our biggest weekend of the year and we can't wait to share it with you. In the five day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, our goal is to generate enough to give $1 million to the fight against pediatric cancer. Help us reach this goal by enjoying our upcoming Melon Madness promotions, surprise gifts and brand new products!
Because of your support, our impact is spreading further than ever before! We just launched our International Giving Program, and we will now be giving beanies to children in hospitals all over the world as well as financial gifts to nonprofits fighting cancer internationally.
We recently released our brand new children's book, and over the past few weeks it has been amazing to see children at hospitals all over the country hear the story, get to know the characters and relate the uplifting story to their own journey through the difficulties of cancer treatment. In case you haven't heard the story, we wanted to share a little background with you about why and how we created our first-ever children's book.
Last week on Love Your Melon Day, thousands of children's days were brightened as they received a warm beanie, a kind smile and words of encouragement from superheroes all around the country. We are so thankful for all your support, which made it possible to impact children at over 150 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses and give over 10,000 beanies total on Love Your Melon Day!
Love Your Melon is proud to partner with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation because we share a dedication to supporting top-notch pediatric cancer research. We are supporting ALSF with $110,000 given toward research programs in 2017.
The following is a guest post from our nonprofit partner, CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
One of the most difficult realities of childhood cancer is that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason why some children are diagnosed with it. That was one of the biggest struggles for Pam when she found out her three year old son, Caden, was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma.
Tsihala was just over two years old when she received a cancer diagnosis. After a series of doctor visits and many days worrying, Tsihala’s parents received the devastating news that she was battling AML, a type of leukemia. Her cell counts were extremely high with cancerous white blood cells, and treatment began immediately and aggressively.
As children go through treatment for pediatric cancer, the necessary care often requires travel, which causes strain on transportation, work routines, cooking meals and other aspects of everyday life. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is dedicated to helping children battling illnesses by providing families with housing, compassionate care and resources during their medical treatment.
With your support, we are able to partner with incredible organizations who are leading the fight against pediatric cancer and supporting superheroes all around the country. One Summit is an amazing organization which empowers children battling cancer to build self-confidence, resilience and courage. Through the Climb for Courage program and mentorship with a Navy SEAL, children face and overcome different challenges and learn to apply resilience to their childhood cancer journey.
There are many ways to join the fight against pediatric cancer, and one of our favorites is simply connecting with these incredible children and putting smiles on their faces. Here’s a look at how Hospital Giving Events allow us to personally connect with these children.
Every Love Your Melon product makes a difference in more ways than one. In addition to improving the lives of children battling cancer, these products also give us an opportunity to make an impact through the way they are made.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life is turned upside-down for the entire family. Daily necessities and tasks such as work, cooking meals, grocery shopping and laundry are extremely difficult to balance both financially and emotionally as treatment becomes a family’s primary concern.
When a child is battling cancer, it means the world for them to have a special experience dedicated and created especially for them. This is why we strive to create memorable experiences through Superhero Adventures for children who are undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer - children like Ruth.
Meet Jillian, a twelve-year-old superhero! She battled osteosarcoma and faced the difficulties of treatment with so much courage. During treatment, Jillian had to undergo rotationplasty surgery and remove part of her leg. She doesn't let this slow her down and she has even been playing basketball on one leg. We truly admire Jillian's incredible spirit and resilience.
Staying in the hospital can be very difficult for children and teenagers and their families. During this challenging time, often the simplest things are the most comforting, such as a warm hat, a soft blanket or a note of encouragement.
PAB’S PACKS creates packs filled with comfort items to support children and teens during their stay in the hospital. Founded by two best friends who both experienced long days in the hospital as teenagers, this organization is determined to make hospital stays better for other children and teens.
We are proud to partner with PAB’S PACKS to spread hope and encouragement to more superheroes around the country. This year, we are funding 500 packs, complete with a Love Your Melon beanie in each pack!
Check out our cobranded Love Your Melon + PAB’S PACKS beanie (pictured above) - a beanie that shows our collaboration and shared commitment to make a difference in children’s lives. To create a cobranded beanie for your organization, team or company, check out our brand new Custom Beanie Program!
Every year, thousands of children and adults battling life-threatening cancers depend on a bone marrow transplant in order to save their lives. Through Be The Match’s registry, more and more of these individuals are able to find their match and receive their life-saving transplant.
Jayden was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer called Retinoblastoma when he was just one year old. He immediately began high-dose chemotherapy in attempt to stop the cancer from spreading to his brain. Jayden and his family endured several months of pain and difficulty during the process of treatment. Eventually, he had one eye removed, and that year he received a prosthetic eye just in time for Christmas!
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected. Every family in this difficult situation needs support regardless of their socioeconomic status. This belief is at the core of Jacob’s Heart, an incredible organization dedicated to providing family-centered care for the emotional, practical and financial struggles of families and children battling cancer.
James is four years old and is battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. We recently brought James and his family on an adventure to the local park. We were able to do some of James’s favorite things with him - we worked on puzzles, blew bubbles, ran at super speed in our superhero capes and ate lots of cupcakes!
Meet Emma! This amazing girl is six years old and has already endured so much after being diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma at age three. After many trips to the hospital and years of treatment, Emma recently became cancer free!
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Custom Beanie Program! This new initiative allows brands, companies, teams and organizations to create their own co-branded or custom branded Love Your Melon beanies.
Every year, thousands of children and adults battling bone and blood cancers wait for a bone marrow match to deliver a life-saving transplant. Often, the right match exists, but it must be found before it is too late - this is why the bone marrow registry is so important.
Last week on Superhero Day, along with giving over 11,000 beanies, Love Your Melon launched a new partnership with Be The Match to host on-campus swab drives so that more patients with blood and bone cancers can find their cure! Be The Match is an organization dedicated to growing the bone marrow registry to help save the lives of individuals battling cancer.
Your incredible support allows us to collaborate with organizations who are a source of joy for families facing the most difficult time in their lives. Designing Dreams inspires hope, happiness and support for children battling cancer by making a child’s dream bedroom become a reality.
Sometimes the simplest things can bring the biggest smiles and the most encouragement to children battling cancer. For this reason, hospital visits are a crucial part of our mission to support the fight against pediatric cancer.
Five-year-old Mattix will battle Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis for the rest of his life. This is a rare disease involving proliferation of Langerhans cells and capable of migrating from skin to lymph nodes and brain. However, Mattix is fighting like a superhero and is so full of joy and love! We had the opportunity to bring Mattix on an adventure to swim in a hot springs pool and play at the park.
Travis is a cheerful, fun superhero who is battling cancer with so much strength. We recently had a full day of fun with Travis bringing him to the Orlando Magic basketball game! His energy was contagious and he had us all cheering and dancing - Travis even got a spotlight on the Jumbotron! After the Orlando Magic won their game, Travis got to hang out on the court and meet the Magic’s Forward, Aaron Gordon. Aaron signed autographs, took photos and spent time talking to Travis and his family.
When Isabella met a Love Your Melon Campus Crew at the local mall, she had no idea what big surprises were in store for her adventure! The Crew led her outside where she discovered a pink stretch limo awaiting her and her friends and family! They rode in the limo and danced to her favorite songs before getting pampered at a children’s salon. Isabella got her makeup, fingernails and toenails done. By the end of the day, she was feeling like the princess she is, and she even met some other princesses, Elsa and Cinderella. We loved hearing Isabella’s words at the end of her adventure when she exclaimed, “This is the best day ever!”
With your support, we are able to partner with incredible organizations who are leading the fight against pediatric cancer and supporting superheroes all around the country. One Summit is an organization that empowers children battling cancer to build resilience and courage. Through Climb for Courage events and mentorship with a Navy SEAL, children face and overcome different challenges and learn to apply their resilience to their pediatric cancer journey. Here’s one story of an incredible Climb for Courage kid.
Beckham is a two-year-old superhero battling cancer. He especially loves "copters," and loves to watch the University of Michigan Health System's Survival flight helicopter take off from the window of his hospital room during his treatment.
Meet Clay! This incredible fighter is only five years old and has battled leukemia and endured difficult treatment like a superhero. We are so happy to say that Clay is now cancer free and is in remission!
Love Your Melon is partnering with The Max Cure Foundation’s Roar Beyond Barriers Program to support families as they endure the difficulties of pediatric cancer treatment. This support helps ten families with basic necessities, emergency funds and simply to communicate that they are not fighting alone.
Our friend Henry is a superhero, inspiring us all with his positivity throughout his cancer treatment. He is an energetic kid who doesn’t let B-Cell ALL stop him from doing the things he loves. We wanted to do something to encourage Henry to keep fighting, so we partnered with Designing Dreams to give him the bedroom of his dreams!
Five-year-old Emma is battling leukemia, but that hasn’t stopped her from living life to the fullest! Some of our Love Your Melon Campus Crew members connected Emma with the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team, and an instant friendship with the entire team was born.
Grayson was first diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when he was just nine months old. He went through multiple surgeries and several months of chemotherapy - things that no child should ever have to endure. After beating cancer the first time, Grayson relapsed at two years old and had to endure even more radiation and treatment.