Entries by Jay

Troy’s Birthday Gifts

We love to hear about young people, like Troy, who are thinking about others. From Troy’s mom “Troy has chosen the past few years to forego birthday gifts and ask for donations for charity. This year, he chose Ellie’s Hats for his charity.  He feels very strongly about organizations that raise money or provide support […]

The construction beam

While we see  many sad stories about children battling cancer and what their families are going through we also see stories about people making small gestures that mean so much to these families. This news clip is about what some construction workers are doing that means so much to some parents who have a child […]

MARA inagural softball tournament raises $3Kfor Ellie’s Hats

The Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA) recently hosted the inaugural Ellie’s Hats Charitable Softball Tournament to raise funds for Ellie’s Hats, a nonprofit that collects hats of all sizes, shapes, colors and designs for children fighting cance Waxhaw Resident Robin Viar organized the tournament. Viar is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor who worked […]

The Caps and 106.7 The Fan

This is the press release from 106.7 The Fan .   106.7 The Fan is proudly partnering with the Washington Capitals and Ellie’s Hats in their ongoing mission to donate hats to children battling cancer. Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring of 2013, before even entering kindergarten. That fall, she had lost […]

Engility Corporation Supports Ellie’s Hats

We want to thank the Engility Corporation for their support. Engility offices in Charleston SC, Colorado Springs CO, Lexington Park MD, Andover MA and in Chantilly all collected hats. Over 200 hats were collected and sent them to us or to a hospital near their office.    

FCFT Sponsors Ellie’s Hats

We are please to announce that the FCFT has decided to become a sponsor of Ellie’s Hats.  Jay Coakley met Steve Greenburg, the President of the FCFT (Fairfax County Federation of Teachers), at a Fairfax County School Board meeting, this September. After learning about Ellie’s Hats Steve told Jay that he wanted to support Ellie’s […]

Newton-Lee Elementary School

Newton-Lee Elementary School in Ashburn Virginia held a hat drive and collected some really cute hats. When I went to pick them up I was unable to speak to the students so they asked me some questions and recorded it to playback to the students. Hopefully the next time I visit I will get a […]

The Connection Newspapers Story Oct 2015

This story ran in the Oct 2nd edition of the Connection Newspaper. When the school year began in 2013, Jay Coakley, a physical education teacher at Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church noticed that one of his kindergarten students had an affinity for brightly colored hats. Seven-year-old Ellie Whitfield, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic […]

Virginia DECA Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer

The Virginia State Officers planned a week, in September, to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. They called it DECA Goes Gold. Many schools took part in activities, to raise awareness, throughout the week. Here is a link to the post on the DECA website. Post  

Fairfax County School Board

The Fairfax County School Board recognized September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. More and more organizations are helping to let people know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness. This is an important part of raising awareness of childhood cancer.