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.
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.
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.
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.