Why headbands and kids' cancer?
At Headbands of Hope, it's not only about what we sell, it's why we sell it.
For girls and women everywhere, their hair is a part of their feminine identity. Wigs can be uncomfortable and unappealing, especially to younger girls.
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.
Headbands of Hope provides a movement to spread hope in all girls and fight in the battle against childhood cancer, one headband at a time.
Our headbands are proudly made by My Sunshine Shoppe in the Bismarck, ND.
For every headband purchased, one headband will go to a girl with cancer and $1 will be donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.
So why childhood cancer?
Childhood cancer takes the lives of more children in the U.S. than any other disease - in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
Children with cancer cannot be treated simply as "smaller adults." First, the cancers that strike them are very different from the more common adult cancers, having different causes and needing different treatments. Also, children are being treated while in crucial stages of the development of their bodies and minds, complicating the effects of treatments and often resulting in life-long complications.
Although research over the last 40 years has raised the overall cure rate from virtually none to about 80%, many types of childhood cancer remain very difficult to cure. Progress is also especially slow in curing adolescents and young adults, because federal funding for childhood cancers is a fraction compared to adult cancers.
Therefore, attention needs to be brought to childhood cancer. Progress can't be made without research. Research can't be done without funding. And funding can't be done without awareness. Headbands of Hope aims to start with awareness and end with a cure.