GRAFTON, Mass. - Grafton High School will be participating in "Hats On Day" to raise awareness of cancer.
Wearing hats for "Hats On Day" creates a welcoming, supportive environment for kids fighting cancer. Often at school, kids with cancer are the only ones wearing hats - they conceal hair loss from treatments such as chemotherapy. Additional side effects of illness and fatigue can further isolate them from school and friends. On "Hats On Day," these kids are not alone - everyone wears hats!
"Hats On Day" is a very special event that will be taking place at Grafton High School on Friday, Sept. 28. The fundraiser will raise money for The Foundation for Children with Cancer. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with cancer in the community. Students will donate $1 or more and receive a "Hats On Day" sticker. Once the sticker is placed on the hat, they are allowed to wear your hat all day.
Each year 12,400 children are diagnosed with cancer. One in 300 boys and one is 333 girls will develop cancer by the age of 20. The cause of cancer in children is not known, while the cause of cancer in adults usually relates to lifestyle factors. Eight out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer can be successfully treated, 75 percent of children with cancer will survive. Treating cancer can make it hard for kids to be kids.
In the past, The Foundation for Children With Cancer has helped families by paying for car repairs so parents could drive their child to the hospital for treatments, helped with utility bills, and paid a mortgage payment so families would not lose their home. By wearing a hat and donating a dollar at Grafton High School is community is part of "Hats on Day" and making a local impact and helping put a smile on the face of children with cancer.
Erica Moore is a junior at Grafton High School.