Love Your Melon, a team of college students from across the country traveling throughout the US visiting hospitals dressed as superheroes to personally deliver a hat and a smile to children in treatment, just wrapped up the SoCal leg of their West Coast tour with visits to Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach June 2, Mattel Children’s Hospital June 3 and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles June 4.
The organization has been traveling throughout the western U.S. on a 45-day tour to lift the spirits and improve the lives of children battling cancer and other illnesses. “Our East Coast bus tour earlier this year was a huge success. We were able to personally hand out over 1,000 hats to children undergoing treatment and hope to increase that number exponentially this time around,” says Zachary Quinn, co-founder of Love Your Melon.
Love Your Melon is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that began as a class project for Quinn and fellow student Brian Keller while studying at the University of St. Thomas. Today, Love Your Melon provides comfy hats to children battling cancer through its buy-one-give-one-program to restore confidence in children undergoing a difficult time. For every Love Your Melon product purchased, another of equal value is given to a child in need. As of Sept. 1, 2013, Love Your Melon had donated more than 2,500 hats to children and families across the country. In addition to hat donations, the organization has helped to host numerous fundraisers to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.