MINNEAPOLIS–Love Your Melon, an apparel brand dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of children battling cancer, today announces its first-ever International Giving Program. The company will now be giving beanies to children battling cancer all over the world through the Request a Hat program as well as financial gifts to nonprofits fighting pediatric cancer internationally.
As part of this international expansion, Love Your Melon’s new partnership with Children’s Oncology Group (COG) will help doctors around the world find treatments and cures for pediatric cancer. The partnership with COG, an organization dedicated to providing new insight for doctors worldwide, will provide an initial gift of $50,000 for Project:Every Child, a study that aims to capture the biology and outcome of every child diagnosed with cancer in the United States and COG's affiliated countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.
“By partnering with Children’s Oncology Group we are expanding our reach to a global scale,” said Love Your Melon CEO, Zachary Quinn. “Our partnership will allow doctors around the world to study DNA samples from pediatric cancer patients and families and apply the knowledge to their research, ultimately leading to better treatments and cures.”
Love Your Melon will support and encourage children globally by expanding the Request a Hat program, a program that gives friends and family the opportunity to request a hat online and surprise a child battling cancer with a Love Your Melon beanie. Crew Abroad volunteers will deliver the beanies starting with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Since the company’s beginning, Love Your Melon has given more than 125,000 beanies to children battling cancer and more than 2.7 million dollars to its nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. Love Your Melon apparel is sold at loveyourmelon.com and 50 percent of profit is given to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.
To learn more about Love Your Melon, visit loveyourmelon.com.
ABOUT LOVE YOUR MELON
Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller founded the company in 2012 while the two were sophomores in college. To date, over 125,000 beanies have been given and more than $2.7 million has been given to fund cancer research initiatives. Fifty percent (50%) of profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. More information on Love Your Melon can be found at loveyourmelon.com. Follow Love Your Melon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S ONCOLOGY GROUP
The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites nearly 10,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers around the world in the fight against cancer. Today, more than 90 percent of the 14,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States are cared for at COG member institutions. COG’s mission is to improve the cure rate and outcome for all children with cancer. For more information, visit childrensoncologygroup.org.
Project:EveryChild is a single research study run by the COG that aims to capture the biology and outcome of every child diagnosed with cancer in the United States and COG’s affiliated countries. Participation is offered to every child diagnosed with cancer, no matter how common or rare the cancer may be. The ultimate goal is to collect key clinical data on disease presentation, therapeutic approaches and outcomes, while also collecting biospecimens (including tumor samples, and child/parental DNA) that will be stored at COG’s state-of-the-art biorepository at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. These biospecimens and the associated biology/treatment data will be made available to scientists around the world in an unprecedented, collaborative effort to find better cures for children with cancer.
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