Kacey Musgraves sings to 3-Year-Old Logan Todd. Battling brain cancer, Logan has only months to live. Touched by Logan’s story, hat company, Love Your Melon took her to meet her favorite country music artist. Logan was fearless while dancing and singing to “Follow Your Arrow”.
Featured Story - by Stephen Salyers
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This might possibly be one of the best photos anyone has ever captured of me, and it has everything to do with that little angel chillin’ out with her Ariel doll in my arms. Just moments before this photo was taken, I got to witness humility, one of the most generous encounters I had ever witnessed, that left the handful of us in the room filled with pure joy.
Let me backtrack for a moment. In 2013, I spontaneously met a young lady, whom I shared a 15-20 minute conversation with and then never saw again, until this past May, two whole years later. She introduced me to an organization called Love Your Melon, a non-profit, completely ran by college students that provide a free hat to a child going through chemo, for every hat that is purchased through their online store. Love Your Melon also sends volunteers dressed as super hero figures into Children’s hospitals to bring a little fun and excitement into atmosphere that is anything but fun, or exciting. The day we met for coffee, Carrie (the young woman that I had reconnected with,) gave me a Love Your Melon hat and a rack card with a bit more information about the organization. I told her if I thought of anyway that I could support the mission, I would be in touch. In my career, there’s always opportunities to marry the world of music and fundraising, bringing awareness and financial support to the cause. While my own foundation had partnered with programs centered around children, I had never heard of one quite like this.
Two hours after meeting with Carrie, I sat in my living room, leading a small group community that I’m a part of, when one of the members received a text that his 3-year-old niece Logan had been diagnosed with a brain stem giloma, left with tumors that were incurable, untreatable, aggressive and fast growing. The prognosis for life expectancy is 6-12 months, according to the healthcare professionals. You can probably see where this is going.
Shortly after, my colleague’s at the Tin Roof Nashville agreed to donate 10% of the bar sales from my June Monday Night Social to support Love Your Melon. We raised just short of $500 that night, and were able to get guests like The Swon Brothers, and a few other hit songwriters to pose in Love Your Melon hats for the organization’s social media pages. This is where the magic starts to happen.
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