I wrote this post during the season in 2013 while we were with the Royals.  I'm so excited to share it again, because yesterday was actually my first day working for Headbands of Hope.  That's right!  I'm a working girl again, and I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity I have before me.  I love this organization, and I hope you'll enjoy hearing about it.  I'm so excited to be part of something that I think is going to be so big, and I really love working with Jess and her company.  

Enjoy today's throwback!

Written by Nicole Johnson, Wife to Elliot Johnson

Last fall, I started running in races, and I started out with the Get Heeled 5k in Chapel Hill, NC.  Before the run, I came across this table with a ton of glittery headbands.  They looked like this:

So cute huh?  I stopped over at the table and happened to meet the CEO of the company, Jessica.  She is the sweetest thing, and she proceeded to explain to me that they were Headbands of Hope.  For each headband her company sells, a headband is donated to a little girl with cancer.  How awesome is that?!  

I checked out her website, and I really felt moved to become a part of this awesome organization.  I talked with Jessica more, and told her I wanted to help how I could, and since Elliot works in baseball, I could drop off headbands with kids where he was playing.  

Through my time planning a hospital visit here in Kansas City, I got to know Jessica and what she stood for, which only further committed me to this organization.  She has a background working with the Make a Wish foundation, and has wanted to be an entrepreneur since she was a kid.  She loves being able to do something for the greater good of human kind, and I just love her drive.  

In July, I got to set up a visit to the University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center, and meet some of the great kids that were there receiving treatment.  Some of the Royals wives came along to show their support, and the team even let us bring Sluggerrr along to entertain the kids and hand out Royals hats.  Here are a couple pictures from our visits with some of the kids.  

It was beyond amazing to get to brighten the day of the kids at the center, and so fun to talk to them about their weekend plans and favorite colors.  Getting to help them take a break from their day didn't just bring smiles to their faces, but to ours as well.  I can't even begin to tell you how good it feels to make kids, especially those near my son's age, smile when they may not be having the best day.  

It was also so awesome to have the support of the Royals and the wives, the smiles and laughter could be seen and heard throughout the whole floor.

If you would like to learn more about Headbands of Hope, you can check out their website at www.headbandsofhope.org 


One Comment

  1. Saw this link on Twitter. I can't imagine your world right now, but I'm grateful Atlanta picked up Elliott! I think you and Kim Hudson will get along GREAT! Even though I'm a Nashville girl, I say, "Welcome to the ATL! We're glad y'all are here!"