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Love Your Melon – Helping Children with Cancer – Buy One Give One – Warmth for Head and Heart

by Connor Amundson, Love Your Melon National Ambassador Director

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The Love Your Melon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization run by college students on a mission to put a hat on every child battling cancer in the United States, and that is why we hope that every single child who has either battled or is still battling cancer can love their melon.  The hat has its obvious purpose of keeping a head warm, but it also has a deeper meaning and helps provide strength throughout treatment and is intended to help strengthen the child cancer community! For every hat sold on the Love Your Melon website, another identical hat is given to a child battling cancer. Through funding from our Buy One – Give One program and generous donations, the Love Your Melon Foundation seeks to provide therapeutic entertainment and comfy hats to children battling cancer during their difficult treatment process. The Love Your Melon Foundation creates smiles on the faces of children battling cancer, engages communities to make a difference and provides therapeutic treatment when it is most needed.

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon has been able to give and sell over 40,000 hats. It was founded on the simple concept of helping those in need and engaging communities to make a difference. On December 23rd, 2013, the organization received 501(c)(3) status and is an established non-profit. The Love Your Melon Foundation has big plans for the future.  On January 12th, 2014 it embarked on the first tour across the east coast. On May 15th, it launched a 50 day West Coast Tour in order to take its mission nationwide. Since then, it has built an ambassador program of over 1000 ambassadors nation-wide and doesn’t plan on stopping until every child in America battling cancer has a hat.

If you would like to request that a free hat be sent to a child you know undergoing treatment, please click HERE to access the Love Your Melon Request Form.

 

Love_your_melon_pic_1Ambassadors are from colleges across the states with each college having a maximum of 20 members on their crew.  These ambassadors promote Love Your Melon on their campus with advertising campaigns, sales events, and other creative ideas that the ambassador crews take the initiative to get going (5k races, bake sales, etc.).  Culminating all of their hard work, they then donate hats to children battling cancer in their community or at their local hospital.

All of our products are made right here in the United States of America.  We believe in keeping manufacturing here and providing jobs for the citizens of our country.  By doing this we are able to build better relationships with our suppliers that supply our great products.  Our beanies, scarves and shirts are made in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On October 22nd, 2014, Love Your Melon had it’s first Superhero Adventure Day.  Ambassadors from all over the United States arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and paired up with a child battling cancer for a day filled with professional athletes, airplane and helicopter flights, race car rides, and a culminating yacht ride.

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Gold Love Your Melon Children’s Hat (Hats come in different colors)

In the months of February and March, Love Your Melon has over 20,000 hats to donate to children battling cancer across the United States.  If you are interested in helping out and becoming apart of our ambassador program, please email crew@loveyourmelon.com

To buy a hat for yourself and also have one donated to a young cancer patient, click HERE.  The Love Your Melon website also features other trademarked apparel.  For any item that you purchase, a HAT will be donated to a young cancer patient. For example if you buy a Love Your Melon T-shirt, you will receive the T-Shirt and a child undergoing treatment will receive a hat/beanie and a smile.

Why donate a hat? It’s all about loving who you are, whether you have hair or not, and recognizing that the community is all rallying behind you! Here’s a link to make a donation:  http://loveyourmelon.com/products/donate-to-the-love-your-melon-foundation

UPDATE- Click to read this article from Forbes, December 2016:

Millennial Start-Up Love Your Melon: Giving Back Is Sweeter Than Success

http://www.forbes.com/sites/petertaylor/2016/12/12/millennial-start-up-love-your-melon-proves-that-giving-back-is-also-great-for-your-bottom-line/#17b780c05f72

Watch this heartwarming video of one of the Love Your Melon Smile Tours to see how this foundation brightens the lives of young cancer patients by visiting hospitals to donate hats in person, and helping bring cheer to their daily routine.

 

 

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Great Holiday Gifts for Cancer Patients

Are you looking to purchase a great holiday gift for a cancer patient? To give a gift that will be special and highly appreciated, we suggest buying a gift that is both thoughtful and useful.

Cancer treatments including most chemotherapy regimens and radiation can cause unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects. Great gifts can help reduce the severity of these side effects and help to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Even simple side effect solutions can have a big effect on quality of life.

Deluxe Chemo Gift Kit

Deluxe Chemotherapy Gift

We have created a list of possible side effects and product suggestions to help combat the uncomfortable symptoms. Giving a gift of comfort shows that you understand and empathize with the patients’ health challenges.

Click on any product name below for more information and details about the product.

NAUSEA

We recommend Queasy Drops which are helpful in three ways: 1) they help to reduce nausea and 2) they help keep a dry mouth hydrated 3) they have a pleasant taste. These make a great stocking stuffer.

Biobands are simple acupressure wrist bands which can be worn round the clock with no side effects. They also help reduce nausea, and are reasonably priced.

RADIATION SKIN CARE

For compromised skin including radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis, we suggest My Girls Skin Care Cream, which is calendula based and calming. It goes on the skin feeling creamy but not oily.

For burned and painful skin we recommend RADX Radiation Therapy which also has 2% lidocaine as an ingredient to help reduce pain.  CoolMagic gel sheets also offer incredible relief.

A personal products gift collection with excellent value is the DermaQOL 9 Piece Gift Kit which includes soap, lotions, therapy cream, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and more. The DermaQOL products contain no harsh ingredients (ie no parabens, or other harsh products).

For a calming spray, we suggest CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray or Atopalm Moisture Mist.

To help surgical scars heal consider CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm.

DRY MOUTH

Many chemotherapy regimens, and radiation to the throat and neck often cause dry mouth.  MouthKote is a handy spray that can be carried in a purse or a briefcase to combat dry mouth. We suggest Oral Balance Gel to help with mouth sores.

CLOTHING

Interesting and creative head wraps or hats may be appreciated by patients experiencing hair loss. There are also special surgical gowns that have been designed for cancer patients with special closures and port holes.  You can read about Radiant Wraps by clicking here.

STRESS

Relaxation, meditation and breathing products can help reduce stress. We suggest the Breathe with Purpose CD.  There are also calming apps which can be downloaded onto your phone. These products can help the patient relax during chemo infusions, or help improve sleep.

THE UNKNOWN

Fear of the unknown can cause escalation and rumination which can increase stress. The book “When Cancer Hits” by Britta Aragon is a complete guide to navigating all the changes that a patient will experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living including how to best manage side effects, stress and home recovery, and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Gentle exercise is generally recommended for cancer patients. Carol Michaels has written a book called  “Exercises for Cancer Survivors” and also has two gentle exercise DVD’s which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some cancer patients are under the impression that inactivity will decrease fatigue and speed recovery. However, exercising during and after cancer surgery and treatments is helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. The book and DVD’s are valuable resources and can help guide patients.

POOR APPETITE

Chemotherapy can affect appetite and taste. While many well wishers think that sweets and candy will be appreciated, many oncologists recommend that sugary products should be avoided. Therefore if considering food, we suggest homemade broths and chicken soups, or organic fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Give the Gift of Comfort

Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer

Lots To Live For, Inc. has been delivering comfort during cancer for over 12 years. We have helped many patients and their families combat the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment. We have a number of curated gift collections, or you can choose a collection of products from our website to create a more personalized gift.

by Margot Malin,

Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

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CV Skinlabs Products

 

DermaQOL Gift Kit

DermaQOL Gift Kit

 

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