Hats On Day was founded in 1995 by four sixth-graders at Henry School in St. Louis. They began the fundraiser when their friend and classmate, Kevin Beffa, was diagnosed with a type of childhood cancer called Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Kevin had been a bright, happy child with a passion for soccer. When he got sick, he had to miss school and lost all his hair from the treatments. Also in need of a bone marrow transplant, Hats On Day was planned to support Kevin during his battle with cancer. However, just days before the event, Kevin passed away.
Kevin is Matt's Brother and Jacob's Uncle. While we remember Kevin everyday, Hats on Day allows us to connect with him in a special way and gives us the opportunity to teach our children, who never met Kevin, about their uncle. This year is the 15th anniversary of Kevin's death and the 15th anniversary of the first Hats on Day.
Please take time to put on your hat for 'Kids with Cancer' this month and raise awareness of childhood cancer and the impacts it has on their lives and the lives of their families. Matt, Jacob and I are also participating in Walk With a Friend (http://www.friendsofkids.com/walk-with-a-friend.html) on April 24th in memory of Kevin. If you are interested in walking with us, please let me or Matt know.
Below are pictures of Jacob having fun with his hat in support of Uncle Kevin!