At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Cancer quickly changes lives: receiving a diagnosis at such a young age was incredibly difficult as my days shifted from carefree playground antics to week long stays in the hospital.
Keane Veran knows from personal experience how dirty hats can be. Currently an undergrad at UC Riverside, when he was just 10 years old, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and had to undergo aggressive treatment. "Cancer is terrible and quickly stole my freedom and joy as it changed my identity from a child to a patient," he says. And the treatment also stole his hair.
Shaun Veran’s little brother, Keane Veran, began to wear hats after his hair fell out during treatment for leukemia. However, Keane Veran was worried that the caps he wore would cause infection because of his weakened immune system, and could not find a hat that was either machine washable or antibacterial.
As a 10-year-old, Keane Veran was undergoing treatment for leukemia when his dad shared with him the story of Sadako Sasaki, a twelve-year-old Japanese girl who, in the 1950s, was diagnosed with cancer and tried to fold one thousand origami cranes. Continue reading