Hey guys! Taking a break from the normal health & fitness posts to talk about something very near and dear to my heart.
Let’s talk cancer. Let’s talk headbands. Let’s talk kids.
Cancer is never an easy thing to talk about. It’s a devastating disease and something no parent EVER wants to hear. Those kiddos are fighters. They’re soldiers. They are inspiration and motivation. They are hope.
- In the US, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in kids under the age of 14
- 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more because of medical advances. This is a is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was less than 60%.
- 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the United States.
- 1 in 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients.
“Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.”
Have you guys ever heard of Headbands of Hope?
Headbands of Hope is “one for one” organization that sells headbands to SPREAD HOPE. For every headband sold, one goes to a little girl fighting cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.
I have had the pleasure of working with this awesome company and becoming one of their campus rep’s to help spread HOPE.
Why headbands? Hair is part of a girl’s feminine identity. Their hair is essentially a part of who they are. “Many girls fighting childhood cancer lose their hair during their rigorous chemotherapy treatments. Headbands are the perfect way for these girls to keep their feminine identity and have a constant reminder that they’re not alone.”
The founder, Jessica Ekstrom started this company after interning at the Make a Wish Foundation in 2011. ”Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity.”
The company sells a large variety of styles, colors and designs to cater to every girl in your life. I personally love the shabby headband (flower one) pictured below. They also come in 2 sizes (child and adult!)
This is truly a special non-profit, and I am so grateful to be helping spread it’s incredible message. There is nothing more special than the laughter and happiness of a child, spread one headband at a time. Any story of a brave little soldier fighting for their life makes me so emotional, and so hopeful. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity (and so do YOU!) to give these girls a little hope, and to help fund the research to cure this horrible disease.
What Can You Do To Help?
Go online to their website and look at the awesome variety of headbands they have available! Each headband purchased means one is given to a little girl with cancer, and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Headbands have been distributed to hospital’s nation wide.
Why do you wear hope?
Like I said, I am a campus representative for Headbands of Hope, and I hope to spread the word of this awesome company throughout my school and community. Jessica is awesome enough to give THREE of YOU a glitter band–perfect for running, yoga, or body pump! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
WINNERS: Email me at Barefootcoloblog at gmail dot com with your shipping address ASAP!
If you would like to purchase a different headband, for you or your loved one, you may go online to their website purchase your headbands and start spreading hope.
Enter the promo code: lucerohope at checkout for $1 off of your purchase.