By: Jenna Schlautman
Love Your Melon, a campaign to improve the lives of children battling cancer, has come to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The campaign began with an entrepreneurship class at the University of Saint Thomas and has now spread through universities throughout the United States.
Sarah Ferguson and Olivia Harrison, seniors in the College of Education, heard about the idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America and said they could not resist making a difference in the Omaha community.
As captains, Ferguson and Harrison began recruiting students in the fall 2015 semester to help make the five-member group successful.
Students went room to room, presenting beanies at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center during the winter months to sick children.
“It was such a great experience being able to give back to those families who were going through such a hard time in our community,” Harrison said. “It was so fun to see the excitement of the children when they found out we were from UNO.”
Skylar Dreesan, an Omaha crewmember and UNO cheerleader, helped with the success at the Children’s Hospital.
“The children really responded and were excited to see a UNO cheerleader cheering for them to keep fighting,” Harrison said.
With the campaign spreading all over the United States, it is an honor students at UNO took initiate of giving back to the community.
Students can visit loveyourmelon.com to pre order a beanie starting at $20. For each beanie purchased the money is given to continue the fight against cancer.
“It is such a rewarding experience brightening a child’s day who has been going through something a lot of us can not relate to,” Harrison said.