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"Love Your Melon" Group Delivering Hats

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The American Childhood Cancer Organization says each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years old who are diagnosed with cancer.

A college project turned non-profit is doing something to ease some of the pain some of those children experience.

The folks from "Love Your Melon" travel around the country delivering warm hats and, of course, lots of smiles to children dealing with cancer and other illnesses.

"We raise awareness about the quality of life that kids battling cancer have. It's a very hard disease to battle and even harder when you're a kid and we just want to do whatever we can to raise their quality of life and ask others to do the same," says Sam Harder, director of public relations.

Besides handing out the hats, some of the crew dress up like super heroes and play games with the kids.

On this visit, "Love Your Melon Man" got to show off his tic-tac-toe skills to little Patton who is on the road to recovery after a stay at Sanford Health.

"Just to walk into that room and see the smile on the kids face is unbelievable. Such an amazing experience and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for us," says "Love Your Melon Man".

Kids and parents alike seem to appreciate the efforts of the team and of course the warm, fuzzy hats.

"This was really sweet of them to do. So many kids struggle so much with cancer and for them to some and bring them a little hope is just awesome," says Angie Douglas.

Besides getting his own, Patton also got to pick out a few hats for his family and friends.

Now all Patton needs to do is gas up the car and head home.

Today's stop at Sanford is the first of a 45-day tour for "Love Your Melon" to hospitals in the western half of the country.

For more information about Love Your Melon, you can contact them at www.loveyourmelon.com.

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