This month marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Caps For Kids, a national charity with strong New Orleans ties, is raising awareness in the city. The nonprofit, which is celebrating 25 years, provides celebrity autographed ball caps to kids going through cancer treatment and partners with more than 150 pediatric oncology medical facilities across the country, including Children's Hospital and Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans.


Caps For Kids has been recognized with a citywide Mayoral Proclamation and this Friday, September 6 has been named Caps For Kids Day in New Orleans. To commemorate the occasion, the Superdome will be lit in the charity's signature red and blue colors on Tuesday, September 10. "It's been many years since we've received a Mayoral Proclamation and are excited about receiving one now," Ellen Kempner, the board president of Caps For Kids, told Adore

When a child is diagnosed with cancer (and loses their hair as a result of treatment) at one of the nonprofit's partner medical facilities, he or she can request a Caps For Kids cap signed by their celebrity hero. Heroes range from athletes and actors to musicians and politicians. Celebrity heroes have included Paul McCartney, Drew Brees, Oprah Winfrey, Nick Jonas, Rapunzel (go Disney!), and Emilia Clarke.


"Many of our Cap Kids tell us that the caps make them feel as if their hero is right there with them during every treatment, rooting them on," the organization says. Tens of thousands of children have received caps in the past 25 years. There is never a cost associated to either the medical facility or the child's family as Caps For Kids handles all costs through donations and grants received.

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This year, Caps For Kids is celebrating 25 years of creating smiles for kids with cancer, by connecting them to their Celebrity Cap Heroes. In honor of September’s #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth, we’re asking everyone to Give us a High $5 and help us to continue to deliver these autographed caps. . For a child who loses their hair as a result of cancer treatment, a cap signed by their hero like @oprah , @katyperry or @drewbrees can fill them with strength and hope. That hat can truly mean the world. . Will you Give us a High $5? Donate today: . . #giveahigh5 #capsforkids #capheroes #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #pediatriccancer #beatcancer #curechildhoodcancer #jointhefight #baldisbeautiful #cancersucks #fightwithpositivity #nohairdontcare #cancercommunity #kidsgetcancertoo #conquerkidscancer #beatcancer #cancerwarrior #cancersucks

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In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Caps For Kids is encouraging everyone in New Orleans to help create more smiles for children with cancer by "Giving a High $5" by donating $5 online. They are also encouraging schools and businesses to host Cap Days for their students and employees to support the organization. More information can be found here.