Childhood cancer is a problem affecting roughly 16,000 kids under the age of 19 every year. A sobering narrative far too painful to fathom for any parent, until a glancing whisk of misfortunes transforms into a horrific reality of unforeseen heartache and helplessness.
However, in the darkest times, shine the brightest stars. Love Your Melon, an organization started by college sophomores Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller in 2012, came up with a simple plan to give a hat to every child who suffers from childhood cancer.
The idea has caught like wildfire over the past few years, with 11,000 college students from around the US taking part in the initiative. University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Carlow College all participate in the Love Your Mellon campaign, and help to raise money and provide one-of-a-kind experiences for children.
Proceeds from hat sales go toward superhero adventures, family support, and further cancer research.
As the program continues to grow, it’s humbling to see kid’s faces whose lives are ultimately changed by this disease, but also to see such resilience in their spirits. Small things, and gestures keep us in tact with the human element, and Love Your Melon, quite simply, makes the world a better place to live in.