How did Love Your Melon get started?
Love Your Melon was created from the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. In an entrepreneurship classroom at the University of St. Thomas, Love Your Melon was founded by two friends, Zach and Brian. When Zach and Brian experienced their first hospital visit donating hats to kids battling cancer, they knew how cool this idea was. “Seeing the smiles on the kids faces that day was incredible so we kept making the hats.” – Zach
Now that you have reached your initial goal to put a hat on every child battling cancer in America, what is next for LYM?
Love Your Melon will always donate hats to children battling cancer across America, we keep this mission very close to our heart. Our Campus Crew Members dress up as superheroes all over the country donating hats in hopes of reaching every child battling this terrible disease.
To increase our impact on childhood cancer we have partnered with two organizations, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer who fund childhood cancer research and the Pinky Swear Foundation who provide financial support for families with children battling cancer. Beginning last April, fifty percent of Love Your Melon’s net proceeds are donated equally to these organizations, with a new goal of donating one million dollars between the two.
What was the inspiration behind dressing up like super heroes during hospital visits?
Who doesn’t like Superman coming to hang out?!
Going into a hospital room can sometimes be an emotional experience. When our college ambassadors dress up as superheroes, they give the kids something to smile and get excited about! Love Your Melon Ambassadors visit care facilities to spend time with families, donate hats and distract these little fighters from the battles they experience everyday.
Superhero visits are just as much for the families as they are for the kiddos being treated. When a family sees their child’s spirits light up because some college kid took time out of their day to dress up as a superhero, that special moment stays with them.
Be The Match + Love Your Melon are joining forces in the fight against blood cancer with limited edition reversible hats and caps. Tell us a little bit about why you chose to work with Be The Match:
Love Your Melon chose to work with Be The Match because they have the largest bone marrow registry in the world and the work that they do impacts the lives of thousands individuals. We are excited to connect our Love Your Melon Crew across the country with Be The Match to have an even larger impact