NORMAN, Okla. A presentation originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m. involving Oklahoma men’s gymnastics assistant coach Guard Young and a cancer survivor, Dillon Graves, has been postponed.
Graves a fifth-grader at Broadmoore Elementary, was set to receive an Atlanta Braves baseball hat as part of the "Hats off for Cancer" campaign. Graves will have some follow-up testing done on Monday and the presentation will now take place on Monday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. at Broadmoore elementary in Moore, Okla., where Young’s wife, Alisha, also teaches.
Dillon is 11 years old and has been fighting brain cancer for four years and is a big fan of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. With the help of campaign and the Braves, Young will present Dillon with a hat signed by Atlanta Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones.
"I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization and to shine some light in this courageous boy’s life," said Young, a 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist. "I really admire his courage and the way he has been able to live strong these past years."
The "Hats off for Cancer" organization was started by Tara Lawrence, who began volunteering with the American Cancer Society in 1994 after losing her grandfather to cancer. After visiting with numerous children that were battling cancer or who were cancer survivors, she found out that many children had trouble coping with one of the struggles of living with the disease - hair loss from chemotherapy.
Wanting to make a difference in these children’s lives, Lawrence, only 15 years old at the time, began a national campaign in 1996 where she wrote letters and made phone calls asking for donations from schools, businesses and organizations. Over eight years and a half-million hats later, donations continue to be sent and presented in helping hundreds of thousands of deserving children.
Click the following link for more information on the "Hats off for Cancer" campaign.