Hats on to help those with cancer

Many wore ball caps, some had animal-themed hats, and some wore hats with wild colors.

All of the students at Miller Middle School who participated in the Heavenly Hats day Friday were able to help patients with cancer.

Miller allowed students to wear hats for the fourth year of the event, which raises money for the Heavenly Hats Foundation. The foundation donates new head wear to cancer patients at hospitals across the country. Each student who wore a hat Friday was asked to donate at least $1 to the fundraiser.

Dozens of staff members at Miller also took part in the fundraiser, wearing everything from fishing hats to cowboy hats.

“At Miller, we’ve had kids who have had cancer,” said Annette Lanning, school nurse and organizer of the event. “I think most kids and most adults can relate to that and want to help a great cause.”

The Heavenly Hats Foundation was started by Anthony Leanna at the age of 10 in 2001 in Wisconsin.

Since it started, the organization has donated more than 2 million brand new hats to cancer patients.

Lanning said they have typically raised $200 each year they have held the event at Miller.

“Some of the students are very excited about it,” Lanning said.