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Love Your Melon supports nonprofit organizations that are paving the way in groundbreaking research, therapeutic experiences, and family support for children and families battling pediatric cancer.

$9,836,840

DOLLARS GIVEN

254,388

BEANIES GIVEN

200+

HOSPITAL PARTNERSHIPS

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      Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children1. Yet, just 4% of the federal government’s cancer research funding focuses specifically on pediatric cancer2, and most pediatric cancer therapies were approved before 1990.

      These treatments can be highly toxic, causing chronic health conditions in survivors3. Love Your Melon aims to help fill the gap by supporting lifesaving research projects working to develop safer, more effective cancer treatments.

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      After a cancer diagnosis, a child’s world changes overnight. Instead of going to school, being with friends, and focusing on growing up, they must suddenly cope with hospital stays, blood draws, tests, medicines, surgeries, or other treatments4.

      Cancer places an emotional and psychological burden on the entire family, so focusing on mental health is essential. Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners create experiences that connect children to loved ones, humanize the medical environment, and provide “wish” adventures to uplift spirits.

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      Many families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis encounter barriers to care. Income level, insurance, access to transportation, childcare, and lodging during treatment all affect a caretaker's ability to provide a child with the treatment they need.

      The average cost of childhood cancer related medical expenses in the United States is $833,0005, taking parental wage loss into account. Love Your Melon supports organizations providing families financial support for both medical bills and daily needs, like groceries and rent.

The Facts

A pediatric cancer diagnosis affects the entire family—physically, emotionally and financially. Love Your Melon is commited to improving the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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Do you have a child in your life who is battling cancer?

The Request A Hat program gives friends and family the opportunity to surprise a child battling cancer with a Love Your Melon Hat.

Current Nonprofit Partners

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Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village ignites an enduring sense of hope in the hearts of critically ill chuldren and their families by fulfilling their wishes through their Village Experience.

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Beat Childhood Cancer

Beat Childhood Cancer funds novel research and innovative clinical trials utilizing precision medicine to target solid tumors in children.

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Hopecam

Hopecam's mission is to overcome the social isolation experiences by children with cancer by virtually connecting them with their family, friends and classmates.

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One Summit

One Summit's mission is to build resilience and facilitate growth in pediatric cancer patients and their siblings through experiential learning, mentorship, community engagement and storytelling with US Navy SEALs.

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Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario

POGO partners to achieve the best childhood cancer care system for children, youth, their families and survivors in Ontario and beyond.

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Zip With Us

Zip With Us, Inc. donates free, custom ZipShirts to pediatric cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy throughout the U.S. and beyond to make treatment more comfortable and less scary, and so they are able to keep their clothes on during treatments.

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World Child Cancer

World Child Cancer's mission to improve diagnosis, treatment and support for children with cancer, and their families, in low and middle-income countries around the world.

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Ryan Seacrest Foundation

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives. RSF’s primary initiative is to build broadcast media centers — Seacrest Studios — within pediatric hospitals.

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Pinky Swear Foundation

The Pinky Swear foundation is committed to helping kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support.

M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital

The M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital provides a broad range of pediatric programs and care for children battling cancer and is also a leader in pediatric oncology services and top-notch research.

*We are not currently accepting applications for new nonprofit partners. Please check back later this year for updates on the grant process and timeline.

Hospital Partnerships

Love Your Melon is committed to donating a beanie to every child battling cancer. We hope our beanies keep the children warm and comfortable during treatment and provide smiles during a difficult time. To accomplish this goal, we provide the Request A Hat form on our website, and partner closely with children's hospitals to ship beanies directly to the children. We currently provide beanies to more than 200 children's hospitals in the United States.

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Featured

Blog Posts

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Love Your Melon Announces 2023 Giving Partners

1/18/2023

Since 2016, Love Your Melon has gifted more than $9.8 million to support non-profit organizations leading the fight against...

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1.4+ Million Given to Masonic Children's Hospital

11/02/222

On October 19th, the Love Your Melon team arrived at Masonic Children's Hospital, as we have done so many times before. Masonic...


1. “2022 Cancer Facts & Figures Cancer | Cancer Death Rate Drops.” American Cancer Society, 12 January 2022, https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/facts-and-figures-2022.html.

2. “Facts About Childhood Cancer.” National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, https://nationalpcf.org/facts-about-childhood-cancer/.

3 “The Pediatric Cancer Landscape Today.” CureSearch for Children's Cancer, https://curesearch.org/wp-content/uploads/CureSearch_Pediatric-Cancer-Landscape.pdf.

4 “Helping Your Child Adjust to a Cancer Diagnosis.” American Cancer Society, 12 October 2017,https://www.cancer.org/treatment/children-and-cancer/when-your-child-has-cancer/after-diagnosis/helping-your-child.html.
5. “The Financial Burden Associated with Medical Costs among Childhood Cancer Patients and Their Families Related to Their Socioeconomic Status: The Perspective of National Health Insurance Service.” NCBI, 19 August 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7503756/

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